Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher



The Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin), which is often referred to as the “King of Toys”, was developed in Germany to hunting vermin, firstly rats. This breed was developed from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and the shorthaired German Pinscher.

Height: 10-13 inches  Weight: 8-10 pounds  Lifespan: 14-17 years


The Min Pin looks like a small Doberman, he has keen expression and elegant bearing. Usually, Miniature Pinschers have erect ears and a short, docked tail. This cute dog breed is very friendly, playful and alert. Comparable Breed: The Chihuahua and Cairn Terrier.


The Miniature Pinscher is a small, yet very courageous dog. He has a great sense of humor and furious energy. This dog breed is very curious and likes to explore new territory, it will even try to run away from home. Puppies need a proper socialization, as they may be afraid of strangers. Hence, if properly socialized, the Miniature Pinscher can find a common language with other pets and children. Miniature Pinschers are lively animals who love to be in the limelight, they are agile and athletic.

Coat / Care:

This breed is covered with a short, smooth coat. Miniature Pinschers come in a variety of colors, including red, black and rust, and chocolate and rust. These dogs are very low shedder, so grooming is rather easy. Hence, the Miniature Pinscher requires occasional brushing with a soft bristle brush. Frequent bathing is not recommended because it dries the skin. The Min Pin is generally healthy, but he may be prone to epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), hypothyroidism and patellar luxation.


Like many other miniature dog breeds, Miniature Pinschers show difficulty in training. Since he is inquisitive and quite stubborn, the Miniature Pinscher needs a skilled trainer who will be able to impose the rules. Also, consistency in training is of key importance. Otherwise, your pet can become a real domestic tyrant.


The Miniature Pinscher is well suited for apartment living. However, this energetic little dog should get regular exercise, but nothing too demanding. Hence, regular hiking should be enough.

Photo credit: LEONARDO DASILVA/Flickr

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