He is related to the Doberman, Miniature Pinscher, and Standard Schnauzer
He was respected for his ability to hunt rats and mice
Personality and Behavior
He's naturally protective of his family
He has a high prey-drive and will chase any little critter that runs from him
He is fearless and will take on a much bigger dog if threatened
He's a very athletic dog with plenty of stamina
He's alert and quick to bark making him and excellent watchdog
He tends to be aggressive towards other dogs
He has lots of energy which he needs to burn
If he gets bored he may be destructive
He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
He sheds quite a bit of hair. You'll find some hair stuck to your clothes, couch and carpets.
Grooming / Maintenance
His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds you may find yourself brushing it once a week, or more, to minimize the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).