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German Pinscher

General Description

The German Pinscher is an agile and athletic, high-energy breed who requires ample daily exercise for his physical and mental well-being. The breed is medium-sized and robust, with a strong prey drive. Alert and intelligent, they are outstanding performance dogs as well as companions.

General Health

German Pinschers are typically robust, healthy dogs, although there are a few conditions that the breed can be prone to. These include hip dysplasia, eye disease, and von Willebrand's disease.

Hereditary Illnesses

Due to the small gene pool of the German Pinscher, breeders should health test their dogs for hereditary cataracts, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand disease, thyroid disorder, and with the increased incidences of cardiac disease due to irresponsible breeding practices, German Pinschers suspect for heart issues should be removed from all breeding programs.

Character and Temperament

Intelligent, Lively, Even Tempered, Spirited, Loving, Familial


No special requirements


As a working breed, the German Pinscher has fairly high needs for exercise. These dogs are very active and require a long daily walk or brisk jog to meet their minimum exercise requirements. This breed also appreciates having a fenced yard in which to run and they enjoy training for various dog sports as well.


The German Pinscher is an average shedder and requires minimal grooming. Brushing their coat with a cloth or rubber mitt about once a week will get rid of any excess hair.


The German Pinscher originated in southern Germany and was first entered into German records in 1885 as a smooth coated Pinscher. The Pinscher was one of the foundation breeds in the origins of the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher.


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