Miniature Pinscher (AKC Toy Group)

Height: 10 to 12 1/2 inches.

Size: Very Small.

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds.

Availability: Widely available.

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 dog's body.

 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.
Dominance: High.
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets.
 Noise: Likes to bark, [watchdog]. 

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 docked.
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.



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