AKC PuppyFinder: Miniature Pinscher Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Proud, fearless, and fun-loving, Min Pins are a true “personality breed"
- Energy Level: Very Active; Athletic, and game for any activity, Min Pins need regular exercise to maintain their taut, wedge-shaped physique
- Good with Children: Better with Older Children
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 10-12.5 inches
- Weight: 8-10 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
- Breed Description
The Miniature Pinscher makes up in personality what he lacks in size. Originally bred in Germany and Scandinavia, the "Min Pin' has been popular in the U.S. since the 1920's. This is peppy, clever breed who love their humans and make good watchdogs. Your Miniature Pinscher puppy can be a bit of a clown, although a very smart one, so obedience training will take some persistence. But you'll be rewarded with a smart, loving and entertaining companion, who's up for any activity and exercise.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1925
Breed History & Job Description: Experts say Min Pins go back several centuries, but the exact point of origin remains murky. Breed historians accept the idea that Min Pins are a cross of the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound. The German Pinscher is another possible component breed. (Because their names and physical contours are similar, it’s often mistakenly assumed that Min Pins are mini Doberman Pinschers.) Min Pins routinely reside at or near the top of rankings of Europe’s favorite toy dogs. Americans are awfully fond of them too.
The Miniature Pinscher is a relatively healthy and hearty breed. The major health concerns in Min Pins are patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP), and demodectic mange. Min Pins affected with patellar luxation or Legg Calve Perthes should not be bred. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Miniature Pinschers are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Patella Evaluation
- Breed Club