|Barked: Wed Feb 29, '12 8:58pm PST |
|Hi, Lenny! I fear I am about to give you a profile that will burst your bubble, but should it and you want to say why, then maybe I can point you in a right direction. Or maybe I am completely off base and you will say "oh, how nifty!"....but somehow, I don't think so. Let's see!
The German Pinscher is a peer breed to the Standard Schnauzer, both evolving and emerging for the same basic purpose....a smaller sized "do it all" farm dog, developed primarily for ratting but, life and the farm and all that jazz , shot off in other directions also - they could herd, they could protect, probably even hunt.
The Standard Schnauzer def was Germany's pride and joy, and over time....which does underscore the importance of the dog fancy....the German Pinscher died out. When this came to the attention of one German man, not long after, it bothered him greatly and he rebuilt the breed. Important to know as he valued its place in the working dog world, and so today what we have is a dog of working intention. He found a bitch who was very reminiscent of the true German Pinscher, and with careful breeding with Min Pins built the breed.
He is a versatile and very capable working dog, apt to connect most with those of German dog sensibility. He has a lot in common, not surprisingly then as now, with the Standard Schnauzer. In the first term of course the two shared a similar purpose, and in the rebuilt version, with much use of the Min Pin, was perhaps even more greatly influenced with the German terrier sensibility.
He is, ala terrier, an alert, lively, extremely quick witted dog. He is also, ala Germany, a high trainable and versatile dog. Very self assured and assertive. There is no job he can't do with aplomb, but is not a good first time dog....does not suffer fools and will quickly take over in the face of someone not decisive. As he was bred as a guardian, he is naturally suspicious of strangers and so needs a good deal of socialization when young. He has a brilliant mind, so he will thrive with mental challenge. He has a good bit of energy too, so takes some exercise. They are very Border Collie meets German protection breed. Active, strong willed, brilliant, have a ton of scope and can be trained to a very high level if you have the chops for it and are into a dog you can really invest in.
They take no jib from other dogs....this is a dominant breed....but properly introduced and being raised to be a proper gentleman or lady will get along with other dogs in the house. They are extremely athletic and bold...not much they can't do from a physical aspect.....and also do very well with high precision exercises.
If someone wanted a performance prospect of strong temperament but in a tidy size, this is a breed who would be on the list. Ghastly choice for a first time dog owner or someone who wants a casual pet, but they have lots to offer someone who wants a stoutly loyal, brilliant companion with some major working chops.
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