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 flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the German Pinscher have?
Glatthaariger PinscherStandard Pinscher
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

German Pinscher Price and Availability

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? How much money is {name_prefix}?
$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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a German Pinscher? How many German Pinscher are there in the world?
Frequent: The German Pinscher is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

German Pinscher Size

Size
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How big do German Pinscher get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the German Pinscher weigh? How much should the German Pinscher breed weight?
25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of {name_prefix}?
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the German Pinscher? German Pinscher height:
16-19 inches (41-48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of {name_prefix}?
17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

German Pinscher Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the German Pinscher have? What does this canine coat/fur 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 Glatthaariger Pinscher?
German Pinschers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. German Pinscher dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the German Pinscher need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my German Pinscher every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

German Pinscher Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the German Pinscher have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
OutrightTemperedCourageousLovingFamiliarLivelySpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the German Pinscher? Is the German Pinscher breed dumb or smart?
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 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.

The German Pinscher ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

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? Is {name_prefix} a good family dog?
Average to High: German Pinschers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Glatthaariger 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is German Pinscher good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do German Pinscher dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
German Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its 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 Glatthaariger 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.)
Bite Force
Does the German Pinscher has a hard bite? What is the bite force of {name_prefix}?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Pinscher bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The German Pinscher, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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?
The 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?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Pinscher indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: German Pinschers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can you leave the German Pinscher 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.

German Pinscher Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? German Pinscher temperament with other people:
German Pinschers are average friendly towards strangers.
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.
Child Friendly
Are German Pinscher dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? German Pinscher temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the German Pinscher breed live with a cat?
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?
German Pinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is German Pinscher breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is German Pinscher breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
German Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Glatthaariger Pinscher temperament with senior people? Are German Pinscher dogs good for elderly owners?
German Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.

German Pinscher Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do German Pinscher dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
German Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the German Pinscher breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the German Pinscher see the vet?
Rare
The German Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do German Pinscher dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a German Pinscher be? What is the age limit of the German Pinscher? How many years can the oldest German Pinscher live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of German Pinscher: 13 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? What is the activity level of the German Pinscher?
German Pinschers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
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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 the German Pinscher breed 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does {name_prefix} need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does {name_prefix} breed eat per day? What is good dog food for German Pinscher? How much food should I feed my German Pinscher?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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 of a 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 minimum 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.

German Pinscher As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can German Pinscher be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a German Pinscher be an emotional support animal?

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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The German Pinscher is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where German Pinscher dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

German Pinscher Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is {name_prefix} pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the German Pinscher breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the German Pinscher breed have for the first time? How many puppies does {name_prefix} have?
6-8 puppies

German Pinscher Recognition

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 RegistryAustralian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

German Pinscher Pros and Cons

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 of a 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: German Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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: The 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.

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German Pinscher Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Christine

    Feb 13, 2022, 9:25:24 PM:

    The German Pinscher is a highly intelligent dog. I'm not sure where you got your information from, but it is grossly incorrect.

  • Daria

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

    Great Watch and family dogs!:3