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Miniature Pinscher Information, a Guide to Their Loyalty and Spunk

Why This Breed Makes Such a Great Watchdog

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IS THE Miniature Pinscher RIGHT FOR YOU?

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    Despite being of toy size, Miniature Pinschers are of spirited and commanding presence.

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    Miniature Pinschers need assertive training, and will reward their families with quick learning and loyalty.

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    Miniature Pinscher puppies are energetic and will love exercise and play.

HISTORY

“King of the Toys,” the Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany where they were bred to hunt vermin in stables. Crossbred from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and German Pinscher, the Min Pin looks like a Doberman shrunk in the wash because of their joint ancestor, the German Pinscher. Imported to America in 1919, the Min Pin wasn’t officially registered with the AKC until 1925.

quick facts

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    Size

    Toy/Small

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    Lifespan

    15 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Male Height

    10-12 1/2 inches

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    Male Weight

    8-10 pounds

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    Female Height

    10-11 inches

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    Female Weight

    8-9 pounds

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    Litter Size

    1-3 puppies

APPEARANCE

The Miniature Pinscher is a little, squarely built, dense dog with straight front legs, small paws, and dark oval eyes. Their ears are usually cropped and their tail docked to give them that textbook Pinscher look. They carry their head up high and they walk with a very high step. All in all, they look like a small version of the Doberman.

PERSONALITY

The Miniature Pinscher is a tough little dog known for their courage and their loyalty. They are quick learners and are happy to follow the instructions of a firmly defined pack leader. They are great with other pets and children, but can be wary of strangers and can make good alarm-dogs. They love to play, but may prefer the comfort of being indoors. Beware of “small dog syndrome,” by making sure your Min Pin views you as the alpha. With good socialization and a true pack leader, the Miniature Pinscher is an ideal family dog.

color

These dogs can be solid red, stag red, black, chocolate, or blue.

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health concerns

The average lifespan of a Miniature Pinscher is about 15 or more years. Some of the most serious health problems that affect the Miniature Pinscher are:

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