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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher breed is medium-sized and short-coated. German Pinscher dogs' square muscular frames attest to their endurance and agility. German Pinschers are also known for being energetic, watchful, alert, agile, fearless, determined, and loyal. They are both watch dogs and companions.

German Pinscher's Behavior

Recommended for: watchdog, companion dog

German Pinschers tend to be loyal to their families, but more watchful of strangers. The German Pinscher dog breed is said to be less prone to barking.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

German Pinscher's Physical Characteristics

Here are the characteristics of the German Pinscher breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

* Size: 17 - 20 inches
* Coat: Short and dense, smooth, close, shiny, covering the body without any bald spots
* Color: fawn, red, black and blues with red/tan markings
* Eyes: medium-size, dark, oval-shaped and not bulging
* Ears: high-set, symmetrical, V-shaped with a folding pleat, or small and carried evenly upright.
* Skull: flat
* Muzzle: parallel to and as long as the topskull, with a blunt wedge-shaped end
* Nose: black
* Tail: carried upward

The German Pinscher's Origins and History

Here are some historical notes on the German Pinscher breed based on information from the German Pinscher Club of America.

Country/Region of Origin: Germany

Original purpose: herding/guard dog

Historical notes: The German Pinscher breed nearly went extinct after World War II. Werner Jung single-handedly saved the breed. He gathered different Pinschers from various corners of Germany in the 1950s. From a base of a small number of German Pinschers he was able to revive the breed.

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