Home > Pet Guide > Dogs > German Pinscher

German Pinscher



The German Pinscher is a medium-sized, lithe, and vivacious breed that originated in Germany as an efficient eradicator of vermin. The qualities inherent in dogs bred for these purposes also predispose them to great success in agility, obedience, tracking, conformation, and any other activities that require mental acuteness, agility, and stamina. Though referred to as a “pinscher”, they are actually more closely related to the Schnauzer and are similar in temperament. The German Pinscher came close to extinction by the end of the World Wars but the breed was revived with the help of the owner and enthusiast Werner Jung. They have a strong work ethic and a very strong prey drive but are amenable to firm and consistent training to keep their attention focused on appropriate behaviors. As long as their nimble minds and bodies get the activity they crave they make fantastic, entertaining pets that can hardly wait for their next adventure. Their small size and adaptability make them suitable for city or country life but are happiest if they have a yard to run in. Their short, sleek coats need little maintenance.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.

The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - German Pinscher


NAIA - National Animal Interest Alliance Discover Animals is a web-based educational resource offered by the NAIA
To learn more about the NAIA or about other NAIA programs, visit us at www.NAIAOnline.org
if you would like to help, join or support the NAIA or any of its programs please click here >>