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Background The Min Pin (as it is affectionately called) originated in Germany and has been documented since the early 1880s, more formally so since 1895 with the formation of the German Pinscher Club. Evidence of the breed dates back to the 15th century, when the dogs were bred as stable dogs to eradicate rats and mice. While hunters by nature still today, they still have a strong affinity with horses. The breed was formerly called the Reh Pinscher which refers to the small red deer found in the German forest.
Average Lifespan Consider you are buying a long living companion with an average life of 13 to 16 years, remaining active with very few health problems most of the time.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament A proud vigorous and spirited little dog, the Miniature Pinscher is all terrier and no toy. It is a loyal and intelligent companion. The breed possesses a unique precise hackney gait, bold animation and self possessed presentation. Fearless and alert makes an excellent watchdog – don’t confuse the often initial reaction to strangers with poor temperament; once off guard it should be accepting of anyone in your home as long as you are.
Compatibility with other pets If brought up from a young age with other animals, Min Pins will accept just about anything including birds and cats, while chasing away similar interlopers. Min Pins like to dominate so care should be taken regarding personalities and supervised introduction.
Care Requirements The short, hard coat requires little care. In spring and autumn firm stroking by hand or a small brush will remove excess hair. Bathing is not often required as too much removes essential oils that protect the coat. A quick wipe with a warm face washer containing a few drops of eucalyptus oil will both freshen and keep fleas at bay. Nails must be kept short - trim a little weekly as this maintains compact healthy feet.
Please Take Note A Min Pin will be a very active, alert and interactive member of your household, often behaving like an unruly child. While they always amuse and entertain, they need a consistent set of rules from the start. Be firm in your resolve or they will beguile you. Never walk a Min Pin off lead, as they can be selectively deaf.
Ideal Owner/s The breed is considered too active for the very young and the very elderly, but suits all other people. They tend to be devoted to the family as a whole but may choose a particular member as their soul mate while still revelling in the company of all.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Miniature Pinscher and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows 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.