German Pinscher

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


Homeland of the German Pinscher, as the name of the breed suggest, is Germany. First documents about these dogs dated from the 17th century. In the past they were used as guards of herds of cattle and for hunting rats. The breed was officially recognized in 2003.

Physical characteristics

This dog is medium in height and have a healthy and athletic body structure. The ears are set high, erect and slightly bent at the end. The coat of the German Pinscher is short, dense, shiny, tightly to the body. Coloration can be one color - in shades of brown, and two-color - black or brown, with reddish spots or reddish-brown with lighter spots. Marks could be seen over the eyes, throat, chest, forelegs and hind legs. The average height of this breed is between 43 and 48 cm and the weigh - around 9 and 16 kg.

Character and behavior

The German Pinscher is temperamental, energetic, courageous and a vigilant dog with a very well developed intellect. It is distrustful of strangers and can show aggression towards them, which makes it an excellent watchdog. It is characterized by acute hearing. Very attached, especially to children, but most often to one family member. It is desirable companion and alert guard in the house.

The German Pinscher is a dog that likes to receive love from its master, so this breed is not suitable for those of you who do not have enough free time to devote to the little puppy. This dog tends to bark a lot.

Your pet could be a great cycling, hiking or jogging companion. It adores to play and run, but remember – never let your German Pinscher off the leash in an open space.

Training and education

Some representatives of this breed are quite arbitrary, manipulative and have a very strong will, making them suitable for people who have experience in raising dogs. These dogs are overflowing with energy and therefore gladly would participate in different kinds of sports, entertainment and exercises together with you and your family. German Pinschers are extremely intelligent and can easily be taught of everything, but their strong will can sometimes transform into stubbornness, so we recommend the owners of these puppies to be patient and confident.

Health problems

The life span of the German Pinscher is around 12-14 years. The breed is generally healthy, but could suffer from Hip dysplasia and eye problems. Before you chose from different puppies for sale, you should ensure that both parents have certificates OFA and CERF.

Grooming and care

Maintenance requirements of the appearance of this breed are average, which makes the German Pinscher great choice for those of you who do not have much free time. The fur can be brushed occasionally to look in good condition - soft and shiny. These dogs don't shed a lot, which is a big advantage, especially for those who suffer from allergies.

Children and other pets

This dog gets along extremely well with older and delicate children. When growing up surrounded by other dogs, the German Pinscher will be in a good relationship with them. If not, then it can be aggressive and dominant. Don't forget that your puppy can chase and kill any small pets or rodents in the house. When it comes to strangers, the German Pinscher is quite reserved and not so welcoming.

Interesting facts

The first known standard was written in 1884. Ten years later, the German Kennel Club recognized officially the breed. Almost a century passed before some representatives of the breed were imported to the United States. In 2003 the American Kennel Club finally recognized the breed.