AKC PuppyFinder: German Pinscher Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Intelligent, determined, assertive; playful and vivacious into old age
  • Energy Level: Very Active; High-energy GPs are quick, athletic, and enthusiastic
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 25-45 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Sized between a Doberman Pinscher and a Miniature Pinscher, German Pinschers are sleek, elegant dogs. This is a high-energy working breed with natural hunting and protective instincts. As smart as he is, you'll have to be smarter, with persistent, inventive and patient training or your German Pinscher puppy will grow up to rule the roost. But with plenty of exercise and activities with his family, he is a vivacious and loving companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Germany

Year Recognized: 2003

Breed History & Job Description: The German Pinscher is among its homeland’s oldest breeds. As the progenitor of the Miniature Pinscher and the ever-popular Doberman, among other German breeds, it can be said to be the prototypical pinscher. (A helpful historian tells us that “ ‘pinscher’ appears to be a Germanic form of the French word ‘pincer,’ meaning to seize or to nip.”) And seizing and nipping are apt descriptions of how GPs originally earned a living: rat killing. Today’s GPs are excellent watchdogs and vigilant family guardians.

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German Pinschers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and von Willebrand’s disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Pinschers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease DNA Test
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: German Pinscher Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.german-pinscher.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Working
  • 2016 Popularity: 146
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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