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German Pinscher

 

German Pinschers are a dashing and distinguished-looking breed. They are muscular, confident, assertive, and intelligent dogs. Originally bred as a working dog—specifically to catch rats and other rodents—the German Pinscher is now primarily valued as a courageous watchdog and loyal companion.

Originally from Germany, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 25-45 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginGermany
Breed groupWorking
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeMedium
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking145
FamilyPinscher
Date of origin1600s
Original function Ratting
Today's functionWatchdog
Average size of maleHeight: 17 - 20 Weight: 25 - 35
Average size of femaleHeight: 17 - 20 Weight: 25 - 35

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance High tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A GERMAN PINSCHER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

German Pinschers are a lively, affectionate, and playful breed that love to spend time with their chosen people. They are at their best when supervised with children and other dogs. Their prey drive makes them less than ideal housemates for other pets, particularly small animals.

WHAT IS GERMAN PINSCHER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a very active breed that will require vigorous daily exercise. German Pinschers are energetic and enthusiastic athletes.

These dogs are vigilant, territorial, and protective of their homes and families. German Pinschers bark with purpose — usually to let you know that you have guests or when those guests are out of line.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A GERMAN PINSCHER?

German Pinschers are a clever, biddable breed. These dogs learn quickly but are strong-willed. Be patient, gentle, and consistent while training.

Early and frequent socialization will help direct their mischievous impulses in a positive direction. It's important to keep their active minds and energetic bodies adequately stimulated. They respond well to praise, food, and play rewards. German Pinschers excel at dog sports, including obedience, rally, agility, and tracking.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO GERMAN PINSCHERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

German Pinschers' short, single coats are smooth and dense. They require only occasional grooming. Plan for weekly brushing; bathe your furry friend as needed. They are seasonal shedders.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO GERMAN PINSCHERS HAVE?

German Pinschers are usually fairly healthy. Some develop eye ailments, hip dysplasia, and von Willebrand's Disease.

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