Doberman pinscher

noun (1)
Do·ber·man pin·scher | \ˌdō-bər-mən-ˈpin-chər \

Definition of Doberman pinscher 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a breed of short-haired medium-sized dogs of German origin

called also Doberman

miniature pinscher

noun (2)
miniature pin·scher | \-ˈpin(t)-shər \

Definition of miniature pinscher (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a breed of toy dogs that suggest a small Doberman pinscher and are 10 to 12¹/₂ inches (25 to 32 centimeters) in height at the withers

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In April, a 5-year-old miniature pinscher named Rocky, adopted by Colleen Burke and her family, was snatched from his Farmington Hills backyard, dragged through a creek and found with fatal neck injuries in a neighbor's yard. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Small dogs no match for coyotes in metro Detroit, attacks on the rise," 4 June 2018 After receiving an anonymous call about the possible neglect of two dogs, animal services observed a miniature pinscher mix in the back yard rolling on the ground. Washington Post, "Montgomery County Animal Watch," 13 Sep. 2017 Five months ago, Keri Levy and her family had to make the difficult decision to euthanize their dog Ceasar, a beloved 15-year-old miniature pinscher, because of a chronic health condition called Cushing's disease, reports People. Courtney Campbell, Country Living, "This Family Thought They Euthanized Their Dog, Only to Discover He Was Still Alive Five Months Later," 23 Oct. 2017 Some groups focus on rescuing specific breeds — like miniature pinschers, pit bulls or greyhounds – while still others may take in animals of a specific size, age or health condition. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Schwarzenegger daughter puts heart into book about adopting dog," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of Doberman pinscher

Noun (1)

1917, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Doberman pinscher

Noun (1)

German Dobermann-pinscher, from Friedrich Ludwig Dobermann †1894 German dog breeder + German Pinscher, a breed of hunting dog

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English Language Learners Definition of Doberman pinscher

: a type of tall, thin, muscular dog with short hair that is usually black and tan

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