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A dog of a small breed developed in Germany, having a rough shaggy coat, a hairy face with a short muzzle, and usually cropped ears.

[German : Affe, ape (from Middle High German, from Old High German affo) + Pinscher, a type of dog with ears operated on or "pinched" to make them stand up (from English pinch).]
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(Breeds) a small wire-haired breed of dog of European origin, having tufts of hair on the muzzle
[German, literally: monkey-terrier, so called because its face resembles a monkey's]
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(ˈæf ənˌpɪn ʃər)

one of a breed of toy dogs with a dense, wiry black, red, or gray coat, tufts of hair around the eyes, nose, and chin, and small, erect ears.
[1900–05; < German, =Affen, comb. form of Affe ape + Pinscher terrier]
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Noun1.affenpinscher - European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzleaffenpinscher - European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
pinscher - any of three breeds of dogs whose ears and tail are usually cropped
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