The Miniature Pinscher, despite the similarity, is not a descendant of the Doberman Pinscher. This breed was developed to chase rats & to be a good barking watch dog. It is believed that their ancestry can be linked to the German Pinscher, Dachshund & Italian Greyhound.
The Miniature Pinscher was first recognized by the AKC in 1929 and grouped as Toy.
- Country of Origin: Germany
- Weight: 8 - 10 lbs
- Height: 10 - 13 inches
- Color: The two most recognized colors of the Min Pin are the red and the black & tan. Other colors are blue, black or chocolate. They can also have any combination of markings on their legs, chest, face or eyebrows.
The Miniature Pinscher is vivacious, active & very alert. This courageous breed loves attention but can be stubborn at times. They can sometimes be over aggressive toward other dogs. Th is can be corrected with proper training & socialization. The Miniature Pinscher is loyal and makes for a great companion dog.
The Miniature Pinscher life expectancy is between 14 - 16 years. They can be prone to having patellar luxation. Other health concerns to watch for are:
• Heart Disease
• Eye Diseases
Their coat is coarse, smooth & short. They appear silky with their hair tight to their entire body.
Brushing 2 – 3 times weekly will help maintain the Min Pin’s shiny coat. Also rubbing with a damp cloth can help remove any excess hair. Extra grooming will be required during seasonal changes.