German Pinscher

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 5in - 1ft 7in
Weight: 25-45lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

German Pinscher Information

German PinscherThe German Pinscher is a strong, sleek breed with an elongated head, muscular but not overly pronounced body and a shimmering coat that can be red or black with red accents. A working dog, the German Pinscher has a keen interest in protecting their home and hunting vermin.

The breed originated in Germany and is related to the Doberman, Miniature Pinscher and other Pinscher types. Intelligent and determined, the German Pinscher is a no-frills kind of dog. He is easy to train and does well with other dogs.

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Breed FAQs

Can German Pinschers be apartment dogs?

German Pinschers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can German Pinschers be left alone?

While German Pinschers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are German Pinschers good with kids?

German Pinschers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are German Pinschers friendly with strangers?

Although German Pinschers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do German Pinschers get along with other dogs?

Although German Pinschers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do German Pinschers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, German Pinschers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do German Pinschers shed a lot?

The German Pinscher isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do German Pinschers need a lot of grooming?

With a German Pinscher you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do German Pinschers need a lot of exercise?

The German Pinscher has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are German Pinschers easy to train?

Although German Pinschers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can German Pinschers handle cold weather?

Although German Pinschers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can German Pinschers handle hot weather?

German Pinschers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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