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Miniature Pinscher

Group: Toys (Group 1)
Club: Miniature Pinscher Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Lisa Prior
Phone: 5629 9688

Brief History
Although the Miniature Pinscher may resemble a small Dobermann, to believe he is just a miniature replica is a rookie’s error. This is permissible as their names and physical contours are similar, however, the Miniature Pinscher as a breed is at least 150 years older than the Dobermann. Small dogs, very similar to the Miniature Pinscher, have been known in Germany and Scandinavian countries for several centuries. The Min Pin (as his name is often shortened to) is descended from ancient dogs traced back to the Stone Age. Originally bred in Germany as a ratter for the home and stables, the rest of his ancestry is a conundrum. Some maintain that he may have been bred down from the old original German Pinscher with Italian Greyhound and Dachshund infusions, but there are no written proven or accurate records.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 13 to 16 years.

The Miniature Pinscher is a small dog with a whopping attitude, an over inflated view of his own self-importance and fearless animation. He is, however, a little aloof with strangers until they prove themselves trustworthy and gain his tick of approval.  Perhaps he is a toy dog only in name, not so much in nature. Very loving of their family, be it one or many, he would give his life to protect yours. A large dog would do best to avoid his indignation, as again size does not matter to the Miniature Pinscher.

General Breed Description
The Miniature Pinscher is universally celebrated as the ‘King of the Toys’ by his devotees and dog aficionados. This term perfectly describes the Min Pin, king of all he surveys! Min Pins are sturdy. The dark, slightly oval eyes and high-set ears denote a self-possessed, spirited, extrovert personality. A distinguishing characteristic is the Min Pin’s high stepping ‘hackney’ gait, reminiscent of a hackney horse at the trot. The smooth, shiny coat comes in a variety of colours: black, blue or chocolate – all with tan markings or solid red.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Miniature Pinscher’s short, hard coat is very easily maintained. A weekly once-over with a soft brush or a chamois cloth will keep him shining. The nails should be trimmed regularly, as overly long nails can cause the dog discomfort. Miniature Pinschers are very smart and love their families, but they can also be independent and may try to test their owner’s patience, so basic obedience training is a good idea. Early socialisation and puppy training classes are recommended and help to ensure that the dog grows into a well-adjusted, well-mannered companion.

Height: 25cm to 30cms (10 to 12ins).

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Miniature Pinscher is generally a healthy breed however, health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include patella luxation, cervical (dry) disc, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, epilepsy, thyroid, heart defects, and eye problems. The Min Pin’s teeth should be brushed often.

An excellent watch dog, the Min Pin’s acute senses will certainly let you know when someone is about. Miniature Pinschers are trainable, but requite a resolute hand, they are not a dog for the faint hearted. Being so determined has its advantages, as he will willingly compete in obedience, agility, jumping, flyball, earth dog, lure coursing or most other doggy sports. Small enough to fit into most homes, he needs to be kept busy and entertained, so suits an active fun-loving household.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.  With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular, the preservation of pure breeds.

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