The Miniature Pincher is a small dog breed which goes by the name “The King of Toys”. This breed of dogs is energetic, fearless and very alert. It likes running around, it is very noisy and makes for a great pet even for children. In its appearance they resemble Dobermans very much, and there is a common misconception that Miniature Pinscher dogs were breed as smaller Dobermans.
This breed is actually far ancient than you may think. Its original purpose was to breed a dog small enough to hunt rodents and very small pests. Today, this purpose is lost to them. They service as family dogs and as great pets. They also rank among the most popular dog breeds in the world. The Miniature Pincher also goes by the name Min Pin and Zwergpinscher.
Miniature Pinscher History & Origins
A Miniature Pincher breed dates back quite a long time back. In fact, there are records which predate some very old dog breeds and they go back as far as 1888, perhaps even further than that. Generally speaking, the origin of the breed is still up to debater. No one really knows how exactly they came to be but there are some assumptions which seem logical.
We do know that the miniature pincher was developed for the purpose of catching rodents and small pests around the house. A miniature pincher is most likely a crossbreed between the German Pinscher mixed with Italian greyhounds and dachshunds.
Characteristics & Temperament
The character of a Miniature Picher shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is a breed which is assertive, outgoing, active, and independent and for those reasons alone can be a handful for inexperienced people to train. In order to provide it with the best possible surrounding, you will do well by allowing to run around in the yard and giving it fenced place where it will run free.
It will help it exercise and use the excess of energy that the dog has. It is a great family pet which will bond with your children and be quite good with them. But it would be better to keep them away from really young kids who tend to paly rough. They can be good as watchdogs as they are alert and do not like strangers.
Miniature Pinscher Appearance, Colors, Size
A miniature pincher is a small, well balanced, compact dog with a short coat. They also have straight legs without any bending. They usually come with a docked tail and cropped ears as well. In size they are quite small. Usually they can grow up to be somewhere between 10 between 12, 5 inches and their length should be almost equal as their height. They weight somewhere between 8 and 10 pounds.
The coat is quite smooth and they do not have an undercoat. As far as color goes they are usually solid red, stag red, blue stag red, chocolate stag red, fawn stag red, as well as black, chocolate, blue, and fawn with tan points or rust points.
A miniature Pincher has a lifespan of about 10 to 14 years. They are consider as pretty healthy dogs and do not fall under the category of being in danger when it comes to their health. Yet there are some conditions which affects this breed of dog in a lot of cases. It includes Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism and Patellar Luxation. Thankfully, most of these disease can be threated easily but only if you react quickly and get it to a professional on time.
Miniature Pinscher Grooming & Shedding
The miniature Pincher does not require a lot of grooming, although you can do some more if you wish. The basic thing that you need to do is provide it with occasional brushing and shampooing. These dogs do not mind being bathed as some other dogs so you can do it as frequently as you wish, but do not overdo it. What is important is to take special care when it is very cold outside. You can put a sweater or a baby blanked over your dog as their small bodies can quite easily catch a cold.
Price and Breeders
Breeders of Miniature Pincher dogs are found in America, Australia, Canada and various countries of Europe. These dogs have grown in popularity and so have the breeders that can help you buy this dog. The price for a miniature pincher puppy goes between 400 USD and 600 USD so as you see they are not so expensive.
Miniature Pinscher Rescue
These days there are also many organizations which allow you to rescue your own miniature pincher. There are quite a lot of places where you can find and adopt or rescue one. This is probably the best way of getting a dog as you will save money and also do a good deed at the same time. Try Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Miniature Pinscher Club of America Rescue or Southern Star MinPin Rescue, Inc. for more information on this.