Is the Miniature Pinscher the Right Dog Breed for You?

by PetCloud / Breed Search / 26 Jul 2020

Miniature Pinscher

Small and elegant yet big on personality, the miniature pinscher actually predates the Doberman pinscher, which it shares some traits with, and is a much older breed. Miniature Pinschers and Dobermans are not closely related, as the min pins were bred from Italian greyhounds and dachshunds. 

Breed Snapshot:

  • Size: Weight: 3.6-4.5kg. Height: 25-32cm
  • Coat: Short, smooth coat in colors of red, chocolate, blue, fawn, and more
  • Energy: Medium to high energy. They need at least 30 minutes of exercise per day
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Breed Type: Pinscher
  • Other Names: Min Pin, Zwergpinscher
  • Great Breed for: Veteran dog owners, apartment dwellers

What Is a Miniature Pinscher Dog?

The miniature pinscher was originally bred in Germany to hunt rats and other vermin. This sturdy dog has a larger-than-life personality and, sometimes a bit of a Napoleon complex if not properly trained from the get-go. This breed likes to dominate and has a mind of its own. That said, it is also an outstanding watchdog and enjoys life with its companions.

Although miniature pinschers are suitable for apartment living, they do have a moderate need for activity and must get it, or they tend to be a bit unruly and prone to mischief. These dogs do respond well to positive reinforcement training and can be socialized to live peaceably with other pets. They're also relatively kid-friendly and prefer to live indoors with their companions, like other toy breeds.

What Do Miniature Pinschers Look Like?

Miniature pinschers greatly resemble mini versions of Doberman pinschers, but they are, in fact, completely separate breeds. Miniature pinschers feature sturdy compact bodies with a smooth single coat that comes in shades of red, black, chocolate, fawn, tan, and blue. Frequently these dogs feature cropped ears and docked tails. 

What Makes the Miniature Pinscher Special?

The miniature pinscher is a popular toy breed because it's so charmingly alpha for its size. It's brave and intelligent. It loves to keep watch and enjoy life with its human companions. Its small size also makes it a good choice for apartment living. If it lives in house, a fenced-in yard is a good idea as these dogs are mini escape artists and love to go wandering.

How Often Do I Need to Groom My Miniature Pinscher Dog?

Miniature pinschers are light shedders and have very basic grooming needs. Their sleekly smooth coat requires little upkeep--just a good brushing every few days or once per week. Min pins do not require much bathing. Overbathing can dry out their skin. Instead, wipe them down with a warm damp cloth and save baths for when they gets into the garden or trash. 

How Often Should I Walk My Miniature Pinscher Dog?

Miniature pinschers have moderate exercise needs. They enjoy short to moderate-length walks. They do enjoy some play in the yard or indoors. 

How Do I Train My Miniature Pinscher?

With their dominant personalities, miniature pinschers require positive reinforcement training as soon as possible. These dogs can be quite stubborn, but they are intelligent and can certainly learn to improve their behavior. Pet Cloud features dog training classes in blocks of six-week, one-hour sessions with registered trainers. An experienced trainer will visit your house or apartment and use positive reinforcement techniques as recommended by the RSPCA to teach your miniature pinscher puppy. 

Quickfire Miniature Pinscher Questions:

Can I leave my Miniature Pinscher during the day?

Although miniature pinschers are independent-minded in many ways, they do not tolerate being alone very well. They can develop anxiety or get into mischief when left alone.

Are Miniature Pinscher dogs barkers?

Miniature pinschers are not known as barkers. If your dog shows a tendency to bark excessively, talk to your trainer about learning some silence commands.

Are Miniature Pinscher dogs prone to health risks I should know about?

Like many dog breeds, the miniature pinscher is associated with certain health conditions. These include: epilepsy, progressive renal atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, hypothyroidism, and patellar luxation.

Where can I get a Miniature Pinscher?

If you want to rescue or adopt a miniature pinscher, check with your local rescue agencies. You may be able to find a dog who simply needs the right companion and living situation. With the right setting and owners, this breed is likely to do well. Check out the RSPCA's adoption guide to see if this is the ideal solution for you. If you want to purchase your miniature pinscher from a reputable breeder, use this helpful guide for finding the right breeder from the RSPCA.



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