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Miniature Pinscher

Size: Small

Weight: 8 - 10 lbs.

Height: 10" - 13"

Life Span: 13 - 14 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Germany (1700s)

Also Known As: Zwergpinscher, Min Pin

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog


Proud, courageous and loyal, this breed is relatively easy to train. It should be introduced to obedience training and people early in life. The Min-Pin is aggressive toward other dogs, as well as other types of pets. This breed, like other toy breeds, has a bit of an inferiority complex and acts like a big dog in a little dog's body. Over-pampering will cause a spoiled nature to develop, and over-feeding will cause rapid weight gain.

Compatibility with Kids

Snappish nature makes it unsuitable for kids.


Originally bred as a smaller version of the Standard Pinscher, the Min-Pin was originally used for ratting and vermin hunting. Today the breed is kept as a companion dog.