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Harlequin Pinscher

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Merle version of the German Pinscher  was selected against by breeders of the GP because they felt the white compromised health.  Instead they were likely seeing the effects of merlexmerle breeding (which typically or can result in blindness, deafness and other issues).  Probably extinct.  No registries since early 1900s.

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Colors: merle Coat type: smooth
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Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: Companion
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Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Harlequin Pincshers?
  • Why do you have Harlequin Pincshers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Harlequin Pincsher?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Harlequin Pincsher?
  • How would you describe the ideal Harlequin Pincsher home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Harlequin Pincsher?
  • How do you assist or help Harlequin Pincshers in need of rescue?
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