Miniature Pinscher Information

Overview

The Miniature Pinscher closely resembles the Doberman. However it is not a miniature Doberman. Like the Dobie, the Min Pin is a German breed of dog. Pinscher is the German word for "terrier." The proud, alert and spirited Min Pin with its high-stepping gait is known as the "King of the Toys." The breed originated a few centuries ago to work as a barnyard ratter. The Min Pin is a good pet for apartment dwellers but will also enjoy taking a good romp in a fenced-in yard or dog park. It has a fearless spirit and seems not to realize that it is small, making it a good watch dog.

Miniature Pinscher
Basic Info
NameMiniature Pinscher
Other NameZwergpinscher, Min Pin, King of the Toys
Origin Germany
Size Type Small Dog Breeds
Breed Group Toy Dog Breeds
Life Span14 - 15 years
TemperamentClever, Friendly, Playful, Outgoing, Energetic, Responsive
Height10 to 12.5 inches
Weight8 to 11 lbs
ColorsBlack & Rust, Chocolate & Rust, Red, Stag Red, Chocolate & Tan, Black & Tan
Puppy Price$400 - $600 USD

Miniature Pinscher

Physical description

Body Type

The Min Pin stands from 10 to 12 inches in height and weighs between 8 and 10 pounds. The dog's length equals height at the withers. Female dogs may be a bit shorter and weigh less but are slightly longer than males.

The head should be in good proportion to the body. It is narrow and tapered with a prominent foreface that balances well with the skull. The eyes are dark, even true black,full and slightly oval. High-set ears, cropped or uncropped, are erect from base to tip. The muzzle is strong as opposed to delicate and is in good proportion to the whole head. Lips and cheeks are small and teeth form a scissors bite.

The muscular neck is slightly arched, curving gracefully while blending into the shoulders. It is free from dewlap or throatiness. The back is level or may slope slightly toward the rear when standing. The forechest is well developed with well-sprung ribs. The belly appears slightly tucked. The loins are short and strong. The tail sets high and is held erect.

The shoulders are sloping and moderately angled to permit the dog's hackney-like gait. The elbows are close to the body. The legs are strong-boned with small joints, pasterns strong and perpendicular. The feet are small and catlike with well-arched toes.

The hindquarters are well-muscled and set wide apart to help balance out the body. Legs appear straight and parallel when viewed from the rear. The thighs are muscular and stifles are well-defined. The hocks are short and set wide apart.

Color

The Min Pin has a smooth lustrous coat. The hair is short and straight. The coat uniformly covers the body.

Coat color may be solid red, stag red or black, red or chocolate brown with markings. Stag red means red with black intermingling hairs. Black colors have rust-colored markings on cheeks, lips, jaw, throat, spots above the eyes and chest, forelegs, inside of hind legs, lower hocks and feet and black stripes on the toes. The Chocolate brown color has red rust markings of the same specification except stripes on toes are brown.

Coat

The Min Pin has a smooth lustrous coat. The hair is short and straight. The coat uniformly covers the body.

Coat color may be solid red, stag red or black, red or chocolate brown with markings. Stag red means red with black intermingling hairs. Black colors have rust-colored markings on cheeks, lips, jaw, throat, spots above the eyes and chest, forelegs, inside of hind legs, lower hocks and feet and black stripes on the toes. The Chocolate brown color has red rust markings of the same specification except stripes on toes are brown.

Characteristics
Good with Kids
 
Cat Friendly
 
Dog Friendly
 
Trainability
 
Shedding
 
Watchdog
 
Intelligence
 
Grooming
 
Popularity
 
Adaptability
 
Hypoallergenic  No

Grooming

The Min Pin's smooth, shorthaired and hard coat makes it an easy breed to groom. It is an average shedder. Brush the coat a few times a week with a firm-bristled brush. Loose hair can be removed with a warm, damp cloth.

Bathe the Min Pin monthly or as needed. Use warm water and a mild dog shampoo. Apply the shampoo to the neck first and work in all around. Apply more shampoo to the back and work up a good lather. Starting at the head, rinse with warm water and work toward the back. Repeating the rinse will ensure avoiding a soap residue left on the coat. Towel-dry and keep the dog warm until it is thoroughly dry.

History

As indicated by historical artifacts and paintings, the Miniature Pinscher is a very old breed. However, factual documentation only begins about 200 years ago or less. A drawing by Jean Bungartz comparing the Min Pin to the German Pinscher was published in 1888.

The breed's true origins are debatable, but it is agreed that the Min Pin is a German breed. It was developed from the Italian Greyhound, Dachshund and the shorthaired German Pinscher. Its resemblance to the Doberman is likely because the Min Pin and the Dobie were both developed from the German Pinscher. It was intended as a working breed to control rodents in barns and stables. Today the Min Pin's talents include competitive obedience, agility and watchdog.

Temperament

The Min Min is proud, courageous and loyal to its master. It is intelligent and full of energy. It is a good breed to have around other pets and children has long as humans provide strong leadership to the dog. If left to think it is the leader of the pack, behavior problems may arise. The dog may become headstrong, demanding and bark more than wanted.

The Min Pin is eager and willing to learn and does so extremely well. It can learn to understand and obey quite quickly. Watch closely when housebreaking, as puddles are small and may be overlooked. This breed will chew small objects. This behavior must be monitored to avoid choking. With rules, boundaries and a daily walk, the Min Pin makes an excellent family companion.


Interesting Miniature Pinscher Facts

  • Because the Doberman was introduced to the United States first, the misconception that the Miniature Pinscher is a miniature Doberban arose.
  •   The Miniature Pinscher was introduced to the AKC show ring in 1919.
  •  The breed was called zwergpinscher in Germany, which means "little biter."