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Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher breed profile is sponsored by visit PetWear to custom design your Min Pin's next designer dog collar, leash or more and then let PetWear hand make it and then ship for free!Exquisite in their clean lines and bold appearance, the MinPin (as its fans call it) is alot of dog in a small package.  Do not presume that this is the little sweetipie pup of diminutive stature.  The MinPin has intensity and drive to rival and match that of its fullsized Pinscher cousins.  Charming, intelligent and fearless it is a combination of the most enthralling of dogs or the most overwhelming.  Homes considering the MinPin would do well to carefully weigh their experience and commitment to dealing with such a character.

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General Information
Group(s): TerrierToy Height: 10-12.5 inches
Weight: proportionate Longevity: 12-18 years
Colors: red, stag-red, black&rust or tan, chocolate and rust or tan Coat type: short, smooth with minimal grooming
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact, small but well muscled dog of exceptional symmetry. Intense and alert with bright eyes, foxy face and prick ears.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: very high
General Nature: varies with individual
  with Children: varies with individual
  with other pets: varies with individual
  with dogs: varies with individual
Socialization requirements: high as with any intense, intelligent dog confidence and intelligence are a difficult combination unless the dog is also blessed with the ability to evaluate new situations and people
Ideal home characteristics: understanding of the variable nature and needs of individuals, if certain characteristics (like good with children) are required, the home is better off getting an adult than puppy (which cannot be predicted), experienced home committed to the breed
Temperament Notes: quick, intelligent can be sharp shy if not socialized or mishandled, can be aggressive if not properly socialized, highly devoted to family, bold and fearless
Training requirement: very high - not a good choice for first time dog owners
Trainer notes: This is a big dog in a very small package.  The trainer must not forget this when working with the dog.  Indulgence will lead to many damaging and dangerous behavior patterns.  Additionally, this dog has the potential to do it all and keep up.  The typical MinPin will be much happier in a home that keeps it busy and challenged than one that simply dotes on it.  Other breeds are very well suited to be the glamourous lounging pet, if that is your preference seek one of those.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1929
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: ratter
History: Artwork indicates that the breed is several centuries old, but documentation begins in the 19th century. The Min Pin is one of the Pinscher breeds of Germany.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: luxating patellas, spine issues, legg-calve perthes, hypothyroidism, eye problems, heart problems
Health Testing: CERF, Heart evaluation, thyroid panel, xrays
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Miniature Pinschers?
  • Why do you have Min Pins (show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Miniature Pinscher?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Min Pin?
  • How would you describe the ideal Min Pin home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Miniature Pinscher?
  • How do you assist or help Min Pins in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Exceptional NATIONAL Min Pin Rescue - an excellent resource for anyone that loves Min Pins! has a surreal selection of elements - over 10,000 possible combinations - to custom design your Min Pins next collar, harness and more! FREE shipping!

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard as per The Kennel Club (UK) of the Miniature Pinscher - UKC Standard for the Miniature Pinscher - FCI Standard for the Miniature Pinscher - Standard as per the Miniature Pinscher Club of America

    Breeder Ethics: - Miniature Pinscher Club of America Code of Ethics

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