Level: Moderate - high
High spirited and self-possessed.
Alert, good natured, playful. Loyal, watchful and fearless.
for: experienced dog owners, active people and families
with older children’
10 - 15 yrs
Short and dense, smoothly fitting, glossy without bald
All solid colours from fawn to stag red in various shades. Black
and blue with reddish/tan markings. In bi-coloured dogs sharply
marked red/tan markings desirable. Markings distributed as follows:
- at cheeks, lips, lower jaw, above eyes, at throat, at forechest
as two triangles separated from each other, at metatarsus, forelegs,
feet, inner side of hindlegs and vent region.
Appearance: Well balanced, smooth coated, medium size
with elegant and flowing outlines but strong and well muscled. Eyes
dark. Ears high set, V shaped with tips falling forward.
The German Pinscher may look like
a small Doberman but is in fact a more ancient breed. They originated
in Standard Schnauzer breeding several hundred years ago. There
occurred in these litters both smooth-coated and wire-coated puppies.
The smooth were bred to the smooth (resulting in German Pinschers)
and the wire were bred to the wire (resulting in Standard Schnauzers).
The German Pinschers were recognised in 1879 in Germany and the
Pinscher Schnauzer Klub was founded in 1895 in Germany. The Pinscher
is the German equivalent of the terrier (Pinscher actually means
terrier in German).
They were originally bred to kill vermin in the barns, therefore
they are very quick and oriented to sight and motion. The rural
people prized the dogs for their hunting abilities. They were also
taken to market to guard the wagons and were selectively bred for
their guarding instinct.
They are good natured, playful and good with children. They are
a very alert and loyal companion and they make good guard dogs.
The German Pinscher is still considered a rare breed today.
they have a low maintenance coat, little effort is required to keep
the coat looking good. The coat can be cleaned by a rub down with
a damp cloth. Besure to also clean ears and clipping nails regularly.
They don't need excessive exercise; about a half hour per day. They
are a very intelligent dog and mental stimulation is equally as
important, this will help prevent boredom, which can lead to destructiveness.
Dog obedience and agility is recommended by breeders as a great
physical and mental exercise as well as a lot of fun. Despite their
intelligence, the dog does have a short attention span. Training
sessions should be short and direct with plenty of praise and rewards.
Generally a healthy breed. It is tested for Hips/Elbows and Eyes
in most countries. This breed is known to become easily overweight
if overfed. For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition