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Miniature Pinscher Dog Breed… Everything That You Need to Know at a Glance!

Say hello to the King of Toy Breeds!

The Miniature Pinscher, or Reh Pinscher, as he is called in Germany, is a fearless little dog.  And while he many only be about 12 inches tall but is no less tenacious than dogs that are much bigger in size.

This is why…

It’s fair to say that the Min Pins are not necessarily going to be the easiest dog for a first-time dog owner to manage, but if you’re an experienced dog owner or just someone who loves a good challenge, then perhaps this might be the right dog for you.

After all…

They are a source of constant fun and entertainment, so bringing him home is well worth it if you up for the challenge!

But be warned…

These little guys seem to have a complete lack of self-awareness!  That’s the best way we’ve found to describe this little dog’s attitude towards life. He thinks the world of himself and has no clue that he is just a small dog classified under the Toy Breed category.

In fact…

There is something about Toy Breeds such as the Min Pin that reminds you of the famous fictional hero, Don Quixote. In his mind, he is a big dog, a Great Dane or a Mastiff. Indeed, you put him next to a Mastiff and he will not hesitate to challenge the giant breed to a one-on-one fight unto death!

That said…

He is a hot headed little guy, and although he can be irritating at times, it’s hard not to laugh at some of the things he does. He is hilarious but doesn’t know it yet!

But the real questions is…

Whether or not one of these little mighty mites is going to be right for you?  And while we here at IndugleYourPet have no way of answering this, we can share with you what we know about the Miniature Pinscher dog breed so that you might be better prepared to answer this for yourself.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Miniature Pinscher Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Original Purpose:  Hunting small vermin

Height: 10 to 12.5 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 8 to 11 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Toy group

Life Span: 15 years

Origin of the Miniature Pinscher Dog Breed

While it is true that the Miniature Pinscher dog breed was bred in Sweden, Denmark and Norway early on, it is generally agreed upon that the “first” Miniature Pinscher was created in Germany sometime in the early 1800’s.

It was then…

That folks believe that the Miniature Pinscher was “created” by crossing the German Pinscher with the Dachshund and the Italian Greyhound.  And before you say…

“Wait a minute, don’t you mean Doberman Pinscher?”

The truth is…

While the Min Pins are often compared to the Doberman Pinscher, but there is really nothing in common between the two, except that they both have the German Pinscher as one of their ancestors.

Now it’s important to…

Understand that ever since his creation, this little guy has always been a popular breed in Germany, where the first German Pinscher-Schnauzer Club was started in 1895 in fact, the Min Pin was the center of attraction at the Stuttgart Dog Show of 1900.

Like many domesticated animals throughout Europe during WWI and WWII, these guys numbers decreased dramatically.  It also didn’t help much that these guys were considered a “German” dog breed during a time when Germany wasn’t all that popular throughout the world.

As a result…

Their numbers plunged to a point that the breed might not have survived had it not been for the fact that a number of these dogs had been exported to the United States.  And while the Miniature Pinscher did not make much of an impression in the United States right away, once they became “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Clube as a “Miscellaneous Class” in 1925, things began to turn around for these little guys.

So much so…

That the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was started in 1929 which definitely “boosted” their popularity and is probably why they are as popular as they are today in modern times.

Miniature Pinscher Physical Characteristics

The Min Pin is a sleek, muscular dog, small in size. He weighs only between 8 and 11 pounds and rises up to 10 to 12.5 inches in height. He has a strong muzzle, black nose and sharp teeth. He has cropped ears and oval shaped eyes.

He also has…

A smooth, short and easy to maintain coat that comes in different color combinations such as chocolate, black and tan and red. The coat hair is smooth, short and close set.


Since this dog doesn’t have much body fat or fur to protect him from the cold, you should make sure that he is properly covered during the winter.

Comparisons Dog Breeds

In a lot of ways, the Miniature Pinscher reminds you of the Doberman Pinscher. Like the Doberman Pinscher, the Min Pin is a popular breed in the United States. He is one of the most common family pets in Holland, Italy and Denmark.

These guys also…

Share many similarities with another ferocious small breed, called as the Italian Greyhound. He is often compared to the German Pinscher, which is much bigger in size.

Miniature Pinscher Personality and Temperament

A very good watchdog!

If it is a watchdog that you’re looking for, there are few that can match the Min Pins. The little guy has exceptional hearing and can sense danger from a long distance away. He has a very sharp voice and it is impossible to ignore him when he starts barking loudly.

He is a very loyal dog

The Min Pins can terrorize strangers, or the poor pizza delivery guy, but if there is one thing you can say about them, they are very devoted to their owners. These are incredibly loyal dogs that stick with you no matter what.

You should also know…

That these little guys will follow you to the end of the world and defend you and your family against any danger. Yes, this little guy is capable of scaring off burglars with his loud bark – which makes him appear much bigger than he really is.

And while…

It is true that these little guys have quite a temper…  They’re also very affectionate towards his human family. He wants to be a part of everything you do and you dare not ignore him! He is a leader, not a follower, which means you have to be assertive with this little fella. His training and socialization should start right from the time he is only a puppy.

Miniature Pinscher Health Problems

The Miniature Pinscher is one of the healthiest dog breeds out there with an impressive life expectancy of 15 years. In fact, most of the smaller breeds tend to live long and remain healthy.

But even this dog can suffer from certain health issues such as…

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life threatening, they can certainly become quite expensive to deal with particularly if they become recurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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