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Miniature Pinscher

miniature pinscherThe Miniature Pinscher is known as the “King of the Toy Dogs,” and is often described as being a big dog in a small body.

According to the American Kennel Club, “Min Pins” are small but spirited dogs whose name means “Terrier” in German.

This distinctly German breed originated several centuries ago as efficient barnyard ratters.

Personality

  • Active and lively little pups with a warm curiosity
  • Stubborn and smart, the Min Pin is a perfect companion for a family
  • Happiest when treated like a standard-sized dog
  • Will scare intruders with their bold, insistent bark when they feel threatened

Size

  • 8 to 10 pounds
  • 10 to 12.5 inches at the shoulders

Lifestyle

  • A great learner, the Min Pin is perfect for families with children and other pets
  • Not suited for a household with a lot of small objects, since they will chew on them
  • Hates the cold and prefers to live in a sunny state
  • Their small size makes them perfect for apartment life in a warm city

Training

  • Miniature Pinschers should be trained and socialized early on to avoid small-dog syndrome and their sometimes demanding temperament
  • Quick learners who respond well to commands, boundaries and a pack leader

Exercise

  • Require a daily walk to keep their behavior on track
  • Playtime in a small apartment or yard is perfect for this mini adventurer

Coat

  • Generally solid red, stag red (red mixed with black) or black with defined spots of red
  • Smooth and soft-haired, the Min Pin requires a weekly brushing and occasional shampooing

Health

  • Miniature Pinschers are generally healthy, especially with a high-quality diet and annual veterinary check-ups

Lifespan

  • 12 to 14 years

Rescue

If you’re interested in adopting a Min Pin, visit the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service.

PHOTO: KPT Vernunft

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May 19, 2006 By : Category : DOGS 411 i LOVE DOGS BREEDS M-O Small Terrier Tags:
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