The Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is fondly referred to as the “Min Pin” by its fans! Contrary to popular belief, the Min Pin is not a descendent of the Doberman. The one trait that it does however share with the Doberman is that the Miniature Pinscher too is a one-person dog. In a family, the Mini Pinscher will bond strongly with one member of the family as compared to the rest of the members.

An extremely energetic dog, the Min Pin requires a lot of exercise- both indoors and outdoors. Not only are they energetic, they are also known for their curiosity. They need constant supervision because the Miniature Pinschers have a penchant for chasing and chewing things. If they’re really small items, the Pinscher might choke on it. The care you need to give to a Miniature Pinscher is somewhat similar to taking care of a human baby during its infancy!

The Min Pin is easily trainable and it seems like they really understand what you’re trying to teach them. That being said, they don’t respond very well to rough handling and harsh words. As long as you exude patience and love, they’ll adjust to anything, including younger children and other pets. It is advisable that you introduce them to the other family pets in their puppyhood.

Known as the ‘Houdini’ of the doggy world, don’t let them wander off on their own or leave them in an unguarded fence; keep them on a leash when outdoors. During the winter, they like to be warm and might cuddle with you under the blanket. Min Pins are prone to gain a few extra pounds if their diet and exercise is not supervised closely.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

Identifying Features-

Average Weight-

4-12 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: none

– Minor concerns: Legg – Perthes, patellar luxation

– Occasionally seen: PRA

– Suggested tests: knee, (eye)

– Life span: 12 – 14 years

– Grooming: A fairly low maintenance dog, the Pinscher only needs the occasional brushing to remove the dead hair from its fur.

 

History:

Contrary to popular belief, the Miniature Pinscher isn’t a miniature version of the Doberman pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher, bred in Germany, is in fact a cross between the Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund. Their popularity soon spread from just Germany and Scandinavia to Europe and North America.

1895 was when the first German Pinscher Club was formed and in 1929, the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed. The AKC registered the Miniature Pinscher as the Pinscher Toy in 1925, but was changed to Miniature Pinscher in 1972. They are fondly referred to either the ‘MinPin’ or the ‘King of all toys’, toys being the size of a dog.

As of 2007, the AKC ranked the Miniature Pinscher 26th out of 157 breeds.

 

 

 

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