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German Pinscher

Like a lot of breeds, the origin of the German Pinscher is all in the name and records suggest it has been recognized there since the late 19th Century. They have played a key role in the development of other breeds such as the Doberman and Miniature Pinscher and also have close relations with the Schnauzer. They were renowned for their vermin hunting ability and they have also experience in other farm-related roles, having been used as a herding and watchdog over the years. Nowadays they are mainly used as a pet though and while they were on the verge of extinction at one point, their popularity is increasing and this is probably due to the fact they were only just recently recognized by the AKC, in 2003.

Standing between sixteen and nineteen inches and weighing in anywhere between twenty five to thirty five pounds, the German Pinscher is a pretty average dog in terms of size. They possess a square like body with the head resembling that of a blunt wedge, while the neck is long and appears extremely muscular. Their ears will stand either erect if cropped, or fold over if they have been kept natural. The tail on the other hand is also sometimes cropped, although this only usually occurs between the second and third joint. Their coat is smooth and while a black with tan markings combination is by far the most common, other variations such as black and tan, red fawn and dark brown and yellow can also be seen.

While the German Pinscher can be the perfect companion dog, they require strict training from an experienced dog owner. They have the tendency to become dominant if not dealt with firmly and this can cause major problems in the future. If the dog is well trained then they should be fine with children and other pets, but this is by no means a certainty and still, they should never be left alone with either. They require a lot of daily exercise and any potential owner should be prepared to offer a large, fenced yard as the breed will not hesitate in chasing anything. The German Pinscher is an extremely loyal breed and will defend their owner at any cost, not hesitating in biting if necessary. While the breed appears quite aggressive and high-maintenance, itís worth highlighting that with proper training the German Pinscher can become an adorable companion.

In terms of health issues, the German Pinscher has very few. They are sometimes susceptible to hip dysplasia and cataracts, but other than that there are no issues that commonly affect this breed. With that, their life expectancy is slightly better than a lot of breeds, with most living between twelve and fourteen years.

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