Breed German Pinscher

BreedsAbout the Breed: German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a small but very energetic, watchful, alert, fearless, highly intelligent, and loyal breed.


The German Pinscher originated in Germany some 400 years ago, and has been used in the development of the Miniature and Doberman Pinscher breeds, as well as other breeds.

The German Pinscher was originally used as a vermin hunter and stable guard, amongst other things. The breed nearly became extinct during World War II; Werner Jung is credited with revitalizing the breed.


Though she be little, she be fierce! The German Pinscher is a muscular and powerful little dog, both in terms of body build and personality, making them excellent for endurance and agility.

German Pinschers are wonderfully devoted companions, extremely active, and intelligent.

Best with:

  • Active owners / families who enjoy including their dog in sports and outdoor activities.
  • Experienced dog owners who have good dog training knowledge and know how to be “alpha” in the home.
  • Homes with 5’ + fenced yards and willing to keep the dog on lead when not in a fenced area.
  • Dog-savvy children.

Not for:

  • First time dog owners.
  • The “stay at home” person or family.
  • Families with cats or other small animals / pets.
  • People who don’t have the time to exercise, socialize, or train their dog.


  • Smart, learns rapidly.
  • Little to no grooming required.
  • Devoted to its owner, they LOVE “their” people.
  • Great for anyone wanting an active, working dog.


  • Very high energy level.
  • Incredibly athletic: they can jump a 6 foot fence.
  • High prey drive.
  • Intelligent to the point of being too smart: they work hard to get what they want, and will rule the house if allowed.



Both males and females average 17-20 inches at the shoulder, and weighing 25 to 40 pounds. They can have cropped ears and docked tail, natural ears and a docked tail, or all natural (ears and tail).


Black and Tan/Red, Red to Stag Red, Fawn (Isabella) and Blue.

Energy Level:

Very high.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.


They are known for their love and devotion to their family and are reliable with dog savvy children.

Other animals:

The German Pinscher is generally accepting of other dogs, though they do have a strong prey drive which can be a negative for other small pets or animals.


German Pinschers are known for their versatility; they excel in obedience, rally, agility, tracking and much more.


They are light shedders, bathe only when needed; nail trim weekly.


The is a relatively healthy breed.