Donovan Pinscher

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
American Pinscher
Donovan's Pinscher
The breed was developed as a protection breed by Dominick Donovan, a dog trainer and handler who operated dog training and breeding facilities based in New Jersey. Working dogs of Donovan Pinscher ancestry include the Akita, American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, Belgian Malinois, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, Dutch Shepherd, English Mastiff, Fila Brasiliero, German Shepherd, Japanese Tosa, Neapolitan Mastiff, Presa Canario and Rottweiler. The Dutch Shepherd was one of the main ancestors.

The breed was developed as a hard-working, energetic service dog. The breed's intimidating heritage gives it a high level of prey drive and tenacity, while the breed's guarding heritage provides intelligence, trainability and the urge to be protective. Online forums show mixed opinions on the breed's temperament, the aim of breeding the dog was to design a dog that is aggressive when needed to serve as a guard dog, but cases of aggression towards owners are noted. The Donovan Pinscher is meant to be a working dog, not a family pet.

The breeding and temperament of the Donovan Pinscher make it ideal for police and security work. Donovans are excellent for guarding property, as they are protective and territorial, and fierce when challenged. They are accomplished in protection sports, canine detection and security work, and competitive sports such as Schutzhund, KNPV, Agility and French Ring because of their speed, power and agility.

The Donovan Pinscher is a designer dog that resembles a powerful muscular mastiff mix with large, cropped ears. Developed in the late 1990s from a large number of established breeds, the Donovan does not appear to have any breed-related health problems. The Donovan Pinscher is not recognized by the American Kennel Club and does not appear on the registry's list of breeds.

Adult Donovan Pinschers weigh 29.5 to 45.5 kilos and stand 51 to 66 centimeters at the withers. Males are larger and heavier than females. They are square dogs with heavy-boned front ends and slightly elastic rear ends, giving the impression of strength. Donovan heads are wedge-shaped, in proportion to their bodies, and set on well-muscled necks. Teeth are powerful, with a scissor bite. Coats can be brindle, black, red or fawn. They can be with or without black masks. The skin should be thick and loose around the chest and neck, where it should show vertical folds, and should be tight everywhere else. The tail should be low, thick at the base and anchored.

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