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Miniature Pinscher Information

Description

This small dog is an exact duplicate of the standard sized Doberman Pinscher in every possible way. The have the same sleek coat, sharply chiseled features and muscular appearance as the full sized Doberman. The Miniature Pinscher has a unique gait that appears that is it always carefully picking up it feet in a prancing movement. The face is very well proportioned to the rest of the body and the ears may either be cropped of left natural to fold over slightly. The eyes are oval in shape and are always a dark brown in color. The tail has traditionally been cropped relatively short but many countries now ban docking so more natural length tails are seen, although it is still rare in many areas.

Temperament

The Miniature Pinscher is a great little dog with the courage of a much larger breed. They are natural watchdogs but they also can become chronic barkers so training is essential. They tend to be rather willful and will need firm and consistent but never harsh training throughout their puppy stage. They are slightly independent but love to be with the family. They do very well in families with older children but are naturally rather nervous of very young children, especially if they have ever been handled roughly by a child. The breed, especially the males, will be dog aggressive if not handled correctly, so early socialization is very important. They are very active dogs and will learn new tricks and routines quickly, but do not do well with repetitive training. Housebreaking may be a problem with this very small breed as they do not like cold or wet weather or excessive heat and don't like to go outside under these conditions.

Grooming & Shedding

This small dog is an average shedder and can easily be cleaned up with wiping with a damp cloth. They do benefit from weekly grooming with a stiff bristle brush or a grooming mitt, be sure to get a small sized brush that can easily be used on the dog's small body. Avoid bathing except when necessary and always be sure to dry completely and quickly to avoid chills and illness with this tiny breed.

History

Despite the identical look of the two breeds, the Miniature Pinscher is not related in any way to the Doberman Pinscher, and the Min Pin was the oldest of the two breeds. It is likely a cross between various terrier breeds, the German Pinscher, Dachshund and possibly an Italian Greyhound. Originally these small but athletic dogs were used as ratters, riding the houses of vermin that were problematic across Europe. During the mid 1800s the breed was almost lost due to breeding for such as small size that health conditions and deformities almost eliminated the breed. Thankfully breeders reversed this process and the breed is now healthy and popular again.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: none
  • Minor Concerns: Legg - Perthes, patellar luxation
  • Occasionally seen: progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Suggested tests: eye, knee

 

Characteristics

Height

Males 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)

Females 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)

Weight

Males 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg)

Females 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg)

Lifespan

15 years

Exercise

Low

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

No

Need exercise space

No – will self-exercise indoors

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