What Can Miniature Pinschers Eat?

What Can Miniature Pinschers Eat?

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The Miniature Pinscher has a lot of energy packed into their tiny size. Learn to feed your Min Pin for a healthy lifestyle here.

As a member of the toy breeds group, the Miniature Pinscher is a small, spirited dog with high energy levels. While the breed can essentially eat anything, some foods are more suitable than others. Choose kibble available in mini-bites to fit the mouth of the little Miniature Pinscher, and avoid feeding anything hard that is larger than one-half inch in diameter because the dog may swallow it whole, and it could become lodged in the esophagus.

Food Types

Miniature Pinschers can thrive on wet or dry commercial food, raw food diets, or home-cooked meals. Puppies and young adults that get plenty of exercise benefit from a performance diet rich in protein, while older or less active dogs may need a diet with sufficient fiber and reduced fat to prevent them from gaining weight. Some owners prefer to feed raw food diets, which consist of human-quality raw meat protein mixed with fruit, vegetables, and bone meal. Check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog raw meat. Wash your hands, kitchen utensils and surfaces thoroughly after handling raw meat to avoid bacterial contamination. Miniature Pinschers love dog treats, and dried, baked calves' liver is not only delicious but rich in nutrients and iron content.


When feeding commercial dog food, select the appropriate product for the weight and age of your Miniature Pinscher. The correct quantity to feed varies, depending on the dog's activity level. Active, growing puppies require less than 1 ounce of dry dog food per pound of body weight each day, spread across three to four meals. Adult Miniature Pinschers, however, only require around half an ounce per pound, and you can feed them all the food in one or two daily meals.

Home-Cooked Food

If you prepare home-cooked food, use approximately 50 percent meat, poultry or fish protein, such as skinless chicken or turkey, lean muscle meat, or fish with a high oil content such as salmon. Include complex carbohydrates such as sweet potato, brown rice, barley, or quinoa to make up 30 percent of the recipe. The remaining 20 percent can be fruit and vegetables such as green beans, carrots, pumpkin, apples, pears and bananas. Cook all the ingredients in a large pot with just enough water to process the rice. Debone the meat or chicken, mix the cooked food together and freeze it until you need it.

Foods to Avoid

Never feed your Miniature Pinschers chocolate, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, avocados, or milk. Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine all contain methylxanthine substances, which are found in the cacao seeds used to make coffee and other products. These can cause vomiting, seizures, and even the death of your dog. Onions, garlic and chives, although harmless to humans, cause irritation of the dog’s gastrointestinal tract, and large quantities or regular ingestion could cause damage to the dog’s red blood cells. Avoid giving your dog table scraps, because these can contain more salt and fat than the dog’s system can handle, and long-term exposure could lead to pancreatitis and weight gain.

References & Resources

American Kennel Club: AKC Meet the Breeds – Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher Club of America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about a Miniature Pinscher
ASPCA.org: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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