Miniature Pinschers

Miniature or Mini Pinschers Dog

Miniature or Mini Pinschers Dog

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Miniature or Mini Pinschers are “well-balanced, sturdy, compact and smooth-coated dogs”. These dogs of the Pinscher breed were first bred to hunt small vermin in Germany such as rats. Pinscher in German translates to “biter”, which refers to the way these dogs attack their prey. The “Min Pins” are also known as the “King of the Toy Dogs”, and make for vigilant, active and proud companions which may possibly be a good choice for those who suffer from dog allergies.

While Mins aren’t necessarily considered one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds, they have such short hair which produces only a fair amount shedding. Mini Pinschers are well groomed dogs by nature, with smooth, straight and lustrous coats which closely cover their bodies. Due to this, these dogs are also low maintenance, but in the winter time care should be taken as the coat provides little warmth or insulation from cold weather. Also, keep in mind too that in warmer weather, these dogs are prone to overheating, and due to this their diet should be carefully administered to prevent obesity.

Generally, Miniature Pinscher dogs range in size from 10 inches to 12 1/2 inches in height, which is measured to the highest point of their shoulder blades. Their typical weight is 8 to 12 pounds, making them relatively small to handle. They also have small bodies with long legs, and are agile enough to curl up into many positions comfortably. As for their temperament, Min Pins are outgoing, clever, responsive, energetic and playful. They will typically attach themselves to one family member or two, but can be socialized into families including small children and other pets. Min Pins are also protective of their owners and property, prompting a lot of barking or various postures to protect. For this reason, these dogs can be considered excellent watch dogs, alerting owners and family members of potential intruders or strangers.

In terms of overall care of the Mini Pinscher, there are several things to pay attention to with these dogs. Miniature Pinschers tend to like to sleep or lie on soft objects or under small blankets/covers, so care should be taken that they do not get injured or hidden from human sight in traveled areas. Another precaution is that these dogs have a tendency to go after small objects (like prey), and therefore loose items such as bottle caps or other small items the dog could choke on should be kept out of their vicinity. Due to their curiousity, it’s recommended that Mini Pinschers be given a collection of appropriate toys that pose a challenge. These could include rope toys, small stuffed animals and cat toys that don’t contain catnip.

The Min Pins are very energetic and playful and therefore it’s recommended that if they live in a small apartment, the dog gets 45 or more minutes of daily exercise. These dogs can be troublesome in apartment environments because they are very protective and will tend to bark a lot, causing noise complaints. Generally, becase the Miniature Pinscher is very energetic, a fenced in secure backyard area for them to get exercise is the best idea. With their high level of curiousity and activity, keeping these dogs on a leash or harness when in public will help to prevent them chasing something of interest.

These dogs suffer from very few known health issues and tend to enjoy active lives of 15 or more years.  With their lengthy life span, their spirited and lively temperaments, and low-maintenance grooming these small dogs can make the perfect playful small pet for your household!

Also see: Dog Allergies Information and Hypoallergenic Dogs & Breeds

One Response to “Miniature Pinschers”

  1. Great aritcle, very informative! My grandparents had a Min Pin that they absolutely adored. Fun little dog.
    Keep up the good work.

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