German Pinscher

The German Pinscher (Deutscher Pinscher) is a medium-sized of dog breeds, a Pinscher type that originated in Germany. The breed is included in the origins of the Dobermann, the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer and the Standard Schnauzer. The breed is still relatively rare in the U.S., but becoming more common. In Australia the breed is established with a rise in popularity becoming evident, there is a demand for Australian dogs overseas due to the high quality of dogs produced and the heatlh testing that Australian Breeders undertake, there are Australian bred dogs in many breeding kennels worldwide including the USA, Finland, Sweden and Spain.


The German Pinscher is a moderately small sized dog, usually weighing between 25-35 pounds and typically 17-20 inches in height, with a short coat. The ideal German Pinscher is elegant in appearance with a strong square build and moderate body structure, muscular and powerful for endurance and agility.

Colors for this breed include black and tan, blue, red, fawn, and tan. For all countries where the FCI standard applies, only black and tan and solid red are allowed colors.

There are also a few colors for this breed that became extinct during the world wars of the twentieth century. These include solid black and salt-and-pepper as well as harlequin.

The coat should be short and dense, smooth and close lying.


A well bred German Pinscher will be a loving companion with an even temperament. Temperament is hereditary. When considering adding a German Pinscher to a family, it is advised to be able to meet and touch the mother of the puppy you are offered. German Pinschers are generally friendly dogs. They are highly intelligent, quick learners who do not enjoy repetition in training. A well bred German Pinscher can be trusted with small animals and children, though no dog should ever be left unsupervised with either. If the puppy shies away when faced with strangers, it may be a sign of poor breeding.

It should also be noted that German Pinschers are very high energy dogs, in many cases requiring several hours of exercise a day. Accordingly, a large, securely fenced, yard (or some other means of providing the dog with the necessary physical and mental exercise on a daily basis) is highly recommended for anyone considering the dog breeds as a pet.


Due to the small gene pool of the German Pinscher, breeders should health test their dogs for : Hereditary Cataract, Hip and Elbow Displaysia, von Willebrand Disease and Cardiac Disease.

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