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TRANSLATER : Mrs C. Seidler.
ORIGIN : Germany.
UTILISATION: Watch and Companion Dog.

Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer type-Molossian type and Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs3
Section 1: Pinscher and Schnauzer type
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The smooth haired Pinscher represents a very old breed which was mentioned in the German Stud Book for dogs in 1880 already. He has the same ancestors as the Schnauzer which was also called the rough coated Pinscher. From the beginning the smooth haired Pinschers differed from the rough haired specimen in their colour and their short coat. They were mostly black with light brown markings, self coloured in various shades of brown to red, pepper and salt or simply blue-grey to black.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: The German Pinscher is smooth-haired, medium in size with proud carriage, flowing outlines, elegant and square build. He is strong like the Schnauzer. Due to his short smooth coat, his well developed muscles are clearly visible especially when he moves.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS* In relation of length to height, his build should be as square as possible.
*The length of the head (measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured from the withers to the set on of the tail).

BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: His lively, spirited, self assured and evenly tempered nature combined with intelligence and endurance makes him an agreeable family, watch and companion dog.


Nobly curved, not too short. Blending smoothly into the withers without any marked set on. Dry,without dewlap or throatiness. Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.


Seen from the front the front legs are strong, straight and not close together; seen from the side, the forearms are straight. HINDQUARTERS :
Standing obliquely when seen from the side, standing parallel, but not close together, when seen from the rear.

The German Pinscher is a trotter. His back remains firm and rather steady in movement. The movement is harmonious, sure, powerful and uninhibited with good length of stride. Typical of the trot is a ground covering, relaxed, fluent movement with strong drive and free front extension.

SKIN : Tight fitting over the whole body.
HAIR :Short and dense, smooth, close and shiny without bald patches.
* Self coloured : Deer red, reddish-brown to dark red brown.
* Black and Tan : Lacquer black with red or brown markings.
The aim is for markings as dark, as rich and as clearly defined as possible.
The markings are distributed as follows: above the eyes, at the underside of the throat, on the pastern, on the feet, at the inside of the hind legs and under the root of the tail. Two even, clearly separated triangles on the chest.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree. Particularly:
NB: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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PINSCHER -- 24 June 1987 FCI German Pinscher Standard - Translation in English

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