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Male Vs. Female German Pinschers: A Comparison

Male vs. female German Pinschers? Many people are conflicted about whether it is more advisable to get a male or female German Pinscher and if there are any differences. In this story, let us discuss which gender of German Pinscher suits you and whether you should get one over the other.

A male German Pinscher is probably more suitable for those looking for a more affectionate dog. A female German Pinscher will probably be better for individuals as they are more aloof and not as codependent as the males.

This article will discuss the differences between a male and female German Pinscher and what you need to consider before choosing one.

The He and She Difference: Male Vs. Female German Pinschers: A Comparison

Finding the answers to which gender of German Pinscher you should get is not easy. Some people even forget which, if there are any differences at all, and if there were, will they be even as substantial as once thought? Well, the truth is, even though all German Pinschers are in one way or another affected by the environment they grew up in (beware tiny apartments), genetics remains a significant role in their temperament and their physical stature..

In this section of the article, let us talk about that. What is the difference between a male and a female German Pinscher?

Body Stature And Weight

A young male German Pinscher, Tucker, sits on the sofa with Christine Valitutti.
Here’s a young Tucker, our male GP. The males can get a little heavier set than the females, but the sexes are very close in this breed.

In humans, most women have longer lush hair while having less body hair, while men are precisely the opposite as they have shorter hair and more body hair. Naturally, the length of hair on the head is a preference as men can grow theirs long like women, but the facial hair and body hair are what I’m referring to here. Even if this is not true a hundred percent of the time, this is undoubtedly true most of the time. However, the same cannot be said for German Pinschers.

The body size and weight of animals (including dogs) can be heavily affected just because they have one gender and not the other. Certain factors, especially hormones, are mostly why this is so. 

If we look at the average heights and weights of male and female German Pinschers, we can conclude that most of the time, male German Pinschers are more or less the same as female German Pinschers. The male and female German Pinschers are 25 to 45 pounds and 17 to 20 inches in height.


The male and female german pinschers have different temperaments, just like humans have certain behaviors linked to genders. Most female German Pinschers are territorial and prone to attacking strangers who step within their certain “boundaries”. This territorial behavior is the reason why they are excellent personal security dogs.

Male German Pinschers are described as more dominant compared to their female counterparts. Moreover, they are also said to be harder to train as they are more easily distracted, especially while training. 

When the males are in their ‘teenage’ years, they are a handful. Tucker was challenging, as we would expect from a teenage boy during this time. He was very opinionated during this phase and wouldn’t even look at a new dog house we made him, but chose to eat grass roots dug out of our lawn instead. Little bugger, but I love him. The males are very affectionate, so it makes up for their shenanigans.

However, not everything is not in favor of male German Pinschers. For example, they tend to love the family and are very loyal and friendly compared to their female counterparts. On the other hand, female German Pinschers often stick to a single family member and are very wary of strangers, making them great personal guards.

Unlike female German Pinschers, male German Pinschers need a lot more attention as they crave it constantly. It would mean that the male German Pinscher is prone to peeing everywhere (to mark their territories) compared to the female ones. Moreover, female German Pinschers are more reserved regarding appreciation and loyalty, although they show it through service rather than affection.

Aggression is more prominent in birthing females as their natural mother instinct will kick in and make them protective of their young. At this stage, this makes them very hard to approach, especially as a stranger. Be very careful, as nursing mothers are also territorial (even more territorial than the usual female and more so when compared to the male) at this stage.

So if you would like a German Pinscher that would stay loyal to you no matter what, get a female German Pinscher. If you want a German Pinscher that would play a lot with your family and crave constant attention, maybe consider having a male German Pinscher. However, we can also talk about neutered German Pinschers later to complicate and skew this balance.

Frankly, There Is A Difference, But Not A Lot.

If you are still very conflicted about which German Pinscher you will get (a male or female), then it is probably more suitable to look at the German Pinscher in terms of other variables aside from gender. More essential is that you will look at your German Pinschers at more than face value and treat them like family.

Try to look at them sincerely and determine which suits your preferences dearly (and which wins your heart easily). It is essential as the easier it is to love your dog, the easier it will be for them to love you.

Are Male German Pinschers More Aggressive Than Female German Pinschers?

Many people associate one trait with another because of common denominators, which is fine. However, we need to know that there is no one size fits all answer to many questions involving temperament and behavior, especially in questions like the one asked above. You need to know that most of the time, female German Pinschers are more aggressive than male German Pinschers.

Should I Neuter Or Spay My Dog? The Aggression In Hormones.

Spayed or neutered dogs are the norm in the United States. Why exactly is that, and should I follow suit too? Well, let us talk about that exactly, shall we?

Most owners tend to spay or neuter their dogs for various reasons, and you should likely consider spaying or neutering them too. So the biggest question about spaying and neutering is whether it is ethical. 

The answer to this question is that spaying and neutering is an ethical practice as, most of the time, the dogs are put under general anesthetics, which means they cannot feel pain. Moreover, spaying and neutering reduce the risk of overpopulation and the production of too many puppies leading to an increased risk of premature puppy death and more.

So why exactly do most people prefer to spay or neuter their dogs? Well, first off, it takes a lot of responsibility of the owner’s hands, especially when they don’t want new puppies as a responsibility. Dogs, including German Pinschers, come off as very aggressive when under heat, and they will also affect nearby male dogs. Once the female dogs release pheromones that include a certain kind of scent, the male dogs will become receptive to the scent and track down the female dog for as much as possible.

If you do not want aggressive and hormonal dogs, maybe spaying and neutering is a good idea also. Additionally, if you do not want or have the capability of welcoming several pups to your home, then you should consider neutering or spaying your doggo. 

Another benefit of neutering and spaying your German Pinscher is that spaying and neutering reduce some health risks. For example, female German Pinschers will have a reduced risk of uterus-related infections and diseases such as pyometra (uterus infection) and mammary tumors. It will benefit males as it decreases their tendency to roam around the neighborhood (which presents many risks). It also prevents them from having some forms of testicular cancer in dogs.

Another primary reason for spaying and neutering your dog is that it reduces the risk of aggression, especially for male German Pinschers who want to assert dominance over their peers. Moreover, the behavioral issues associated with dog pregnancy are also of concern for female German Pinschers. The females will also exhibit behavioral changes during heating periods.

Spaying Versus Neutering. What Exactly Are Their Differences?

We always throw these two terms around: spaying and neutering. However, what exactly are their differences? In this article section, let us discuss the differences between spaying and neutering.

The difference between spaying and neutering comes down to the gender of the dog it is being performed. Spaying is limited to female dogs, while neutering is limited to male dogs. Both serve the same purpose, restricting a dog’s ability to reproduce.

Spaying or ovariohysterectomy is a delicate process performed by veterinarians under general anesthesia to prevent any pain detected by the dog in concern. It is done by removing a dog’s uterus and ovaries through a cut made by the abdomen. A spay can also be performed laparoscopically (a surgical procedure that allows the surgeon not to make more significant cuts) (usually involves ovariectomies).

Neutering or sometimes called castration is a veterinary surgical procedure also done under general anesthesia. It involves the removal of the dog’s testicles. Since this is more of an exterior procedure and does not usually require deep cuts into a dog’s torso, it is somewhat more straightforward, and dogs recover more easily than spaying. 

What Happens After Spaying And Neutering? Let’s Talk About It.

Most of the time, spaying and neutering is a very safe procedure with different healing speeds for neutering and spaying. For spaying, some veterinarians will want to keep a dog overnight to monitor its vital conditions properly. In some situations, spayed females will have discomfort after surgery, which can easily be remedied through pain relief medicine. (5)

After the surgery, the dog may undergo a strict period of limited movement for seven to ten days until the wound fully heals. Afterward, most veterinarians request follow-up checkups to ensure the surgery is successful.

Since neutering is much more straightforward, most dogs go home after the procedure. Some pain medication may be involved to reduce post-surgery pain, and it may take a few days until the male dog’s wounds fully heal. Again, a follow-up checkup may be recommended.

Most dogs who undergo spaying and neutering surgery may be disoriented or tired afterward. It is perfectly normal. However, if your pet is not responding or barely responding, check up on your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Due to anesthetics, monitoring food and water consumption will be best. A few hours after the surgery, it may be best to slowly introduce them to food, water, and other provisions. However, always do what your vet tells you, as every dog and surgery is different. Do this slowly but consistently to ensure your doggo gets the necessary food and water.

After having the surgery, some dogs, not only German Pinschers, may have reduced appetite. It is also perfectly normal. However, if they are still not having an increased appetite the day after, it may be best to check with your veterinarian.

3 FAQs We Get A Lot

How Many Babies Does A Female German Pinscher Have?

Most German Pinschers give birth to six to eight puppies at a time.

When Should A Dog Be Neutered Or Spayed?

Neutering and spaying can be done when the dog is a puppy (6+ months old) or older. It is best to check with your veterinarian, as this number will change depending on your dog. 

How Much Does Spaying Or Neutering Cost?

Most of the time, spaying costs a little bit more than neutering due to the complexity of the procedure. The cost differs per area but in the United States, to neuter or spay your dog with a professional vet, expect to dish out around $300 at least.

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