He was first bred to hunt rats on farms and in homes
It's thought the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound and Shorthaired German Pinscher were used in his development
Personality and Behavior
He's alert, spirited and fearless
He's agile and fast
He thrives on your companionship
His inquisitive and investigates all goings on around the home
He's very protective of his family and untrusting of strangers; he may constantly challenge and bark at a stranger who enters the home
His alertness and protective instinct make him a good watch dog
He doesn't need much exercise
He's good with respectful children but may nip at a young child who accidentally annoys him
He doesn't realize his small size and may challenge much larger dogs
He's easy to train because he learns commands at an above average rate.
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!).