The Miniature Pinscher is small toy breed with the heart of a terrier. They make good watchdogs and companions. This trainable, elegant breed requires minimal grooming.
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Finding a Miniature Pinscher
- Tapering head with large, erect ears
- Coat: Short, sleek hair. Comes in red, chocolate with rust markings and black with rust markings
- Ears and tail may be cropped
- Oval-shaped, dark eyes
- Height: 10-12.5 inches
- Weight: 8-10 pounds
- Average lifespan: 13-14 years
- Demanding, headstrong, overly-brave, energetic, animated, loyal
- Interaction with people: Best with mature children; cannot tolerate teasing.
- Interaction with animals: May be aggressive toward other dogs but is compatible with other household pets
- Training: Quick learners; enjoy group training settings; somewhat difficult to housebreak
- Bark: Extremely vocal
- Protection: Moderately protective
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Protect this breed from cold temperatures
- Need daily walks
- Easy to groom
- Average shedder
- Remove dead hair by wiping coat with a damp washcloth
- The word "pinscher" means "terrier" in German
- Good watchdog despite small size
- Brought to U.S. in the 1920s
- Nicknamed the "Min Pin"
- Often used for stage performance and entertaining
- Developed in Germany from terrier breeds around 1895
- Originally used to hunt rats in horse stables
- Historic documentation of the miniature pinscher in paintings indicates this is a very old breed
- Breed was popularized outside of Germany after World War I