|Sensitivity to strangers
|Affection for family
|Suitable for first-time owners
|Ease of grooming
The German Pinscher is a great companion dog; a travel buddy that will never let you feel alone.
Some people think it is a miniature Doberman, but they are completely separate breeds. Evidently, we are talking about the German Pinscher, one of the most popular and adored dogs among the four-legged lovers.
In this article, we will analyze the recurring comparison with the Doberman (A kind of “deluxe variation” of the German Pinscher), but most important, we will enumerate the main characteristics of this breed, from its character to its physical characteristics. We will also talk about the most frequent health issues that affect this breed, how to avoid serious consequences, and the price of a puppy with a pedigree certificate from a trusted breeder.
But let’s go step by step. First, let’s see what we call the “generalities” of this breed: let’s start by its “identification card”. As you may have inferred by its name, the German Pinscher originated in Germany and belongs to the family of the Schnauzer, Molossers and Swiss cattle dogs.
Miniature Pinscher: A Type of German Pinscher
Actually, there are several “types” of German Pinscher, depending on their size and weight: probably you have heard about a medium-sized Pinscher, and a Miniature Pinscher or “toy” (called “Zwergpinscher” in its country of origin).
In the past, the German Pinscher was thought to be only a companion dog, but later, as the years went by, another characteristic was discovered: it is a great watchdog, thus it became a very useful dog.
As regards appearance, the German Pinscher is a medium to small-sized dog with a muscular body. In fact, it has a strong and squared shape, it is a “well-balanced” dog in miniature.
In sum, it is a sturdy, well proportioned breed. The head and snout are quite long and pointed. They have a narrow torso and a slightly curved croup.
The coat is usually short and smooth, but above all, it has a typical shiny color: the coat is very elegant and has no bald patches.
In general, the German Pinscher can be:
- Red deer
- From reddish-brown to red deer
- Chocolate brown
German Pinscher: Temperament
Let’s examine the character of this breed, which usually has a shiny black coat. Like the Miniature Pinscher, the German Pinscher are almost always active and full of energy, but they are also watchful.
These traits are not suitable for any kind of owner: if you are looking for a calm and “reserved” dog, German Pinschers are not for you.
Undoubtedly, it is a dog that makes its presence felt in the domestic context and the nuclear family. Obviously, you have to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of this kind of temperament. The German Pinscher, for example, is an excellent companion dog, one of those travel buddies that will never let you feel alone.
It is also an excellent guardian; not only it is alert to everything around that moves (an attitude balancing between curiosity, suspicion and playfulness), it is very smart too.
It is a friendly dog, great to be and to play with children, of whom it is very protective.
It is a very determined breed, stubborn at times, but almost never rebellious or extremely disobedient. Even so, you may consider hiring a professional trainer that can train your exuberant friend correctly.
German Pinscher: Care
As regards their health, how often and what kind of disease can this little lively black soldier catch? Before analyzing the pathologies this breed is prone to, we could ask ourselves this question from the point of view of appearance: you should understand better the care your German Pinscher needs to be healthy and beautiful.
Let’s start by saying that this breed does not demand a lot of attention in this respect: it needs grooming, but compared to other four-legged friends, it is a dog that does not require too much time for this.
To sum up, the owner will only have to keep its coat shiny and iridescent, so he will not have to get crazy with dog clippers or special cares.
German Pinscher: Health
It is not a particularly weak dog, on the contrary, it is quite tough. However, they are sensitive to cold. The German Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher are particularly sensitive to cold, so besides their regular physical exercise, we should not leave them outside for too long if the weather conditions are bad.
In this respect, perhaps, you should make sure that your pet is warm, using a sweater or a jacket, and also, that your dog has a bed sheltered in a room with a hitter.
The most common pathologies and diseases that may affect German Pinschers are: Infectious canine hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus, rabies and leptospirosis. These are just general and common diseases; of course you should ask your vet before making rushed home diagnostics.
There are general recommendations that you may find useful to prevent a lot of problems. For example: remember to give your pet all the required vaccines.
German Pinscher: Tips
- If the person who sold you the Miniature Pinscher or the German Pinscher puppy did not deworm it, you will have to do it, and of course, give it the appropriate treatment against fleas and ticks.
- Although it may be more expensive, we recommend to use the products indicated by the vet or certified quality products.
- The last piece of advice is important mainly for people who live in areas with a lot of mosquitoes: protect your puppy from the Filariasis (caused by a parasite from the family of Nematodos).
German Pinscher: Price, and Puppies For Sale
How much can a German Pinscher puppy from a reliable breeder cost? It is worth mentioning, this dog is not very expensive. It is around 700 dollars, or 600 English pounds.
There are specialized and registered breeders in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. You can also find your puppy in Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa. This breed is quite popular, so you should not have any trouble finding the perfect match for you. A little Doberman with a golden heart and a happy look might be waiting for you!
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