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The Miniature Pinscher is not, as many believe,
a scaled-down version of the Doberman Pinscher.
In fact, the Miniature Pinscher evolved
well before the Doberman. The breed has
existed in Germany for about 300 years as
an efficient barnyard ratter. His ancestors
most likely include a combination of smaller
German smooth-haired pinschers, the Italian
Greyhound and the Smooth Dachshund. This
pleasing little dog's popularity burgeoned
toward the end of the 1800s in Germany,
and it acquired other fans throughout England
and North America shortly after. The Miniature
Pinscher is a rugged little dog that enjoys
children and light exercise. He adapts well
to his surroundings be they in the city
or the country.
The height for a Miniature Pinscher is 10
- 12.5" (25.4 - 31.8cm)
Miniature Pinschers weigh 8 - 10
lbs (3.6 - 4.5 kg).
The Miniature Pinscher has a short, shiny,
Miniature Pinscher's coat can be found in
solid red, or black or brown with rich tan
markings. Very little grooming is required.
The "Min Pin" is a spirited
and animated creature whose friendly disposition
makes him an equally good pet with adults
Miniature Pinschers are a very healthy breed
although can be susceptible to patellar
luxation and Legg's Perthes Disease. The
average life span of Miniature Pinscher
is 14 - 17 years.
Possibly due to a cross with the
Italian Greyhound, this breed had an unusually
distinct yet attractive high-stepped "hackney"
gait. This gives the Miniature Pinscher
a proud and self-possessed appearance.
AKC: Group 5 - Toys
ANKC: Group 1 - Toy
CKC: Group 5 - Toys
FCI: Group 2 Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer
KC: Non-Sporting - Toys
UKC: Companion Breeds