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Miniature Pinscher

1.- Miniature Pinschers are often called the “King of the Toys”.  It has been noted by researchers that an Egyptian God,  “Anubis”, who’s images suggest it was a Miniature Pinscher guarded the temple of the Kings and pharaohs.   Many paintings of the 1800’s  included dogs who greatly resembled the Min Pins of today, so it is assumed their history does indeed span the centuries.

Miniature Pinscher Mimsy


2.- Setting aside the speculation about the breeds early history, it is believed the Min Pin evolved from the ancient German Pinscher and is a cross of the Dachshund,  where they inherited their energy and prey instincts, and the Italian Greyhound, where they inherited their courage, playful, feistiness and the cute little high-stepping “hackney” gait. .

3.-This lively, brave and intelligent dog is good around other pets and children, as long as you provide them with proper leadership and training. They are quick to understand and obey but are also known to have a mind of their own.

4.-How a miniature pinscher behaves is solely dependent on how you treat him. Prevent them from falling into the Small Dog  “Napoleon” Syndrome where they believe they are pack leader to humans as this will lead to their becoming headstrong and demanding.

Miniature Pinscher Zeek


5.-Min Pins are good and eager learners who will benefit from puppy and agility courses that enable them to socialize and burn off the excess energy.  They  are incredibly social and get along well with other dogs and people.  Min Pin’s do not enjoy being left alone due to being pack animals and are best in a household where someone is home with them for periods through out the day.

6.- The Miniature Pinscher was commonly used as a barnyard ratter to control rodents in stables, barns in the 1800’s.  They have since become a great pet for any type of environment as long as their safety and protective measures are maintained in the home.   Min Pins have a very curious quick mind that will get them in a lot of trouble if left to their own accord chasing anything that moves.

7.- A lifestyle with daily exercise and high levels of obedience skills with kind and consistent training will allow you years of enjoyment for everyone.

Miniature Pinscher Lola


8.- Miniature Pinschers life expectancy is an average fifteen years, but with a healthy diet, lots of exercise, and health care they can live years longer.

9.- Min Pins have smooth, short-haired coats that are easy to groom. All you need is a soft bristle brush and occasionally some shampoo to get their coat looking perfect. Use a warm damp cloth to wipe the coat and get rid of loose hair. This dog breed is an average shedder.

10.- They are generally healthy and great for dog owners living in apartments. They tend to be very active indoors and will do just fine without a yard to play in. Min Pins need exercise every day in order to fulfill their primal instinct otherwise they can become destructive and search for ways to take out their energy
Good to Know:

Min Pins are excellent escape artists, and should not be allowed out of doors unsupervised, even in a securely  fenced area, and absolutely NEVER allowed off leash.

They like to chew on small objects which could easily lead to choking.

They love to burrow under covers and cuddle with their people.

They must be protected from the cold due to their short hair. Blankets, coats and such are important ... But, hey, they look great in a sweater!

Miniature Pinschers

Zeek, Marley and Mia

If you want a Min Pin, always check your local shelters first, or go to a Min Pin rescue site for information: