A SURVEY ON GERMAN PINSCHERS
KAREN MOUNTS- HAPGOOD
I live in Wilmington, Delaware, which is two hours from DC or New York City— central to everywhere! My life outside of dogs involves shopping, concerts and church activities. I always like to be on the go! I got my first show dog in 1966 and was first licensed to judge Alaskan Malamutes in 1984.
I currently live in Terrell, Texas and have for over 25 years. I enjoy painting ceramics, snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. I have been working with dogs for 41 years; 27 years in compe- tition and eight years as a judge. KIMBERLE SCHIFF I live in Washington State. I am a School Psychologist. I’ve been in dogs and showing for 21 years and I’ve been a judge for six years. LARRY STEIN
1. Describe the German Pinscher in three words. KMH: The three words that best describe the German Pinscher are charismatic, intelligent and dedicated. KS: Devoted, intelligent and motivated. LS: Square, strong and elegant. LV: Determined, loyal and devoted. RZ: Medium, square and elegant best describes the German Pinscher to me. 2. What are your “must have” traits in the breed? KMH: There are several traits that define a German Pinscher but I would say that balance, temperament, structure and their analytical minds. KS: Good movement, correct shoulders and square body. Along with good topline and tailset. LS: Strong, square and elegant outline. Alert and fearless expression. Powerful, relaxed and free front extension in movement. LV: Overall balance, outline, size, head, topline, movement. RZ: Must haves for me are a correct topline, straight well-boned forelegs, nice muscled rear, good feet and sound movement. 3. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? KMH: Too many breeders and judges are overlooking the fact that the German Pinscher is not a Miniature Pinscher and therefore should not move with the hackney gait! I fear this is being forgiven far too often in the ring and the breeders/handlers are not being held accountable for this fault in the breed.
I live in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Pro- fessionally I am a Medical & Veterinarian Illustrator. I have been in the dog fancy and exhibiting for 45 years. I became
acquainted with German Pinschers prior to AKC judging FCI, ARBA and CKC shows. With the breeds AKC Recognition and my approved AKC judging application I was honored to judge the German Pinscher National Specialty. I have judged in the AKC for 26 years.
DR. LAURA VAN HORN I live in Sebring, Florida. I’ve been in dogs since 1963 and showing since 1968. I started judging on October 1, 2008.
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