Miniature Pinscher Dog and Puppy Facts and Information Guide
Miniature Pinscher Breed In Brief | Miniature Pinscher History | Miniature Pinscher Appearance | Miniature Pinscher Temperament | Exercise Needs | Grooming Requirements | Miniature Pinscher Health Concerns | Training Your Miniature Pinscher Is A Miniature Pinscher The Right Breed For You? | Additional Reading | Online Resources | Miniature Pinscher Pictures | Miniature Pinscher Breeders | Miniature Pinscher Clubs and Rescues | Miniature Pinscher Dog and Puppy Names
Height: 10-12.5 inches at the shoulder
Exercise Needs: Low
Grooming Needs: Low
Life Expectancy: 15+ years
Good With Kids: No
Common Misspellings: Minature Pinscher, Mini Pincher, Miniature Doberman, Miniature Pincher
Alternate Names: Minpin, Minpins
Often referred to as the hackney of the canine world, the Miniature Pinscher (or Min Pin as he is often called), is a very high-stepping, high-spirited dog. Small of size, but large in spirit, many people are surprised to learn that the Min Pin is not a shrunken Doberman Pinscher, as his name might imply, but something entirely different instead.
Miniature Pinschers are a very photogenic dog breed. By looking at Miniature Pinscher pictures, you can usually gain more insight into what these dogs and puppies are like as a breed, and this can help you decide if you really want to become a Miniature Pinscher owner.
While most people automatically believe the Miniature Pinscher to be a Doberman Pinscher, that has been reduced in size, it is actually believed that the Min Pin and Doberman Pinschers are more likely brothers of a sort. Making his first appearance in Germany, it’s believed that the Miniature Pinscher like the Doberman, is actually a descendant of the German Standard Pinscher. Of course, like many breeds, his true ancestry is forever shrouded by the sands of time.
The first written documentation of the Dwarf or Zwerg Pinscher appeared less than 200 years ago, though it is suspected that the breed is far older than that. Equally confusing is that the dog was known by so many different names; even the German Kennel Club had their own name for the Miniature Pinscher, referring to him as the “reh” Pinscher, after a small red deer that was commonly found in the German forests of the time. This was changed, however, most likely because not all members of the breed were the red color of this little stag.
One thing that is known, however, was that the Min Pin was originally bred as a ratter for countryside farms and that, surprisingly, this unique little dog bears no relationship to the Doberman Pinscher or to the Manchester Terriers, as one might expect. Instead it is suspected that the Min Pin boasts dogs such as the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and even the German Pinscher amongst his ancestors. That he bears such a strong resemblance to the Doberman is merely coincidence.
The Miniature Pinscher has been gaining popularity in the United States, ever since he was introduced to the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925. Since then, a love of these adorable and feisty little individuals has continued to grow. While he was once considered a terrier, and classified within their group, the Miniature Pinscher has been regrouped as a toy variety since 1930.
Perhaps two of the best words that could be used to describe the Miniature Pinscher would be “petite” and “sleek.” Not just tiny, but possessing delicate-appearing legs with tiny catlike feet, a teacup muzzle and a bright and intelligent appearance, it’s no wonder that this adorable little individual has his own fan club. Add to this, the Min Pin’s hackney-like high-stepping action and this little guy is more than capable of strutting his stuff with the big boys.
Despite his somewhat delicate appearance, the Miniature Pinscher still possesses a feel of compact sturdiness. Males are square in build, with their length of back being equal to their height of 10-12.5 inches. Females may be slightly longer but, overall, they should have a very squared off appearance. The neck of the Min Pin should bear a slight arch and noble bearing, gracefully curving into a short, straight topline.
The Miniature Pinscher can be exhibited with either cropped or uncropped ears, though his tail should be docked within proportion of the dog’s body. Min Pins can be found in the following color patterns: solid red, stag red (red with a dusting of black hairs intermingled), black with rust (rust markings should be found on the cheeks, lips, lower jaw, throat, chest, lower half of forelegs, inside of back legs, lower hocks and feet, vent area, and twin spots above each eye), and the chocolate with rust (marked like the black).
The Miniature Pinscher was bred as a ratting dog, designed to be constantly on the go, protecting farm and family from the spread of vermin. Because of this, he tends to be a bit of a busy-body and is less inclined to laze about on his master or mistress’ lap, as he is to be checking out things in the corner and scattering the dust bunnies from beneath the bed. While a very independent little dog, some individuals may be prone to Canine Separation Anxiety, so it’s important to take steps to prevent this at a young age. Crate training is highly recommended.
Despite his proud bearing and a strong tendency to attempt to take on dogs much larger than himself, the Min Pin can be very timid around more boisterous individuals, particularly children. This timid personality can make the Min Pin prone to barking or, if he feels threatened, nipping.
The Min Pin is a busy-body but, fortunately, his small size keeps him from running his owners ragged. Provided that the Miniature Pinscher gets out for a couple of walks per day and that his owner isn’t adverse to a little game of tug-o-war, wrestle, or fetch in the back yard, this feisty little individual is usually quite content. If he can worry the household cat, that’s even better!
