Color: Black with rust markings, stage red, solid red, chocolate or fawn with rust markings.
Height: 10-12.5 inches
Weight: 9-13 lbs
Life Span: 15 years or more
Breed Health Concerns: Epilepsy, heart problems, patellar lunation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, eye problems, cervical disk problems.
Coat: Dense, close, smooth, shiny, straight, short
Country of Origin: Germany
Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.
Although this breed looks like a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher, the two breeds are actually not related. The Miniature Pinscher comes from breeds including: Italian Greyhounds, terriers, Dachshunds. The breed comes from the word "pinscher," which refers to the way the dogs actually attack vermin. The dog literally pinches his prey. The "Min Pin" is the top toy breed in Italy, Holland, and Denmark.
It is important to properly socialize this breed and to not allow him to get too spoiled. The Min Pin is a fun-loving, self-assured dog that bonds very quickly with his family. This breed does enjoy using his voice and can become a real behavior problem if not properly trained and managed.
The Miniature Pinscher enjoys getting exercise by accompanying his owners anywhere, as much as possible. He also enjoys draining mental and physical energy with obedience and agility. A short walk each day will be enough exercise for this toy breed.
The Min Pin coat is easily cared for with occasional brushing and rub downs. Keep the face clean.
This little dog is athletic and able; he does not need to be carried around everywhere he goes. In fact, it is better for the dog to walk alongside his owner than to be carried by him. Socialization is important and training from puppyhood is key. Short, reward-based, and motivational training sessions are best.
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