Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher


The Miniature Pinscher dog breed was originally bred in Germany to hunt vermin, mainly rats, in houses and stables. Many people believe that they were developed by breeding Dobermans to progressively smaller sizes, and indeed, they do resemble Dobermans. However, the Min Pin is a distinct and much older breed, and although they are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. Known as the “King of Toys” for his majestic appearance and self-assured attitude, the Miniature Pinscher is a fearless, energetic and alert companion dog who enjoys the company of his family. They can adapt to life in a flat, but because of their high energy, they need plenty of exercise. If you can meet the breed’s needs, you will have a small, loving family member who will keep you active and alert.


Miniature Pinschers are small, hardy dogs, but can be easily injured by rough play. Therefore, they are best suited as pets for older children who have learned to care for a dog properly.The Min Pin is sensitive to cold. Because they were originally bred to hunt vermin, the Min Pin may attack small objects (such as bottle caps), which can be a choking hazard. They may also run after small domestic animals that they perceive as prey. Min Pins have a lot of energy – probably more than you do. They are also very curious. You must supervise your Min Pin constantly, and if you can’t, put it in a cage.You must be willing to take the “alpha” position in your home. If you do not, the Min Pin will gladly assume that role.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet shop. Look for a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that can be passed on to the puppies and that they have a sound temperament.


The Miniature Pinscher is believed to be an ancient breed, but documentation can only trace it back several hundred years. It was developed in Germany to kill rats in houses and stables, where it was first called Reh Pinscher because of its supposed similarity to the reh, or small deer, that used to inhabit the forests of Germany. Many people believe that the Miniature Pinscher developed as a mini Doberman, but although it resembles it, it is a distinct and much older breed. The development of the Miniature Pinscher took off in 1895 when German breeders formed the Pinscher Klub, later renamed the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub. It was then that the first breed standard was drawn up. Miniature Pinschers were first exhibited at the dog show in Stuttgart (Germany) in 1900, at which time they were virtually unknown outside their country of origin, and from 1905 until the First World War, the Miniature Pinscher rapidly increased in popularity in Germany. After World War I, breeders in Germany and also in the Scandinavian countries worked to improve the line. Around 1919, the first Miniature Pinschers were imported into the United States. At first, only a few participated in the American Kennel Club dog shows. But in 1929 the Miniature Pinscher Club of America, Inc. was formed. Also in 1929, the AKC recognised the breed. At that time, Min Pins were exhibited in the Terrier group. In 1930, they were reclassified as Toys and called Pinscher (Miniature). In 1972 they were renamed Miniature Pinscher.

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Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Height: 10 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 8 to 11 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 14 years

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