One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A breed of well-muscled, smooth-coated terrier in which the tail is customarily docked; (also) a breed of miniature terrier outwardly resembling the Dobermann pinscher, having a distinctive gait said to resemble that of a carriage horse; a dog of either of these breeds.
Early 20th century. From German Pinscher, of uncertain origin.
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