By Janice Jones |Last Updated 04-17-2023
Miniature Pinscher, also called the Min Pin, is a sturdy, compact little dog.
They have a lot of poise and are actually very tough, especially for their
size. Despite their looks, they are not mini versions of the Doberman Pinscher,
but perhaps cousins.
They are a breed of their own and actually arrived on the
scene about 100 years before the Doberman even existed. One classic
characteristic of the Min Pin is their trot.
They do not simply walk around
like other breeds of dogs. They have a very specific pep to their step. The way
that they walk is very often compared to that of a hackney horse. This hackney
gait is absolutely adorable to watch and is one characteristic that is special
to these little guys.
Are there Miniature Pinscher Hybrids?
Yes, absolutely. Here are just a couple of popular mixes:
- Pin-Tzu (Miniature Pinscher + Shih Tzu)
- Sheltie Pin (Miniature Pinscher + Shetland Sheepdog)
- Shiba Pin (Miniature Pinscher + Shiba Inu)
- Silky-Pin (Miniature Pinscher + Silky Terrier)
- Smooth Fox Pinscher (Miniature Pinscher + Smooth Fox Terrier)
- Toy Fox Pinscher (Miniature Pinscher + Toy Fox Terrier)
- Wire Fox Pinscher (Miniature Pinscher + Wire Fox Terrier)
Dog Breed Ratings Got You a Little Confused?
Here’s a little help in understanding them
- Playfulness: Most Playful = 5 Least Playful = 1
- Affection: Most Affectionate = 5 Least Affectionate = 1
- Friendliness Towards Strangers: Most Friendly = 5 Least = 1
- Good With Children: Great= 5 Not Good with Children = 1
- Good With Dogs: Great = 5 Not Good Around Dogs = 1
- Good With First Time Owners: Fine=5 Not Appropriate = 1
- Exercise Required: Extensive Daily Exercise = 1 Minimal = 1
- Ease of Training: Very Easy = 5 Difficult = 1
- Watch Dog: Excellent Watch Dog = 5 Minimal = 1
- Grooming: Time Consuming = 5 Minimal = 1
- Shedding: Heavy Shedder = 5 Minimal = 1
- Cold Tolerance: Well Tolerated = 5 Poor Tolerance = 1
- Heat Tolerance: Well Tolerated = 5 Poor Tolerance = 1
The Min Pins is small, yet they have
a very regal bearing and are actually called ‘The King of the Toys’. They have
cute little ears that are sometimes cropped, but sometimes kept natural looking.
In some European countries, it is illegal to
crop them so they will remain natural in a lot of cases. Their tail, however, is
traditionally docked. This breed has
compact, catlike feet, which allow them to travel quickly and gracefully and
add to the hackney trot.
These little guys are surprisingly
playful and love to play with everyone and everything. They love to run around
and are like little athletes. If a small, cute and playful dog is something you
might be interested in, then check out the Miniature Pinscher, and you might
have found your perfect match!
Quick Facts about the Miniature Pinscher:
Other Names Used: Min Pin, Zwergpinscher (Dwarf
Biter), and King of the Toys
Affiliation: Toy group; AKC recognized in
1925, also UK (Companion ) CKC, FCI, UKC, NKC
Height: Males: 10-12.5 inches, Females:
Weight: 5-10 pounds
Coat Type: Smooth and short, shiny coat
Colors: two shades of solid red,
chocolate and rust, and black and rust
Country of Origin: Germany
Activity Level: High to Very High
Life Expectancy: 15+ years
Good with Children: with proper leadership and early
training/socialization, these dogs are good with all children, including
Good with Other Pets: yes
History of the Miniature Pinscher
claim that this breed goes back many centuries, but the exact origin of them
isn’t very clear. The Miniature Pinscher was originally used for hunting small
vermin, so they do have a little bit of Terrier in their blood.
They got their
start in Europe where they were called “Zwergpinscher” which translates to
Dwarf Biter. This breed is the descendant of the German Pinscher, but their
dexterity and small size inherited by the Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund.
Some think that the German Pinscher had
something to do with how they look, and since Dobermans come from the German
Pinscher, maybe that is why they look very similar to the Miniature Pinscher.
also used at barnyard ratters, and they controlled the rodent population in the
stables. Min Pins are at the top of the charts in Europe for most popular toy
dog, and the ratings are growing in American for this adorable breed.
How Active are Min Pins?
