German Pinscher

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Working Group
UKC Group:Terrier
Use today:Companion, watch dog, guardian
Life Span:12 to 15 years
Color:Fawn, red or black and blue with red or tan markings.
Coat:Short, dense, smooth and shiny.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:17 to 20 inches at the withers
Weight:Proportionate to height

Often mistaken for a young Doberman because of the close physical resemblance, the German Pinscher is rare in the United States and Canada. Although the breed was accepted for registration in 1895 in Germany, it was never numerous and faced extinction in that country at the beginning of the 20th century as well as after both World Wars. Concerted efforts were made each time to save the breed, and today its numbers are increasing steadily in Europe and elsewhere. Sleek, muscular and elegant, the German Pinscher was originally bred to protect the home and to kill vermin. Standing 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder, it comes in black-and-tan, blue-and-tan, and solid colors ranging from fawn to stag red (red intermingled with black hairs). Weekly brushings keep the close-fitting coat sleek and shiny. The Pinscher is energetic, intelligent, sensitive, territorial, courageous and loyal to its family. This breed loves contact with its owners, but is wary of strangers. Daily exercise is a must and obedience training at a young age is highly recommended to develop the Pinscher into a wonderful pet.

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