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Miniature Pinscher Breed Summary

Stubborn, Strong-Willed, Devoted, Loyal and Intelligent

These doggies originate from Germany and are highly prized for their gorgeous looks and devotion to their 'hoomans'. Additionally, they have a very unique way of walking and 'high-step', a trait that definitely fits their image of being confident doggies! They are also a highly curious breed and love to be involved in everything!

They are a very knowledgable breed and their eagerness to please means that they are relatively easy to train. Additionally, they better suit families who lead active lifestyles that they can easily slot into.

Fun Fact: Originally, they were known as 'Reh Pinschers' as it's thought that they resembled Roe Deer!

Kennel Club Group Toy
Lifespan 10 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) 25 - 30 cm at the withers
Weight 3.6 - 4.5 kg
Coat Coats are Smooth, Hard, Shiny and Close Lying
Colour Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Chocolate & Tan, Red
Eye colour Black
Common health issues Patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Diabetes, Congenital deafness, Progressive retinal atrophy, Glaucoma, Optic nerve hypoplasia, Alopecia
Other Names Min Pin, King of the Toys, Zwergpinscher

The Min Pin is discussed as being both very strong-willed and bursting full of energy - true to their Terrier heritage. They are also a highly curious breed and like to know what's going on around them, making them excellent watchdogs. Their high intelligence also means they are relatively easy to train and quick to pick things up, which does also include bad habits. However, they absolutely love 'hoomans' and form extremely strong bonds with their owners, which remains unbreakable throughout their lives. These doggies will need plenty of socialisation and training from a young age so that they mature into happy and well-rounded doggies!

Many mistake these little doggies for Doberman Pinschers (in mini form), but they are in fact not related at all! The Miniature Pinscher is a much older breed and was originally developed in Germany in around the 16th century. They were originally bred as working dogs, used to kill vermin such as rats. It's thought that their name 'Pinscher' also comes from the word 'pincher', which describes the way that the breed both catch and kill their prey. In 1836, a German Writer, named Dr. Rinchenback, claimed that the breed was created by crossing Italian Greyhounds with Dachshunds, although this was never actually proven. They remained a relatively popular dog up until the 20th century however, the onset of WW1 and WW2 saw a huge decline in the number of these dogs. They were thankfully saved by breed enthusiasts and nowadays are a well-known breed, although the number of puppies still remains relatively low.