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Miniature Pinscher – Top 10 Interesting Facts

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The Miniature Pinscher dog breed was originally bred in Germany to hunt vermin, primarily rats, in homes and stables.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Miniature Pinscher.

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1) Not a Doberman
The Miniature Pinscher is not a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher. In fact, he is not a scaled-down version of any breed; this is a breed unto itself. Both Doberman Pinschers and Miniature Pinschers include in their descendants the Old German Standard Pinscher, but that’s all the lineage they have in common. Most historians agree that Min Pins, as they’re fondly called, are several centuries old and developed from a combination of the German Pinscher, the smooth Dachshund, and the Italian Greyhound. Miniature Pinschers were used primarily as ratters.

2) Extrovert
The Min Pin doesn’t seem to know he’s a small dog; he’s proud, self-possessed, and fearless. This little extrovert has a huge personality. Full of pep and intelligence, he makes an ideal playmate for young and old, alike. He forms a deep bond with his humans and is a great little watchdog.

3) Comedian
The Miniature Pinscher is a clever, spirited dog and a bit of a comedian. But he trains well, although it may take some persistence. He keeps his playful personality well into old age, and combined with his devotion, the Min Pin will be your BFF for life.

4) Active Breed
Miniature Pinschers are active go-getters who need regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use their busy minds to do interesting things. Bored Min Pins can be noisy and destructive.

5) Independent Mind
Miniature Pinschers are very bright and willing to work with a confident trainer. But they have an independent mind of their own. They can be manipulative, willful, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

6) Gait
One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Min Pin is his gait. If you’ve ever seen one prancing around the room, you’ve seen what’s known as his hackney gait. That high-stepping gait derives from the movement of the Hackney horse, which could trot at high speeds. The Miniature Pinscher Club of America describe the movement like this: “The forelegs and hind legs move parallel with feet turning neither in nor out. The hackney-like action is a high-stepping, reaching, free and easy gait in which the front leg moves straight forward and in front of the body and the foot bends at the wrist. The dog drives smoothly and strongly from the rear.”

7) Appearance
Slender and graceful, yet strong, the miniature pinscher is essentially a square breed. Its most distinctive features are its high stepping, hackney gait, seen in no other breed, and its unrivaled animation. The Miniature Pinscher, “minpin” to its friends, is one of the taller toys, ranging from 10 to 12 1/2 inches. The weight is comparatively low, however, at around 8 to 10 pounds (4 to 5 kilograms). The coat is short and smooth. The minpin comes in three colors: clear red, stag red (black tipped red or sable) and black and tan.
8) King of Toys
The Miniature Pinscher is a perpetual motion machine, a spitfire among dogs. Cocky, brash, curious and impetuous, these dogs are their own three-ring circus. They have been dubbed the “king of toys,” a particularly fitting name not only because of their king complexes, but because they adore toys, toys and more toys. The person who shares his or her life with a minpin is never bored.
9) Health
Miniature pinschers are relatively healthy dogs, with few genetic conditions except for luxating patella, a condition in which the knee gets pushed out of position. Dogs of the breed suffer from other genetic conditions, including Legg-Calve-Perthes disease — a hip disease — and a rare condition called mucopolysaccharidosis, which affects the way the body process sugar molecules. Miniature pinschers live 12 to 15 years.

10) Barking
The ever-vigilant Miniature Pinscher is often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop this from becoming a bad habit.

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39 Comments
  1. Emerio Manzano says

    I have two miniature pinschers named Miley and Otis my dad got them back in 2013

  2. Gabe The Dog says

    My min pins very mean

  3. VIND 480 says

    You say there smart but mine jumped into a river because he thought it was ground…luckily me and my dad saved him

  4. Ging Reyes says

    My min pin is my alarm.she only has one master.a lap dog.and a very picky eater.

  5. 14freebooter says

    This is spot on! I love my little Joey to pieces. He's so smart, when we first got him the wife put a bag of treats on the counter and he pushed a crate across the floor to stand on and try to get them!
    Most fun Doggie ever.

  6. Sandra Prince says

    Thanks for the info. My neighbor has a Min Pin puppy …. 3 ring circus is right ! Beautiful dog and smarter than we are.

  7. QA Purrsian says

    I have a Min Pin mix and mine isn't protective at all. She never barks when somebody is at the doors, strangers may enter and she doesn't even care. Guess she didn't get this part from the Min Pin then ^^
    She is a shelter dog and I got her when she was 14 years old. She is a really cute one 🙂

  8. Eduardo Pereira says

    Min pins are gods. Little mini gods with eternal cuteness.

