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Miniature Pinschers

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Miniature Pinschers have a unique movement called a hackney gait. They are compact, smooth coated dogs sometimes called the “King of the Toys”, as the above Min Pin clearly demonstrates.

They are bright, sparkly dogs requiring owners that appreciate their spunky personality. They do well in apartments and adjust easily to city life, but really enjoy frequent walks. They can be black and rust, chocolate and tan, red or stag red (red with black hairs).

They are NOT a “miniature Doberman” as they are a much older breed – as a matter of fact it could better be argued that a Doberman is a “Giant Miniature Pinscher”.


They were developed many centuries ago in Germany as part of the terrier-like Pinscher family, as an efficient barnyard ratter. Speculation is that they were developed from smooth Dachshunds, standard Pinschers and Italian Greyhounds.

The red variety is also called the “reh” Pinscher, which a small German deer.

By the Numbers

Size: 10 to 12 1/2 inches at the shoulder.
Coat Care: 2 – low. Unless your Min Pin decides to take on a skunk, he won’t need a bath. You can wipe his coat down occasionally for extra shine.
Trainability: 6 – medium. They are smart but very independent.
Energy level: 7 -- medium. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.
Good with Children: 6 – medium. They do well with older children who can respect their spunky personality.
Noise level: medium to high – 8: They make excellent watchdogs but can be yappy.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 5, medium.

To get a better idea of what kind of breeder to look for, check out

What is a Responsible Breeder. And to make sure you have what it takes, check out What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner. To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the Miniature Pinscher Club of America.

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The best people to explain the finer points of what a breed is like are the people who own and are owned by them.

If you own this breed, this means YOU. What is your dog like? What stories can you tell? What would you like to say to someone who is considering your breed? What is your dog's sterling qualities? How about some of his or her not so great characteristics? Tell us a bit about the ideal owner for your breed as well.

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