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German Pinscher Dog Breed… Everything That You Need to Know at a Glance!

The German Pinscher is one of those “kinds” of dogs that once when someone hears their name, they automatically think they “know” what they are, but in truth, they’re probably thinking about a different “kind” of dog.

After all…

These guys are commonly mistake for a wide number of other dog breeds such as the:

  • Doberman Pinscher, and “No” the German Pinscher is not a smaller version of the Doberman. He is actually a much older dog breed that contributed to the development of Doberman Pinschers (but we’ll get into that later)!

As well as other breeds including the:

And while…

It’s obvious that the German Pinscher doesn’t look like many of these other kinds of dogs, because of their natural tendencies and original purpose, it’s not all that uncommon for folks to “lump” these guys within the same classification of these somewhat more popular breed.

As a result…

The German Pinschers popularity has waned a bit which is why we wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to own one of these little guys so that if you’re ever given the opportunity to get your hands on one, you’ll know for sure if that’s going to be a good idea or not!
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

German Pinscher Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Original Purpose:  Ratting

Breed Group: Working

Height: 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 25 to 45 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 14 years

Dog Breed Classification: Working group

Origin of the German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a very old breed from Germany is believed to date back all the way to the early 1600’s.  During this time, they were commonly referred to as “Rattenfanger” which loosely translates to “rat catcher” or “ratter” in English.


Despite the fact that this dog breed has been around since the early 1600’s the “official” standard of the breed wasn’t established until 1884 and wasn’t widely appreciated at that time.

As a result…

The German Pinschers numbers took a “hit” which was only further exacerbated with the development of World War II which decimated may domesticated animals throughout Europe.  Some much so, that the German Pinscher dog breed nearly went extinct!


These guys were able to survive due to the “cross breeding” efforts of some dedicated dog breeders of that time, allowing them to eventually make their way to the United States in the early 1970’s.

Currently today…

The German Pinscher is an “officially” recognized dog breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is relatively popular within the United States which should insure his future for many generations to come.

Physical Characteristics of the German Pinscher

In appearance, the German Pinscher is a smaller version of its close cousin, the Doberman Pinscher.

The ACK describes…

The German Pinscher as a mid-sized dog with a powerful square build, muscular and strong, and very good looking in appearance. It is a very athletic dog that is known for its agility and endurance.

The Pinscher…

Has a short coat, usually of the colors rust, red, tan, blue and black. He is black and tan or solid brown in color.

Grooming this dog is easy.

He doesn’t shed much, all you need to do is to give him a quick brush every week or so. Just make sure he is clean and him a bath if he comes home covered in dirt or grime.

German Pinscher temperament and personality

By temperament, the German Pinscher is bold, alert and very territorial. He has his space and doesn’t like it when a strange intrudes upon it.

He is great with…

His human family, very friendly and loyal to the very end. He is very protective of the kids in the family in particular and always looks out for them. They are, after all, a part of his herd.

He is also a very stubborn…

… Assertive and determined dog, with a mind of his own and adamant about what he wants and where he wants to go. He loves you, but he considers himself to be your equal!

That’s why…

Training and socialization is important and should begin as early as possible. Use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, tasty treats and more play to get him to listen to your commands.

These guys are also…

Very energetic and social dog and wants his human family to dote upon him. He hates being left alone and needs enough exercise. He is very smart and knows when he is being neglected.  He resents that! You should make it a point to take him out for a long walk every morning or evening. That will keep him happy. Also, take time to play with him. He is a very playful dog but gets bored easily.

German Pinscher health issues

The German Pinscher is a very healthy dog breed, but he is vulnerable to certain genetic and other health disorders such as:

That said however…

Many of these conditions can be avoided by choosing to work with a responsible German Pinscher dog breeder which is why many of these guys will life a long and healthy life which can average around 12 to 14 years.

But regardless…

Of how careful you are in choosing your new pet, you never know what may happen.  This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet always recommend that any new pet owner at least consider the possibility of purchasing a pet insurance policy on their new loved one.

That is of course…

Unless you have several thousand dollars which can be spent at any moment on the health care of your animal.  Because if you have that kind of disposable income readily available, it’s possible that a pet insurance policy may not be right for you.

The sad part is…

That not many of us have that cash lying around which is why we feel that it’s so important to have a quality pet insurance policy in place just in case.  For more information on who we feel currently offers the “Best” pet insurance policies in the industry, feel free to check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

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