German Pinscher Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

German Pinscher Dog

German Pinscher Dog

AKC Group: Working Group

While the German Pinscher is larger than the Miniature Pinscher, it is still small compared to the Doberman. The stamina, intelligence, alertness and agility of the German Pinscher helped it become suited to agility, conforming, obedience, and tracking games.


Created in Germany, the breed was valued for its vermin searching ability. In spite of his identity, the German Pinscher is a lot more closely associated with the Schnauzer then the Miniature Pincher or Doberman. Like many dogs, the German Pinscher neared extinction after the end of the World Wars. But the interested master Werner Jung saved this breed from extinction.

Physical Features

The German Pinscher has a short coat, a medium size, and an elegant look with a sturdy square build and average body framework. It is generally very buff and strong, great for agility and endurance. Agile, alert, energetic, determined, fearless, intelligent, loyal and watchful, the German Pinscher has got the specifications to be a very good companion and watch dog.

The coat is close, dense, short and smooth and close lying. Shiny and protects the body without hairless spots.

Colors range from Isabella (fawn), to red in several colors to stag red (red with intermingling of black hairs), blue and black with red/tan patches. In the reds, an abundant vibrant moderate to dark color is desired. In bi-colored dogs, greatly marked dark and rich red/tan patches are appealing.

The height is between to 16 to 19 inches and the weight is around 25 to 35 pounds.


The German Pinscher has a aptitude and intelligence for training, fearlessness, and stamina. He's alert, deliberate, vigilant and watchful of other people. He has fearless bravery and tenacity if endangered. A really lively dog, although not an excessive barker. He shouldn't display viciousness by unprovoked or unwarranted attacks.

Common Health Problems

Because there is a lot of inbreeding due to a limited number of studs, genetic diseases should be screened for. Beware of heart diseases, von Willebrand disease, cataracts, and elbow and hip dysplasia.

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