If you want a small and active furry buddy with a feisty disposition, the Miniature Pinscher might just be the right dog breed for you. Read this post to learn more about this tiny but fearless little dog breed.
Dog Breed Facts: Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher closely resembles the much larger Doberman Pinscher in appearance. But the Min Pin, as called by some, is not the diminutive form of the Doberman. It is an older breed with its own distinctive traits.
What does a Miniature Pinscher look like?
Miniature Pinschers are small dogs that stand between 10 to 12 1/2 inches at the withers and weigh around 8 to 10 pounds.
They have the following traits:
- Compact, sturdy, and balanced body
- Slightly oval, dark to black eyes with dark rims (or brown for chocolate-colored dogs)
- Erect ears, set high on the head (folded at the tips if not cropped)
- Pointed/tapered muzzle
- Short, smooth, and straight coat in black and rust, black and tan, chocolate and rust, chocolate and tan, red, and red stag colors
- Erect, docked or undocked tail
What is a Miniature Pinscher like?
Miniature Pinschers are intelligent, playful, friendly, and energetic (maybe a too energetic) little dogs.They are constantly on the move, relentlessly investigating the things they are curious about.
Although Min Pins are generally pleasant, they can come off as too brash, assertive, and stubborn at times. They would deliberately ignore your commands once they become absorbed at doing something.
These tiny but feisty fur balls tend to be territorial as well. Though they are not built for guarding, they can be quite efficient as watchdogs.
Min Pins are given the monicker “King of Toys” because they really love playing with their toys. They might as well be called “Houdini”, too. These little dogs have the uncanny ability to escape from “safe” areas and climb over fences.
Are Miniature Pinschers aggressive?
Mini Pinschers are typically friendly dogs but they do have the tendency to be aggressive towards other dogs and animals. Their instinct to chase after small animals is quite high. Once they are set on going after something, it can be hard to stop them.
Owner leadership can affect just how these little dogs would come out to be adults. Min Pins may be innately brash but the owners can choose whether or not to condone the bold (or even aggressive) behavior. With firm (but positive) training and early socialization, Min Pins have the potential to get along with both people and other animals.
Where is the Miniature Pinscher from?
The Miniature Pinscher hails from Germany, where it was originally bred to hunt and kill small vermin. Contrary to what some people think, the Min Pin was not developed by making Dobermans smaller. But both dog breeds do share a common ancestor, which explains why they look quite similar.
The Min Pin may have been the result from breeding the German Pinscher (also used to create the Doberman Pinscher), the Dachshund, and the Italian Greyhound.
Some people believe the Min Pin is a relatively old dog breed. It may have existed around or even before the 1600s but records about the breed did not begin until the 1800s.
Why does the Miniature Pinscher shake?
A Miniature Pinscher might be shaking because it feels cold. Remember this is a small dog breed with a short coat and little body fat—it is simply not physically capable to tolerate low temperature. This dog needs a warmer home, clothes, and extra blankets to keep it from getting cold.
There are, of course, other reasons why a dog is shivering or trembling. It is probably feeling too anxious or excited about something. Or, it might be suffering from health issues such as:
- Hypoglycemia – This happens when a dog has a critically low blood sugar (glucose) level. It is usually linked to other underlying health issues like diabetes. If a dog is hypoglycemic, it may experience symptoms like disorientation, weakness, anxiety, shivering, etc.
- Poisoning – A dog might be shaking or shivering as an effect of having ingested or being exposed to something poisonous.
Are Miniature Pinscher dogs hypoallergenic?
No, Mini Pinschers are not hypoallergenic dogs. Although their coats are smooth, short, and relatively low maintenance, these dogs still shed fairly. This basically means they produce more dander, which is a common allergen, than the dog breeds which are considered hypoallergenic.
How long does a Miniature Pinscher live?
Mini Pinschers have an average life span of 12 to 14 years. There are many factors affecting a dog’s longevity and it is quite likely a Mini Pinscher dies before the age of 12 or lives longer than 14 years.
Although they are relatively long-lived and healthy dogs, Mini Pinschers are also prone to some common dog illnesses. They can suffer a few diseases as well which are more prevalent in certain breeds. Some of these are:
- Legg-Perthes Disease – It refers to the degeneration or collapse of the femoral head. This would lead to the abnormal deformity of the hip ball and socket, eventually resulting to arthritis and inflammation.
- Luxating Patella – This condition, which is common among small dog breeds, refers to the dislocation of the patella or kneecap from the normal groove of the thigh bone.