Description: The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, muscular, sleek dog with square proportions and well-chiseled lines. The topline is either level or sloping slightly towards the rear. The front legs are straight with dewclaws removed. The feet are small and catlike. The muzzle is strong and in good proportion to the rest of the dog. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The dark bright eyes are oval. Cropping the ears is optional; the tail is always docked. The Miniature Pinscher's short easy-care coat usually comes in red, but may also be black and tan, or chocolate. This dog has an unusual high-stepping gait.
History: The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany from terrier breeds, including the German Pinscher. ("Pinscher" means "terrier" in German.) Italian Greyhound blood may have been added to produce such a tiny, high stepping dog. The Miniature Pinscher is not related to the Doberman Pinscher, and is in fact an older breed than the Doberman. The original use of the "Min-Pin" was hunting rats, but his high spirit and bright personality make him a charming companion.
Personality: A hardy fellow, very demanding and headstrong. Proud, spirited, and alert, with high energy. Intelligent and headstrong. Lively and brave. A big dog in a little dog's body. Don't spoil this breed too much or the dog may become a tyrant. The Miniature Pinscher is often called "King of the Toys."
Behavior: Children: Best with older, considerate children. Friendliness: Moderately protective. Trainability: Easy to train. Independence: Fairly independent. Dominance: High. Other Pets: Generally good with other pets. Combativeness: Very dog-aggressive. Noise: Likes to bark. Indoors: Very active indoors. Owner: Not recommended for novice owners.
Grooming and Physical Needs: Grooming: Very little grooming needed. Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed. Coat: Short coat. Shedding: Average shedder. Docking: The ears are customarily cropped, and the tail is customarily docked. Exercise: Moderate exercise needed. Jogging: A poor jogging companion. Apartments: Good for apartment living. Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard. Climate: Prefers warm climates. Longevity: Long (15 or more years).
Notes: Don't overfeed. Protect this dog from extreme cold. Can be aggressive with other dogs. A very healthy breed, but watch for slipped stifles.
Talents: Watchdog, agility, and competitive obedience.