Breed Organization Miniature Pinscher Club of America Website: http://www.minpin.org Native Country Germany Other Names Miniature Pinscher, Min Pin, Reh Pinscher, King of the Toys Life Expectancy Approximately 14-15 Years Litter Size Average 1-4 Puppies Breed Group AKC Toy
Breed Appearance The Miniature Pinscher is structurally a well balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog. They are naturally well groomed, vigorous
and alert. He frequently has a docked tail and cropped ears, though the AKC no longer requires ear cropping for shows.
Breed Description Head: Robust, long. Slight stop. Rectangular nose bridge. Blunt, wedge-shaped muzzle. Lips smooth, lying close to jaws. Ears: If cropped, prick. If natural, drop, v-shaped. Eyes: Medium size. Oval. Dark color. Body: Compact. Dry neck. Moderately broad chest. Ribs slightly sprung. Well developed forechest. Belly moderately tucked up. Short
back. Heavily muscled legs Tail: Docked to approximately three vertebrae. Set high, carried erect. Hair: Short, thick, smooth, and close-lying. Coat: Solid color: fawn or shades of brown to stag red. Bi-color: black with tan, red, or lighter markings above the eyes, on the neck,
forechest, lower legs, feet, inside of hind legs, and around the anus. Markings also on the cheeks, flews, and lower jaw in the Miniature
Pinscher. Size: 25 to 30 cm (10-12 in). Weight: 2 to 4 kg (4.5-9 lb).
History Historical artifacts and paintings place the Zwergpinscher as a very old breed, but factual documentation began less than 200 years ago, leaving their
actual origins to debate. The Miniature Pinscher is reported to include the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound among its ancestors. Many historians and those who have
researched the background of the breed agree that this heritage is most likely, adding the shorthaired German Pinscher to the family tree. The international kennel club,
the FCI, lists the Miniature Pinscher in Group 2, Section 1.1 Pinscher, along with the Dobermann, the German Pinscher, the Austrian Pinscher, and the other Toy Pinscher, the
Affenpinscher. Other kennel clubs list the Miniature Pinscher in the Toy Group or Companion Group.
Behavior Miniature Pinschers are for experienced dog owners. The Miniature Pinscher is an assertive, outgoing, active and independent breed. Miniature pinschers
are energetic and need a fenced in yard to run in; they make great agility dogs. They are great escape artists and some recommend having a kennel with a lid on it for them to
run around in. They are good watch dogs, as they are alert and wary of strangers.
Health A very robust breed.
Advice It is recommended that adults and teenagers, rather than young children, play with a Miniature
Pinscher as younger children play rough. This is a very clean breed. The Pinscher can live in the city if he receives a fair amount of exercise. Regular brushing is required.