The German Pinscher, is an elegant, medium-sized dog. They are excellent watchdogs and faithful companions that insist on being with their people. Larger than the Miniature Pinscher but smaller than the Doberman; the athleticism, alertness, intelligence and stamina of the German Pinscher make them suitable for conformation, obedience, tracking, agility competitions and more. Their short, virtually maintenance free, coats can be black and tan, blue, fawn or red. Usually weighing between 30-45 pounds and typically 17-20 inches in height at the shoulder.
The German Pinscher is a separate dog breed and not a small Doberman or a big Min Pin, this dog actually predates both of those breeds. Originally bred as a general purpose farm dog that eliminated vermin and protected the farm and it's family. The closest relative to this breed is the Standard Schnauzer, with the main difference being a smooth coat versus the Schnauzer's wire-haired coat and beard.