AKC Group: Working
German Pinschers can be traced back to the late 1700s, receiving breed status in Germany in 1879. German Pinschers are a combination of Doberman Pinschers and Schnauzers. German Pinschers were bred by German farmers to work as a larger ratter and protector. They were also used as a herder or livestock guardian.
Size: 17 to 20 inches tall; 25 to 35 pounds
Color: Isabella (fawn); red; stag red; black and tan or blue and tan.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Hip dysplasia or eye problems have been noted.
The German Pinscher is a spirited, courageous, bold, loyal and playful dog. They are ever alert and watchful, determined and protective. They can be strong willed and manipulative; they need an experienced handler. They’re a bundle of energy and will enjoy any athletic pursuit alongside his family. The German Pinscher is highly intelligent and learns quickly (good for training), but these qualities are offset by his strong mind. They adore soaking up the attention of his family. If you’re looking for a dog you can leave by himself, check out another breed; this living situation will not make a German Pinscher happy. They often bark and can be very possessive of their belongings. German Pinschers do best with older, considerate children, but early socialization will further aid a
love of children of all ages. When raised with another dog, he should do great, though he may try to dominate. With smaller animals, be mindful that they may stimulate his prey drive. With strangers, he’ll be extremely wary and mistrustful.
German Pinschers have a smooth, close-fitting, dense coat. If the ears are cropped, they will stand erect on the head. The German Pinscher is a medium-sized dog with a sturdy, athletic build that exudes power and agility. Brush him occasionally to keep his coat looking glossy and in good condition. For allergy sufferers, these guys are low shedders.
German Pinschers are made for obedience and agility events. They absolutely require proper socialization and training. To get the best out of a German Pinscher, you’ll need a good understanding of how to work with dominant dog breeds, otherwise he’ll never get that HE isn’t in charge. They need consistency and do best under positive training methods without using punishments. Corrections should be done with a firm tone of voice and by withholding the treat or positive attention until he completes the task properly. Socialization should be done by exposing him to as many dogs, people and other animals that you can. Without socialization, he may become aggressive and crazy possessive of his things.