Learn about the temperament and personality of the German Pinscher. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of German Pinscher photos.
The German Pinscher is both companion and guardian, small enough to curl up in your lap, and big enough to protect you. He is a confident, intelligent, independent, and assertive dog, and needs an owner with more leadership than he has, or he will run the house. The German Pinscher needs fair and consistent discipline. A commitment to obedience training is a must with this breed. He has a high aptitude for training but is slow to learn. (But he's quick to housetrain.) He is a problem solver with a strong will -- so you want him on your side. This spirited dog can be a bit manipulative. He loves to have a job to do and makes a great working dog. He also excels at obedience, tracking, and agility competition. He is truly a multipurpose companion. Though they are rarely problem barkers, they make very good watchdogs. They are alert, vigilant, watchful of strangers, and will not back down from a fight. They are fearless. These are high-energy dogs who require daily exercise. If they get bored, they will chew, dig, and destroy. They are rarely seen walking. They are usually either at a trot or a dead run. And they have incredible stamina. They have a strong prey drive and will chase things, so they are safest on lead or in a fenced in-yard. They keep their playfulness well into adulthood and are good with respectful children, though they do have long memories and a German Pinscher might hold a grudge if a child mistreats him. German Pinschers also tend to want to greet their loved ones by jumping on them, which could flatten a young child. The German Pinscher is certainly loyal and devoted to the ones he loves. He is affectionate and will want to sleep under the covers with you. He will insist on being part of all the family activities.
German Pinscher Training
The German Pinscher is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
German Pinscher Shedding
The German Pinscher sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home.
German Pinscher Grooming
The short coat of the German Pinscher only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.