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Miniature Pinscher

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #682015: #642014: #61
Name Miniature Pinscher
Other names Min Pin, King Of The Toys, Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinsc
Origin Germany
Breed Group Toy (AKC:1925)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament CleverEnergeticFriendlyOutgoingPlayfulResponsiveIntelligent
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg)Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg)
Colors Black & RustBlack & TanChocolate & RustChocolate & TanRedStag Red
Litter Size 2-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $400 - $600 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsThe Miniature Pinscher is good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Miniature Pinscher should be protected from the cold.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 2 starsMin Pins need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard. Make sure any yard in which they can run loose has a fence high enough to prevent their determined efforts to escape and explore.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: Min Pins are really easy to groom — there’s almost nothing to it because of their short, smooth coat. Just use a bristle brush once or twice a week.
Health Issues 2 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #37. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: They shed an average amount, but their small size means that there is less fur shed than from a larger dog with the same kind of short coat.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: Training for the Miniature Pinscher must be consistent. The Miniature Pinscher is eager to learn and obeys commands fairly quickly, but it can also be stubborn. As this is a working dog, it is best not to spoil it, as this increases its willfulness. Miniature Pinschers are difficult to housebreak.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Maggie
02 Buddy Daisy
03 Harley Coco
04 Teddy Penny
05 Oliver Lola
06 Duke Molly
07 Dexter Penny
08 Sam Dixie
09 Oscar Abbie
10 Louie Ruby
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The square-proportioned miniature pinscher has a compact, sturdy body with moderate tuck up and sort coupling. Its hallmark traits are its spirited animation, complete self-possession and high-stepping hackney gait. It is upstanding and alert. The coat is smooth, hard and short. It is among the most athletic of toy breeds.

Among the most energetic of all breeds, the min pin is a perpetual motion machine. It is busy, inquisitive, playful, bold and brash. It retains terrier-like traits and tends to be stubborn and independent. It can be scrappy with other dogs and may chase small animals. It is reserved with strangers.

Well-known as the “Min-Pin”, the Miniature Pinscher has been bred in Germany for hundreds of years. One theory is that it was developed by breeding the German Pinscher to Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds to obtain a smaller-sized dog. It was one of the breeds included in the Pinscher-Schnauzer Club formed in Germany in the 1890’s. Some of the Miniature Pinscher's talents are competitive obedience, watchdog and agility.
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