The Miniature Pinscher is a small but sturdy dog with a square build. With his short, tight coat, he is naturally clean. The ears may be cropped and erect or left natural with the tips folding over. The high-set tail is often cropped in the U.S., though the practice is now illegal in most European countries. Coat colors are usually black with rust markings, but they can also be chocolate with tan markings, solid red, and red stag (red with black hairs.) Additional colors not recognized through the AKC are blue with rust or red points, blue stag, and solid black.
A black and rust Min Pin with natural ears and tail.
The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany from the Italian Greyhound, the Dachshund, and the shorthaired German Pinscher. There has been confusion about the Miniature Pinscher being a miniature form of a Doberman Pinscher as the AKC states that the appearance should resemble a small Doberman but, in fact, both breeds were developed from the German Pinscher. The breed was originally called the "zwergpinscher, which means "little biter." The breed was used as a barnyard ratter, controlling the rodent population in the stables. The Min Pin is often called the "King Of The Toys."
The Miniature Pinscher is an assertive, outgoing dog that is for experienced dog owners. He is loyal to his master, lively, and brave. Eager to please but scrappy enough to get into trouble. Care must be taken to prevent Small Dog Syndrome to ensure a stable, well-balanced dog with a handler who knows how to be the dog's pack leader. Should be well socialized. Have plenty of tough chew toys for this breed. Be vigilent with housetraining.
Breed Club Links: Miniature Pinscher Club of America, Inc.
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