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Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin for short, is a small breed of dog of the Pinscher type. This breed was developed in Germany and bred to hunt small mammals including rats. The build of the Min Pin is compact and somewhat square in shape. The ears of the Min Pin are cropped or pinched and set high. The oval, somewhat protruding eyes of the Min Pin are dark. The Miniature Pinscher is also known as the "King of the Toy Dogs".


Full of energy, the Min Pin is a dog that craves attention from its owners. Like many toy dogs, the Min Pin is quite wary of strangers and other dogs and fiercely loyal of their owners and territory. This makes the Min Pin biting people, snapping at people and barking incessantly. The Min Pin, more so than most dog breeds, needs plenty of socialization from a very young age. Children should be wary of playing too rough with the Min Pin, which can lead the dog to biting or attacking the child. Min Pins make excellent watch dogs. They will also challenge any other dog, of any size.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 10-12 inches (25-30cm) Bitches 10-11 inches (25-28cm)

    Weight: Dogs 8-10 pounds (4-5kg) Bitches 8-9 pounds (4-5 kg)

  • Health Problems

    Susceptible to eye problems and dislocation of the knee caps. Other than this, the Min Pin is generally a very healthy breed of dog.

  • Living Conditions

    Due to its size, the Miniature Pinscher is good for apartment life. It will be quite active indoors, but not destructive if given sufficient exercise by its owner. It does not need a yard or garden and should be protected from the cold as it can be quite sensitive to low temperatures.

  • Exercise

    Despite its size, the Min Pin is an active and energetic dog. It needs to be taken for daily walks and should be played with a lot. Running around off leash will also make the Min Pin happy, but it must be monitored in case it chases small animals.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 15 or more years.

  • Litter Size

    On average, the Min Pin will have around 4 puppies.

  • Grooming

    The short hair of the Miniature Pinscher is relatively easy to take care of. A weekly brush and comb to get rid of loose and dead hair should be enough. Bathe only when necessary and check ears regularly for infections.

  • Group

    Terrier, AKC Toy

  • Recognition