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German Pinscher

Tags: working, Protective guardian

For centuries on German farms my Schnauzer-mix ancestors have hunted rats and other vermin. As the bigger Dobermans and diminutive mini-pinschers hogged the spotlight, the medium-sized (17-20 inches at the shoulder) pinschers all but disappeared. And now we're back (accepted by the American Kennel Club in 2003) with our easy-care short coats in a variety of attractive colors (including black, dark red and a shade of fawn called Isabella).

Rave review

  • Agile and active
  • Proud
  • Always alert
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie
  • Even-tempered
  • Independent thinker

Report card

  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Perfect protector
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Socialization and training must start early
  • Strong willed
  • Willing watchdog

What to expect

Please think about what German Pinschers have done for centuries -- chase and eradicate rats and other vermin -- as you socialize me to the small animals in my new home. (You don't have pet rats, do you?) I can learn to get along with cats, kids, and most people -- but only if you start early and make the rules perfectly clear. If my exercise is to be in a fenced yard, please make sure it's pinscher-proof. Same for off-leash workouts in the outside world. I'm always alert for vermin and -- I think I smell a rat -- gotta go!

Watch for

Possible hip dysplasia, cataracts, bleeding disorders (von Willebrand's disease), and thyroid and heart problems.

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