In this blog we take a look at gorgeous breeds originating from Germany.
This small breed, which belongs to the Toy group, is also known as the ‘Monkey Terrier’ due to the German translation. The name was given due to the monkey like features and expressions of the breeds face. The Affenpinscher dates back to the seventeenth century with similar type breeds being recorded in paintings as early as the 15th century.
Fun Fact – The breed was initially named the ‘Zwergaffenpinscher’ which translates to ‘little-monkey-dog’. Bit of a mouthful, right?
This hugely popular breed was initially bred to hunt badgers and rabbits. Due to their long narrow build, they are more commonly know as ‘Sausage Dogs’. The breed has many variations of coat type and colour. Popularity of the breed decreased following World War I due to the use of them to represent Germany in propaganda. In recent years, the breed has rocketed in popularity and is a firm favourite in the UK.
Fun Fact – the dachshund was chosen to be the first official mascot for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, with the name Waldi.
This medium to large breed was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany. Dobermans are known to be alert, intelligent and very loyal which is why they are often used as guard dogs. A Doberman named Cappy saved the lives of 250 U.S. Marines when he alerted them to Japanese soldiers. He was the first to be buried in what would later become the war dog cemetery and he is the dog depicted in bronze atop the World War II War Dog Memorial.
Fun Fact – Alpha from the Disney Pixar film UP! is a Doberman who has a collar allowing him to talk, but a minor malfunction makes him sound as if he’d been inhaling helium, giving him a squeaky voice.
This large breed is also known as the GSD or Alsatian. Originally bred to herd sheep in 1899, this breed is now used for a range of roles within the military, Police, Search and Rescue teams and more. German Shepherds are known for their intelligence. Research shows that they are able to learn tasks after just 5 repetitions and obey the first command 95% of the time.
Fun Facts – A few celebrities that have German Shepherds are Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston.
This small breed is known by many names such as the Deutscher Spitz, Victorian Pomeranian, Klein Spitz and Mittelspitz. In the UK, the only recognised variations are the Klein (small) Spitz and Mittle (Medium) Spitz with the only noticeable differences being their size. The Spitz has a double coat with more hair around the neck causing a ‘frill’. This small fluff ball is also an unlikely swimmer, and it’s not uncommon for the breed to take a dip whenever and wherever possible.
Fun Fact – A German Spitz name Princess shot to fame in 2015 on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ when she showcased her ability to hypnotise people. She successfully hypnotised judge Simon Cowell and sent him to sleep.
This large impressive breed dates back to the 16th century, when it was used to hunt bear, boar and deer. The Great Dane is easily recognisable by its size. A male should be no less than 76cm from paw to shoulder. The current record holder is a black Great Dane named Zeus who measured in at 111.8cm tall! The breed can be found in a range of colours and are known for being friendly and affectionate. A real gentle giant.
Fun Fact – Famous cartoon dog Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane.
According to legend, this stunning breed was supposedly bred to mimic the lion in the town crest of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg. It is said that the Leonberger was developed in the 1830’s by the mayor of Leonberg by crossing a female Newfoundland and a male Saint Bernard. This lion like breed are fabulous swimmers and are currently used by the Italian School of Canine Lifeguard.
Fun Fact – Leonbergers are dimorphic, which means you can tell the difference between a male and a female by their appearance.
This breed and its variations originated in Germany in the 14th or 15th century. The name comes from the German word for “snout” and colloquially means “moustache”. There are three Schnauzer breeds, the standard, the giant and the miniature. The thick whiskers on a Schnauzer’s snout have an important function. When matted together, they protected the Schnauzer from being bitten by the prey they hunted on farms.
Fun Facts – A few celebrities that have Schnauzers are 50 Cent, Usher and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actress Katherine Heigl.
This beautiful breed was initially bred to hunt in the 19th century and ownership was restricted to those of noble blood. Weimaraner’s are easily distinguished by their stunning coat which ranges from charcoal-blue to silver-grey. The coat led to the nickname of ‘Grey Ghost Dogs’.
Fun Facts – Weirmaraner’s eye colour changes with age. Puppies are born with light blue eyes, but these will eventually turn amber or grey.
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