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).
- Agile and active
- Always alert
- Busy is better than bored
- Courageous canine
- Energizer doggie
- Independent thinker
- 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!
Possible hip dysplasia, cataracts, bleeding disorders (von Willebrand's disease), and thyroid and heart problems.