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April 4, 2013

Meet the Breed: The German Pinscher

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  • Height: 16"- 19”
  • Weight: 25-35 pounds
  • Historical function: Vermin controller, watchdog, companion
  • Modern function: Companion, watchdog
  • AKC classification: Working group

Physical Characteristics:

The German Pinscher was foundational in creating both the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher, so it's not surprising that they look similar. This is a medium-sized breed that is athletic and squarly built. The coat is short and can be black and rust, red, fawn, and blue and tan.

History of the Breed:

The German Pinscher originated in Germany but can be traced in art to at least the 1780s. The German Pinscher and the Standard Schnauzer used to come from the same litters of puppies, but gradual seletion encouraged a separation of the two breeds. In fact, salt and pepper Pinschers used to be an available color variation; however, this color as well as solid black and harlequin became extinct during the world wars. Attempts to recreate these color variations have been rejected by the parent clubs.


The German Pinscher makes an ideal companion suitable for many uses including all-around family dog, agility partner, watchdog, and jogging companion. They are loyal, protective, and brave. They will bark a lot to alert to strangers and communicate to their owners. This will probably need to be curbed. This dog will become dominant if the humans in his life don't assert proper leadership. Has a strong prey drive so must be trained around cats and fenced in a secure yard to keep them from chasing squirrels and cats.

  • Best suited for: Anyone who has experience with dogs, as this dog will probably try to assert himself without proper leadership.
  • Preferred living conditions: This is a versatile, adaptable dog. Does not do well in cold weather, however.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care short coat needs occasional brushing. An average shedder.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk or jog.
  • Life expectancy: 12-14 years.
  • Health concerns: Generally healthy.

Breed Club Links: The German Pinscher Club of America Perfect Pairings: Outward Hound Hands Free Jogger Dog Leash

Have any stories about a German Pinscher? Please share!

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