The German Pinscher is an excellent watchdog and companion. Bigger than the Miniature Pinscher but smaller than the Doberman, the agility, alertness, intelligence and stamina of the German Pinscher make it suitable for conformation, obedience, tracking, and agility. Their short coats can be black, blue, brown, fawn or red; some have red or tan markings. The German Pinscher has highly developed senses, intelligence, aptitude for training, fearlessness, and endurance. They have fearless courage and tenacity if threatened. The German Pincher is a very vivacious dog, but not an excessive barker.
The German Pinscher, originating from Germany, is an older breed whose lineage can be traced back to the Tanner breed of the 14th century and the German Bibarhund of the 17th century. However, it wasn't until 1879 that the breed was formally recognized. The Doberman Pinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Schnauzer all descended from the German Pinscher. These quick dogs were skilled ratters, and their ability to clear out a stable or kitchen made them valuable animals to countless German farmers and families. The public's interest in the Pinscher grew when dog shows became popular in the late 1800's and the first breed standard for the Pinscher was established in 1884. Initially the breed was not favored by dog enthusiasts and coupled with the pressures of the World Wars, the German Pinscher faced extinction. Around 1958 the breed was revived when four large Miniature Pinschers were chosen and registered with the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub of West Germany. A female Pinscher from East Germany was smuggled in and was bred with three of these Miniature Pinschers. Currently, it is believed that all of the German Pinschers found today are a result of this breeding. The German Pinscher was brought to the US in the 1970's and in 2003 received AKC recognition.