Miniature Pinscher


The Miniature Pinscher originated from German. The word “pinscher” means “terrier” in the German. Although the breed looks similar to a small variety of the Doberman, the Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) is not related to the Doberman Pinscher. The breed was developed from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and the short haired German Pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher were used to control the rodent population in the stables.


The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact dog. Their head is in proportion to their body and their skull appears flat, tapering forward towards the muzzle.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: The Miniature Pinscher requires little grooming. When they are moulting it is recommended to use a rubber brush to remove dead and loose hairs; follow this by wiping the coat with a damp cloth to encourage the hair to shine.
  • Coat Type: Short, sleek coat. Colors include red, black and rust, and chocolate and rust.
  • Moulting: Low ammount of shedding, easily manageable.
  • Exercise Needs: Full of energy, the Miniature Pinscher needs much exercise to keep them entertained and worn out for quiet evenings.
  • Average Life Span: 10 to 14 years.


  • Family: An excellent pet for older children (ages 10 and up) who know how to treat a small dog with respect and care.
  • Temperament: The Miniature Pinscher are a lively, alert and courageous dog
  • Trainability: The Miniature Pinscher is an intelligent breed and an extremely quick learner. They are very quick Dogs and excel at agility and obedience.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): They are known to can get along well with other household pets provided those pets are not rough in play.
  • Barking: They can be quite a yappy breed if not trained well, but if paid a lot of attention to they can be quiet.


Suitable for agility and obedience lifestyles and tricks.


Because he really thinks he’s a king, you must be a strong pack leader with the Min Pin. He’s not a good breed for first-time dog owners; even if you’re an experienced dog owner but you’re new to the breed, it’s helpful to work with a trainer who has experience teaching these vivacious dogs. The Min Pin can quickly get the upper hand. While you certainly don’t want to rule with an iron fist, you must establish firm leadership.