Thinking about purchasing an German Pinscher? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the German Pinscher breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good German Pinscher owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the German Pinscher and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an German Pinscher Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new German Pinscher and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
German Pinscher Profile
The German Pinscher is a well balanced, smooth coated, medium sized dog with elegant and flowing outlines, but strong and well muscled. They are tall terriers, with longer than usual legs. They are smooth coated, and one hundred years ago they came in the same litter as Schnauzers. They were simply distinguished by "rough-haired", or in German "rauhaariger Pinscher", and "waveless-haired Pinscher", or "glatthaariger Pinscher". German Pinschers have drop ears, or they can be cropped. They have dark eyes and can be any solid color from fawn to stag red, as well as black with tan markings or blue with red or tan markings. They are smooth in coat, glossy and coarse. They require little maintenance, and fairly intelligent. They have docile, versatile personalities, but are unafraid of a fight, like most terriers. They are small, but will take on larger dogs. They can be territorial and possessive of their toys, territory, and owner. When relaxed, they are playful and exuberant. They enjoy being with their humans. German Pinschers are assertive, fearless and can sometimes outsmart their owners. They are good as watchdogs and guard dogs, making use of their voice. They do well with obedience training, needing firm but gentle training. German Pinschers are a big dog in a small package, able to guard when you need them to and play when you want them to.
Other Names: Standard Pinscher, Glatthaariger Pinscher, Pinscher, Smooth-haired Pinscher
Height: 16 - 20 inches.
Color: All solid colors from fawn (Isabella)
to stag red, in various shades. Black with reddish/tan markings. Blue with reddish/tan
markings. Sharply marked red/tan markings are desirable.
Temperament: The German Pinscher is alert,
good-natured, playful, high-spirited, loyal, watchful, fearless, and self possessed.
They are youthful well into their older years, being playful and exuberant.
They can sometimes be manipulative. The German Pinschers are loyal and vigilant.
They can be territorial and possessive of their toys, space or family.
Watch-dog: High. German Pinschers are
very alert to their surroundings, and keep an eye on anything threatening, as
well as alerting their owners.
German Pinscher Care and Exercise: German
Pinschers require minimal care with their coat. They should be rubbed down with
a silk cloth to give their coat shine. They should be brushed when needed. They
do need exercise, however, to keep in shape. They will love a free romp off
German Pinscher Health Issues: German Pinschers sometimes have eye problems and hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: Germany
First Registered by the AKC:
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