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German Pinscher


General Information - German Pinscher


Group:
Utility

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-14 years

Exercise:
high

Grooming:
very low

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
very high Protection ability: low

Area of Origin:
Germany

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Standard Pinscher, Pinscher

Original Function:
ratting



History

The German Pinscher, also known as the Standard Pinscher or just the Pinscher, is a hardy multi-purpose breed which originated in 1800's Germany; it was originally used to hunt rats. Since it is large for a Terrier (Pinscher is German for terrier), it is often used as a general farm hand dog. It has the same elegant bearing and clean lines as the Dobermann but in a smaller version.

Temperament

The German Pinscher is alert and intelligent. It will respond well to firm obedience training, and because of its Terrier and Pinscher heritage, it will need firm handling to control around other dogs.

Upkeep

This alert and active breed can have its exercise needs met with a moderate walk on leash, good romp in the yard or an off-lead foray in a safe area. This is not a breed that should live outdoors, although it appreciates access to a yard during the day. It likes a warm, soft bed. Coat care is minimal.