About German Pinschers

About the Breed

German pinschers are a lot of fun to live with. They are entertaining with their antics and are regular clowns. Life will never be dull with a German Pinscher. They are long lived, generally enjoy good health, and will keep their puppy playfulness well into their older years. They love to travel and enjoy adventure in any form.
The German Pinscher is classified by the UK Kennel Club as a rare breed and numbers have been very low. The very good news is, however, that there is a promising resurgence in the breed.
The word Pinscher is German for Terrier, although the German terriers were much larger than British terriers and were certainly too long in the leg to go to ground. However, they are excellent guards and were used as such in farms. The GP was originally a stable dog living with and around horses, and has developed an affinity with this animal. His vermin killing abilities are legendary and even today he is the staunch enemy of many creatures such as rabbits, rats and moles. The Pinscher may not the best breed to keep if one also owns small animals such as Guinea Pigs, mice or rats and the like!
The German Pinscher was first registered by the German Kennel Club in 1900. The word Pinscher is often misspelt as Pincher, Pincer, Pinser or Pinsher.




Confident, protective, have a loud bark and are an ideal medium size to fit into most homes. The breed can demand a lot of patience to train and alpha tendencies mean that this a dog requires structure from an early age.
This breed can be very faithful, a characteristic it shares with its popular cousin the Dobermann.
Pinschers excel at obedience, agility and tracking. Many working breeds, like the German Pinscher, are thinking dogs – often independent and challenging to manage. These dogs require firm, fair control and must be properly trained. Formal obedience training must include a proper socializing program.
Working breeds are generally quick and keen to learn with the right training, and are highly intelligent.
Pinschers are active, sometimes demanding and make great companion dogs if they are trained firmly and consistently. They are late to lose their playfulness and make excellent watchdogs.
They are inquisitive, are excellent family dogs and are certainly not kennel or outside dogs; their need for company is too great.
Early socialisation and introduction to cats and other family pets is vital if Pinschers are to be reliable as they grow up. They have plenty of energy so you must provide plenty of activity, or like any smart dog they may quite understandably become destructive, irritable and miserable.
The breed has very strong guarding qualities so warning-off strangers is an integral part of his nature and this must be controlled from an early age.
As with all things, differences of opinions occur which sometimes cannot be overcome, and a large number of the new breeder/owners felt that we may be better off having out own club where we can do what we feel is best.
In early 2014 we launched our new club with 38 members and we are all looking forward to continued success and most of all enjoyment with friends and our Pinschers.


Breed Standard

General Appearance

Well balanced, smooth coated, medium size with elegant and flowing outlines but strong and well muscled.
Characteristics. Alert, good-natured, playful. Loyal, watchful and fearless.


High-spirited and self-possessed.

Head and Skull

Seen from above and side resembles a blunt wedge. Strong but not heavy, elongated without pronounced occiput. Overall length in proportion to back (from withers to base of tail) is approximately 1:2. Top of muzzle parallel with extended line of unwrinkled flat forehead; slight but distinct stop. Cheek muscles strong but not prominent. Deep muzzle. Nose full and black; in reds, nose of corresponding shade. Lips tight and dark. Snipiness undesirable.


Dark, of medium size, oval and directed forward. Eye rims tight.


Set high. V-shaped, folded down close to head.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Elegant and strong. Neither short nor stout. Nape well arched. Skin of throat tight without dewlap.


Well laid shoulder with good but flat muscle. Forelegs straight viewed from all sides, parallel elbows are close to body.


Chest moderately wide with flat ribs. Brisket extends below elbow. Body Forechest extends beyond point of shoulder. Compact and short coupled. Length of body approximately equal to height at withers. Back short and slightly sloping. Slightly rounded croup.


Seen from behind parallel, with sufficient width. Upper thigh slanted and strongly muscled. Good length and bend of stifle, hocks turning neither in nor out.


Well arched, compact and cat-like with dark nails. Turning neither in nor out. Tough, hard pads.


Previously customarily docked.

Docked: Docked to three joints. Set and carried high.

Undocked: Set and carried high with an upward sweep. In overall balance with the rest of the dog.


Free, well balanced and vigorous with good reach in front and strong rotary driving action from rear. Front and hind legs should not be thrown outwards. Topline should remain strong and firm. Hackney movement undesirable.


Short and dense, smoothly fitting, glossy without bald spots.


All solid colours from fawn (Isabella) to stag red in various shades. Black and blue with reddish/tan markings. In bi-coloured dogs sharply marked red/tan markings desirable. Markings distributed as follows: at cheeks, lips, lower jaw, above eyes, at throat, at forechest as two triangles separated from each other, at metatarsus, forelegs, feet, inner side of hindlegs and vent region.


Height at withers 43-48 cms (17-19 ins).


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.