Breed Group: Toy Group
Shoulder Height: 11 in.
Weight: 7-11 lb.
Life Span: 13 years
Colors: Black, rust, tan, chocolate, red, blue, stag red, fawn, Isabella
- The Miniature Pinscher is thought to include the German Pinscher, Italian Greyhound and Dachshund in their ancestry.
- The breed has been portrayed on numerous historical artifacts, but official documentation on the breed did not begin until the 1800s, so their true origin remains a mystery.
- The Miniature Pinscher was used as a ratter and companion dog to German royalty and common folk.
A smaller cousin to the massively popular German Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher is quickly gaining hold as a companion dog. They are the ideal breed for apartments because of their short, low-maintenance coat and "big dog" mentality. However, it is precisely because of this that these dogs are only recommended for experienced pet parents.
The Miniature Pinscher is one of the most active breeds in the world, demanding high levels of mental stimulation and physical exercise. They are fearless and self-assured; a large dog in a small dog's body. While their small size does mean that their needs can be met indoors, they appreciate a lot of toys and still enjoy a walk. Without things to keep them busy, this breed will become destructive.
One may think that this hyperactive breed would be great for young kids. This idea could not be further from the truth. While they are more than capable of keeping up with young ones, their wiry frame and thin legs are susceptible to injury. Young children play rough, which is not the type of play this terrier-esque dog is made for. These spirited little dogs are much better suited to life with older children.
The Min Pin is intelligent and is one of the few breeds that have shown a marked ability to open doors and escape from their kennels. Do not get a Miniature Pinscher unless you are well prepared to deal with their energy and propensity for making their own entertainment. This is not a dog for a novice.
Miniature Pinschers are very healthy dogs and live quite a long time. However, they are susceptible to a few medical problems.
- Orthopedic problems including luxating patellas (knee caps) and Legg-Calve-Perthe's disease can cause ongoing lameness.
- Epilepsy can be a problem in the breed.
- They are thought to be susceptible to demodectic mange.
- Joey Fatone, of the boy band NSYNC, keeps a Miniature Pinscher.
- The country singer Eric Church keeps a Min Pin named Quincy Jones.
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