The German Pinscher!

The German Pincher, who also goes by the name of Standard Pinscher, is a medium-sized dog with an elongated muzzle tipped with a black nose and a strong, muscular body. This breed has a smooth and glossy coat that comes in a variety of color combinations. The most common coat color is black with tan markings. The ears of the German Pinscher possess a natural fold when they are not cropped. Cropped ears, on the other hand, appear to be perky and erect.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-14 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Needs yard to play in.


Exercise Needs:
Daily walk or run; yard play.

Breed Group:


16 to 19 inches

25 to 35 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black with tan markings; red fawn and dark brown with yellow markings.

National breed club:
The German Pinscher Club of America

German Pinscher Skills

The German Pinscher is an ancestor of the Miniature Pinscher and the Schnauzer and is said to be instrumental in developing the Doberman breed. The German Pinscher was traditionally a farmer’s vermin hunter but it was later used to guard and herd livestock and become a watchdog.

German Pinscher Personality

The German Pinscher is a physically strong and emotionally brave dog, making it an ideal companion. They are very protective and loyal, always ready to defend the owner and his family as well as his territory. However, the German Pinscher is not an ideal dog for children, as it tends to be quite aggressive and cannot differentiate between play and real trouble. As a result, they tend to bite without really thinking over its actions. The German Pinscher can also be quite stubborn and needs to be trained to understand that it does not own the house and as such, has to know its proper place.

Exercise Needs

Being an active dog, the German Pinscher requires a great amount of exercise. It loves to run, either in a large, fenced yard or alongside a bicycle. The German Pinscher also loves to be walked.

Living Conditions

The German Pinscher can adapt to living in small living quarters, provided that it receives an adequate amount of exercise in a fenced yard. This breed has the tendency to run after anything that moves quickly.

Grooming Requirements

The German Pinscher requires minimal amount of grooming, aside from the occasional brushing of the coat to remove dead hair.

Health Issues

The German Pinscher is a relatively healthy breed. However, they can be prone to hip dysplasia.

If you liked this dog…

You may also take a liking for the Shar-Pei. It may appear to have a perpetually frowning expression because of its wrinkled face but it is actually a very intelligent, devoted and playful breed that can be good watch or companion dogs.

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