German Pinscher

History

This breed has been around since at least 1780. The German Pinscher as we know it today dates from around 1836, when it became a very popular pet in Germany. This was largely on account of its skill at hunting rats. They killed these, and other "vermin", by pure instinct, as such behavior: they required no training to do so. .

Temperament

German Pinschers have a brave and companionable temperament. They may not be too friendly with strangers due to their natural instinct to protect their family. This breed needs regular and consistent training regime from a young age, these are very confident dogs and you’ll have to gain their respect and show them who’s “boss” or they’ll consider you inferior.

This breed makes a good guard dog due to the fact that it barks at the arrival of visitors.

Health Problems

German Pinschers are prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasia, cataracts, heart disease, blood clotting disease and thyroid disease.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
  • Weight: 30 - 44 pounds
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Short
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Working Dog
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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