According to the Humane Society of the United States, October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month." So if you are considering getting a dog for the family, or replacing your beloved pet that has just expired, check the various animal shelters or breed rescue groups before searching for a breeder. You will probably save a life and still get just what you had in mind.
There is a new breed recognized in the United States by the American Kennel Club. Actually, it is a well-known breed in Europe, but wasn't imported to this country until 1982. It is the German pinscher.
The breed's column in the AKC Gazette, October issue, describes this dog as "an ancient breed of high energy that is very intelligent." It was established from the standard schnauzer stock and "is considered the schnauzer's 'uncoated' version."
However, the description of the coat color is different. Whereas the standard schnauzer can be pepper and salt or solid black, the German pinscher has four acceptable colors: black with red/tan; all shades of red; blue with red/tan; and Isabella (fawn).