Getting to know the Pinscher;
A Pinscher is a loyal partner in all situations and the perfect dog for active families with older children, as well as for sport-loving singles who want to have fun with their four-legged friends.
The Pinscher exists in two varieties, the Medium Pinscher (also known as the German Pinscher) and the Dwarf (or mini) Pinscher. Dynamic and clever, they are distinguished firstly by their size and secondly by their “guardian” nature that is much more evident.
Among dog breeds, the pinscher is one of the oldest, even traces of this animal are found in some finds dating back to the prehistoric era of stilts.
The dwarf pinscher we know today derives directly from the ancient breed of the “German ratte” and, in fact, its origins are Germanic. In the old days, this short-haired, medium breed was used for hunting because it was very fast and skilled at catching prey.
The old pinscher breed officially appeared in 1879, but did not have the same spread as other German and Austrian breeds, such as the Dobermann. In fact, in some countries, this breed of dog is not known at all.
Some Pinscher specifications;
Pinchers are small dogs with a very elegant and graceful appearance and a strong temperament. However, the Pinscher dog is often misunderstood: some think it is a miniature Dobermann, others confuse it with a Chihuahua. In reality, the Pinscher is a very precise breed of dog from the Pincher-Schnauzer family and has ancient origins.
The breed characteristics are held by the FCI. The Pinscher has a height of 45 to 50 centimeters and a weight of 14 to a maximum of 20 kg, so it is considered a medium-sized breed.
The body stature is strong and muscular. The coat is very short, dense, smooth, and shiny. The basic color is usually black with reddish-brown patches on the legs, chest, neck, and head.
The Pinscher is free of undercoat and is therefore not subject to hair loss. The body is compact and muscular; the head is elongated and the muzzle is quite pointed, the eyes are oval and dark. There was a time when the tail was mutilated and the ears cut off so as to form a “V”, but this rather barbaric practice, implemented for aesthetic purposes only, is now forbidden.
The Pinscher comes with a short, satiny coat that is smooth and shiny and the colors allowed according to the breed standard are:
Dark reddish brown
Some specifications of the Pinscher;
– Original name Pinscher
– Country of origin Germany
– Color Deer Red, Black and cinnamon, Chocolate and brown, Black and Rust, Reddish brown, Red
– Life Expectancy 15 years
– Short Coat
Despite being a very small breed, the temperament of these dogs is very strong. In fact, they behave very well and have a strong instinct to be guardians. They are extremely loyal, full of energy, curious, and playful.
Pinschers are so brave that they do not hesitate to take on other, much larger dogs. In this last aspect, the master must be very careful, because the pinscher does not hesitate to start a fight, even if, due to his small size, he ends up losing.
This is a breed that shows interest in various things and does not like to stand still. Since it was originally used to catch mice, it has a habit of chasing and grabbing small creatures, such as small animals, and things that move quickly.
Does the Pinscher get along well with children?
The pinscher is playful and very loyal, there are no particular contraindications to adoption if there are already children at home. However, be careful how old the child is. These animals have very delicate legs and a particularly restless child may hurt them involuntarily and thus their tendency will be to attack.
Is the breed aggressive?
The Pinscher has a strong sense of equality and is cautious. When visitors come to the house, they are frightened and when they approach, they may bite and attack. They do not try to approach unfamiliar people, but are obedient and friendly to their owners and people they are used to.
The Pinscher has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of environments. It is a source of friendship and comfort for the elderly or lonely and is also able to withstand a modern lifestyle that involves a lot of movement, frequent visits, and contact with crowds and noise.
Is the breed intelligent?
The Pinscher is very intelligent, so it recognizes its master’s weaknesses and knows how to exploit them to its advantage. His “intelligent disobedience”, even for the most experienced owner, is sometimes a challenge. However, the predisposition to autonomy, as well as the hunting instinct of the dog, varies from one to another.
If certain educational rules are respected from the start, even the most obstinate dogs can be educated in the desired direction. Thanks to their strong but gentle temperament and their learning ability coupled with a relentless desire to play and great stamina, Pinschers are very loving and versatile family dogs and assistance dogs.
Does the Pinscher bark a lot?
The Pinscher is undoubtedly intrepid and, despite its small size, is an excellent alert dog, as well as being the guardian of the house and family. However, their shrill, unrelenting barking can be annoying unless they are trained to stop barking on a given command.
If they are not educated correctly, they can become very noisy dogs that bark at the slightest change in the daily routine. When properly trained, they are calm and well-behaved dogs that bark only to warn you of something.
Can the Pinscher live in an apartment?
The Pinscher is a small dog that adapts perfectly to apartment life. Just take him for short walks several times a day to satisfy his need for movement. He likes to live fully with his family and adapts well to the spaces in the house without causing damage.
Can the breed tolerate being alone?
The Pinscher loves to share its days with its owner and the rest of the family. It is not suitable for people who stay away from home for a long time because he has an almost physical need for presence. However, it is a small dog that can be taken anywhere.