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 and 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 10in - 12in|
|Weight||Males and Females 8lb - 10lb|
|Coat||Coats are Smooth, Hard, Shiny and Close Lying|
|Color||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 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 family and form extremely strong bonds with their owners, which remains unbreakable throughout their lives. These dogs need plenty of socialization and training from a young age so that they mature into happy and well-rounded pets!
By 1900, the Min Pin was being shown at the Stuttgart Dog Show in Germany. Only a short 19 years later, they arrived in the United States where they gained popularity. By 1929, the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club the same year. Originally, this breed was used to help control the rat populations just like a Manchester Terrier, but now the Min Pin is considered a wonderful companion dog. Today, this small package breed with their regal look and stout heart has earned the nickname “King of Toys”.