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Harlequin Pinscher

Harlequin Pinscher - Information on the Appearance and Temperament of Harlequin Pinscher Dog

The Harlequin Pinscher belongs to the Terrier breed of dogs, with its origins in Germany, was registered as the Miniature Pinscher.

Some of the other names it is known by include Merle Miniature Pinscher, Merle/Piebald Miniature Pinscher and Piebald Miniature Pinscher. The early breeders of the Harlequin Pinscher did not know much about the genetic constitution of Harlequins and the beautiful but sometimes fatal nature of the merle gene.

Appearance and Temperament of Harlequin Pinscher

As a result, over a period of time their numbers starting declining due to certain hereditary defects. This dog breed is known to be quite rare.

The standard sized Harlequin Pinschers are about 12-14 inches tall and weigh between 22-26 pounds. They are usually found in color variations of Harlequin on a white, black or grey background, with a black or self-colored nose depending on their coat. The color of their coat is normally merle, piebald, brindle or a combination. Their coat is short and smooth and only needs to be brushed regularly for maintenance.

Other than this, dog grooming would only imply an occasional bath to keep them clean. They have a broad skull structure and an elongated head. Their ears are usually cropped to make them stand up straight. They have a long neck which is broad at the shoulders and slightly arched. Their chest is deep and they have a well muscled barrel shaped body. The Harlequin Pinscher has absolutely straight forelegs and slightly angulated hind legs with compact feet. These dogs have quite an appealing appearance and are hardly ever overweight or fat. They come in three sizes namely toy, miniature and standard size.  

This breed of dogs is said to have a very good temperament and can make ideal indoor companions. They are loyal, fearless and bond easily with their owners and families. They also tend to socialize well with most other people. They are a very intelligent breed and can be trained easily as well. Dog training however, must be constant and the trainer should establish his position as the leader of the pack right from the beginning. These dogs should never be allowed to take on the “alpha” role in the family as it can develop some unwanted behavior like “small dog syndrome”. This is a breed which can adapt well in almost any setting as long as they get their regular exercise. A daily brisk walk along with some running and playing time should keep them happy and satisfied.

  Submitted on February 7, 2012  

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