Every breed of dog has some history that makes them unique, different or just weird. The German Pinscher facts you may not know include:
German Pinschers are outstanding working dogs and can be used in almost any type of event from agility through to obedience and even sporting and fun events such as Frisbee Dog competitions and Flyball.
While the German Pinscher may look more like the Doberman Pinscher, which is a distant relative, the breed is actually most closely related to the longer haired Standard Schnauzer.
The German Pinscher has an ability to "grin" or "smile" at his or her owner. This can sometimes be misunderstood as a growl or snarl, however there is no vocalization and is usually shown when the dog is happy to see someone or is trying to act submissive, especially if they know they have done something wrong.
Drawings of dogs that look exactly like the modern German Pinscher can be found in various German books dating back as far as 1894. A very similar breed of dog is portrayed in other books dating back to the mid to late 1700s.
The original German Pinscher had two additional colors, a pure black and a silver and black, often called a salt and pepper color, which was known as silberpinsch. These colors were lost when the dogs were almost wiped out through the Wars and breeders were not able to recreate the breeding required to resurrect the colors.
The German Pinscher breed now has titlists in the following AKC (American Kennel Club) events: versatile companion dog (VCD), agility, tracking, rally, obedience and conformation. This is quite an accomplishment for a breed that has just been recently been added to the AKC. It was the 149th breed to be recognized by the organization.
Another name for the German Pinscher is the Deutscher Pinscher, which it is most commonly known by in its native country of Germany.
The Canadian Kennel Club first recognized the German Pinscher in 2000 and competed for the first time at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show in 2004. The winning dogs name was Ch. Windamir Hunter Des Charmettes.
German Pinschers are bred throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and even in Russia. They are a very versatile dog and can still be found in use as ratters and vermin hunters as well as guard dogs and even herding dogs in many of the rural areas of Europe.
The German Pinscher can make an excellent Shutzhund competitor due to its natural intelligence and athletic ability. Since they are such a versatile competitive dog it is important to select from a current working line to ensure the best temperament and natural aptitude for competition. Shy, nervous or aggressive dogs are not suitable for competitions such as Shutzhund.
Since the German Pinscher is a relatively rare breed it has been more carefully and selectively bred than many of the fad breeds or the highly popular dogs. It is important to buy from a recognized, reputable breeder to get the best possible pet or show animal. German Pinscher breeders work very diligently to avoid any health problems within the various lines.