- The miniature pinscher is a miniature version of the German pinscher (not the Doberman pinscher, which was developed after the min pin).
- It probably arose from crossing German pinschers with Dachshunds and Italian greyhounds.
- In the early 1800s they were developed as a distinct breed called the "reh pinscher," so named because of their resemblance to the German roe (reh) deer. Pinscher simply means terrier.
- In the late 1800s, breeders tried to produce tiny size at the expense of other features. In the early 1900s, the trend was reversed and the breed became a slightly taller but more elegant dog, gaining popularity quickly.
- Their popularity plummeted around the world after World War I, but slowly regained momentum in America.
- The AKC recognized them in 1929.
- The min pin is known as the "king of toys."
Miniature Pinscher Behavior Concerns
- Makes an endlessly enthusiastic and energetic companion.
- Playful and very good with children, although very young or unruly children may hurt it with rough play.
- Reserved with strangers.
- May be cocky and even scrappy with other dogs.
- May not be good with small pets.
- Does best with reward-based training involving food or games.
- Learns quickly, but is easily bored and distracted.
- Some may bark a lot.
Miniature Pinscher Suggested Exercises
- Makes an alert housedog.
- This is an extremely active and playful dog. A daily walk around the block, coupled with several play sessions, will help meet its exercise needs.
- May not do well in dog parks unless large dogs are segregated from small dogs. Even so, some min pins may bully other small dogs.
- Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
- Its thin coat and small size makes it vulnerable to chilling.
Miniature Pinscher Grooming
- Coat is smooth, hard and short.
- Brushing once a week will remove dead hair.
- Shedding is average.
Suggested Miniature Pinscher Nutritional Needs
- Min pins have a tendency to be overweight.
- Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
- Small snacks can cause weight problems in tiny dogs.
- Tiny min pin puppies should be fed often to prevent hypoglycemia, a serious condition to which very small puppies are prone. Frequent small meals of high protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates may help guard against this condition.