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Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Characteristics: The lively and loving Miniature Pinscher is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Toy Dog Group (AKC:1925).

The Miniature Pinscher, is characterized by its muscular but diminutive appearance with a wedge-shaped head head and an alert, proud expression. Other characteristics of the ?Min-Pin? include dark, medium sized, oval shaped eyes; high set, erect ears; a high set tail and a vigorous gait.

The temperament of the Miniature Pinscher can be described as Energetic, Clever, Friendly. The coat type of the Miniature Pinscher is described as short, dense, close fitting coat in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Miniature Pinscher demonstrated the desired traits of a Ratter and is known by its nick name the "Mini Pin". The origin of the Miniature Pinscher dog breed was in Germany where it was developed in the 1600's.

Miniature Pinscher Breed Group and Dog Type - Toy Dog Group (AKC:1925): The Miniature Pinscher is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Toy Dog Group (AKC:1925).

Other names for the Miniature Pinscher: The Miniature Pinscher is known by the nickname of the "Mini Pin" and the "King of the Toys". Other names for this breed of dog include the Min Pin, Zwergpinscher, Miniature Doberman Pinscher, Mini Doberman and Miniature Doberman.

Origin of the name: The German word Pinscher, also Pinsch, probably derives from the English word 'pinch' in reference to its "clipped" ears.

Miniature Pinscher History and Origin: The country of origin of the Miniature Pinscher breed was in Germany during the 1600's. The Miniature Pinscher was developed from the Dachshund, the Italian Greyhound, and the much larger shorthaired German Pinscher.

The Miniature Pinscher also bears a significant resemblance to the Doberman Pinscher, because of its shared heritage.

However, the Miniature Pinscher is the older of these two breeds, as it was not until the 1870's that Louis Dobermann (1834-1891) bred his first Doberman Pinscher. The swift and sturdy Miniature Pinscher was originally used as a barnyard ratter, controlling the rats and mice found in the stables. The feisty Miniature Pinscher was never used as a lapdog, despite its diminutive size.

The Miniature Pinscher was first exhibited at the Stuttgart Dog Show in Germany in 1900, and until that time they were almost unknown outside of that country. Shortly after the show the breed was taken to America and the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed and recognized by the  American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1925.

The original name for this breed in the United States was "Pinscher (Toy)" and this name 'stuck' until until 1972 when the name was officially changed to the Miniature Pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher was exported to the UK, in 1938, just before the outbreak of WW2 (1939 - 1945). The popularity of the Miniature Pinscher fell following the anti-German sentiments due to the war but the quality of the small breed shone through and the Miniature Pinscher is now featured in the Top 20 of the world's most dogs and is enjoyed as a lively family pet and watchdog.

Miniature Pinscher Height: The Miniature Pinscher breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 10 - 12 inches (25 - 30 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 10 - 11 inches (25 - 28 cm).

Miniature Pinscher Weight: The weight of this miniature, small sized dog, in a male dog is 8 - 10 pounds (4 - 5 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 8 - 9 pounds (about 4 kg).

Miniature Pinscher Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type of this miniature dog is described as a short, dense, close fitting coat.

Miniature Pinscher Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Red, Stag Red, Black & Tan, Chocolate & Rust, Chocolate & Tan and Black & Rust. N.B. The word "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors. The term 'Stag Red' is used to describe a coat that is a deep red in color mixed together with black hairs.

Miniature Pinscher Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Miniature Pinscher are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Miniature Pinscher are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the miniature dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Miniature Pinscher Litter Size: The litter size of this miniature dog breed ranges from 2-5 puppies. Miniature Pinscher puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Miniature Pinscher puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Miniature Pinscher Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Miniature Pinscher dog breed is described as Lively, Energetic, Clever, Friendly and Loving.

Miniature Pinscher Exercise Requirements - MINIMAL Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is MINIMAL. The Miniature Pinscher requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes every day. This small dog has a jaunty, vigorous gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Miniature Pinscher Diet: A fully grown Miniature Pinscher should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Miniature Pinscher Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Miniature Pinscher breed include Patellar Luxation, Eye conditions . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Miniature Pinscher dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Miniature Pinscher Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Miniature Pinscher breed is 12-15 years.

Miniature Pinscher Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Miniature Pinscher breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Miniature Pinscher names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male Miniature Pinscher dog names are: Harry *** Nipper *** Peanut *** Heinz *** Pip *** Loon *** Speedy *** Bobby *** Fritz *** Freddie.

Miniature Pinscher Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Miniature Pinscher girl dog. Our top choice of good female Miniature Pinscher names are Velma *** Helga *** Abby *** Roxy *** Misty *** Maddy *** Trudy *** Heidi *** Brandy *** Tinks *** Molly.

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