Grooming the Miniature Pinscher is very simple and easy to maintain. Their coats are very short and glossy, when healthy, and are easily kept this way by a brushing once a week or, at least, every other week. While he may not look like he needs this occasional brushing, doing so will help him to remove any excess hairs, ensuring that he sheds less, removing dander from his skin, and helping to spread the natural oils in his skin through his coat. This will keep your Min Pin gleaming and beautiful.
Bathing should be performed as necessary but, as a rule, once a month is generally a pretty good rule. Also be sure to keep a watch on commonly overlooked grooming requirements, such as your Min Pin’s toenails, his ears, and his teeth.
The Min Pin is a very intelligent dog but is easily distracted, his attention always darting off here and there. Additionally, he can also be somewhat high-strung, meaning that he does not react well to negative stimuli or punishments; the best way to teach any dog, but especially the Miniature Pinscher, is with positive reinforcement and a great deal of patience.
Like any breed of dog, the Miniature Pinscher is subject to a variety of health concerns. Your best bet is, when deciding to choose a new Miniature Pinscher puppy, check around with several breeders and ask about the various health issues that can affect these beautiful little dogs. A reputable breeder should be well-versed in the health concerns and should be able to give you more details, as well as showing you the sire and dam of your potential puppy. Some of the health problems that can affect Miniature Pinschers include:
- Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
- Leg Perthes Disease (LPD)
- Patella luxation
- Medial luxation
- Color Mutant Alopecia
The Miniature Pinscher is an adorable little individual, quick to worm his way into any heart. Just because he looks cute doesn’t mean that he’s the ideal dog for you. The Min Pin, for a small dog, is quite active and isn’t always the contented lap dog that seniors might desire for a pet. Additionally, the Min Pin tends to be rather shy with children. His ideal home is with a single person, where he is content to be the head of the household. Obedience training is very important at a young age or, surprisingly yes, he will quickly take over your home.
If you don’t mind an active little busybody who is constantly on the go, the Min Pin may be your ideal type of dog. Once you’ve held a Min Pin, chances are your life will forever be changed and you’ll fall instantly in love.
There are a wealth of resources online that can help you learn more about the Miniature Pinscher dog breed. We’ve compiled a list of Miniature Pinscher information sites to assist you in quickly locating quality information about the Miniature Pinscher dog breed, while avoiding the “garbage” sites that are nothing more than poor attempts to capitalize on the popularity of dog breeds in general. If you know of a Miniature Pinscher information site that offers unique, quality information and photos of the Miniature Pinscher breed, please contact us with the URL and a brief description so that our editors can consider it for inclusion in our list below.
Now that you have decided that the Miniature Pinscher is the right breed for you, it’s time to start the process of finding a responsible Miniature Pinscher breeder from which to buy a healthy, well-socialized puppy. Not all breeders are alike; there are good breeders – and bad breeders. Don’t be in a hurry to buy the first Miniature Pinscher puppy you find at the cheapest price available! To buy a puppy from a responsible Miniature Pinscher breeder, you may need to pay more and wait longer. The additional money and waiting time will be well worth it. Buy a puppy in haste from a newspaper ad, pet store or “backyard breeder”, and you’ll likely also purchase a great deal of additional expense and heartache, since you will likely end up falling in love with a puppy with health and behavioral problems that will likely need special care, plenty of veterinary visits, regular medication – or even euthanasia.
But do your homework and find a responsible, caring Miniature Pinscher breeder who home-raises their puppies with love, screens their breeding dogs for health problems, offers a health guarantee and post sale support, and who genuinely loves the Miniature Pinscher breed and is in it for the love of the breed, rather than profit, and you can be fairly well assured of getting a healthy, happy, long lived and affectionate family companion that will provide you and your family with many years of joy, laughter and companionship.
Further information about choosing a responsible Miniature Pinscher breeder…
Miniature Pinscher clubs and rescues web sites can help you learn even more about the Miniature Pinscher dog breed, help you locate a responsible Miniature Pinscher breeder, or help you find a Miniature Pinscher dog or puppy in need of a second chance for a loving, forever home. We’ve compiled the following list of Miniature Pinscher clubs and Miniature Pinscher rescues web sites for your convenience:
Choosing a name for your Miniature Pinscher puppy can be a daunting task! There are so many names to choose from that it can take a lot of thought and research to find just the right name for your Miniature_Pinscher. Usually, it’s best to get to know your puppy for a few days or weeks. Often your puppy’s personality will help you decide on just the right name to choose.
Does he have a sense of humor? A serious side? A goofy way of cocking his head to one side? A strange love of cantaloupe? By observing your new Miniature Pinscher puppy over the first days or weeks, you should at least have a clue about what type of name you want to give.
There are a ton of dog names and pet names web sites on the internet. Some are wonderful information resources, while others, unfortunately, are just “garbage” sites set up with the sole purpose of cashing in on visitor hits for this popular subject.
We recommend the following sites to assist you in choosing a name for your new Miniature Pinscher puppy. These sites offer inventive, unique, original and creative pet names suggestions that have helped thousands of new puppy owners in selecting just the right name for their new baby!