The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany from terrier breeds,
including the German Pinscher. ("Pinscher" means
"terrier" in German.) Italian Greyhound blood may have been added
to produce such a tiny, high stepping dog. The Miniature Pinscher is NOT
related to the Doberman Pinscher, and is in fact an older breed than the
Doberman. The "Min-pin" was originally used in hunting rats, but
his high spirit and bright personality make him a charming companion. .
The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, muscular, sleek dog with square
proportions and well-chiseled lines. The top line is either level or sloping
slightly towards the rear. The front legs are straight with dewclaws removed.
The feet are small and catlike. The muzzle is strong and in good proportion
to the rest of the dog. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The dark
bright eyes are oval. Cropping the ears is optional; the tail is always
docked. The Miniature Pinscher's short easy-care coat comes in red, red stag,
black/tan or black/rust, chocolate/tan or chocolate/rust, blue/tan or
blue/rust, [fawn] Isabella/rust. This dog has an unusual high- stepping gait.
Don't overfeed. Protect this dog from extreme cold & heat. A very healthy breed.
A hardy fellow can be very demanding and headstrong. Proud, spirited and
alert, with high energy. Intelligent, lively and brave. A big dog in a little
The Miniature Pinscher
is often called "King of the Toys".
Children: Best with older, considerate children.
Friendliness: Moderately protective.
Trainability: Moderately Easy to train.
Independence: Fairly independent.
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets.
Noise: Likes to bark,
Grooming and Physical Needs:
Grooming: Very little grooming needed.
Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed.
Coat: Short coat.
Shedding: Average shedder.
Docking: The ears are cropped or uncropped, and the tail is customarily
Exercise: Moderate to little exercise needed.
Jogging: A fair jogging companion.
Indoors: Very active indoors.
Apartments: Good for apartment living, as long they get exercise.
Outdoor Space: Does like a yard.
Climate: Prefers warm climates.
Owner: Not recommended for novice owners.
Longevity: Long (15 or more years).
watchdog, agility, and competitive obedience.