The Miniature Pinscher is a small–often comedic–bundle of energy. The breed has an independent streak but still demands constant attention and companionship. If you don’t have loads of time to spend with your dog, this is not the breed for you.
Congratulations on your new bundle of…energy. Min Pins are full of life. They love to bounce around and can be hyperactive, which means that these small guys need a surprising amount of exercise. In addition to daily walks (totalling 40 minutes), you’ll ideally be able to play with your Min Pin several times a day off-leash. Include mental stimulation as well as physical activity.
With his short, sleek coat, the Miniature Pinscher doesn’t have much of an issue with shedding.
Barking and Volume:
Small, yippy dog? Yes. You’ll have to do some serious training to break this habit.
Along with being energetic, Miniature Pinschers are also inquisitive and known for being clowns. If you leave anything out in the open, they’ll get into it—especially if left alone for long periods of time. Training-wise, this means you might need some patience because they’re prone to goofing off (or they’ll be too busy going through your stuff to pay attention). These dogs can also have a stubborn and independent side. That doesn’t mean Min Pins aren’t trainable—they can be extremely obedient—but it may take some time (and more than a puppy class) to get there.
Health Factors: This breed is generally quite healthy, but possible health concerns include patellar luxation, cervical (dry) disc, Legg-Perthes, epilepsy, thyroid, heart defects and eye problems. *A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training at a minimum, but you may want to invest a little more in this area.
Miniature Pinschers don’t need much more than a good brushing every few days to keep their short, sleek coats clean and shiny. Too much bathing can dry out the dog’s skin so simply wipe him down with a warm, damp washcloth when need be.
Min Pins are a delicate breed not fond of any poking or prodding by young children. In fact, roughhousing could lead to broken bones. However, if you have older, more considerate children and take the time to properly socialize your dog, the Min Pin will adore your kids.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Min Pins are small and scrappy…and they aren’t necessarily fond of other creatures. They’ve been known to chase down dogs and small animals. Supervision is required.
Friendliness: Towards People
Even though the breed is small, a Miniature Pinscher will try to protect his parents. The breed can be guarded and standoffish with strangers and can acquire a reputation for being an ankle biter. Min Pins aren’t fond of being left alone for extended periods of time—they can become anxious and may use their energy to destroy your belongings. On the flip side, this breed will shower you with love and affection when you’re together.
BE PREPARED FOR: A hyperactive, toddler-like dog that will never fail to make you laugh when you’re feeling down.