For all the single ladies The Miniature Pinscher

He may be a Toy breed but thinks he’s in the big league

With a pointed snout, super slender silhouette and forward-facing ears, we could easily think the Miniature Pinscher is a mini version of the Doberman! But this 10 inches height and 3 kg cutie aka the “Min Pin” or “The King of Toys” is more of a professional lapdog and an excellent non-biting watchdog.

Originally developed in Germany and bred since 1600 for hunting small animals, he made a successful transition from the rat pit to the British show ring after the Second World War. Watch him fall asleep on the video and read below about his strengths and weaknesses.

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The Miniature Pinscher is good at...

Being pretty. With sharp and almond-shaped eyes, shiny hair and natural elegance. Beware, despite his uncanny resemblance with the Doberman or the English Toy Terrier, he is not related to them.

Playing. Being one of the most energetic toy breeds, he’s a perpetual motion machine and very responsive.

Loving you and only you. Extremely loyal, he will remain devoted to you and your family. However he can be quite reserved with strangers.

Being very quick and alert, he’s a good little working ratter.  

Being healthy - with a 13 years lifespan. Here’s what the breeder says:  

“Because they are a true miniature, not a dwarf, you have a really healthy little dog here.”

“I have bred them for 35 years, I’ve never had a problem”

And don’t forget when buying a puppy to ask if both parents have been health checked, that will save you plenty of trouble (and money spent at the vet) later on.

He's not so good with...

Cats. God knows if it has anything to do with the old rat competitions but they are well known for not being feline-friendly and will be after your neighbours’ cat. Meow!

Young children. They are quite fragile and not comfortable with rough play and clumsy handling.

Training. They can get easily distracted, and are quite stubborn and a little difficult to train. But don’t let this remove the Miniature Pinscher from your canine wish list, you’ll always get there in the end, you just have to persist and socialise them from an early age.

He needs...

Attention. And feeling they are part of the action so make sure you get them involved.  

To be socialised from an early age and introduced to children and other pets as soon as possible.

To be supervised with small pets and to be reminded who is in charge!

He doesn't need...

Much grooming… How fantastic?! Partly due to its natural glossy coat! A brush down from time to time will do to keep them looking healthy and clean. Bathing is only necessary when they make a mess of themselves but, between you and me, that rarely happens.

A large amount of exercise. If you’ve got a house with a garden, brilliant, they’ll enjoy free runs. They’ll also take as much walking as you want to give them - within reasons - as long as it’s not in the pouring rain and they’re not bitterly cold.

Tons of food… They tend to be finicky eaters.

And overall...

“They’re delightful to live with!”

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