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German Pinscher

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The dramatic German Pinscher contains alot in a small package.  Many new fanciers overlook the serious working attitude of this dog.  Keep in mind, it was only recently saved from extinction by a devotee that greatly appreciated the dog's working ability as a herding dog and guardian.  The breed today still possesses a dedicated vigilance and loyalty that must be guided with a solid effort to socialize.  Regardless, it is understandable as few breeds possess the exceptional charm, physical attractiveness and mental cleverness of the German Pinscher.

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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 17-20 inches
Weight: 15-22 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: solids in fawn to red, bicolors of black/tan, blue/tan or red/tan Coat type: short, dense and glossy
Recognized Registries: FCI, AKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Elegant, balanced, squarely built dog.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderately high
General Nature: Alert, good-natured, playful, high-spirited, loyal, watchful, fearless, self possessed.
  with Children: Can be excellent but needs and deserves thorough socializing, supervision and well behaved children
  with other pets: questionable due to its Terrier /Hunter background
  with dogs: variable
Socialization requirements: moderate to high: the shy or tyrannical German Pinscher is a joy to no one
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the qualities and challenges that comes with such a self possessed breed
Temperament Notes: High spirited, vigilant and intelligent
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The German Pinscher possesses many if not all the traits of a dog that is a joy to train.  It also possesses a strong sense of self possession and self respect.  As a result, the trainer that is rough, unfair or unreasonable will quickly find their dog "tuning them out".  It's a sad sight.  So in working with your German Pinscher be aware that if you are losing your temper it is not because the dog is dumb or noncompliant but because you aren't thinking of another way to approach the problem.  Working with another experienced trainer can help the novice have a fabulous experience in training any dog, and this may be even more true with dogs that have a nature like the German Pinscher.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Noted in 1879 but essentially lost after that
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: Herding/Guardian
History: Noted as long ago as 1879, the breed was near extinction until revived. All modern German Pinschers descend from Kitti v. Bodestrand and larger Min Pins during the 1950s.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, undersized, incorrect head or coloration
Health Notes: Von Willebrand's Disease (type of hemophilia), Hip Dysplasia, Eye Problems, Hypothyroidism, Heart Issues
Health Testing: CERF, OFA, Thyroid Panel,vWD test
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had German Pinschers?
  • Why do you have German Pinschers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a German Pinscher?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal German Pinscher?
  • How would you describe the ideal German Pinscher home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a German Pinscher?
  • How do you assist or help German Pinschers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - German Pinscher Club of America Rescue with great information about the Advantages of Adopting an Adult Dog!

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

  - UKC Standard for the German Pinscher - Standard of the German Pinscher Club of Ameri

    Breeder Ethics: - German Pinscher Club of America Code of Ethics

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