1) German Pinscher
The German Pinscher is the ancestor of many other Pinscher breeds. The history of this breed is unknown, but it is not ancient breed, as the first mentions about the German Pinscher are from 1800s. During this time they were highly valued for their high prey drive and ability to succesfully hunt, chase and kill vermin.
BTW the name Pinscher is derived from the French word pincer, which means nip or seize and which fits the breeds utilization perfectly.
Over the time the interest in vermin hunters and ratting in general declined, which also declined the interest in German Pinscher breed. Luckily, these dogs are highly adaptable, loyal and lively and thanks to that, they become perfect companion dogs for many people and families.
2) Austrian Pinscher
The Austrian Pinscher is one of the less known breeds in this video and i would not be surprised if you would never heard about them before. They were developed in the second half of the 19th century by crossing the German Pinscher and local Austrian farm dogs. This mixed the high prey drive of German Pinscher and guarding instincts of the various farm dogs and it created a multipurpose versatile Austrian Pinscher.
Also known as the monkey terrier, the Affenpinscher is also great ratter, but they are almost exlusively kept as companion dogs these days. They are nicknamed as Monkey Terriers because of their terrier like personality and because of their monkey like appearance, especially the facial appearance.
They also possess some monkey like temperamental characteristics and indeed, the Affenpinscher is very active, adventurous, outgoing, fun to be around and affectionate dog breed.
4) Doberman Pinscher
Of course, the most popular and the largest of all Pinschers must be included in this video as well. The Doberman was developed not to be vermin hunter but personal protector. They were developed by tax collector Louis Doberman by mixing several different breeds and one of them is of course the German Pinscher. The rest includes Beauceron, Rottweiler, Weimaraner and possibly some other breeds as well.
These dogs are best known for their absolute loyalty, incredible intelligence, athletic and strong body, brave and courageous temperament and last but not least for alert and vigilant personality. All these characteristics are reason why Dobermans are not only awesome personal and property guards, but also professional police and military dogs.
BTW if you would like to learn more about any dog breed from this video, i created separate videos about each one of them on this Rocadog channel. If you will be interested in any of them and you would like to learn everything about it, just search for Rocadog + dog breeds name in Youtube search and check it out!
5) Miniature Pinscher
Another descendant of the German Pinscher is the Miniature Pinscher. It was most likely developed by crossing the German Pinscher, Italian Greyhound and possibly Dachshund. It is smaller than other Pinschers with height only around 11 inch, which is 28 cm and weight around 4 kg, which is 9 lbs.
But even though small in size, this is definitely not an ordinary toy dog. This is more of a big dog in small dogs body situation. It is a very assertive, outgoing and lively, intelligent, alert and independent dog breed. And just like many other dogs in this video, even the Min Pin was originally used to hunt vermin.
The Min Pin is also sometimes nicknamed as the King of Toys. Of course it is referring to the dogs playful and lively personality, but it also fits greatly to the possesive temperament of the Min Pin. They just want to own all the toys, they want to be the king of the toys!
6) Danish Swedish Farmdog
Even though the Danish Swedish Farmdog does not have the word Pinscher in its name, it is sometimes counted as one. They were most likely developed from the Pinscher breeds mixed with British hunting terriers and the breed is sometimes nicknamed as the Danish Pinscher.
The breed works on farms as watch dog and rat exterminator, but it is also known as very friendly, active and easy going companion dog.
Adding Schnauzer into this list is also little bit debatable, but in reality, the Schnauzer is more related to the original Pinscher, the German Pinscher, than any other dog breed. Back in the 19th century, the Standard Schnauzer and the German Pinscher were viewed as one breed with two coat types. One was known as Smooth Coated Pinscher and the second as the Wire Haired Pinscher.
The Schnauzer, just like the German Pinscher, is a versatile dog breed and their main utilization was guarding and hunting vermin. Later, the Standard Schnauzer was crossed into creation of two other Schnauzer breeds – the Giant and Miniature Schnauzers.
The temperament of Schnauzer is very similar to the one of German Pinscher and it is also very brave, courageous, smart, naturally alert, kind of independent and active dog breed.
8) Pinscher crosses
There are also some Pinscher breed crosses. Of course, they are not recognized as pure dogs, but some of them are quite popular. I will mention two Pinscher crosses as examples.
The first one is Harlequin Pinscher, which once was official merle or piebald variety of Min Pin that went extinct. Not so long ago, the variety was revived by crossing the Rat Terrier with Miniature Pinschers and it is gaining more and more popularity once again.
The second one is Carlin Pinscher, which is a cross between the Pug and the Min Pin. It is also relatively rare cross, but it is gaining more and more popularity today.