Miniature Pinscher – Top 10 Interesting Facts
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.