Miniature Pinscher

Quick facts

Miniature Pinscher AKC Group: Toy
Height: 10 - 12.5 inches
Weight: 8 - 10 pounds,
Colors: Various shades of red, black and tan
AKC recognized in: 1925

Known to be the King of Toy Dogs, the Miniature Pinscher is very feisty, displaying a unique sense of humor and partiality for mischief. Eager to learn and experience new environments and surroundings, this breed is a container of limitless energy and courage.

If it sees an opening, it will gaily leap into the great unknown, zooming off into adventure and discovery, so it would be best to keep it safely fenced in the yard, keeping it free from harm, and at the same time affording it the needed exercise and adventure it craves.

Acceptable colors for this breed are either: stag red; a solid clear red; black and dark red, chocolate and rust. The more common colors for the Miniature Pinscher to be seen in are Stag Red and Black and dark red, although quite a number of other colors and combinations have been reported.

Temperament

Miniature Pinscher Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance one paw>
Ease of Training one paw
Energy level five paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets one paw
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability five paws

Extremely loyal and faithful, the Miniature Pinscher forms deep attachments to its owners or companions. Being very friendly, socialization is a big requirement for it to grow well adjusted and sociable. It enjoys companionship, and if well introduced to its future companions and friends, it can adapt perfectly fine with children and other small animals.

The Miniature Pinscher being a toy breed, it can be rather difficult to housebreak. Repetitive and constant practice is necessary in order for it to adapt to the new surroundings and customs that are the norm in one's house. Discipline with caution and care, as this breed is easily hurt emotionally, and whose wounds heal slowly, and readjustment a tedious and hard undertaking.

Health and Exercise

Miniature Pinschers live an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

Lots of energy, and loads of patience are necessary to adapt to such a spirited demeanor of the Miniature Pinscher.

Being a short haired breed, the Miniature Pinscher requires little maintenance when it comes to grooming. A daily wipe will suffice in keeping its coat shiny and free from loose hair to prevent unwanted shedding in the house and surroundings.

Although quite sociable, it would be best to expose the Miniature Pinscher only to older, more knowledgeable children, to prevent untoward incidents of hurt and tears.

Another aspect of the Miniature Pinscher's attitude that must be addressed as soon as possible is its tendency to become a tyrant of sorts. It must be disciplined firmly, if only to stress the importance of it knowing who is the dominant party in its immediate vicinity. If the Miniature Pinscher is given way to each and every time, it is a headache in the making, so better correct such behavior immediately.

Quite possibly the most energetic among the toy breeds, the Miniature Pinscher is very adventurous and has a bit of curiosity within it. Proper and constant exercise would do the Miniature Pinscher well, as its thrives in vigorous and active play. Let it run around the fenced yard to its heart's content, and it will be very much appreciative of your efforts.

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