dobelove: what are the good and bad points of owning a german pinscher.?
I have had three Dobermanns and would now like a smaller dog as i am getting a bit older however i am not sure about changing to another dog breed. I am still quite active and live in Scotland near plenty of country walks and my house and garden are Dobermann proof. I am thinking about getting a German Pinscher but i am not sure and i would like any owners of the breed to tell me the good and bad points. Do they have a high chase drive? Are they similer to the Schnautzer breed? any comments that you may have will be helpful. Thank you.
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Answer by 4Her4Life
I have never personally known a German Pinscher, but their history suggests that they would be similar/have a combination of traits similar to Doberman Pinschers, Miniature Pinschers, and all three sizes of Schnauzer. The closest match would probably be a Standard Schnauzer, at one point the short- and wire-haired Pinschers were considered a single breed and both the larger and smaller versions (Doberman, Miniature Schnauzer, etc) relied heavily on their genetic influence.
They are all-purpose working dogs, doing everything from light draft work to ratting to guarding to herding. They are SMART and active. If you have working-lines Dobermans, then you are probably familiar with their temperament. If you have pet/show-lines Dobermans, then these dogs will be more intense.
They DO have high prey driver (probably more than a Doberman) and will chase and kill small animals.
Learn more here: http://www.german-pinscher.com/faq.htm
Answer by ☆ Memphis Belle ~ Indomitable Spirit ~ ☆
The German Pinscher is at the low end of medium and is a cracker of a breed, with fireball energy, creative mind for mischief, independently minded and stubborn so can be a challenge to manage, has a strong territorial/watch dog instinct that must be channelled correctly so it is expressed in a positive way to avoid behavioral problems.
It can be clownish at home, requires an active household to work off its considerable energy and provide it with a challenge to apply its mind to which strengthens the dog/owner working relationship/bond and has an “off switch” in the evening and will relax with its owner as physical proximity to its pack is important.
It is often referred to as the smaller “cousin” of the Dobermann because it is a similar dog in terms of characteristics, temperament and drives but in a smaller package. If you are interested in researching the breed further to decide if it a good match to your wants, needs, personality, experience and lifestyle then read the information in the link below.
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