The German Pincher 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 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.