Breed Type: Terrier
Country of Origin: Germany
Also known as: Deutscher Pinscher, Standard Pinscher
Height: 41-48 cm Weight: 11-16 kg
Exercise Requirements: High
Care Requirements: Low
Lifespan: 12-14 Years
Best Suited as:Family Pet/Therapy Dog/Service Dog
The German Pinscher is an active, loyal and lovable dog that has seen a rise in popularity in Australia. Known for their keen intelligence and independent spirit, this dog hates to be bored. They retain their playfulness well into adulthood.
The German Pinscher is a medium sized dog with a square, compact build and moderate bone structure. They are muscular and powerful, making them an athletic breed. They have a wedge shaped head with dark oval eyes giving off an alert and intelligent expression. Their ears are set high and are folded when left natural, and are carried erect when cropped. They have a black nose and their teeth form a strong scissor bite.
The German Pinscher’s coat is smooth, short and dense and comes in several different colors. These include: black and rust, red, fawn, and blue and tan. Black with tan markings are the most common.
German Pinschers date back to the 1780’s, when the first drawings of them were discovered. Their ancestors are most likely varieties of German vermin catchers who existed on farms in the 15th century. In the early 1800’s, the breed was used as guardians for coaches and as ratters.
Wire Haired Pinschers, now known as Standard Schnauzers, were originally the German Pinschers littermates. Over time, breeders decided to separate the wire haired from the smooth coated varieties and develop them into distinct breeds. After three generations of the same-coated variety were born, the Pinscher-Schnauzer club allowed them to be registered as their respective breed. The German Pinscher was recognized in 1879 in Germany and the Pinscher Schnauzer Club was founded in 1895.
Following both World Wars, the breed nearly became extinct and no litters were registered in Germany from 1949 to 1958.One man, named Werner Jung, is credited with reviving the breed when he collected several German Pinschers and started a breeding program.His first four German Pinschers were registered in 1958.Most German Pinschers today are descendants of these dogs.
The breed was first introduced into Australia in 1986 by Mike Towell and has steadily gained popularity. From these two original dogs, the first litter of German Pinschers in Australia was born in 1988. Three males and four females made up this litter and like their parents, they were all black and tan. Three of these puppies became the foundation for a successful first twelve years of breeding.
The German Pinscher gained full acceptance by the Canadian Kennel Club in 2000 and acceptance by the American Kennel Club in 2003. In 2004, the German Pinscher competed at its first Westminster Kennel Club show.
The German Pinscher has been described as a very energetic but loving pet. Extremely intelligent and alert, they make excellent watchdogs. Social and friendly, they will generally meet new people with initial wariness but then then will quickly warm up. They are fiercely loyal and determined and training will usually go well, except if the tasks that they are asked to do are overly repetitive. This breed enjoys a challenge and can be stubborn when they do not want to obey. Firm yet gentle and discipline is necessary.
The German Pinscher is an active breed that retains its playfulness well into adulthood. Expect to spend hours playing and exercising with your pet.
Care and Grooming
When it comes to grooming, the German Pinscher is as easy as they come. Often described as a “wash and wear” breed, they need only occasional baths and brushing to remove dead hair. Their nails need to be clipped and their need regular cleaning. They are average shedders but they have very few skin or fur problems. German Pinschers are active working dogs, and require several hours of exercise a day.
There are no significant health issues for the German Pinscher breed in Australia other than occasional reports of patella luxation. Your pet’s eyes and hips should be checked regularly.
Suitability as a Pet
Anyone considering the German Pinscher must be prepared for a dog that craves companionship and activity. They are a high paced, affectionate breed that expects to be treated as an important member of the family. Your German Pinscher will be a devoted companion and does well with other dogs and children if properly trained. Families with very small children may want to consider waiting to adopt this guy – their high energy and strength may not be a good match for them. Households with cats and other small furry animals may not be a great match for the German Pinscher either. With their natural drive to hunt and exterminate vermin, your dog may decide to take on your other pets.
A German Pinscher needs an owner who excels at training and consistent discipline. If an owner is too casual in their training approach, their German Pinscher may show the worst of his stubborn and independent spirit.A bored or ignored German Pinscher is also a destructive one – make sure you devote enough time and energy to your pet to prevent negative behavior.
A German Pinscher, due to their activity level, does not make the ideal apartment dog and does much better when they live in an environment where they can actively play outside. German Pinschers are known for jumping and climbing and therefore good fencing is essential. They excel at agility trials. German Pinschers can also be found working as service and therapy dogs.
German Pinscher Organisations in Australia
The United Pinscher Club of Victoria Inc
German Pinscher Organisations in the UK
German Pinscher Club home page
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