‘Pinscher’ is German for ‘Terrier’, and although the German terriers were much larger than British terriers and were certainly too long in the leg to go to ground, they are excellent guards and were used as such in farms. Their vermin killing abilities are legendary and even today they are the staunch enemy of many creatures such as rabbits, rats and moles. The Pinscher may not be the best breed to keep if one also owns small animals such as Guinea Pigs, or small rodents!
The German Pinscher was originally a stable dog living with and around horses, and has developed an affinity with this animal.
The breed is classified as a rare breed in the UK, but numbers are growing steadily with much interest in the breed.
The German Pinscher is a strong well muscled and lithe dog of 16”-19” in height (around knee height), with a wedge shaped head, ears folding flat down against his head.
He has a short, dense, smooth and easily groomed coat in two main colours - black & rust, and red - ranging from a fawn red to dark stag red.
Pinschers excel at obedience, agility and tracking. Many working breeds, like the German Pinscher, are thinking dogs -intelligent, independent and sometimes challenging to manage. These dogs require firm, fair control and must be properly trained. Formal obedience training must include full socialisation with other dogs.
German Pinschers are confident, protective, have a loud bark and are an ideal medium size to fit into most homes; they are certainly not kennel or outside dogs as their need for company is too great. The breed can demand a lot of patience to train and their bold, alpha tendencies mean that this is a dog that requires structure from an early age. This breed can be very faithful, a characteristic it shares with its popular cousin the Dobermann. The prey (hunt and chase) drive of the Pinscher must be well managed, as they will be away with incredible speed before you have even seen what they are chasing.
German Pinschers are a lot of fun to live with. They are clever active dogs who love to entertain with their antics and are great clowns. Life will never be dull with a German Pinscher.
They are long lived and generally enjoy good health, and will keep their puppy playfulness well into their older years. Loving to travel and enjoying adventure and companionship in any form.
German Pinschers are generally very healthy. As with many other breeds there are conditions which can affect Pinschers - hips, eyes (hereditary cataracts) and Von Willebrands disease (like haemophilia), but these are fortunately rarely seen.