German Pinscher

German Pinscher

The German Pinscher is a medium-sized breed of dog, a Pinscher type that originated in Germany. The breed is included in the origins of the Dobermann, the Rottweiler, the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher, the Standard Schnauzer.

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Male: 17-20in

Female: 17-20in


Male: 30-45lb

Female: 25-40lb

Fun Fact

By the end of World War II, German Pinscher's were nearly extinct, with not a single Pinscher litter registered in West Germany between 1949 and 1958. Luckily, a few were left, and were smuggled across the Berlin wall, where they could once again flourish.

About this Breed

The German Pinscher dog breed is muscular and agile, powerful yet graceful. A medium-sized dog with an elegant appearance, this breed is admired as much for their beauty as for their intelligence. They are a working breed and guard dog, but also a devoted and loving family dog. In need of a strong leader, dogs of this breed are devoted to their families as long as small mammals aren’t included. The German Pinscher remains playful well into adulthood and their smooth coats are easy to groom.

Not recommended for homes with children under the age of nine, German Pinscher’s need daily exercise and cannot be left untrained or unexercised. Expect a healthy amount of exercise each day to curb negative behaviors. This breed has strong prey drive, which means they will chase anything that they deem worth chasing. Secure fences and always keep on a leash when in public. Naturally suspicious of strangers, the German Pinscher makes an excellent guard dog, but this also means they need to be socialized from a young age to prevent the development of aggressive behavior. This breed will alert bark and have a strong, loud voice, but they won’t bark without cause. Luckily, they thrive when part of a family, and can participate in family activities.

German Pinschers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share German Pinscher ancestry.

  • Amara



Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Bentley
  2. Calvaxar Canonball to Nevar
  3. CH Daveren's Atomic Love
  4. CH Daveren's Rolling Thunder
  5. Conspirol Rotzakroi
  6. Daveren's Jewel X Nico Male
  7. Daveren's When The Sun Goes Down
  8. GCHP Ch Daveren's Life of the Party
  9. Joey
  10. Lar

For Females

  1. Amara
  2. Annie Lennox von der Wilden Wutz
  3. CH Daveren's My Heart Is In Havana
  4. CH Daveren's Rich Girl
  5. CH Daveren's Whiskey Girl
  6. Daveren's Meant For The Sun
  7. Ella
  8. GCH CH Daveren's Sit Still, Look Pretty
  9. GCH CH Daveren's You Were Meant For Me
  10. GCH Daveren's Midsummer Nights Dream

Common Locations

  1. Alberta, Canada
  2. Virginia, United States
  3. Maryland, United States
  4. New Mexico, United States
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Texas, United States
  7. New Jersey, United States
  8. West Virginia, United States

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