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Meet Hugo von Stiehl, the German Pinscher

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Bringing home a new puppy is always a special experience. The introduction of a new beastly dog creature to the family can leave a lifelong collection of memories for both you and your dog. I grew up with a dog. Her name was Shadow and she was a black Labrador Retriever. Great dog! Her and I got along great and she single handily turned me into a dog person. I’m can barely tolerate cats, but dogs and I have special bond. I have the late Shadow to thank for that. R.I.P.

And, when you combine the introduction of a new puppy to the family along with a celebration of another special moment, (aka Trish’s 30th Birthday), it makes for single moment never to be forgotten. A single moment forever cherished.


Hugo von Stiehl

Hugo von Stiehl


Meet Hugo

This is Huey, our new little monster. He became a member of our family on June 8th, 2012 – Trish’s 30th birthday. Officially named Oakwood Hugo von Stiehl – we like to call him Huey. He’s been living with us for the past few weeks. An absolute joy! Born April 10th, he is already very inquisitive, intelligent, adaptive, eager and a joy to be around. In this short time he’s brought a new awareness to our lives that we never knew existed. Something that will personally change my life and set me on a new path. The kind of stuff that makes me really feel alive in this journey we call “life”.

Note: This was fun! I surprised Trish with a new puppy for her 30th birthday. It was epic. At first I had her believe that we could get a dog, but it’d have to wait until after the Summer. I just needed the Summer months to enjoy my freedom from a dog as we all know they are a handful and require lots of responsibility. Well, it wasn’t completely true and as such was difficult for me to pull off. Eventually we came to an agreement and she unwillingly settled only to wait in anticipation for Summer to end. Well, life happens and I was forced to spill the beans. I confessed to her that I’ve always wanted to get a dog now, but wanted to surprise her with a new puppy on her birthday which was the reason I had for waiting until after Summer. You know, a really, really good 30th birthday surprise. Well, surprised ruined. It was an emotional time.

But, I prevail with something else still up my sleeve. You see, I had heard Trish mention she wanted a surprise birthday party for her 30th birthday many months and months in advance. So, being a receptive and respectful mate, I stated planning a surprise birthday party for her. I’m in love with her and I enjoy seeing her happy, so this was perfect. And, contrary to the spoiled surprise of a new puppy, it was a COMPLETE surprise! In the end, with the new puppy being let out of the bag, it served as a adequate distraction against the actual surprise – which was the birthday party. I invited all her friends, family and co-workers. Everyone she cared for in the moment. I even went all out and reserved a dedicated downtown location, created a Facebook event, corralled all her friends and family, ordered hor’dorseves, took a trip to Party City to deck the location out with extravagant party balloons, streamers, lanterns, party decorations, etc. She had NO clue. Hugo was a complete distraction. She was so laser-focused on getting the puppy (he was flying in from Texas), and basking in the anticipation of his arrival that the thought of a surprise birthday party was completely out of mind. To her, the puppy was enough.

In the end, she got the dog AND the surprise birthday party! Win-win situation, baby!! Ron pulled it off! Granted, it took every sales tip, tactic and strategy I have acquired over the 10+ years of sales experience to convince her to leave her new puppy who just got home 1 hour prior to go out for “dinner reservations”!! Every single one of them! :)

Trish's 30th Birthday Photo

Happy 30th Birthday, babe… this one’s to you! :)


Okay, back to Hugo, the German Pinscher… Here is a little bit about the German Pinscher breed.

The German Pinscher: Originated in Germany and found in the origins of the Doberman and Miniature Pinscher, Giant and Standard Schnauzer. The wire- and smooth-coated schnauzers were represented in the same litter & became the modern Standard Schnauzer and German Pinscher. Following both world wars, the breed was nearly lost to become extinct. Werner Jung is credited for saving the breed when he smuggled a German Pinscher into East Germany and utilized oversized Miniature Pinschers to resurrect the breed. The all-purpose breed was used to hunt vermin and to protect hearth and home, a job it still does with enthusiasm today.

German Pinschers thrive as part of our everyday lives, and of course, if left alone for extended periods they can get into mischief. These short-coated dogs need to be indoors and part of the family, and do best when included in your daily activities. And, Huey sure is.


When if comes to exercise, if your idea of a great day involves running, biking, hiking or similar pursuits you are an ideal partner for this active breed. German Pinschers need regular exercise on a daily basis to be happy and stable pets. Definitely not a coach potato dog.

And, you know what? I wasn’t an everyday exerciser. In fact, I wasn’t a once a week or even a once a month kinda guy. I straight-up didn’t exercise at all, so getting this breed was certainly going to change my life. And, that it has. I actually enjoy working out with my dog now. We go outside and it’s full-on run around and play time (after doing his business, of course). I don’t think you need to be an exercise freak to take care of a German Pinscher, but in reality you can’t think sitting on your ass is going to work this kinda dog. Although I didn’t exercise before doesn’t mean I wasn’t willing to let my dog get the necessary exercise. I just happened to get my exercise at the same time. 😉 And, if your idea of exercise is opening the back door and letting your dog go outside, then DON’T get this dog. You aren’t a good match.

