German PinscherCare

The smooth, dense coat requires routine grooming.

A working dog, German Pinschers possess a natural instinct to hunt vermin and protect home and family. This creates a dog with strong prey drive and a strong will. However, they are willing learners and they make wonderful multipurpose companions with firm but gentle and consistent discipline. A high-energy breed, they enjoy activities with their owners and require daily exercise. Their smaller size makes them suitable for city or country life, but they enjoy having a yard in which to run. The breed's short coat needs little maintenance.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The German Pinscher is a medium-sized breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

GPs are smart, so smart they can easily manipulate unsuspecting owners. “They quickly housebreak and learn the house rules,” writes one breeder. “But, they will get away with whatever they can and soon rule the house if allowed.” This willful, mischievous breed requires lots of early socialization and obedience training. GPs only bark when they have something to say, grooming is relatively simple, and they just adore their human family. But such clever, energetic dogs do best with clever, energetic owners.

energy level Lots of Exercise

German Pinscher &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and von Willebrand’s disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Pinschers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a German Pinscher can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.