Miniature Pinscher

"Miniature Pinschers are for experienced dog owners, and should not be left alone with small kids."

Other names for this breed:Zwergpinscher

Breed nicknames:Min Pin, King of the Toys

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Weight:8-10 pounds

Height:10-12.5 inches

Coat:Smooth, short, with no undercoat.

Color:Solid red, stag red, blue stag red, chocolate stag red, fawn stag red, as well as black, chocolate, blue, and fawn with tan points or rust points


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The miniature pinscher or min pin is a breed that possibly stretches back hundreds of years, though its origins are murky. This fantastic little toy dog has been shown in American Kennel Club shows since the late 1920s. In this article, we will give you more information about the description, history, and temperament of this breed. We will also give you some helpful hints at dog care. If you recent became an owner of a miniature pinscher, or are debating becoming the owner of one, you should certainly read this article.


According to AKC guidelines, the miniature pinscher is normally 10 to 12.5 inches tall with straight legs that do not bend outwards. They typically weigh 8-10 pounds. Common colors of their coat include black, red, chocolate, blue, and fawn. Some have the classic “rust,” spots on their coats, while others do not. Not all of these colors may be accepted in all countries when it comes to showing. Pure bred min pins have a short haired coat that is smooth and not easily tangled. Their tail may be bobbed and their ears may be docked, though they are not required to be.


As mentioned above, the origins of this breed are pretty murky. However, it is suspected that they are a mix of German Pinscher, along with Italian greyhound and Dachshund. At least 200 years ago, these little dogs were showing up in paintings from Germany. They are typically shown in the Pinscher group, companion group, or toy group these days. Despite their name, this breed of dog is not a miniature Doberman Pinscher. Instead, they are a related breed, but not nearly the same sort of dog. Today, min pins are shown around the world in dog shows and thousands enjoy their companionship.


This toy dog is very active and super independent. It is because of this that most kennel clubs recommend that experienced owners take them on to train or keep. They need a wide open space for running and other activities. They are so excitable and great at getting out of spaces that you might want to consider an outdoor kennel that is large enough for them to play in, but will keep them safe from escape. Min pins are not so great in households with young children or a lot of visitors, but seem to do fine with teens and adults. They also make great watch dogs.

Dog Care

If you are looking to get a miniature pinscher, please understand that there may be some special things you need to do for dog care. Although you do not have to groom them often, you may have to provide them with extra layers during the colder months to keep them warm. Be sure to take this breed on a walk each day, as they need their exercise. Keep an eye out for them while they play outside, as they might be able to get out of a typical fence pretty easily.