German Pinscher Overview
One of three Pinscher sizes, the German Pinscher is the middle size, standing between the Doberman and Miniature Pinschers. They were originally created from the Rat Pinscher, a breed created to hunt rats and other vermin on the farmlands of Germany. They are loyal and protective dogs, always willing to work hard and get the job done.
German Pinscher Characteristics
This breed has a look similar to a cross between a small Doberman and a slightly elongated body like the Dachshund. Their ears and tails may be cropped or left natural. In the natural state, the German Pinscher will have a dropped triangular ear, similar to its Pinscher cousins.
German Pinscher Temperament
This dog breed, like its other Pinscher cousins, is fiercely loyal and can be protective. They are intelligent and may be headstrong at times, but are loyal to their family unit. To outsiders, they can be protective and standoffish, opting to watch them from afar in case they need to jump in and protect their families.
German Pinscher Care
The average lifespan of this dog is 12 to 14 years, typical for a breed its size. They are prone to the same genetic diseases as other Pinscher breeds including cataracts, hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s Disease, a bleeding disorder. Careful breeding and checking of parents prior to purchasing puppies can help prevent occurrence of disease.
German Pinscher Coat
They sport a sleek, short coat that is relatively easy to care for. Brushing on occasion will help to keep the coat sleek and shiny. For dogs with a natural ear, checking for infection and regular cleaning may be beneficial, as the ear flap can trap in moisture and bacteria.
German Pinscher Training
They are extremely intelligent and does well having a job. While this may traditionally be a hunting or protection role, they do well as companions too. They can be independent and get bored easily, so keeping their minds occupied with new tricks and training will help to keep them happy and friendly.
German Pinscher Activity
Physical and mental stimulation is best in keeping the German Pinscher happy and active. They require a fair amount of activity, either in the form of a hunting job, or with mental and physical tasks. Daily jogs and walks in combination with puzzle toys can help alleviate boredom in this breed keeping them from acquiring a destructive streak.