The German Pinscher is a solid and medium-sized working dog with a square build. It is lean and muscular with a classic Pinscher look of a wedge-shaped head, oval-shaped eyes that always look alert, V-shaped ears, a black nose, and a perfectly strong scissor bite. Also, its tail is held slightly above and is often docked. The German Pinscher has a standard size of 25 to 45 pounds and 43 to 51 centimetres.
The Pinscher sports a short, glossy and smooth coat. The coat comes in various colours including black and blue with red markings, red, stag red (red with black hairs), and Isabella (bay or fawn colour). The markings should appear on the above the eyes, cheeks, lips, lower jaw, throat, chest and between the hock joint and feet. White markings are not acceptable on the show ring.
German Pinschers are low maintenance on the grooming front. It only needs weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep it matt-free. Bathe only as needed, especially when they start having a doggie odour. Since active Pinschers almost always wear their toenails down, just trim nails once a month. As part of dog grooming, also check the ears for signs of infection or excess wax build-up, and brush the dog's teeth at least twice a week to prevent gum disease and bad breath.