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German Pinscher - Care and Grooming

German Pinscher Temperament

The German Pinscher is a dog that is spirited, courageous, bold, loyal, and playful. These dogs have a good natured disposition, and are alert and watchful, as well as determined and protective, which makes them very good watchdogs. Some German Pinschers can be very strong willed and even manipulative, and this makes the breed better suited to those with some experience of dog ownership. These dogs have plenty of energy, and will love taking part in a variety of activities, as well as enjoying play and exercise with his family. The high intelligence and quick learning abilities of the German Pinscher can aid training, but this can be offset by his willful and strong minded streak, so owners have to ensure that they are confident and assertive.

The German Pinscher does love attention from his owners, so this is a not a dog for those that have little time to commit to a pet. German Pinschers have a tendency to bark a lot, and can also be very possessive of belongings. These dogs will get along okay with children that are older and considerate, but early socialization is important. When raised with other dogs, the German Pinscher should be okay, although he can be very dominant, but beware around smaller animals that tend to run, as he does have a high prey drive. This is a very protective breed, and in most cases the German Pinscher will be very wary around strangers, and is a very territorial animal.

German Pinscher Appearance

The German Pinscher has a dense, smooth, and close fitting coat, and the coloring of the coat can vary and includes red, blue and rust, red and black, fawn, and black and rust. When cropped, the ear stand erect on the head, and these dogs have an alert and slightly inquisitive expression. The weight of the German Pinscher is 25-35 pounds, and the height is around 17-20 inches. These are medium sized dogs with a sturdy and athletic build, power, and agility.

German Pinscher Grooming

The grooming requirements for the German Pinscher are not excessive, which is ideal for those that do not have the time to commit to too much grooming. An occasional brushing of the coat should help to keep it in good condition. This is also a low shedding breed, and this makes these dogs ideal for those with allergies.

German Pinscher Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The German Pinscher is a healthy and robust breed and has fewer health problems than many other breeds. Some of the health issues relating to the German Pinscher are HD and eye problems. The life expectancy of the German Pinscher is around 12-14 years.

German Pinscher History

As the name indicated, the German Pinscher originates from Germany, and has been recognized there since the late 1880s