Miniature Pinscher Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The pinschers are considered one of the most ancient German breeds. At first, its height and texture of the hair are very variable, but in the course of years, the different types stabilized and the autonomous breeds disappeared. The hard-haired pinschers are closely related to the schnauzers; the straight-haired pinschers have contributed to the creation of the Doberman, the smaller straight-haired pinscher (40-45 cm high) and the miniature pinscher. The creation of the miniature pinscher has not been easy. In its origin the aim was to get the smallest dog possible, but the result was only rachitic dogs with a round cranium, bulging eyes and a fragile nervous system and they shook constantly. Only a patient and systematic selection was successful at eliminating these defects and creating a smaller dog full of live, which is active, dynamic and vigilant that did not have any character of dwarfism and which have firm nerves. This miniature Doberman was rightly appreciated in many countries all over the world.

One of the most recent breeds is the harlequin pinscher officially recognized by the FCI in 1958. It is truly a luxurious dog, a breed of pet dogs created solely to accompany the man in domestic life. Not denying its origin, it is skillful at catching rats, an activity for which it is really enthusiastic. But in comparison with the other pinschers, it is less brave.

Miniature Pinscher. Size: 25-30 cm. Weight: 3-4 kg. Colors: different nuisances of reddish brown (2), black and tan (1), bluish gray and tan, chocolate and tan. The tan patches must be clear on the jaws, the cheeks, around the eyes and the throat, the chest, the feet, the metacarpus and the internal face of the rear limbs.

Harlequin pinscher (3). Size: 30-35 cm. Weight: 4.5 kg approximately. Two types of colors are authorized which are: the dark or black patches or plaques on the white or gray background or the straw-colored hair with or without any tan patches.

The two breeds have a cut tail at the height of the third vertebra. The ears are cut up to a point where the law authorizes it. The nose is brown in the brown miniature pinscher and it is always black in the other miniature pinscher and in the harlequin pinscher.

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