Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Working    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 25-35 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher, also known as German Pinscher, comes from a mix of the Miniature Pinscher and the Schnauzer. That's why, at the beginning, it had both smooth and wirehaired puppies. The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher was used as a vermin hunter, a family pet, a herder and a watchdog. The breed was officially recognized in 1879.

The Pinscher-Schnauzer Club was then founded in 1895 in Germany. Since this time, it was agreed that only the smooth coated ones would be bred. This was made by separating the wirehaired and the smooth haired puppies in the same litters.

After World War II, this breed was near extinction. Fortunately, a man named Karl Werner Junghof was able to find a few dogs left in Germany and began to breed them. The German Pinscher has been accepted by the American Kennel Club in 2001. The German Pinscher also played a role in the development of the Doberman.


The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher can come in different colors. These colors are black, tan, yellow, fawn and dark brown. There are also bi-colored dogs that have red and tan markings.


The coat is very short and dense. It is smooth and shiny, close to the body.


The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher is a courageous, loyal, protective and insensitive dog. It is also very territorial and possessive of his things like toys or bones. If there is a new visitor, it will be welcomed by a loud barking. Not a good breed for children, it will instinctively protect and bite before thinking. If it gets in a fight with other dogs, it will not move away, so it is important to keep it under control. However, they normally get along very well with other pets in the house. The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher is very lively and adapts easily to new situations. It has a great endurance and has been used as a guard dog and a watchdog, a herder, a vermin destroyer and as a family pet.


The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher is an average shedder. It does not need a lot of grooming. An occasional brushing is enough.


Because of their high intelligence and their independent nature it?s a must to do obedience training. They are very stubborn and bull headed so it is important for them to know that they aren't the boss. If they are well trained, they will thrive. The important thing to remember when you are training a German Pinscher is to have consistency. The owner needs to let the dog understand that it can?t growl at humans.


The Swiss Shorthaired Pinscher needs a lot of exercise every day. It loves to run a lot, to play or to take a walk. They?ll enjoy running by your side, on your bicycle or on roller blades.

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