Dog Profiles - Description of Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

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. A fun loving extrovert who is great in the show ring or makes a clever companion. Vibrant, vivacious and perky, he is always on the go. He does well as a house dog who is at his best being the family watchdog.

Height: 10-12 inches

Weight: 8-10 lbs.

Colors: Black, blue, or chocolate.

Coat: Hard, smooth, short coat.

Temperament: Lively, alert. Okay with children provided he is not pestered. Good with other pets. Good family pet. Very good watch-dog. Very poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Comb, brush or rub his smooth coat regularly to remove loose hairs. Shampoo only when necessary. Teeth should be check and cleaned regularly. Needs vigorous exercise for a little dog. Give him the opportunity to run and play in the yard or daily walks on a lead.

Training: They learn very quickly and should be given the opportunity to take puppy classes. Pay special attention to housebreaking as he needs firm training or he 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 he can be very noisy. An owner of a Mini Pin needs to want to take on a challenge as he is 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, he is said to have descending from the German Pinscher with the possibility of being crossed with the Italian Greyhound and Dachshunds. He is not a small Doberman as some may think. He was bred to be a ratter and a good barking watchdog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB), UKC