Breed of the Week: Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin, stands at 10-12 inches in height and weighs approximately 8-11 lbs. This small breed is well balanced and short coated with a single layer tight coat that can be red, black and tan, or chocolate and tan, similar to the larger Doberman Pinscher. They require minimal grooming and are generally characterized by their alert expression and cropped ears.
Miniature Pinschers are bright, alert, and active with an outgoing and fearless personality. Though a toy breed, they are great watch dogs and will bark when stimulated. They do well in urban and suburban environments though they do require space to run as they are very active. This breed excels at agility, lure coursing, and other active competitions.
Min Pins are more prone to joint concerns than other dogs their size and can suffer from luxating patellas and elbows, hip disease, and bone disorders. They can also develop eye problems.
- The exact origins of the Min Pin are somewhat hazy, but they are believed to be descended from the Standard German Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, and Dachshund.
- Like many small breeds, the Min Pin was designed to hunt vermin in tight spaces, this makes them especially good escape artists who will find small holes in fences or kennels.
- The Min Pin almost disappeared after WWI in Europe and it wasn’t until Germany and Scandinavian countries worked to redefine the breed and blood line that the Min Pin became a popular pet.