In regards to temperament, this is something I did my research on. Me? Research? Ha! Imagine that. I did my due diligence when it came to knowing about this breed. Trish and I took a look at a lot of dogs, and even considered rescuing a dog. But, when the German Pinscher came into the picture, we knew what kind of dog we were going to get. But, it needed to be an even tempered dog. Ideal owners have experience with working breeds or other strong-willed dogs. All the drives of larger working dogs compressed into a medium package – the German Pinscher is an ideal partner for “take charge” owners. In the absence of proper leadership, they will be the boss!

hugo backside

As you know, I’m a man of leadership, so this wasn’t a problem. Huey is learning who is in charge in the household, so I’ve respected his space. I tend to listen to a lot of really heavy music and my preference is to play a loud guitar reminiscent of heavy metal. As such, I’ve grown to develop a very mean loud vocal growl. The kind you hear when loud ass heavy metal comes flying out of the speakers making your ears feel like they’re bleeding. And, when used properly, Huey and I have an understanding that my growl demands respect and obedience. Leadership issue solved. He knows that in order to get his way, he must obey and serve me first. Typically in the way of a command such as sit. In essence, asking for permission. Makes for an obedient and well-behaved dog.

In comparison, the German Pinscher is an excellent watchdog and companion. Bigger than the Miniature Pinscher and small than the Doberman, the agility, intelligence, and stamina of the German Pinscher make it suitable for conformation, obedience, tracking, agility competitions and so much more. Their short coats are solid-colored red or fawn, and black or blue with tan to rusk markings. Hugo is of the black color with tan to rusk markings. A handsome fellow, and sure to be a ladies stud (although we are heavily weighed to neutering).

As a dog from the working breeds, they possess a natural instinct to hunt vermin and protect home and family. This creates a dog with a strong prey drive and a strong will. Not one to just hand over the keys. However, they are willing learners and they make wonderful multipurpose companions with firm, but gentle and consistent discipline.

Hugo is currently learning the process. After all, at the time of this writing, he is only 11 weeks old. Still a pup who’s learning life.

German Pinschers are considered medium-sized dogs. Height of 17″ to 20″. Hugo’s mother is 18″ at the shoulder and his father is 18.5″ from the same spot of the top withers. Male and female GP’s can be, and often are, the same heights. Occasionally, German Pinschers may be over 20″ or under 16″, but this is HIGHLY unlikely. Weight varies and German Pinschers are a compact, short-bodied dog and range from 25lbs to 35lbs.

One of key characteristics and constants among the German Pinschers is that they all share the same wedge shaped head, black nose, black upper lip, black eye liner w/ oval shaped eyes and black toenails.

hugo side profile

One of the biggest options with this breed is cropping the ears and docking the tail. With Hugo we didn’t have a choice with the tail. He was docked at birth by the breeder. If given a choice, we would have chosen a docked tail anyway. Don’t want picture frames and coffee table items flying across the room. In terms of the ears, we had the choice, but decided to leave them down. Although the cropped ears makes the dog look better for competition, Trish and I weren’t interested in that route. Sometimes dogs with cropped ears can look mean or intimidating. If you watch too many movies this can lead to thing these dogs are mean and aggressive. Not true in Huey’s case.

Our breeder was Oakwood Kennels and we were thoroughly impressed with their merit as a breeder. They breed to International Standards. Here’s a snippet from their website:

“Oakwood” is the prefix for dogs bred and lovingly raised in my home. I breed very selectively so when I do breed a litter, I am implementing a thoroughly researched multi-generational plan to produce dogs of superior quality, health and temperament. My priority as a breeder is to produce a few fantastic litters each year.

Oakwood dogs are also shown on a limited basis, typically finishing their championships just within a few weekends proving their quality in legitimate competition by consistently winning in national and international competitions. In fact, Hugo’s mother, Ruby, is a champion in the United States. Her extended pedigree (to 6 generations) is of stellar class. Ruby was breed with an import from the Netherlands named Prim0-Dutch-Streem von Cronestein, Hugo’s father. He is currently showing in conformation. All testing has been publicly documented, so Trish and I were 100% confident that we were getting a healthy dog free of common diseases and conditions.

Basic Questions & Answers for German Pinschers

Here’s a few things Trish and I were definitely interested in:

QUESTION: Do they bark a lot?

ANSWER: No. They only bark when there is something to bark at.

QUESTION: Best training methods?

ANSWER: Consistency and frequency. Enrolling in a puppy kindergarten should be mandatory. It’s the greatest thing ever.

QUESTION: Can they be left alone?

ANSWER: Yes, but they don’t do well when left alone for extended periods.

QUESTION:  Are there any health concerns?

ANSWER: German Pinschers by comparison are relatively free of inherited diseases. Be sure to do thorough research on the breeder to ensure you are working with a breeder that produce pups free of inherited genetic disorders, and all dogs are DNA tested for vonWillebrands Disease (a bleeding disorder) or have been proven clear of parentage or Hip Dysplasia.

We also had a few MUST-HAVE items such as a complete and up-to-date health testing on both the parents. Unfortunately, when rescuing a dog this information is limited and frequently not available. We also needed to know that the ENTIRE pedigree was free of health concerns and other issues. This means not only Hugo’s parents, but also his Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Cousins, Siblings, etc. etc. They all checked out clear with only a 2 cases of cataracts on the mother’s side. Complete clean bill of health on Primo’s side.



Primo-Dutch-Dream von Cronestein


SIDENOTE: This is Hugo’s father…. his name is Primo… need I say more? :)

Some of the other things we enjoyed from our breeder was registration papers along with the insertion of a microchip for easy tracking. This means Hugo has permanent and document identification with both local and national organizations including the American Kennel Center (AKC).

If you’re looking for an exceptional show or pet puppy German Pinscher, we highly suggest contacting Oakwood Kennels as they excel in quality and temperament.

Hope this helps!

Written by Ron Reed

June 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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