Information about the Pinscher

Pinscher is a type of dog developed originally as ratters on farms and for fighting or guarding, although today they are most often kept as pets.

The American Heritage Dictionary describes pinscher as being a German word, but from the English word pinch, referring to the ear cropping that was traditionally done to this dog type. The Online Etymological Dictionary traces usage of the word pinscher to 1926. Another suggested derivation is from the French word pincer, to grip.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes the following pinscher breeds in Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid Breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs:

  • Dobermann (no. 143)
  • German Pinscher (Deutscher Pinscher, no. 184)
  • Miniature Pinscher (Zwergpinscher, no. 185)
  • Affenpinscher (no. 186)
  • Austrian Pinscher (Österreichischer Pinscher, no. 64)

    There may be other related hunting dogs called pinscher that are not recognized breeds. In addition, individual breeders often attempt the creation of new breeds which they may call pinschers. There are a nearly infinite number of sporting clubs, breed clubs, and internet-based breed registries and businesses in which dogs may be registered under whatever name the owner or seller wishes.

    Although the Danish/Swedish farmdog is also considered a Pinscher, due to its behavior and pleasing nature.