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German Pinscher: Key Characteristics of German Pinscher Dog Breed (Alsatian)

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About German Pinscher

Country of Origin, History of German Pinschers

As the name would suggest the German Pinscher is believed to have been bred in Germany and have descended from early European herding and guardian breeds.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The German Pinscher is a medium-sized, robust, muscular, well-balanced, tall terrier with a strong, smooth, glossy coat that comes in red fawn, black & tan, and dark brown with yellow markings. The alert expressive ears have a natural fold when they are uncropped. Its long muzzle is bluntly tipped with a medium-sized, black nose. The dog's back is straight and the tail is customarily docked.

Height: 16-19 inches (41-48 cm.)

Weight: 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg.)

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German Pinscher Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The brave, sober, energetic, loyal, protective, humorous German Pinscher can be an ideal companion dog. It is lively but docile, quite versatile, and a vocal guard dog. Tend to be hyperactive as puppies if not given enough to occupy mind and body. This breed only barks when it feels it is necessary, which may be often. Visitors will be announced with loud barking but then things usually calm down quickly. This breed needs to know that when the family is gone, it owns everything and when the family is home it owns nothing.

The German Pincher is not good with children and other dogs. Normally they get along well with other household pets. However, they are ratters and when outdoors they will chase a cat, possibly hurting it.

Living Conditions

The German Pinscher will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They should have a tight fenced-in yard as this breed will run off chasing anything that moves quickly.


The German Pinscher requires a lot of exercise, including a daily, brisk, long walk or jog or free play in the yard. They will enjoy running alongside you when you bicycle. The German Pinscher is a very good sport dog in agility and obedience. It is very quiet but vigilant in house. It responds to obedience training. However, they can be bull headed and stubborn and need to know who is boss.

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The strong, smooth, glossy coat of this average shedder requires little grooming. An occasional brushing to remove dead hair is all that is needed.

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Health and Care

Generally a healthy breed but subject to skin allergies and tend to be sensitive to vaccination if given too many at a time.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years.

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Group: Working Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 134

Also Known As: Deutscher Pinscher, Standard Pinscher

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