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Miniature Pinscher - Intelligent Miniature and Master of Tricks

05.01.2024 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Ein Zwergpinscher.

The Miniature Pinscher, or "Min Pin", is really small, but by no means is it an undemanding companion. Instead of a city apartment and a handbag, this tiny dog prefers a large garden, extensive walks and work for his head and nose. If you meet the challenges of maintenance and training, you will be rewarded with an alert, active and loyal four-legged friend, who will go with you through the thick and thin!


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Miniature Pinscher
Schnauzer & Pinscher
25 to 30 centimetres shoulder height
3.5 to 4.5 kilograms
small, compact, tough and well-trained
tall and dark
medium-sized and upright
Coat and colour
short, robust; colours: solid reddish brown to light brown as well as black with lighter markings
Special features
also known as Rehpinscher, Min Pin or Zwergpinscher
very lively, intelligent, curious and self-confident
Brush coat and check ears, eyes, teeth and claws
Predisposition to some hereditary diseases such as eye problems

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Easily underestimated - clever miniature Pinschers

Weighing only 4 kilograms on average, the miniature Pinscher is one of Germany’s oldest hunting dog breeds. Its ancestors were used for hunting rats, since the 16th century and were considered fearless, lively guard and stable dogs. In recent decades, the „Min Pin“ has become smaller and smaller and now belongs to the dwarf dog breeds. Its nature has remained quite unchanged.

Nature of the miniature Pinscher

The miniature Pinscher is a highly intelligent, confident little dog that is full of energy and loves to frolic around. It comes with a great deal of courage, self-confidence and alertness. The breed was long listed with the terriers because of their similar nature: miniature Pinschers are constantly under stress, get bored quickly and look for something to keep them occupied. Chewing furniture and shoes is as typical as is intensive digging in the garden. Many miniature Pinschers love to bark and use their voice to signal, when playing or as a protest against being left alone.

Despite their intelligence, some dogs of this breed take quite a long time to become house-trained. This may be due to their small bladder, but also their stubbornness and unwillingness to cooperate. You really have to earn the loyalty of a miniature Pinscher, but once earned, you can rely on a very close bond.

Training and maintenance of the miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinschers are always on the move. No noise passes them by unheard and unannounced. This breed is therefore not very suitable for keeping in a small city apartment with many neighbours. They are better off in a home with a garden in a quiet area. Make the fence really „small-dog proof“, otherwise the clever miniature Pinscher will use every gap to escape.

Great caution is necessary when meeting other dogs. The cheeky dwarf is so self-confident that it takes no account of its size, when coming into contact with other dogs. Whether play or stress – the risk of injury is very high!

The special nature and small size of the miniature Pinscher make its training all the more important. However, Min Pins have little will to please and are experts in „selective hearing“. Training is easiest when you take advantage of their intelligence: These dogs love to solve problems and earn praise. Seeking games, dog tricks and plenty of exercise are the recipe for a busy and calm miniature Pinscher.

Care of the miniature Pinscher

The short, robust coat of the Miniature Pinscher is very easy to care for. Occasional brushing and checking of ears, eyes, teeth and claws are sufficient.

Special features of the miniature Pinscher

Due to the small size, the risk of injury is higher than with other breeds. In the first year of life, your miniature Pinscher should not climb stairs, jump off the couch or play with larger dogs.

The most common diseases are patellar luxation (the patella pops out), eye problems and metabolic diseases. Therefore, when buying a puppy, look for a responsible breeder. The German Kennel Club can provide you with the relevant address lists.

With appropriate care, diet and exercise, miniature Pinschers can live up to 15 years.

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