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German Pinscher Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about German Pinscher so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Pinscher have? The dog breed also known as...
Standard Pinscher, Glatthaariger Pinscher
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is German Pinscher recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is German Pinscher recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the German Pinscher breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club
Price
How much does the German Pinscher puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? German Pinscher price:
$1400-$1600
If you choose to purchase the German Pinscher, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a German Pinscher for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the German Pinscher gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? German Pinscher size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the German Pinscher weigh? German Pinscher weight:
25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the German Pinscher? German Pinscher average weight:
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the German Pinscher? German Pinscher height:
16-19 inches (41-48 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? German Pinscher average height:
17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the German Pinscher have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseShinySmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper German Pinscher's coat?
Blue RedTanBrownBlack
Grooming
How to groom the German Pinscher and how often?
Effortless: The German Pinscher requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. German Pinscher is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do German Pinscher dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Standard Pinscher? German Pinscher shedding level:
German Pinschers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. German Pinscher dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Pinscher have? What characteristics does the breed have?
OutrightTemperedCourageousLovingFamiliarLivelySpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Pinscher? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. German Pinscher obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are German Pinscher dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
German Pinschers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The German Pinscher is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? German Pinscher sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. German Pinschers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
German Pinschers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Standard Pinscher need? German Pinscher social needs:
German Pinschers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do German Pinscher dogs bark a lot? Why does my Glatthaariger Pinscher bark?
Average: The German Pinscher barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is German Pinscher good as a watchdog?
German Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the German Pinscher dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do German Pinscher dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
German Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the German Pinscher can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the German Pinscher will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do German Pinscher bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Standard Pinscher? What are the odds of getting bitten by a German Pinscher? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the German Pinscher do?
German Pinschers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but German Pinschers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the German Pinscher to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does German Pinscher roam?
Wanderlust potential of the German Pinscher is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does German Pinscher have high prey drive?
German Pinschers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that German Pinscher dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is German Pinscher good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
German Pinschers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
German Pinschers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where German Pinscher dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
German Pinschers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are German Pinscher dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Pinscher and children:
German Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do German Pinscher dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
German Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is German Pinscher good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do German Pinscher dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
German Pinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are German Pinschers good office dogs? Do German Pinschers make good office friendly dogs? Can German Pinschers be office dogs?
No
German Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do German Pinscher dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Standard Pinscher temperament with senior people? Are German Pinscher dogs good for elderly owners?
German Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do German Pinscher dogs get along with other pets? Are German Pinscher dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
German Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Pinscher breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
German Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Pinscher be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). German Pinscher is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can German Pinscher be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. German Pinscher is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can German Pinscher be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. German Pinscher is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can German Pinscher be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The German Pinscher is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can German Pinscher be a boat dog?
Not really
German Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can German Pinscher be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. German Pinscher is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do German Pinscher dogs have health problems?
German Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do German Pinscher dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a German Pinscher be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the German Pinscher breed hypoallergenic?
No
German Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the German Pinscher have?
German Pinschers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do German Pinscher dogs require per day?
German Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
German Pinschers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the German Pinscher need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? German Pinscher risk for obesity:
Average. The German Pinscher has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the German Pinscher's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the German Pinscher drool?
The German Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the German Pinscher could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the German Pinscher. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the German Pinscher pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? German Pinscher pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female German Pinscher: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the German Pinscher have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the German Pinscher have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of German Pinscher

Pros
  • Trainability: German Pinschers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: German Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The German Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: German Pinschers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The German Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The German Pinscher has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: German Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: German Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: German Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: German Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the German Pinscher is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: German Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Daria

    Jul 6, 2020, 11:15:22 PM:

    Great Watch and family dogs!:3