The German Pinscher, also known at various times as the Deutscher Pinscher, the Reh Pinscher, the Medium Pinscher and the Standard Pinscher, is a medium-sized, energetic and watchful dog that makes an excellent guardian and family companion. The breed originated in Germany, where it was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1879. The first formal breed standard for the German Pinscher was written in 1884. Its name derives from the Germanic form of the French word “pincer,” which means “to seize” or “to nip”. The German Pinscher is an intense and proficient vermin-controller and rodent-killer. It was admitted into the American Kennel Club as a member of the Working Group in 2001.
The mature male or female German Pinscher ideally stands 17 to 20 inches high at the highest point of the withers and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. Thd breed is easy to care for, as its short coat requires minimal grooming. Acceptable colors include red, black with red markings, blue with tan markings and fawn (called “Isabella”).