Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 8-10 lbs.
Life Span: 13-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The miniature pinscher, or "minpin," is a spirited, sometimes stubborn dog
that needs an experienced owner-handler. It does well in obedience training
if started early, especially important because of its tendency to bark excessively.
Some minpins get along with children, but others can be nasty. They can
also be suspicious of strangers and aggressive with other dogs.
The minpin's coat is smooth, short, straight, and lustrous. Coat color is
red, stag red, black with sharply defined rust-red markings, or chocolate
with red-rust markings.
The minpin has a distinctive gait--a high-stepping, forward-reaching, free
and easy prance.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Miniature pinschers need only a quick weekly brushing. They have a great
deal of energy and need several short vigorous walks a day to relax them.
The miniature pinscher originated in 18th-century Germany, where it was
used to control rats. Today this bold little dog, reminiscent of a miniature
Doberman, is kept strictly as a companion.
The miniature pinscher is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
Breed-related health concerns: Legg-Perthes disease, skin problems,
progressive retinal atrophy.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club