Miniature Pinscher

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Miniature Pinscher was created in Germany, where it was used as a great ratter, watchdog, trusted and highly valued companion. It has also been grown for years in the Scandinavian countries, where it is extremely popular. Although the exact pedigree of the breed is unknown, the Miniature Pinscher is probably a direct descendant of the German Pinscher. The breed is often confused with the miniature Doberman Pinscher, but it has no direct connection with it.

The German Pinscher-Schnauzer Club was founded in 1895. It marked the real beginning of the development of the breed. These dogs were first introduced at a dog exhibition in Stuttgart in 1900; at that time they were almost unknown outside Germany and Scandinavia. The Miniature Pinscher steadily improved its appearance and popularity after the First World War. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a "he-Pinscher. The name was officially changed to Miniature Pinscher in 1972.

Today this dog is an outstanding guard, with acute hearing and a loud bark. It is extremely devoted to its owner and is a wonderful companion at home. These dogs ranked among the most popular breeds in the United States for several decades. Puppies for sale are also sought after in Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy.

Physical characteristics

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, muscular, elegant dog with glowing oval eyes and energetic behavior. The muzzle is strong, the nose is black and the teeth must properly meet in a scissor bite. The ears can be cropped, and the tail is always trimmed in the US. In Europe, trimming and cropping are prohibited in some places. The coat is short and occurs in different colors such as red, black with yellow-brown or chocolate.

The ideal height for an adult Miniature Pinscher is 28 to 29 cm. Usually, the weigh is between 3.6 kg and 4.5 kg.

Character and behavior

Initially, theMiniature Pinscher was used to chase and kill pests. You should never raise cats or small rodents in the same house with your pinscher. These dogs should always be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard, because they will not obey any commands when they see a small animal. They are territorial dogs and often are the attackers in dog fighting.

Training and education

The training can be a challenge. Because they are so small and cute, many owners find it difficult to determine how to educate their pet. The Miniature Pinscher has a reputation of an irritable animal, but if properly trained with a consistent leader, can be a very docile pet. Positive reinforcement and treats are the best method of training, they will not respond well to discipline or mistreatment.

Health problems

The Miniature Pinscher has a very long life - 15 years or more. The Health problems may include disease of the epilepsy, intervertebral disc, progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, cataracts and dislocation of the knee cap. Some representatives are prone to obesity and are very sensitive to low temperatures.

Grooming and care

The grooming of the Miniature Pinscher is easy. They need brushing every few days to remove the fallen hair and keep the coat shiny. Bathing can be completely be avoided if you rub your pet with warm, moist towel several times a week.

Check the ears regularly for signs of accumulation of earwax, infection or inflammation. Clean them with a cotton swab and detergent; never use a cotton swab into the ear canal of the dog. Teeth should be brushed once a week to prevent the accumulation of tartar. Trim the nails regularly.

Children and other pets

This breed is not particularly suitable for families with small children. The Miniature Pinscher will not respond well if a little kid steal its toys. As already mentioned, your dog will certainly chase rats, guinea pigs and cats.

Interesting facts

One of the frequently asked questions about the Miniature Pinscher is its relationship with the Doberman. The Mini Pinscher may has been used to create the Doberman, although it is unlikely. Canines specialists think that the two species are related through their common ancestor – the German Shorthaired Pinscher.