German Pinscher

Also known as: Standard Pinscher

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Vermin hunter and home protecter.

AKC recognized: 2003
AKC group: Working

Size: Weight: 25 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: 17 to 20 inches
Color: Fawn, to red in various shades to stag red (red with intermingling of black hairs), black and blues with red/tan markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The German Pinscher is intelligent, fearless, alert, vigilant, energetic, agile, determined, and loyal. They are known for their vermin hunting skills and their instinct to protect their home and family. They have high energy levels, as well as the agility and endurance required to do well in many canine sports or activities. They are highly trainable but can be stubborn and require firm but gentle and consistent training. They have highly developed senses and are typically territorial, making them excellent watchdogs. However, they generally do not bark excessively.

Good with children? Not with very young children.

Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if given enough exercise.

Intelligent? Highly

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, rally, therapy, service

Exercise requirement: Two long walks daily and/or play sessions in a fenced yard.

Known health problems: Cataracts, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, cardiac diseases, immune problems.

Recommended books for further reading:

German Pinscher (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Sharon Morgan and Dee Gannon
Published in 2006
155 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Wikipedia breed information page
German Pinscher Club of America Rescue

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