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Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Basic Miniature Pinscher Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
  • Height: 10 - 13 inches
  • Weight: 8 - 10 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Miniature Pinschers

Miniature Pinscher Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Miniature Pinscher History

  • The miniature pinscher is a miniature version of the German pinscher (not the Doberman pinscher, which was developed after the min pin).
  • It probably arose from crossing German pinschers with Dachshunds and Italian greyhounds.
  • In the early 1800s they were developed as a distinct breed called the "reh pinscher," so named because of their resemblance to the German roe (reh) deer. Pinscher simply means terrier.
  • In the late 1800s, breeders tried to produce tiny size at the expense of other features. In the early 1900s, the trend was reversed and the breed became a slightly taller but more elegant dog, gaining popularity quickly.
  • Their popularity plummeted around the world after World War I, but slowly regained momentum in America.
  • The AKC recognized them in 1929.
  • The min pin is known as the "king of toys."

Miniature Pinscher Behavior Concerns

  • Makes an endlessly enthusiastic and energetic companion.
  • Playful and very good with children, although very young or unruly children may hurt it with rough play.
  • Reserved with strangers.
  • May be cocky and even scrappy with other dogs.
  • May not be good with small pets.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food or games.
  • Learns quickly, but is easily bored and distracted.
  • Some may bark a lot.

Miniature Pinscher Suggested Exercises

  • Makes an alert housedog.
  • This is an extremely active and playful dog. A daily walk around the block, coupled with several play sessions, will help meet its exercise needs.
  • May not do well in dog parks unless large dogs are segregated from small dogs. Even so, some min pins may bully other small dogs.
  • Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
  • Its thin coat and small size makes it vulnerable to chilling.

Miniature Pinscher Grooming

  • Coat is smooth, hard and short.
  • Brushing once a week will remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.

Suggested Miniature Pinscher Nutritional Needs

  • Min pins have a tendency to be overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Small snacks can cause weight problems in tiny dogs.
  • Tiny min pin puppies should be fed often to prevent hypoglycemia, a serious condition to which very small puppies are prone. Frequent small meals of high protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates may help guard against this condition.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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