German Pinschers (often referred to as the Standard Pinscher) are a smooth-coat, medium-sized breed that originated in Germany. They are also commonly referred to as the Standard Pinscher. They are muscular, agile, powerful, and highly intelligent dogs, with a powerful head and an alert nature. They make for an excellent watchdog, and loving family companion. As they are strong willed and devoted, they require an experienced and firm owner. German Pinschers are suitable to apartment living if they are properly exercised.
Common Health Conditions
- Hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
- German Pinschers may be susceptible to diabetes. The classic symptoms of diabetes in dogs are excessive thirst, increased urination, and weight loss despite normal or increased food consumption.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.