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Miniature Pinscher

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Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, muscular, sleek dog with square proportions and a defined line. The muzzle is strong, tapered and narrow. The eyes are full, oval, bright and clear. The eyes should be black, including the eye rims except for the chocolates, whose eye rims should reflect the coat color. The ears are set high and stand erect. They may be cropped or uncropped. The topline is level or slightly sloping towards the rear. The coat is smooth, straight and short. Dewclaws should be removed. The feet are small and similar to a cat. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The tail is usually docked. The coat is normally red, black and tan or chocolate. This breed has a high-stepping, free and easy gait.

Temperament Min Pins are big dogs in a little dog's body. They are very demanding and headstrong. They are loyal, proud, overly courageous and love to bark. This breed is spirited, alert, lively and brave. Some can be dog aggressive but are usually good with other pets and older children. If you spoil this dog, he may become a tyrant. Min Pins learn well and want to please their masters. Socialize at an early age. Housebreaking can be a little difficult as you may not be aware of small puddles, signaling them that it is okay to relieve themselves inside. This breed will chew small objects which could lead to choking. They are often known as the "King of the Toys".
Height, Weight Male Height: 10-12" ; Weight: 8-10 lbs.
Female Height: 10-11" ; Weight: 8-9 lbs.
Health Problems This is a healthy breed.
Living Conditions Min Pins will do okay living in an apartment. It is active indoors and does fine without a large yard. They should wear a coat or sweater outdoors during the cold months.
Exercise This breed does not require a lot of exercise, but should be given a chance to run and play in a safe place with a tall fence.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming The coat of this breed is easy to groom and only needs to be brushed occasionally. Loose hair can be removed with a warm towel. They are average shedders.
Origin The Min Pin has been bred for several hundred years, stemming directly from his larger cousin, the German Pinscher. Some feel that small Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds were introduced to the smallest pinschers to obtain the diminutive size. These dogs are often called "Reh Pinscher", due to their resemblance to the small roe (reh) deer found in Rhineland forests. When the German Pinscher-Schnauzer club was formed in the 1890s, it embraced all pinscher sizes. The Min Pin was recognized by the AKC in 1929 and by the UKC in 1936.
Group AKC Toy, UKC Companion Dog