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Miniature Pinscher dog
Miniature Pinscher dog
Miniature Pinscher dog

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Temperament

Miniature Pinscher’s are very energetic breeds and are constantly in motion. They are curious by nature and tend to get into things that they don’t understand. They love to play with their owners and love to play games. This breed is very trainable, but at times, it can be very stubborn. It is very sensitive when it comes to family and is timid to things it does not understand, like strangers or other dogs. After being around a stranger long enough it may warm up to it, but when it comes to family, its very loyal.

Miniature Pinscher Upkeep

This is not a sedentary dog breed. It needs activity. It thrives off of activity. Luckily, because this dog is such a tiny dog, averaging at about 8 to 10 pounds (this is substantially less than your average full-grown cat) it can be exercised indoors or out. Of course, outdoors is always better when exercising your pet, because it gives them much more space to run and many more things to explore like grass, trees, plants, other pets, etc. However, living outside is something that would not suit this breed well; or at all. They despise the cold. Mini Pinscher love to sleep and they are known to snuggle with their owners beneath the covers. This typically isn’t an issue because they do not shed very much. Their coat is very short and requires only occasional brushing to remove any dead skin or dead hair from the animal’s body.

Miniature Pinscher Health

Miniature Pinscher have very few major health concerns. Legg-Perthes, cervical disk (dry disk), patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, heart defects, and MPS VI are some minor concerns to keep an eye out for. Heart defects is a big one to take note of, especially for breeding purposes. If your Mini Pinscher has heart defects, it may be pulled out of the breeding pool. PRA is also occasionally seen in this breed. If it recommended to test your Mini Pinscher for knee, hip, and eye issues, and also for DNA for MPS. If you keep a solid record of your dog’s vet visits and health issues and/or concerns, that you will be better able to notice when something is off a bit, or not right. If correctly taken care of, and with no known health conditions, Mini Pinchers can live up over 14 years of age. Most Mini Pinschers live to be about 12 to 14 years old.

Miniature Pinscher History

This breed is essentially a pocket-sized Doberman Pinscher; some places, it is known as the “min pin”. Interesting enough, the Miniature Pinscher is actually older than the Doberman. there are very few clues to the origin of this breed, but it has been linked to some 17th century artwork. The most justified theory states that the Min Pin was a cross between the small, short-haired terrier, Dachshund and the Italian Greyhound. There are traits in these other breeds that are somewhat identical to the Min Pin, such as their body structure and form, restlessness, and fearlessness.