Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your German Pinscher puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in German Pinschers, the best dog food diet for feeding German Pinscher puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

German Pinscher dog breed

German Pinscher Health Problems and Raising a German Pinscher Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in German Pinschers:

Inherited cataracts, which can be mild, or severe to the point of blindness, are the main health problem to be concerned about in the German Pinscher.

Hip dysplasia occurs in the breed but at an extremely low (1%) rate, with nearly 300 hip x-rays evaluated. This is excellent.

von Willebrand's blood-clotting disorder is a current concern. Though not yet common, it could easily become so if breeders aren't vigilant about testing all parent dogs before breeding.

Heart disease (especially subaortic stenosis) is also a concern in the breed. Again, it is not common, but has occurred enough that responsible breeders should be testing the hearts of their parent dogs.

Skin problems such as allergies are common in all purebred dog breeds. Demodectic mange has a special predilection for sleek-coated breeds like the German Pinscher.

Hypothyroidism has been reported in German Pinschers.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR German Pinscher?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in German Pinschers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a German Pinscher puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your German Pinscher puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy German Pinscher puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your German Pinscher lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your German Pinscher
The best diet for feeding your German Pinscher is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your German Pinscher. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your German Pinscher
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your German Pinscher. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your German Pinscher puppy really need? Does your adult German Pinscher need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your German Pinscher. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your German Pinscher. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female German Pinscher.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.