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German Pinscher

German Pinscher

German Pinscher


The German Pinscher originated in Germany and were shown in dog books as early as 1884.  These medium-sized dogs descended from early European herding and guardian breeds and were not related to the superficially similar terriers of Britain.

Following both World wars, the breed was nearly lost. There were no new litters registered in West Germany from 1949 to 1958. Werner Jung is credited with single-handedly saving the breed. He searched the farms in Germany for typical Pinschers and used these along with 4 oversized Miniature Pinschers and a black and red bitch from East Germany. Jung risked his life to smuggle her into West Germany. Most German Pinschers today are descendants of these dogs. Some pedigrees in the 1959 PSK Standardbuch show a number of dogs with unknown parentage.


A dog of superior intelligence. They are a handsome, robust, squarely built, medium size dog with aristocratic bearing.  They are not excessive barkers. Noted for guarding the home and family.
They are a high commitment dog: very intelligent, determined, manipulative and assertive. The German Pinschers make a wonderful companion with firm yet gentle and consistent discipline. They keep their playfulness well into adulthood.

As a home guardian, the German Pinscher excels. It readily accepts friends of the family, but warns away strangers with a strong voice which it saves for such occasions. And woe unto the attacker or intruder!

The German Pinscher is not the breed for those who want a slow, placid dog, or a dog that can be “fed and forgotten”, for they insist on being a part of the family activities and develop best when treated in this manner. For this reason, most German Pinschers are house pets. They are outstanding companions, known for their devotion and love of the family. However, they are not recommended for families with small children (9 years or younger). Because of their strong will, intelligence and independent nature, early socialization and obedience training is a must. If the owner is too casual about dog training, the strong willed, highly intelligent, independent, spirited German Pinscher will not be a good choice as a family dog.

The German Pinscher is not for everyone. They need leadership tempered with patience, respect, intelligence and love. Realize the German Pinscher will not tolerate much physical or mental abuse from the family children.


The Pinscher adapts easily to life in a home but must receive adequate exercise; frequent walks or romps in the park are essential. While the Pinschers’ short coat needs little care, it provides poor protection from the elements in cold climates. Regular grooming with a soft brush will make its coat glossy. Unless its nails are used often, they should be trimmed with clippers.

For more general information on the German Pinscher.

For links to German Pinscher Breeders, Clubs and Rescue Groups.

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