German Pinscher

Breed History / Description

The Pinscher, sometimes called the Standard Pinscher is the original size of the varieties and is ancestor to the Dobermann and the Miniature Pinscher. Ironically it is much less popular than its descendants, both in the show ring and as a family dog, which is surprising as it is a handsome breed, medium sized, needing little grooming and fitting well into family life. 

The word pinscher means 'to bite' or 'to grip' and it was used to describe the breed's original function as a killer of rats and other vermin.


Alert, good-natured, playful. Loyal, watchful and fearless. 


High-spirited and self-possessed.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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