Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Toy); ANKC (Toys); CKC (Toys); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Toy); UKC (Companion)


Small. 10–12.5 inches. Weight: 9–13 lbs


Short and sleek.


Solid Red, Stag Red, Black with Rust-Red markings, Chocolate with Rust-red markings; Also Blue with Tan markings ; Also Fawn with Rust-Red markings

Life Span:

15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Dachshund and the Manchester are two of the Miniature Pinscher's many ancestors.

Miniature Pinscher Overview

Lovingly nicknamed the “Min Pin”, this dog was bred for his ratting skills. He is part of the Pinscher family which features both Dobermans, Affenpinschers and even Schnauzers. He is a smaller, direct descendant of the German Pinscher with possible Dachshund and Italian Greyhound blood mixed in.

Miniature Pinscher Characteristics

The Mini Pinscher features the same black and tan color pattern as his larger Doberman and German cousins. Ears may be upright and cropped, or natural and droopy. The tail is most commonly docked, however, family pets are moving away from the docked appearance. They are small, agile, noisy and active, happiest with their families.

Miniature Pinscher Temperament

Everywhere his owners go, the Mini Pin will follow. His active and personable nature has given him a second title of “King of the Toys” as he is a popular and loved breed. His curious and fearless nature make him a good hunter of vermin, as well as explorer of the unknown. He will readily guard and protect his family, despite his small stature.


Miniature Pinscher Care

On average, this dog breed lives over 15 years, above average for other small dogs his size. He has a few health issues including cervical disease, epilepsy, eye issues, heart issues and hypothyroidism. His small size also makes him prone to patellar luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Miniature Pinscher Coat

The short, sleek coat of the Mini Pinscher is easy to care for. It requires minimal brushing and sheds only lightly. Pinschers with droopy ears may need to have them regularly inspected to prevent ear infections.

Miniature Pinscher Training

The Min Pin is smart and a fast learner. Short, positive training sessions will help him to learn his manners and keep his short attention span occupied. The Min Pin is an active breed and does well learning tasks that both mentally and physically stimulate him.

Miniature Pinscher Activity

Exercise is fun for the Min Pin, and he will happily accompany his human companions on any task. Short walks, fun play sessions, hunting vermin or just being a family pet are all activities that will keep the Miniature Pinscher happy

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