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German Pinscher

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The German Pinscher, also known as the Standard Pinscher, is a rare breed of medium-sized dog that originated in Germany. It belongs to the terrier breed family which is notable for their distinct personality and outstanding hunting skills. The British Kennel Club, however, classifies German Pinschers as part of the working group due to their excellence in carrying out jobs typically involved in police and military work. German Pinschers have been bred to become vermin hunters, watchdogs, and coach guardians. Their smooth, glossy coat usually comes in various colors such as black and tan, red fawn, and dark brown coupled with yellow markings.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the German Pinscher breed normally stand a height of w16 to 19 in at the withers, and weigh between 25 to 35 lbs.



German Pinschers, in general, are docile, sober yet very brave dogs. They are easy-going, lively, and versatile. The breed is a vocal guard dog that possesses great stamina. They respond well to obedience training, and may only bark when absolutely necessary. German Pinschers make ideal companions. They are very loyal and protective toward their master. The breed will defend their family owner and their territory against those who impose danger. These terrier dogs need a firm yet calm owner who can be confident and consistent in their leadership approach. German Pischers have to understand its place in the pack. Otherwise the dogs will become stubborn and difficult to handle. Because the breed is a ratter, they are hardly ever trusted around small non-canine animals.


German Pinschers are not demanding when it comes to coat care. Their short, dense coat only needs to be brushed once a week to get rid of dead hair. The breed is an average shedder.

Health Concerns

Some of the common health complications associated with German Pinschers include cataracts, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid disorders, von Willebrand’s disease, and cardiac problems. Nonetheless, with proper diet and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 12 to 14 years.

Best Environment

Members of the German Pinscher breed are relatively active. However, they can adapt to apartment-living provided that they get to receive sufficient exercise every day. Giving these terriers easy access to a yard is also advisable. Because the breed loves to be with their owner and has a job to do, kennel life is not a good idea. Taking the German Pinscher pets for long walks, jogs, or runs will keep the breed happy.

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