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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.

Dog Food for Your Miniature Pinscher

Small Breed Puppy 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Puppy

For the care and nutrition of Small Breed Puppies.

Small Breed Adult 6 lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of small breed dogs.

Small Breed Senior 6lb. Front Counter

Small Breed Senior

Helps support the lifelong health of small breed senior dogs.

Bil-Jac Picky No More Small Breed Dog Food package front on countertop

Picky No More™ Small Breed

Created to please even the pickiest of small breed dogs. 

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