German Pinscher

Deutscher Pinscher

The German Pinscher doesn't really have an affinity with his fellow Pinschers, but if the puppies grow up together, it's easier to get them to live together. They can then become great barking accomplices. Otherwise, to allow them to live together, you have to make sure that the hierarchy of the house is very well instilled in them first, to avoid fights. This magnificent canine specimen, an adorable companion dog and excellent protector, is also apt to compete in several sports disciplines. His endurance and robust physique make him an excellent specimen for agility courses.

Height 45 to 50 cm
Weight 14 to 20 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the German Pinscher


  • Lively and balanced
  • Confident and smart
  • Awakened and loving
  • Loyal


  • Harmonious silhouette
  • Proud and noble look
  • Elegant approach
  • Vigorous


  • Rather sturdy and solid
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology
  • Cannot stand the cold or rain

Temperament of the German Pinscher

Lively, balanced, confident, intelligent, alert, loyal and affectionate, the German Pinscher is naturally distrustful, especially of foreigners.

Very hardy, he makes an excellent companion for children, but he must be well educated and dominated by his master, in order to counter his rather stubborn and slightly dominant temperament very early on.

The German Pinscher is like a mini Doberman. He looks like one, as well having a strong temperament. Very gentle with his own, he becomes protective when needed.

Endowed with many character qualities, he must be able to benefit from a strict and adequate education in order to bring out his beautiful qualities. Uncontrolled and poorly educated, he tends to be very stubborn and dominant.

The notions of family hierarchy must be instilled at a very early age, and his socialization done early because he tends to dominate humans, like other dogs if no one takes the place of head of the pack in the house.

The master must therefore measure up to his dog's strong character, and teach him his place in the family hierarchy.

Posed and stable, like the Doberman, he has a lot of energy, which he loves to spend with children. He is always up for any activity or game.

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Breed Appearance

German pinscher

The German Pinscher is a medium-sized dog. He is endowed with a harmonious silhouette. He is very elegant and well proportioned.

His musculature is visible and highly developed. His gait is elegant and reveals his liveliness and great vigor.


Between 45 and 50 cm (17.72 to 19.69 inches) for the male
Between 45 and 50 cm (17.72 to 19.69 inches) for the female


Between 14 and 20 kg (30.86 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 14 and 20 kg (30.86 to 44.09 pounds) for the female


He has a single color, which can vary in all shades of red deer and red brown, from light to dark. A black and tan coat is also possible in some specimens.


The short hair of the coat is full, shiny and flat.


His head, with a rather strong skull, has a slight stop. His dark eyes are oval. His ears are set high, hanging and folded in v-shape.

His nose is always black, no matter what the colour of his coat. His tail is sabre or sickle shaped when natural. It can also be shortened.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 1 and is #184

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a German Pinscher puppy: between 500 ‚ā¨ / $ 1 / ¬£1 and 1000 ‚ā¨ / $ 1 / ¬£1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

Sociable by nature with his family, but suspicious of strangers, he makes an excellent guard dog.

His warning bark is usually the only circumstance where he barks without restraint. In his upbringing, his mistrust of strangers should never be exacerbated.

He is generally an indoor dog who loves the contact with his family. He is compatible with all, as long as he receives an education adapted to his temperament.

He can live in an apartment in the city, as well as in a big country house.

He likes the activity, and as long as he can do it regularly, then he can live anywhere, regardless of the type of owner.

Health of the German Pinscher

Rather robust and sturdy, the German Pinscher is rarely sick. No particular pathology, genetic or congenital disease affecting the breed, the subjects are generally healthy.

He doesn't withstand the cold and rain very well, so he prefers to live indoors. It also happens that some specimens can be affected by heart problems, but this is by no means a breed specificity.

Some females may have difficulty giving birth.


A regular brushing is more than adequate in his case. His short, shiny coat requires little maintenance to keep it clean and healthy. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

The German Pinscher is one of the oldest breeds from Germany, but his true origins are completely unknown. However, he seems to share common ancestors with the old wirehaired Pinscher, better known today as the Schnauzer.

The German Pinscher was distinguished from the start by his unicolored coat, beautifully combining shades of fire or grayish-blue. His short coat and unique color set it apart from others in his class. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that a more selective breeding program was created.

The breed was registered in the German Book of Origins in 1880, and it began leaving the German borders around 1956, having since developed very well elsewhere in Europe.

The breed almost disappeared after the Second World War, like many other dog breeds at the time, but a dog enthusiast by the name of Werner Jung ensured his survival, thus preventing the breed from disappearing altogether.

Used for companionship and guarding, this medium-sized dog is an excellent alert dog, using his bark at the slightest sign of intrusion or potential danger.

Highly prized for companionship, because of his many skills and qualities, he makes a very pleasant life companion, bringing joy to the entire house.

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