Oh, the Miniature Pinscher, where do we begin? To start, this is one of the most active and energetic breeds of dog you will ever see. They are extroverts who have this special zest for life and definitely will show it.
They need daily walks, in addition to other exercise to, maintain their small and compact physique. If you are a very laid back person, or are thinking about bringing this dog into a very laid back family, then maybe this isn’t the breed for you. Min Pins are always on the move and need the exercise or they can develop behavioral issues or become sad or aggressive.
It is not a chore to watch these little guys run around the backyard and trot around. They are extremely poised, and the breed standard actually calls them the dogs with fearless animation. Although they have a regal and pony-like gait, these are tough little dogs. They are excellent watchdogs and have great relationships with their families.
Do Min Pins Like to Dig?
Due to their Terrier and Dachshund roots, they do have a knack for burrowing. This may be a problem if they are outside trying to burrow out of your yard, but inside it is actually very entertaining and endearing. It is amusing to watch your little guy burrow in blankets or pillows for hours.
They are funny little dogs in general, but watch out because they are known to be escape artists. Keep this in mind if you leave a door or gate open.
They should probably be supervised while playing outside, so you don’t end up misplacing your little pup.
Are Min Pins Easy to Train?
This breed is trainable, but they need lots of care and attention during it. This is a suitable breed for families, but owners must be very patient and understanding during training.
You don’t necessarily need to be an experienced trainer, but it is necessary to be prepared for the experience. It can sometimes take persistence and skill to train, but all the hard work is more than worth it when you have a beautifully trained Pinscher.
These are the types of dogs that definitely benefit from an understanding hand during training and do not do well with yelling or hitting of any kind.
If they are properly trained, then they will be willing and able to take on any task that they are presented with. It is essential to demonstrate authority early on, or training efforts could be tough.
Can Min Pins be Left Alone While Working?
This is a type of dog that can suffer from Small Dog Syndrome, which is a syndrome in which the dog thinks that they are the owner and the boss. This could pose a problem in your household, and they need to be put in their place at a young age. With that being said, if they do get a proper socialization and training at a young age then you are golden.
They do not deal well with being left alone for long periods of time. While most are not destructive, they will bark, whine and even howl. If you work long hours, consider asking a friend to check in on your Pin or plan lunch breaks so you can be at home.
Do Miniature Pinschers Make Good Family Dogs?
They get along great with children of pretty much any age and other pets, as
well. They are adaptable and will do
well with small living areas or apartments.
If they do live in an apartment, they still require ample exercise to continue
living a happy and healthy life.
This is a breed of dog that can get
along with everyone and be very happy with very little.
They are very tenacious and love to be active at all
times. Other than that, you can bring a tough, loyal, playful, and cute dog
into your home if you decide you want a Miniature Pinscher.
Are Min Pin Cuddly?
Miniature Pinschers love to snuggle and fit very easily on your lap. That does not mean that you can sit for hours on end with a min pin on your lap. They are active dogs and enjoy both active play and cuddle time.
Grooming the Miniature Pinscher
is very minimal for this breed because of their short and smooth coat. The
grooming for the Min Pin is actually the easiest and most minimal of all the
This breed is an average shedder, so they do need to be brushed down
occasionally to remove any loose hair. This can be done with a bristle brush or
simply a warm washcloth.
They should be bathed when needed and their teeth,
eyes, ears, and nails need to be tended to regularly like any other breed. Aside
from that, if you do not plan to spend a
lot of time grooming a dog, then the Min Pin is the dog for you.
Keep in mind that these little dogs do not do well in cold temperatures so a sweater or coat will be needed in the winter. They tolerate the heat much better than the cold.
Health Concerns: Are Min Pins Healthy?
This is generally
a healthy breed, and the only real concern would be with their bones. They have small bones that are also pretty
brittle, so special care and attention is needed, so they don’t break their
wrists jumping off chairs or couches at home.
Puppy stairs, or blankets can be a quick fix to this problem, but it is
best to make sure your pup doesn’t have to jump too far to get down from
They have a long lifespan at 15+ years, but they do tend to like to
overeat. This can be an easy fix with measured amounts of food only given to
them at the set times for them to eat during the day. Other than that, they have a couple of
standard small dog breed health concerns, which include the following:
active and energetic
loyal and loving to their family
be escape artists
bones can be a concern
a lap dog, if that is what you’re looking for
takes time and patience
suffer from small dog syndrome
References and Book Recommendations
Pinscher Club of America, Inc.
Similar breeds to check out
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