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Miniature Pinscher

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginGermany
Type of coatHard, smooth, short coat.
GroomingComb, brush or rub his smooth coat regularly to remove loose hairs. Shampoo only when necessary. Teeth should be check and cleaned regularly.
Average height10 - 12 inches
Average weight8 - 10 lbs.
Activity levelVery High
WatchdogVery High
ProtectionVery Low
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Very Low, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityLearn very quickly and should be given the opportunity to take puppy classes. Pay special attention to housebreaking as he needs firm training or he may soon run the home.
Compatibility with childrenYes, provided he is not pestered.
CharacterLively, alert
Ideal home environmentAn apartment is adequate as long as some form of exercise is given. Remember he can be very noisy.
Ideal ownerAn owner of a Min Pin needs to want to take on a challenge as he is one cantankerous little dog.
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Additional notes:

The Miniature Pinscher, also know as the Min-Pin, is a well-balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog who is proud, vigorous, and alert. It does however sometimes look like it doesn't get enough sleep, but that's just its natural appearance. A fun loving extrovert, it is great in the show ring and makes a clever companion (somehow able to play chess for hours without actually having any idea what it's doing). Vibrant, vivacious and perky, it is always on the go (and never on the stop). It does well as a house dog who is at its best being the family watchdog.

Short History:

Known only to have existed in Germany up until about 100 years ago, it is said to have descending from the German Pinscher with the possibility of being crossed with the Italian Greyhound and Dachshunds. It is not a small Doberman as some may think. It was bred to be a ratter and a good barking watchdog.

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