- AKC recognized in 1925
- Lifespan: 12-16 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*
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The Miniature Pinscher is considered as an older breed, dating back several hundred years. This dog breed was originally bred to kill rats in Germany. Back then this dog was called the Reh Pinscher because the body resembled reh or small deer.
Since they were originally developed to hunt, this dog will attack small object such as coins, bottle caps, pills, and such, which have led some to serious health consequences. They also have a strong natural instinct towards smaller animals as prey.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Miniature Pinscher in 1925. These medium energy dogs are known to have energy to spare, perhaps greater than some can handle. The 'Min Pin' is always curious and should be kept under owner supervision. The Min Pin is also called King of Toys, and for good reason.
They are confident, spirited, and fearless. Owner should also remember that Min Pins are prone to seek escape, and will try to find weak spots in fencing or doors. They may be stubborn, but they are smart and can be a good companion for the family who treats them well.
The Miniature Pinscher has a well-balanced, compact, and sturdy body. They have a naturally groomed short and smooth coat. The average height of a Min Pin is around 10 to 12.5 inches and will ideally weigh around 8 to 10 pounds.
The coat has no undercoat, which makes them ill suited for extra cold weather. They will appreciate a baby blanket or sweater to keep them warm during extremely cold weather.The Miniature Pinscher is suitable for experienced dog owners.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Grooming for Miniature Pinscher is easy because of their short and smooth hair coat. It needs little attention, only the occasional shampoo and brush. The Min Pin also requires regular ear checks to clean any debris. Their teeth should be regularly brushed to maintain a healthy mouth. Their nails shoudl be regularly trimmed to avoid painful cracking.
This small dog probably does not realize that they are small because they are very active and full of curiosity. This dog breed loves to play both outdoors and indoors and they do not require an abundance of exercise. However, they do need regular walks or jogs to give them mental stimulation. The small size of the Min Pin makes them a great pet for apartment or small house life.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates* for most adult Miniature Pinschers.
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