Affenpinscher vs Papillon

Compare the Affenpinscher to the Papillon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Affenpinschers and Papillons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Affenpinscher and Papillon are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Papillon is child friendly. The Affenpinscher does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Affenpinscher and Papillon are easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Affenpinscher and Papillon are average barkers.
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Affenpinscher vs Papillon
Affenpinscher
White & Red Papillon Dog
Breed NameAffenpinscherPapillon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan11-14 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height9½-11½ in.8-11 in.
Weight6½-13¼ lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyFrance
Origin Year1600 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyPoorGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredLowHigh
Top Running Speed15 mph14 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherPapillon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageVery Low
GuardingAverageVery Low
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageVery Low
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherPapillon
Lifespan
Lifespan11-14 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaYesYes
FracturesYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Open FontanelYesYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Slipped StifleYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAffenpinscherPapillon
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Wire CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
ShaggyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BelgeYesNo
BlackYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
RedYesYes
Black, Brown, & WhiteNoYes
Black, Red, & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
Red, White, & SableNoYes
SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & LemonNoYes
White & LiverNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SableNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes