German Pinschers first came to the UK in the 1980's and have for many years been on the Kennel Club's Rare Breeds Register.
Things are looking up for the Pinscher in the UK!
Despite a promising start from imports in the 80's, prior to 2010 there had been no UK litters for nearly 3 years and the population of the breed had fallen into grave decline for a variety of reasons. However, since our imports from Finland, Germany and the USA in 2009, and those of colleagues who we introduced to the breed, litters from those dogs mean we are on the increase.
At one time there were 40 Pinschers shown regularly (breed popularity indicator), but Crufts 2009 had just 9 entries, including one from Holland. Things improved at Crufts 2010 with a good entry of 21 - bolstered by Dutch exhibitors. In 2011 there were 18 entries and in 2012 there were 22 Pinschers. I am proud to have helped the breed back onto it's feet in the UK and to encourage other people into owning and occasionally breeding the GP.
For a full list of shows where Pinscher classes are scheduled, visit the UK GPGB club show page.
Finland dominates Europe for the number of Pinschers with some very successful kennels enjoying the thriving show scene that is enjoyed in the country. Predominant numerically and in winning is the Ceriinan kennel of Anja Nikkonen.
Many of the Nordic countries have both long established and newly joined Pinscher breeders and owners. Amsterdam Winners show in Dec 2009 had 40 entries, the World show in Denmark had 41 entries, World Show Paris 2011 had 48, World Show Austria had 54 entries.
The homeland of the breed fares well with some strong kennels fielding good entries at shows.