Showsight Presents The German Pinscher

FIND YOURSELF WITH A GERMAN PINSCHER

B old and bright, the German Pinscher has all the attributes necessary to fulf ill its role as a working dog. A “generalist” breed, their original function was as a multi- purpose farm dog. Compact and agile, they were the right size to rid the feed stocks of vermin; their independence and protective nature ensured that the farmer’s cart was safe from pilferage during trips to the market and hearth and home were secure. Th e physical and mental characteris- tics necessary to be an all-around hand on

By Janet Oatney

the farm translate readily into today’s dog sports. Th eir muscular, compact body is well suited to the demands of agility; scent- ing sports such as tracking, K9 Nose Work®, and barn hunt tap into their hunting drives, obedience and rally capitalize on their tre- mendous desire to please their owners. Ger- man Pinscher’s prey drive is satisfied by lure coursing, and to some extent herding. From the German Pinscher Standard: “ Th e German Pinscher has highly devel- oped senses, intelligence, aptitude for training, fearlessness and endurance. He is alert, vigilant, deliberate and watchful of strangers. He has fearless courage and tenacity if threatened.” Th ese traits are

considered so important, the standard further emphasizes “Note: Great consider- ation should be given to a dog giving the desired alert, highly intelligent, vivacious character of the German Pinscher.” German Pinschers are not for the faint of heart, or for those expecting instant respect and blind obedience. They consider themselves active part- ners, often devising new and improved methods for completing the task at hand. They bore easily, and can be insulted by continuous repetitions. “One and done” is their motto—once they master a task or skill set, they expect you to increase the diff iculty

“Great consideration should be given to a dog giving THE DESIRED ALERT, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, VIVACIOUS CHARACTER OF THE GERMAN PINSCHER.”

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