HISTORY

The German Pinscher - the ORIGINAL Pinscher.

A Working Dog of Great Intelligence 

An ancient breed of great intelligence and high energy. They are medium sized and robust with a strong prey drive. Alert and intelligent, they are outstanding performance dogs as well as companions with an instinctive drive to protect home and family. Because of their strong will, intelligence and independent nature, obedience training is a MUST! Red, Black and Tan, Blue and Tan and Fawn are acceptable colors.

An Ancient German Breed 

The German Pinscher originated in Germany and is the oldest of the pinscher breeds.  The German Pinscher can be seen in the origins of the Doberman Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer, and the Standard Schnauzer. The Wire Haired and Smooth Haired Pinschers, as the Standard Schnauzer and German Pinscher were originally called, were recorded in dog books as early as 1884.  These medium-sized dogs descended from early European herding and guardian breeds and are descended from the same origins as standard schnauzers.  The German Pinscher is not related to the superficially similar terriers of Britain.

AKC Standard 

The German Pinscher is a medium size, short coated dog, elegant in appearance with a strong square build and moderate body structure, muscular and powerful for endurance and agility. Energetic, watchful, alert, agile, fearless, determined, intelligent and loyal, the German Pinscher has the prerequisites to be an excellent watchdog and companion. The German Pinscher is examined on the ground.

Note:  The GPCA strongly opposes the breeding of German Pinschers to perpetuate colors that are not recognized by our AKC standard. These would include, but not limited to, colors such as chocolate with tan to rust markings, harlequin, merle and tri-colored pinschers.