Miniature Pinscher

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Miniature Pinscher History

The Miniature Pinscher (Miniature Schnauzer) is a breed of small-sized terrier. The Mini Pin is a sturdy little dog, weighing in at 4 to 9 pounds, standing 6 to 10 inches tall at the withers and measuring 9 inches from nose to tail. The temperament of the Miniature Pinscher is lively, quick-witted, and alert. The Mini Pin is brave and courageous, and makes a good watchdog. The coat is short and fine. The colors of the coat can be black, red, fawn, brindle, parti-color, or solid white. The AKC recognizes two sizes, toy and miniature. The toy weighs 8 to 10 pounds and is 6 to 9 inches tall at the withers. The miniature is 7 to 9 pounds, 5 to 7 inches tall at the withers, and 9 to 11 inches from nose to tail. The head is wedge shaped with a scissors bite. The ears are medium in size, pointed, erect, and covered with short, stiff hair. The eyes are round, dark, and almond-shaped. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The body is compact and muscular with a short back, well-muscled thighs, and a well-defined tuck-up. The tail is carried high and is plumed. The history of the Miniature Schn

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Miniature Pinscher Physical Characteristics

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, medium-sized, long-haired breed of dog. It has a short, smooth, hard, wiry, cobby, profuse, and harsh weather resistant outercoat and a soft, thick undercoat. It has a distinctive beard and mustache, round, erect ears, and a strong jaw. It has a wedge-shaped head with a pricked muzzle and dark eyes that give it a fox-like appearance. The breed has a muscular, compact body and is agile, energetic, and athletic. It has a slightly arched neck, and a well-knit, strong, straight back. The legs are straight and longer than the torso. The feet are medium sized with tight, round toes. The tail is long, curled over the back, and reaches between 11 and 13 inches in length. The miniature pinscher comes in two varieties: the smooth and the bankers.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 10 lbs

Female Weight Range: 8 – 10 lbs

Miniature Pinscher Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Miniature Pinscher Health Concerns

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Skeletal Deformities, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Mitral Valve Disease, Corneal Dystrophy

Miniature Pinscher Temperament and Behaviour

The Miniature Pinscher is a lively, outgoing, and curious breed of dog. They are loyal to their human companions, but can be suspicious of strangers. They love to play and are highly energetic, but are also known to get tired out easily.

Miniature Pinscher Activity Requirements

Miniature Pinschers were bred to be ratters. Their small size makes them perfect for hunting rats and other rodents, even at great heights. While Miniature Pinschers are not very active, they do still have plenty of energy. A daily walk or a short play session is a good way to exercise your miniature pinscher. They do enjoy a good game of fetch, but they are not suited for long, high-energy runs. They can become easily overheated due to their short coats. Miniature Pinschers are well-suited to apartment life. They do not need a lot of space, but they do require some time out of their crate every day. If you are looking for a small, indoor dog, the Miniature Pinscher may be a good choice.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Miniature Pinscher is part of the Toy group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Miniature Pinscher is part of the Toy group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Miniature Pinscher is part of the Toy group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Miniature Pinscher is part of the Toy group.

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