  9. Beth Bartlett says

    # Nothin Minature about them and I would rather be with mine over anyone I know (son doesn't count – he gave him to me)
    I have love this dog for – 12 years

    He is BOSS!

    My Jet – is "it"

    Looks exactly like photo – minus tale. 💫

  10. Neo Theatre says

    Its bones are brittle so it's not a good dog for kids.

  11. Lisette Flores says

    I got my Miniature Pinscher when she was 6 weeks old she's almost 17 years old she's really old but she still doing good

  12. Dis Kid Reagan says

    I have a mini pin and he does every single one of these things. Especially BARKING! He is really protective. But his name is Jake and he is brown

  13. Gary Mah says

    The best dog I ever had was min pin…we pampered them alot and my male dog was very naughty when pup's…while my female min pin was the cutest cause she's super fleshy… We always get a nice offer for these two dogs but will reject cause they are too loyal and we always share a bed together…miss BB and Mimi and I hope you guys happy always…

  14. G Curran says

    They can be 10 DIFFERENT COLORS. black/tan, chocolate/tan, blue/tan, fawn [isabella]/tan. stag reds…. with black, chocolate, blue or fawn intermingling hairs and points. clear red with a black nose and a dilute red with red nose. === 10 colors. The Miniature Pinscher should be docked [tail removed ]….. otherwise it looks like a manchester terrier.

  15. Eddie XxX says

    My pincher is funny

  16. michael castro says

    I have 9 min pins in my ranch in north Texas. They are a powerful pack and have hundres of kills the will attack anything that moves even snakes, they are truly fearless. I also have 2 German Shepherd but the Minpins they steal my heart

  17. forgin gotem says

    i have one he is cute

  18. Ross says

    Another health issue is that Miniature Pinschers are prone to cataracts. Unfortunately, I’m having to have my little baby girl go through eye surgery.

  19. Spectra Gaming says

    Mine is extremely fat.

  20. Katie Garland says

    This is absolutely accurate, painfully accurate lol My min pin is 8 yrs old now and diabetic but he's still just as…determined lol. It's his world we're all just living in it.

  21. Hawkfeather says

    0:51 that's a chihuahua

  22. Unicorn Arianne says

    My Mini pin just died yesterday! He only lived 1 year, it was so happy being with him now we're missing his bark because our mini pin's hobby is barking, and now the surrounding is quiet. I am missing him. He died because he saved my brother from being bitten by another bigger dog

  23. Evelyn Ozack says

    I love my boys…I have two…

  24. deetgeluid says

    I call mine Adolf Pinscher.

  25. Leticia Bernatz says

    Mine past away i miss you Bambi😭😭😭😭😥😥😥

  26. Leticia Bernatz says

    💔💔💔💔

  27. Justin Blake says

    Very accurate descriptions.

  28. wallytron101 says

    I GOT A BEAUTY!

  29. Amy P says

    These dogs are alot of fun. They are very sweet!!!!!

  30. Blue Hunter says

    As a doberman pinscher owner, I get tired of people coming up to me saying "Oh, I have a mini doberman, a min pin."
    Stop it…

  31. Troy Hagen says

    I have one get her at 5yrs. She is 9 now, I have PARKINSON and is my to partner. She watches me all the time I get trimmers and she jumps up on me. Love HER and her name is Rose Marie she wears pearls all the time. She founded me I did not find her. LOVE

  32. Saint Mars says

    There are minpins, then there are the rest of the canines that are merely dogs. It is a treat to be owned by a minpin.

  33. DOUGLAS HOTCHKISS says

    they are all that

  34. turd fergason says

    Mmy min pin went from liveing in the swamp in fla to the mountains of virgina to going to the city of pittsburgh and geting sprayed by a skunk

  35. Steph Cayatineto says

    I love my Min Pin his name is ROCKY…!!! HAHA and his name matches him very well…

  36. Saaketh Reddy says

    I have 2of them

  37. Carl Angelo Aposaga says

    Our mini love to play. I mean alot,. I think she already torn a couple stuffed toy of my younger sister. But we love her, specialy when she smiles.

  38. Cute Potato says

    Im so sad My mom wants to buy a min pin she knows the seller so the seller Give her a discount But my DAD WONT ALLOW ME TO HAVE A DOG 😥

  39. linda somers says

    I love Mini Pins!!!

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