Also known as: Standard Pinscher
Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Vermin hunter and home protecter.
AKC recognized: 2003
AKC group: Working
Weight: 25 to 45 lbs
Size: Height: 17 to 20 inches
Fawn, to red in various shades to stag red (red with intermingling of black hairs), black and blues with red/tan markings.
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.
OK in apartments?
Yes if given enough exercise.
Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, rally, therapy, service
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:
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Wikipedia breed information page
German Pinscher Club of America Rescue