Description: The Miniature Pinscher, also know as the Min-Pin, is a well-balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog who is proud, vigorous and alert. They are fun loving extroverts who are great in the show ring or make clever companions. Vibrant, vivacious and perky, they are always on the go. Miniature Pinschers do well as a house dog who are at their best being the family watchdog.
Other Names: Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinscher, Mini Pin
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 10 - 12 inches
Weight: 8 - 10 lbs.
Colors: Black, blue, or chocolate.
Coat: Hard, smooth, short coat.
Temperament: Miniature Pinschers are lively, alert
With Children: Yes, provide they are not pestered.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: Miniature Pinschers should be comb, brush or rub on their smooth coat regularly to remove loose hairs. Shampoo only when necessary. Teeth should be check and cleaned often. The Miniature Pinscher needs vigorous exercise for a little dog. Give them the opportunity to run and play in the yard or daily walks on a lead.
Training: Miniature Pinschers learn very quickly and should be given the opportunity to take puppy classes. Pay special attention to housebreaking as they need firm training or they may soon run the home.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Very Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: An apartment is adequate as long as some form of exercise is given. Remember they can be very noisy. An owner of a Miniature Pinscher needs to want to take on a challenge as they are one cantankerous little dog.
Health Issues: Patella luxation and eye problems.
Life Span: 14 - 15 years
Litter Size: 2 - 4
Country of Origin: Germany
History: Known only to have existed in Germany up until about 100 years ago, they are said to have descending from the German Pinscher with the possibility of being crossed with the Italian Greyhound and Dachshunds. The Miniature Pinscher is not a small Doberman as some may think. Miniature Pinschers were bred to be a ratter and a good barking watchdog.
First Registered by the AKC: 1925
AKC Group: Toy Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC (GB), UKC