Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher, also called a Zwergpinscher (Little biter) or nicknamed a Min Pin, originated in Germany.

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Also called the King of Toys, the spunky personality of a Min Pin is loved by many. It is true that Miniature Pinschers are rambunctious and yet good-natured, but they are not exactly the type of dog that a new dog owner should take home. Even experienced owners should consider a trainer to help with the skills needed to teach a Miniature Pinscher.

They are assertive and smart dogs, but they are also sweet and loving; and when they calm down enough, they will happily be your lap dog too.


Although there are images of the Min Pin going back for a long time, there is only documentation going back to 200 years ago. The earliest ancestors of the Miniature Pinscher originate from the German Pinscher, which was mixed with Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds, and the first job of a Miniature Pinscher was to kill rats in homes and within stables.

Many had believed that the Miniature Pinscher was a “miniature Doberman” because the Doberman came to the United States first, but that is not the case. The Doberman and Miniature Pinscher are two different breeds. Originally the Miniature Pinscher was introduced to the American Kennel Club and was named simply Pinscher.

Once the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1929, they petitioned for the Pinschers to be placed in the Toy Group; but it wasn’t until 1972 that the name was officially changed to Miniature Pinscher.


The Miniature Pinscher is considered a small-sized dog. The average height of a male or female Miniature Pinscher is 10 to 12.5 inches. The weight average for a Miniature Pinscher is 8 to 10 pounds.


Miniature Pinschers are a very active breed. They are not for brand new dog owners as they are very assertive, outgoing, active and very independent. They love to move around so they are in need of a fenced in yard where they can play every day, or a daily walk would be great as well. They have been known to be great escape artists, so make sure that your fenced in yard is safe to be in without supervision.

This breed has been known to be soft and gentle with kids that they grow up with as long as the children are easy with them as well. If Miniature Pinschers are raised with children that are rough with them, they will be more aggressive toward children as a whole. Due to its energy levels and quick spunk, the Miniature Pinscher is really the most suitable for children 10 years and older.


The Min Pin has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years. Not all Miniature Pinschers will have health problems, but those that may could be prone to the following health problems:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism and Patellar Luxation.

To ensure that your Miniature Pinscher stays as healthy as possible, it is important to bring your Miniature Pinscher to the veterinarian on a regular basis as recommended. This is the best way to make sure your Miniature Pinscher lives along and health life with you and your family.


Grooming is very easy for a Miniature Pinscher due to the short hair, which only needs occasional brushing and shampooing. Being a small breed, the Miniature Pinscher needs to be dressed in a sweater or in a blanket to keep from getting too cold in cooler climates.

It may seem odd, but the best way to take care of a Min Pin is by thinking of it as a toddler-house, safety proofing is definitely needed. Miniature Pinschers are curious animals and will eat interesting objects like coins that are found on the ground. For this reason they need extra care.

For training, the best way to train a Min Pin is by crate. Early training and socialization skills are important because both help a Miniature Pinscher become a well-rounded dog.

An important factor to keep in mind is that a Miniature Pinscher can get overweight very easily. They are more prone to it that other breeds. Make sure to feed your Min Pin the proper amounts and keep them on a regular schedule.


Here is a good link to rescue a Miniature Pinscher. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.


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