Description: The Miniature Pinscher is a small and active dog of the Pinscher type. This is a well-formed, athletic dog that stands between 9˝ and 11˝ inches tall at the shoulder. The dog will weigh 8 to 10 pounds and the bitch between 8 and 9 pounds. The Miniature Pinscher’s ears are usually cropped and the tail is docked to a short length. The coat of the dog is black with tan markings, red, or chocolate with rust points. This dog is a long-lived breed and can easily survive for 15 years or more. It is also called the Min Pin.
History: The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany by crossing the Italian Greyhound, the Dachshund, and the German Pinscher. Although it is believed by many to be a miniature Doberman Pinscher, this dog was extant before the Doberman was formed, showing up in paintings from 1500. This quick and agile little dog found work as a ratter on farms and in stables.
Temperament: The Miniature Pinscher is a dog that tends to be a “one person dog”. This dog will get along well with other family members, but will basically bond to one individual in the household. This is an active, courageous dog that will serve a good watchdog.
The feisty Miniature Pinscher seems to be unaware that it is small, and will not let the size of an opponent deter it. This dog does not like rough or offhand treatment and will snap or nip in these circumstances. It is not the best dog to have around small children, who may not understand how to handle it properly. The Miniature Pinscher is extremely devoted to its “one person” and will do everything possible to be near them. It tends to be fairly highly strung and has a great deal of nervous energy. This dog is notoriously difficult to housebreak. It has a reputation as a barker.
Health Problems: The Miniature Pinscher appears to be a dog breed that is basically free of health problems. It can suffer from a dislocated kneecap, but otherwise is healthy.
Grooming: The short coat of the Miniature Pinscher does not need an excessive amount of care, but the dog should be brushed once a week to remove dead hairs. To keep the natural oils of the coat, avoid shampooing the dog. If the Miniature Pinscher’s ears are un-cropped, be sure to check them frequently to make certain they are clean and dry.
Living Conditions: Although the Miniature Pinscher was originally a dog that lived outside in barns and stables, it is not suited for outdoor living in more northern climates. The Miniature Pinscher has an extremely high energy level, which reflects its first job as a ratter and destroyer of vermin. As such, it should not be kept in an apartment where opportunities for exercise are limited. This dog requires at least 45 minutes of fairly intense exercise per day. The Miniature Pinscher is very good at escaping from supposedly secure fenced yards, so should not be left unattended. It can jump over 5 feet high and climbs well.
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Our 9 week old Min Pin Boo Boo hates taking his harness off.
Turn up your volume for his variety of sounds, from snarling to crying. I swear I'm not hurting him.
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