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Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is an animated, elegant yet sturdy dog with a jaunty, high stepping movement that belies a courageous and spirited nature. They have a short, smooth coat that is tight and glossy.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12-14 years
Weight:  4-6kg
Height:  25-30cm
Colours:  Black, blue, chocolate with sharply defined tan markings or solid shades of red
Size:  Small
UK Kennel Club Groups: Toy

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 2/5
Dog jumping through the training circle

Personality

Pinscher means terrier, and despite being a member of the Toy dog group, the Miniature Pinscher is bold, fearless, busy and inquisitive. While devoted to their owners, they are not an easy-going lapdog. The Min Pin will alert you to anything they believe worthy of attention and will expect you to take action. A great watch dog for a quiet location but will probably find a hectic and busy home overstimulating and frustrating.

Dog sitting in grass

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany

Originally a working, ratting terrier type, the Miniature Pinscher was first officially recognised in Germany in 1895 and is the smallest of the three Pinscher breeds (the other two being the Dobermann to which the Min Pin is not actually related at all, and the German Pinscher). 

Since its rise in popularity as a companion and show dog, the Min Pin has been refined somewhat from the original working roots. Now a lighter, more elegant dog, none of their feist or fire has been lost – these little dogs still believe they can take on the world and win! 

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • The Minature Pinscher is not a Miniature Dobermann, in fact the Min Pin is more a Miniature of the German Pinscher, with the Dobermann being derived from several smaller breeds and increased in size!
  • Celebrity owners of Min Pins include singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood, NSYNCs Joey Fatone, and Paris Hilton.

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