Average Height: 10-12½ in
Average Weight: 8-12 lbs
Average Life Span: 12-15 yrs
Coloring: Black and tan, red
Area of Origin: Germany
Similar Breeds: Miniature Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, German Pinscher, Schnauzer
History and Origin:
Bred as a small ratter in Germany, depictions of a small dog resembling the Miniature Pinscher exist going back several hundred years. However, the earliest written records of this tiny dog only appeared approximately two hundred years ago. The first official breed standard was developed in 1895, however it was not until after World War I that the Miniature Pinscher was imported to North America. Due to its associations with the Miniature Schnauzer (both sharing German Pinscher heritage), it was first categorized in the Terrier group of the American Kennel Club in 1925, but was later placed in the Toy group in 1972.
Personality and Temperament:
Despite its size, the Miniature Pinscher is a hardy little dog with a feisty attitude and an intelligent mind. Curious and energetic, the Min Pin is a fun-loving family companion, and is good with children who are aware of its small stature. It is constantly on the move, and is an extremely bold little dog, making it a good watch dog. It can get wary of strangers, and is prone to developing Small Dog Syndrome, so proper socialization and training is essential to ensure the Miniature Pinscher matures into a fun-loving, devoted companion. The Miniature Pinscher’s intelligence and bubbly nature makes it a possible choice for a nervous or first-time owner, however it is imperative that it is treated as a dog, and not as a small human.
Exercise & Training:
While small, the Miniature Pinscher is constantly in motion and enjoys a daily walk. Typically, indoor play can satisfy most of the dogs exercise needs, but walks are important for mental stimulation; a bored Miniature Pinscher may become destructive. If properly exercised, however, it can happily live in an apartment. An intelligent breed, the Miniature Pinscher is easy to train and is a keen learner.
With a smooth, short-haired coat, the Miniature Pinscher is an easy-keeper, only requiring the occasional brushing to eliminate dead hairs. An average shedder, wiping down with a damp cloth will help keep the coat looking slick and healthy. Bathe only when necessary.
The modern Miniature Pinscher is believed to have been developed with influence from the Miniature Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and the German Pinscher. Through its German Pinscher blood, it is related to German terriers, such as the Schnauzer. While it very closely resembles the Manchester Toy Terrier, the two breeds are not related.
Interesting Facts about the Miniature Pinscher:
1. Known as the King of the Toys, due to its proud carriage.
2. While the Miniature Pinscher looks like a miniature Dobermann Pinscher, it is not a descendent of the larger dog, and is in fact a much older breed. Both, however, share a common ancestor: the German Pinscher.
3. Has been known as the reh Pinscher (deer Pinscher) and Zwergpinscher (dwarf pinscher) in Germany.