The Miniature Pinscher is
not related to the Doberman Pinscher, and is in fact an older breed
than the Doberman. Developed in Germany from terrier breeds, including
the German Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher's original use was in
hunting rats to keep the population down in the stables that it
frequented. Italian Greyhound blood may have been added to produce
such a tiny, high stepping-dog. The word "Pinscher" means
"terrier" in German. Today the MinPin's high spirit and
bright personality make him a charming companion. Some of the Miniature
Pinscher's talents are competitive obedience, watchdog, and agility.
Generally good with other pets
and children so long as the humans provide proper leadership towards
the dog. If you are not this dogs pack leader, they will become
protective and may become very aggressive with other dogs.
The Miniature Pinscher can learn
extremely well and wants very much to do so. It is certainly beneficial
for its socialization to take the dog to puppy courses where it
can meet other dogs and people. You will be amazed at how fast the
Miniature Pinscher understands and obeys you.
The Miniature Pinscher is often called "King Of The Toys."
Beware, this little dog will chew small objects and may choke on
them. Do not overfeed this breed. A balanced Min Pin will not have
the behavior problems listed above. If they truly have rules, boundaries,
limitations, a true pack leader, and a daily pack walk, they will
be a wonderful family companion.
Care must be taken in colder weather as the coat provides virtually
no insulation from the cold.
The smooth, short-haired, hard coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush
with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. Loose
hair can be remove by wiping over with a warm, damp washcloth. This
breed is an average shedder.
It is essential due to the energy level of this breed that a secured
fenced yard be provided. Miniature Pinschers need to exercise regularly.
In addition, when in public this breed must be kept on harness and
leash, as it is natural for this breed to give chase if something
of interest catches its eye.
These dogs are only suitable for apartments if they have regular
exercise. A daily 45 minute+ exercise regimen is a must in order
to have this dog in an apartment
This breed can suffer from joint and eye problems. They some times
have trouble giving birth due to their small size, but generally
this is a very healthy breed.
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