Miniature Pinscher

Country of origin: Germany
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Vermin hunter,
Size: 10 to 12.5 in tall; 8 to
11 lbs
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Active
Training: Moderate
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Black and tan, red, chocolate

This German breed, called Zwergpinscher in its native land, has been known since the 16th century. It was originally used for ratting, but over time breeders have refined the once-stocky build to create a lighter, more agile dog that has become a popular companion. Despite a resemblance to a tiny Dobermann, the two breeds are not directly related. Pinscher means “terrier” or “biter”, and this breed remains a terrier inside, willing to challenge dogs much larger than itself. The “Min Pin” is energetic, confident, and curious, and, combined with its fearless nature, these qualities make it an effective small guard dog.



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