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CKC-Standard of the German Pinscher
GP Standard of Perfection
The Pinscher is smooth-coated, of medium size, with elegant and flowing
outlines, well balanced, yet strongly built, with well distributed muscle
development and of square construction, like the Schnauzer; compared with
the latter, the Pinscher with his smooth, short coat appears more elegant
and light. The trot is diagonal in sequence.
Alert temperament, attentiveness, good-natured, inclined to play, devoted
to its master, unbribable watchfulness, yet without being a constant barker.
Its short coat makes it easy to keep the dog in the house. Its highly developed
sense-organs, intelligence, learning ability, fearless attitude, endurance
and resistance to sickness give the Pinscher the pre-requisites to be an
excellent watch and companion dog.
The height at withers measures from 45-50cm
Solid-coloured: brown in various shades to stag-red.
Bi-coloured: black with red or brown (tan) markings. Red/tan markings desired
as dark and as rich as possible; they must be sharply marked. These markings
are distributed as follows: above the eyes, at the throat, on the forechest
as two triangles distinctly separated from each other, on the pasterns
(metacarpal bone), on the feet, at the inner side of the hindquarters and
at the anus.
No other colours accepted.
Strong and elongated, without distinctly pronounced occipital bone. Its
total length(from the tip of the nose to the occiput) compared with the
length of the back (from the withers to the tail-set) results in a ratio
of approximately 1:2. The nasal bridge (topline of the muzzle) runs parallel
to the extended line of the unwrinkled, flat forehead. The stop is slightly,
but distinctly marked. Cheek muscles are strong, but never causing any
disturbing "cheekiness". The deep muzzle ends in a blunt wedge.
The nose is full, black, in corresponding shades in red and brown coloured
dogs. The lips are well-fitting and darkly pigmented.
Dentition: complete scissor bite, jaws fitting correctly; teeth strong
and very white.
Ears: cropped ears set on high, symmetrically shaped, carried erect. Uncropped
ear set on high, forming a "V" with a folding pleat; or small,
evenly erect ear.
Eyes: dark, medium-sized, oval-shaped and directed forward. Eye rims well
fitting, therefore no haw (conjunctiva) visible.
Elegantly arched, with strong set-on to the body; nape well arched, neither
too short nor too stout.
The skin of the throat is tight without any folds or dewlap.
Shoulder-blades well laid back and slanting, well angulated with the upperarm;
with flat, yet strong muscles.
Forelegs are straight viewed from all sides, supporting the body well.
The elbows are close-fitting to the chest.
Chest moderately wide, flat-ribbed and oval in cross-section; brisket reaching
beyond the level of elbows; the forechest is very pronounced by the sternum
(prosternum) protruding beyond the point of the shoulder (joint of shoulder-blade
with upper arm), by the point of shoulder itself and by the upperarm. The
lower part of the chest rises slightly backwards merging with the moderate
tuck-up of the belly. The distance between the last rib and the haunch
is short, thereby giving the Pinscher a compact short-coupled appearance.
The total length of the trunk corresponds approximately to the height at
the withers. The back is short and slightly sloping. The topline is not
totally straight, but shows a very slight, gently flowing line caused by
the strong first vertebra of the withers, the back and the slightly rounded
rump (croup) to the set-on of the tail.
The upper thighs are slanted and strongly muscled.
Hocks (metatarsal joint) distinctly angulated.
Feet short, round, compact, with tightly bunched and well-knuckled toes
Dark nails. Hard, resistant pads.
Set on high and carried upright. Docked to approximately 3 joints (caudal
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.
- Too heavy or too light in substance
- Too low or too high on the legs
- Heavy, rounded skull
- Small Doberman-like head
- Wrinkles on the forehead
- Low set or badly cropped ears
- Light eyes, too small or too large
- Strongly protruding cheek bones
- Loose skin at throat
- Pincer bite, undershot or overshot mouth
- Short, snipy or narrow muzzle
- Back too long and week; distinct roach(wheel)back or hollow back
- Elbows turned out
- Cow hocks
- Steep or bow-legged hindquarters
- Trace (black line extending from nape to tail), dark saddle and all pale
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.
PINSCHER -- FCI German Pinscher Standard - Translation in English (year 2000)
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