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Miniature Pinscher Dog Breed Profile

Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher's fierce nature can often lead it into fights with larger dogs when owners are not aware of the breed's true characteristics.

Other Names:
Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinscher, Min Pin

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Origin: Germany

Breed Purpose: Efficiently killing rats and other vermin.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Toy

Height: Bitch 25-28cm., Dog 25-30cm.

Weight: Bitch 4kg., Dog 4.5kg.

Lifespan: 15-18 years

Exercise Needs: The Miniature Pinscher does not need a lot of exercise. The garden must be well fenced so the dog can run around and play without escaping.

Feeding Needs: No special requirements needed. Take care not to overfeed this dog and please adhere to the recommended quantities. This dog thrives on a natural, home prepared diet.

Common Ailments: No notable problems, a very healthy breed.

Physical Description: This small dog's distinctive feature is its high stepping ‘Hackney style' gait. They are small and compact displaying the appearance of strength and elegance. The Miniature Pinscher has a small head with a strong muzzle and dark, oval eyes. The body is compact and this dog has a level topline. The ears are traditionally cropped and the tail docked. The coat is short and dense and comes in colours of red, black/tan, and chocolate.

Miniature Pinscher K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The appearance of the Miniature Pinscher leads people to believe that it is a scaled down version of the Doberman Pinscher. This is not true although both dogs may have had a common ancestor.

This is a brave, feisty working dog that retains all its instincts despite being popular as a family pet. They can be energetic, friendly, ferocious and snappy, (the word pinscher means ‘biter'.)

They can be good with children and other pets, if they are brought up together. This is a big dog mentality in a little dog's body! The Miniature Pinscher is suited to an owner that has knowledge of training dogs and of the breed's needs.

This dog is certainly not suited to the novice dog owner.
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