Believed to have originated in Germany, the German Pinscher was raised as a guardian breed. The breed also cleared out vermin, protected coaches as well as drove livestock. Developed from the Miniature Pinscher and Schnauzer, this breed become popular in the 1900s, but was brought into the US only by 1980s. From being a rare breed to one that is gaining worldwide acceptance, the German Pinscher has come a long way.
A powerful body with a square profile, the German Pinscher has a prominent occiput; dark, oval eyes; high set, symmetrical ears that can be cropped to stand erect; scissor bite teeth; blunt-tipped muzzle; straight back; and short and coarse coat in fawn, red, black, tan etc with or without markings. The tail is normally docked.
A solid fawn (Isabella) to a darker red color, stag red (red with black hairs mixed throughout) black or blue with tan to red markings. No other colors are allowed and no white markings are permissible.
A brave dog that also has a sense of humor, the German Pinscher has great stamina, is easily trainable, and is pretty sober, though can also become stubborn. He needs to know who the boss is. The breed is not very good with children and can be occasional biters if not handled well. They are aggressive with other dogs and have tendencies of chasing and hurting cats. Protective of not just the family but of its own things too, the German Pinscher has to be trained to behave itself and not get territorial.
The German Pinscher is generally a healthy breed.
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