The proud, determined Miniature Pinscher has a life expectancy of 15 years
Despite what their name suggests, the Miniature Pinscher is not a smaller version of the Doberman Pinscher. In fact, the Miniature Pinscher is the older of the two breeds. The Miniature Pinscher is believed to have descended from the German Pinscher, Italian Greyhound and Dachshund. The first Miniature Pinschers were developed to chase rats out of German barns several centuries ago.
The Miniature Pinscher is classified as a toy breed. The Miniature Pinscher weighs 8 to 11 pounds and measures 10 to 12.5 inches.
The Miniature Pinscher is very easy to groom. The Miniature Pinscher’s short, smooth coat only requires a weekly brushing and the occasional bath. They are average shedders.
Like all dogs, the Miniature Pinscher also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Miniature Pinscher is a small dog with the feistiness and attitude of a much larger dog.
The Miniature Pinscher loves attention and is very affectionate with their family. The Miniature Pinscher is energetic and spirited. Older children can get along well with the Miniature Pinscher, but younger children can be too much for the tiny dog. Younger children can wear on the patience of the Miniature Pinscher and they can become nervous or territorial around them.
The Miniature Pinscher has lots of confidence for their size. They will spring into action to protect their family. The Miniature Pinscher is wary of strangers and will bark heartily at strange noises and people.
The Miniature Pinscher is stubborn and strong willed. They can be incessant barkers and nippers without the right training. The Miniature Pinscher’s handler must show leadership and consistency. Once they know who is in charge, the Miniature Pinscher responds well to training, especially with short sessions and lots of treats. Like many small dogs, the Miniature Pinscher needs early socialization to manage their territorial tendencies.
The Miniature Pinscher has energy to burn and can become jittery and skittish without enough activity. The Miniature Pinscher needs a daily walk and time to run and play.