Which Sport Should You Do With Your Dog? The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven pinscher dog breed, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage.
HEAD Powerful, elongated without the occiput being too pronounced and resembles a blunt wedge in both frontal and profile views. The total length of the head from the tip of the nose to the occiput is one half the length from the withers to the base of the tail resulting in a ratio of approximately 1:2. The skin is tight, closely fitting to the dry throat without wrinkles, sagging, or dewlaps. FOREQUARTERS The sloping shoulder blades are strongly muscled, yet flat and well laid back, forming an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the horizontal. They are well angled and slope forward, forming an approximately 90 degree angle to the upper arm, which is equal in length to the shoulder blade. COAT Short and dense, smooth and close lying.
Shiny and covers the body without bald spots. A hard coat should not be penalized. HINDQUARTERS The thighs are strongly muscled and in balance with forequarters. The stifles are well bent and well boned, with good angulation. When viewed from the rear, the hocks are parallel to each other. The sleek, no-frills German Pinscher is among Germany’s oldest breeds and the prototype of other pinscher breeds.
This energetic, super-intelligent dog was at first used as a rat catcher but can be trained for all types of canine work. They’re eye-catching and elegant but in all ways honestly doggy—nothing fussy or exaggerated. We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country. AKC puppies from AKC-Registered litters and the breeders who have cared for and raised these puppies are required to follow rules and regulations established by the AKC. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. The German Pinscher’s short, dense coat needs little maintenance.
Weekly grooming with a brush and an occasional bath will keep him shiny and looking his best. The German Pinscher is an agile and athletic, high-energy breed who requires ample daily exercise for his physical and mental well-being. The breed is medium sized and robust, with a strong prey drive. Alert and intelligent, they are outstanding performance dogs as well as companions. German Pinschers are highly intelligent—so much so that they can be manipulative.