German Pinscher

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The German Pinscher (also known as the Deutscher Pinscher) is an average sized dog. It originated in Germany and is a classic Pinscher type dog. The dog is a mixture of Miniature Pinscher, Dobermann, Affenpinscher and various Schnauzers. It is a fairly popular breed. This breed has also been known as the Smooth Haired Pinscher. It was shown in dog books dating back to the 1884. There are drawings of this dog dating from 1780. Pinschers were originally used to guard coaches. They also were used to defend homes from vermin, which they would do as a matter of course and did not need to be cajoled into.


This dog usually weight between 11 and 16 kilos and is 42 to 47 cm high to the withers. Generally it comes in black and red, or red, fawn or tan. Generally the coat of this type of dog is short, thick and smooth. Generally these dogs have their ears and tails docked. This has the benefit of increasing the dogs speed and reducing injuries which occur when it is working.


This dog is highly intelligent and highly trainable, it will not enjoy training which is boring and repetitive. As long as the breeding of the dog is impeccable then the German Pinscher can be a lovely companion and have a good temperament. This means that before integrating in a Pinscher into a family environment it is important to first assess the personality of the dog. Although this dog can do well in a family environment with small dogs and small children they should under no circumstances be left alone with either (though this goes for any breed of dog, few dogs will react favourably to constant harassment by a curious toddler). These dogs have boundless energy.

Grooming and care

These dogs are highly active so they need a highly active lifestyle to bee seen at their best, otherwise it can easily be that they start to act up. They need hours of exercise, so access to a large well fenced yard is essential.


It is important to look for hereditary conditions in these dogs such as hip displaysia and von Willebrand disease. They also tend to suffer increased chance of Cardiac Disease.