Miniature Pinscher

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


3-5 kg (approx)

Life Span:

10-17 years (approx)


The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, square dog. The head is in proportion to the body. The skull appears flat, tapering forward toward the muzzle. The muzzle is strong and in proportion to the head. The topline is level or slightly sloping towards the rear. The slightly oval eyes are dark. The ears are set high. The front legs are straight. The small feet are catlike in shape. The short, smooth, hard coat lays close to the body. Coat colours include black with rust markings, chocolate with tan red, stag red (red with black hairs).


The Miniature Pinscher is a German breed. The Miniature Pinscher was developed from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and the short-haired German Pinscher. The breed looks like a mini Doberman, most likely because both the Miniature Pinscher and the Doberman both were developed from the German Pinscher. The breed was used as a barnyard ratter controlling the rodent population in the stables.


The Miniature Pinscher is a hardy little fellow, who is proud, and courageous. They are loyal to their masters, spirited and alert, with high energy. Intelligent, lively, and brave. Generally good with other pets and children.


Min Pins need regular exercise. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced-in yard. Make sure any yard in which they can run loose has a fence high enough to prevent their determined efforts to escape and explore.

The Miniature Pinscher's smooth, shorthaired, hard coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm, bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. You can remove loose hair by wiping the coat with a warm damp cloth. This breed is an average shedder.