Miniature Pinscher Breed Summary
Stubborn, Strong-Willed, Devoted, Loyal and Intelligent
This breed originates from Germany and are highly prized for their gorgeous looks and devotion to their humans. Additionally, they have a very unique way of walking with a high-step, a trait that definitely fits their image of being confident very confident! They are a highly curious breed and love to be involved in everything.
They are very knowledgeable and their eagerness to please means that they are relatively easy to train. 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)||Males and Females 25cm - 30cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 3.5kg - 4.5kg|
|Coat||Coats are Smooth, Hard, Shiny and Close Lying|
|Colour||Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Chocolate & Tan, Red|
|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 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 family and form extremely strong bonds with their owners, which remains unbreakable throughout their lives. These dogs need plenty of socialisation and training from a young age so that they mature into happy and well-rounded pets!
Many mistake these little dogs 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.