Grooming Demand Rating - Low
Full Grooming Interval - 6 to 9 Weeks
Maintenance Interval - Weekly
Very little or no clipping is vital to maintaining the coat and overall appearance of a well-groomed Affenpinscher. Blending shears & stripping knives may be used.
COAT & GROOM TIPS
The Affenpinscher has dense hair, known for being a bit coarse and about 1" in length on the shoulders and body. The coat is usually shorter on the rear and tail. Head, neck, chest, stomach and legs have longer, less harsh coat. A mane adorns to adult Affenpinscher comprised of durable hair. Long hair on the head, eyebrows and beard stands off and frames the face, giving the breed its monkey-like expression. Hair on the ears is cut very short. Very little or no clipping is vital to maintaining the coat and overall appearance. Light blending is all that is usually needed to maintain a neat but shaggy appearance. Light brushing is required to remove hair shed and any mats. Some breeders say the Affenpinscher may have a tendency for dry skin and coat. Use mild shampoos and bathe once a week to once every 12 weeks. For maintenance grooming the pet may benefit from light brushing and combing
MORE GROOMING TIPS FOR PROFESSIONALS
Avoid clipping the Affenpinscher where the owner desires a natural coat; restoring the traditional look and feel of the shaggy coat after clipping can take a great deal of time. Blending shears and stripping knives are very useful and appropriate for this breed; they are available from grooming suppliers.
The art of styling an Affenpinscher is somewhat different than most breeds. It's a breed not to be over groomed; just neatened. Retain a natural look.