About the Breed
German Pinschers are a lot of fun to live with. They are entertaining with their antics and are regular clowns. Life will never be dull with a German Pinscher. They are long lived, generally enjoy good health, and will keep their puppy playfulness well into their older years. They love to travel and enjoy adventure in any form.
The German Pinscher is classified by the UK Kennel Club as a rare breed and numbers have been very low. The very good news is, however, that there is a promising resurgence in the breed.
The word Pinscher is German for Terrier, although the German terriers were much larger than British terriers and were certainly too long in the leg to go to ground. However, they are excellent guards and were used as such in farms. The GP was originally a stable dog living with and around horses, and has developed an affinity with this animal. His vermin killing abilities are legendary and even today he is the staunch enemy of many creatures such as rabbits, rats and moles. The Pinscher may not the best breed to keep if one also owns small animals such as Guinea Pigs, mice or rats and the like!
The German Pinscher was first registered by the German Kennel Club in 1900. The word Pinscher is often misspelt as Pincher, Pincer, Pinser or Pinsher.
German Pinscher Character
Confident, protective, have a loud bark and are an ideal medium size to fit into most homes. The breed can demand a lot of patience to train and alpha tendencies mean that this a dog requires structure from an early age. This breed can be very faithful, a characteristic it shares with its popular cousin the Dobermann.
Pinschers excel at obedience, agility and tracking. Many working breeds, like the German Pinscher, are thinking dogs – often independent and challenging to manage. These dogs require firm, fair control and must be properly trained. Formal obedience training must include a proper socializing program. Working breeds are generally quick and keen to learn with the right training, and are highly intelligent.
Pinschers are active, sometimes demanding and make great companion dogs if they are trained firmly and consistently. They are late to lose their playfulness and make excellent watchdogs. They are inquisitive, are excellent family dogs and are certainly not kennel or outside dogs; their need for company is too great.
Early socialisation and introduction to cats and other family pets is vital if Pinschers are to be reliable as they grow up. They have plenty of energy so you must provide plenty of activity, or like any smart dog they may quite understandably become destructive, irritable and miserable.
The breed has very strong guarding qualities so warning-off strangers is an integral part of his nature and this must be controlled from an early age.
Do’s and Dont’s
Do not get a Pinscher if you are nervous or low energy person, if you don’t have time to train or give company to it, and if you don’t want an energetic guard dog!
Do get a Pinscher if you have plenty of energy, have some knowledge of training, like a bit of a challenge, have time to spend and play with it, and if you have a sense of humour to share with a dog! You will never spend a day without laughter with a Pinscher.
Meet a Pinscher
If you would like to meet a Pinscher please get in touch with one of our club members and find out when they are next showing at a loction near you.