Miniature Pinscher Breed Information
This small dog, the Miniature Pinscher, is not a miniature version of the well-known Doberman Pinscher, although both may have come from the same German Pinscher roots long ago. The Miniature Pinscher is believed to trace its bloodlines back to such varied breeds as the Dachshund and the Greyhound of Italy. The term “pinscher” is German for “biter”, which describes the well-known habit of the breed to capture and bite its quarry.
This breed is energetic and straightforward, much like the terrier it resembles. Owners enjoy its bounce and spunk, though the Miniature Pinscher can become tenacious, even ferocious when the situation calls. Spoiling this dog is not recommended, as the Miniature Pinscher tends to become dominant when given the chance.
Miniature Pinscher Temperament
The Miniature Pinscher can be fearless and will often seem to be in constant motion. As a new owner, you may find your pet rather self-possessed, even to the point of appearing elegant when standing or moving.
This breed can be a fine pet if the owner is prepared for the level of energy and curiosity. Miniature Pinschers love to run about and investigate. Typically, the breed would be fine in an enclosed yard, but it should not be taken outside without a leash due to interest in exploration.
Obedience training will be a must for any new Miniature Pinscher since you want to maintain control, letting your dog know you cannot be bluffed. This dog likes to bark and be protective of its master. Therefore, the Miniature Pinscher would make a good pet in the right situation. Generally, this breed is good with children, though it does not tolerate rough handling or “pestering” very well.
Miniature Pinscher Size and Color
The Miniature Pinscher, true to its name, is a very small dog, standing only 10 inches to 12 inches tall at the withers for males and approximately 11 inches for females. In addition, the male usually weighs between eight and ten pounds with the female being slightly smaller.
This muscular and compact dog often has a reddish coat, but may also be black and tan or chocolate, with tan markings in such areas as the feet, chest, and face. The ears may be cropped and the tail is usually docked.
Miniature Pinscher Feeding and Grooming Requirements
The Miniature Pinscher is a sturdy dog that should remain generally healthy throughout its life. The coat is short and close, meaning it requires very minimal care. In fact, frequent baths are not recommended, as they tend to dry the skin of this breed. Many owners find that a brisk wipe down with a damp cloth works fine.
This energetic breed does need a consistent, healthy diet, although you want to take care not to overfeed. The reason is that this breed can become obese if allowed to eat too much or adequate exercise. The Miniature Pinscher was bred to chase and capture vermin, such as mice in the kitchen, so they will naturally “attack” small objects left lying around.
Some care is required specific to diet. If you decide to feed your pet a commercial dog food, make sure it is a premium brand. For a young dog, you want to feed it several small amounts throughout the day.
Then for the adult dog, feed one or two meals during the day. Always ask the breeder about the best diet for your new Miniature Pinscher and continue the program the breeder follows.
Miniature Pinscher Exercise Needs
Miniature Pinschers are energetic dogs that love to explore. However, as this breed grows older, it tends to become obese if the diet and exercise are not monitored.
This breed may not need a lot of traditional exercise, although we highly recommend taking your dog on a leash to keep it from running off to explore.
Inside, the Miniature Pinscher is very animated and curious. This dog does quite well with a moderate-size yard, providing enough room to run around but the fence should be sturdy and high to prevent this energetic dog from escaping.
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