This breed was originally bred in Germany. To hunt small rodents and in homes and other small animals. It is also known as the Min Pin, Reh Pinscher, and Zwergpinscher. Its name describes its character of jumping and biting its target. It has a close resemblance to the Doberman but does not trace its roots from there. It is believed to be a mix of the German Pinscher mixed with the gray Italian Hound and Dachshund. They began gaining popularity in Germany and the Scandinavian countries in the 1900s, and they steadily increased until World War One where their population growth was affected. Today, they are an exceptional watchdog and provide good companionship
The Miniature Pinscher is small but stout. It stands at about 10 – 12 inches tall and weighs between 8 to 10 pounds. It has a proportional body size to its head with straight front feet. Its claws tend to grow long and need regular maintenance. Has a medium sized muzzle with a black tip nose on the end and its teeth close in with a scissors bite. Its ears hung high above the head and form a flap at the tip. It has big round eyes that seem to almost bulge out especially when alert. In some places like America, its tail is always docked.
Then Min Pin is overly self-confidence and full of itself. It exudes a great sense of courage. They are intelligent and full of life. They are highly self-aware and are prone to falling into the small dog syndrome. Owners need to show proper leadership to the dog lest it rules the house and become aggressive towards other dogs. They make good guard dogs and also enjoy lap cuddles now and then. They are not easily pleased by strangers due to their protective nature, and it will take time to earn their trust.
Always ensure to give them their daily walk. Play with them as often as possible is also a good exercise for them and makes them more social. They should be well trained as they have a domineering personality. It is important to take it through both mental and physical training as this challenge will enable it to thrive in every way.
Min Pins are healthy pets and will suffer from what is common to other dogs such as epilepsy, eye disease, and hip disorder
Ensure to feed them with high-quality food that is well balanced. The amount of food depends on the dog’s age, weight, and metabolic rate. Do not overfeed the dog and ensure it is feed at a specific time twice a day.
Coat color and grooming
The Miniature Pinscher has a coat covered with short hair. This comes in a variety of colors such as black red, chocolate and a variety of brown shades. Brush its hair regularly to keep it well groomed and allow the hair to remain shiny. Also ensure to provide it with dental care by brushing its teeth two or three times a week.
With family and other pets
Miniature Pinscher is good with adults and very friendly especially once they get to know you. They may not do well with children as they get moody and may react against a child’s advances. They are also very protective of their boundary hence, will not welcome other pets.