Miniature Pinscher

Although the miniature pinscher may resemble the Doberman pinscher, it is not a small descendant of the larger dog. In fact, the miniature pinscher has been depicted in works of art that dates back to the 1600s, which is roughly 200 years earlier than the origin of the Doberman. The miniature pincher originated in Germany, where it was further developed during the 1800s, and the breed's popularity became an international sensation. Originally used on German farms to control rodents and other vermin, the American Kennel Club first registered the miniature pincher as a member of the terrier group in 1925. The dog was reclassified into the toy group in 1930.

The Miniature Pinscher is often confused for a mini Doberman, but this is actually a much older breed. This dog breed is the most athletic of toy breeds and has long legs, with a square and compact body. Mini Pins have long, strong muzzles and small oval eyes. Their ears are folded forward, and sometimes cropped. They have dense, short coats. They need to be brushed regularly. Their ears should be checked regularly for infections. Personality: The Mini Pinscher is a very energetic breed that has high energy. Mini Pins are real teddy bears and love to snuggle. They are very confident and love to be in motion. The Mini Pin is very playful and inquisitive, but can be stubborn, bold and independent. They need to be walked everyday so they can exert energy. They're not suited for families with children as they are possessive of toys and food. They are often territorial and aggressive towards other dogs.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Group
Function
Life Span
14-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Min pin, Zwergpinscher, Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Both
Preferred Climate
Warm

The compact miniature pinscher resembles a downsized version of a Doberman pinscher, standing only 10 to 12.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing 8 to 11 pounds. The smooth coat may be black with rust markings, red with black hairs, solid red or chocolate with tan markings. The ears are pointed and stand erect, and the tail is docked to a nub that stands erect. The Miniature Pinscher is often confused for a mini Doberman, but this is actually a much older breed. This dog breed is the most athletic of toy breeds and has long legs, with a square and compact body.

Mini Pins have long, strong muzzles and small oval eyes.

Their ears are folded forward, and sometimes cropped. They have dense, short coats. They need to be brushed regularly. Their ears should be checked regularly for infections.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Miniature pinschers are fearless and alert watchdogs. Lively and energetic, the breed is spirited and playful and needs regular walks and play sessions to expend some of its energy and curiosity. Miniature pinchers get along with older children and are affectionate with their families. They are wary of strangers and they will boldly challenge other dogs. They possess many habits that are typical of terrier breeds, including excessive barking, digging and chasing small animals, including cats. Miniature pinschers are intelligent, but they are also assertive and willful, which can make training and housebreaking a challenge. The Mini Pinscher is a very energetic breed that has high energy.

Mini Pins are real teddy bears and love to snuggle.

They are very confident and love to be in motion. The Mini Pin is very playful and inquisitive, but can be stubborn, bold and independent. They need to be walked everyday so they can exert energy. They're not suited for families with children as they are possessive of toys and food. They are often territorial and aggressive towards other dogs.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Chocolate Red Red-Black Brindle Rust Tan
Shedding
None
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Rough

The sleek coat of a miniature pinscher requires little grooming. Wiping the coat once a week with a grooming mitt will remove loose and dead hairs to reduce the amount of shedding on furnishings, floors and clothing. The teeth, conversely, should be brushed daily to minimize tartar buildup and prevent periodontal disease, which can adversely affect internal health.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • For a lively little dog with a spirited, playful, alert and curious nature, consider the miniature pinscher
  • The miniature pinscher originated in Germany
  • The miniature pinscher is commonly referred to as a min pin, and it is also known as a zwergpinscher
  • The miniature pinscher is a spunky and entertaining bundle of energy that doubles as a fearless and effective watchdog
  • The miniature pinscher stands 10 to 12
  • 5 inches tall and weighs 8 to 11 pounds
  • Miniature pinschers have high energy levels
  • Miniature pinschers require minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a miniature pinscher is 15 years

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Common Health Conditions in Miniature Pinschers

Miniature pinschers live average lifespans of 15 years. Some health conditions that the breed is prone to having include patellar luxation, Legg-Calves-Perthes disease, diabetes, mucopolysaccharidosis, progressive retinal atrophy, optic nerve hypoplasia, glaucoma and congenital deafness.

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