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German Pinscher

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German Pinscher

German Pinschers are compact, well-muscled, medium-sized dogs. They have short, smooth coats which lie close to the body. When showing this breed, their coat color should be solid fawn or several shades of red. Coats may also come in black with tan markings, brown with yellow markings, and blue or black with reddish markings. The head has a long bluntly tipped muzzle, a slight stop and the oval eyes are dark. The high set ears can either be cropped or uncropped. The medium sized nose should be black and the teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The short body is robust and well-muscled with a topline slightly descending from the withers. The forelegs should be parallel with perpendicular pasterns. The round, compact feet are short with dark pads. In the United States, the tail is customarily docked between the second and third joints. The tail should be held horizontally when in motion.

Temperament German Pinscher's have a great sense of humor, courageous, sober and have considerable stamina. They are highly protective of their family and territory. They are not likely to allow anyone besides their owners onto the property without supervision. They are an extremely loyal and protective breed, defending their owner and property to the end. They are affectionate and attentive to their owners; however, it is usually on their terms. Due to this, and their tendency to be possessive of their food, toys and treats, obedience training is essential to establishing positive leadership identification. Since this breed is extensively protective, they are not recommended for households with children. They do not know the difference between a real problem and rough-housing. They tend to bite and should only be around older, respectful children. German Pinchers are slightly dog aggressive and should be in a one-dog home. It is especially recommended to not have another mature dog of the same sex in the same home as this breed. This breed is excellent at agility due to their speed. They are not suitable for attack training since they cannot be called off during the attack. This breed does not like to be alone for lengthy periods and once bored, can become destructive.
Height, Weight Height: 16-19" ; Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Health Problems The German Pinscher is a hardy breed with no real health problems.
Living Conditions German Pinscher's do okay in an apartment if they are given enough exercise. They require a tight fenced yard and should be on a leash at all times as they may take off on a chase very quickly.
Exercise This breed needs regular and frequent exercise. They make excellent bicycle and jogging companions.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming German Pinschers need little grooming and are average shedders.
Origin Although the German Pinscher was not admitted to the AKC until 2003, they have been a recognized breed in Germany since the 1800s. They were used for centuries as ratters and vermin hunters. This breed is a close relation to the Standard Schnauzer - the Schnauzer being the wire-haired version and the Pinscher being the smooth-haired version. Eventually, the coat types were separated into two distinct breeds. After the 2nd World War, very few German Pinchers existed. In the 1950s, a German man named Werner Jung was successful in rebuilding this magnificent breed, as well as establishing breeding programs. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Working, UKC Terrier