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Miniature Pinscher (Black & Tan, Side View)
Black & Tan, Side View

Breed Information


2022: #72

2021: #76

2020: #77

2019: #74

2018: #70

2017: #71

2016: #68

2015: #64

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 Smallest
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years









Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)

Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)


Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg)

Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg)


Black & Rust

Black & Tan

Chocolate & Rust

Chocolate & Tan


Stag Red

Litter Size 2-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $2000 USD

Usually, the average price of a Miniature Pinscher puppy from a reputable breeder is between $1,000 and $2,000, while a top-quality Miniature Pinscher puppy can cost as high as $3,000. Their price depends upon the pup’s age, sex, quality, pedigree, and breeder’s location.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

The 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 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good 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 stars

Min 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.


1 stars

Low 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 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


4 stars

Ranking: #37 Full Ranking List


5 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate 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


4 stars

Easy 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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Miniature Pinscher Puppy (Black & Tan, Face)
Black & Tan, Face

Miniature Pinscher Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
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
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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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