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German Pinscher (Black & Tan, Face)
Black & Tan, Face

Breed Information


2022: #145

2021: #146

2020: #139

2019: #123

2018: #134

2017: #136

2016: #146

2015: #138

Name German Pinscher
Other names Standard Pinscher, Glatthaariger Pinscher
Origin Germany
Breed Group

Working (AKC:2003)

Terrier (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years

Even Tempered






Height 16-19 inches (41-48 cm)
Weight 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)


Black & Tan




Litter Size 6-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $3000 USD

The German Pinscher is hard to find in North America. Depending on their breeding, a German Pinscher puppy is likely to cost between $2,000 and $3,000.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The German Pinscher will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It should have a tightly fenced-in yard. This breed will run off chasing anything that moves quickly.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The German Pinscher requires a lot of exercise. This breed needs to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk or jog where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way and that leader needs to be the human. They will enjoy running alongside you when you bicycle, playing in the yard, or a walk around the block.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: The German Pinscher requires little grooming; only occasional brushing to remove dead hair is required.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoDue to the small gene pool of the German Pinscher, breeders should health test their dogs for hereditary cataracts, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand disease, thyroid disorder, and with the increased incidences of cardiac disease due to irresponsible breeding practices, German Pinschers suspect for heart issues should be removed from all breeding programs.


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The German Pinscher requires a consistent training approach. This breed needs definite guidelines set to overcome its territorial nature. It must learn that growling at humans is not appropriate. German Pinschers can learn a variety of sports, such as agility and obedience training.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

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German Pinscher Puppy (Black & Tan, Brown)
Black & Tan, Brown

German Pinscher Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Oliver Lucy
03 Rocky Sadie
04 Jake Lulu
05 Duke Maggie
06 Sam Stella
07 Riley Luna
08 Sammy Nala
09 Gizmo Rosie
10 Murphy Ruby
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The German Pinscher is a medium-sized dog with a muscular, square build. It is light enough to be extremely agile and solid enough to be strong. It can hunt all day, aided by extremely sensitive senses. If it turns up a rodent, it can catch and dispatch it. If it turns up an unwelcome human, it can sound the alert and adamantly encourage the person to leave. The German Pinscher has found a new niche as a companion and watchdog of ideal size and loyal temperament.

Vivacious, tenacious, and courageous, the German Pinscher is a lively self-appointed property patroller. Ever watchful, the German Pinscher does not bark frivolously, but does sound the alert to intruders. A quick learner, the German Pinscher is nonetheless not inclined to obey unless there's a good reason to do so. The breed is playful and affectionate, and good with considerate children. It can be wary of strangers. German Pinschers may argue over which of them gets to be boss, and they may not be good with small pets -- especially rodents!


The German Pinscher was officially recognized in Germany in 1879 and has been protected and promoted since 1894 by the German Pinscher Schnauzer Club. During the years around the turn of the century, both smooth pinscher and coarse-haired schnauzer pups appeared in the same litters. The club initiated a policy requiring proof of three generations of pure smooth coats for registration. This quickly helped set type and made them a distinct breed from the Schnauzer. The German Pinscher played a role in the development of the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher. The German Pinscher was recognized by the AKC in 2003. It has been used on farms as a vermin destroyer, herding livestock, watchdog, guard dog and family pet.

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