BBS Breed Spotlight: Miniature Pinscher

Just like a little brother doesn’t like being introduced as “John’s little brother,” the Miniature Pinscher doesn’t like being confused for a “miniature Doberman.” Any Min Pin lover or fancier will tell you, this dog is a breed all it’s own. With a lot of attitude packed into a tiny body, the Min Pin is both a delight and a doozy. Read more about this rambunctious little dog on the Breed Spotlight on the Miniature Pinscher.

History & Background: Despite popular belief, the Miniature Pinscher isn’t simply a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher. This small breed, German dog has its own origins through the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound. However, both the Min Pin and the Doberman most likely share the German Standard Pinscher as an ancestor. In Germany, the Miniature Pinscher is called the Zwerg Pinscher (Dwarf Pinscher) and Pinscher translates Terrier. Colloquially this dog is called the “King of the Toys.”

It’s thought the Min Pin is an ancient dog breed, though factual evidence of the existence of this particular breed dates back less than 200 years. What is known is the Min Pin enjoyed life in solely in Germany and Scandinavian countries for many years serving as a ratter. It wasn’t until 1919 that this dog was introduced to the United States. In 1930 the AKC reclassified this dog from the Terrier Group to the Toy and in 1972 this club changed the dog’s name from Pinscher to Miniature Pinscher.

Height: 10 to 12.5 inches

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Coat: The Miniature Pinscher has a short, hard coat that is smooth and straight. The coat clings tight to the body and covers the Min Pin evenly.

Color: Coat colors range from red, stag red, blue stag red, chocolate stag red, fawn stag red, black chocolate, blue and fawn with tan or rust-colored points. The eyes are dark, even as dark as true black, and the nose is dark, too. Chocolate colored dogs are the exception and usually have chocolate colored noses.

Appearance: The Min Pin is a small but sturdy and compact dog with a strong but fine bone structure. The profile of this dog is square, showing a tapered, narrow head, graceful neck, muscular legs and body. These dogs are naturally well groomed, alert and carry themselves proudly. Min Pins are quick in their movements and highly athletic. Most of these dogs sport cropped ears and docked tails.

Temperament: Active, independent and outgoing, the Miniature Pinscher is a dog for an experienced dog owner. These dogs need plenty of exercise, but only within the confines of a fenced-in back yard. Intelligent and ready to move, these dogs do well in agility sports. This little dog is fearless, a great watchdog and is generally good around other pets. In training this dog needs boundaries and strict routine. 


Health & Grooming: Generally the Min Pin is very healthy. However epilepsy, glaucoma and cataracts aren’t too uncommon for this breed. Because this dog is highly food motivated, they love to eat, but can easily become overweight if not exercised enough. Min Pins are also sensitive to cold weather. This dog usually lives around 15 years.

Grooming a Miniature Pinscher is as easy as brushing and bathing only when necessary.

Product Suggestions: Miniature Pinschers love a good round of play and the Hyper Pet Real Skinz Raccoon Dog Toy is the perfect fit! This stuffing free dog toy is made with 100% natural latex for a toy you can feel good about. Its features are so lifelike; your dog might forget it’s not a real raccoon! The soft squeaker inside will keep your pup entertained for hours, promoting healthy exercise. It’s all of the fun your dog adores with none of the cleanup!

Zukes Mini Naturals are a moist and flavor packed dog treat that is perfect for training your Min Pin! Your little pup will love the full range of flavors and will just about do anything to grab another one of these all-natural savory pieces! Check out these all-natural training treats in flavors like Peanut Butter, Salmon, Chicken and Wild Rabbit.

Do you know or own a Miniature Pinscher? Tell us your Min Pin story in the comments section below!

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