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Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is an animated, elegant yet sturdy dog with a jaunty, high stepping movement that belies a courageous and spirited nature. They have a short, smooth coat that is tight and glossy.

12-14 years
Black, blue, chocolate with sharply defined tan markings or solid shades of red
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Miniature Pinscher breed can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-Perthes disease 
- Urolithiasis¹ which is when stones form in the urinary tract and can cause pain. 
- Mitral valve disease which is where the heart valves become diseased and don't work properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹B. Bende et al, 'Characteristics of urolithiasis in the dog population of Hungary from 2001 to 2012', 2015, Acta Veterinaria Hungarica


Pinscher means terrier, and despite being a member of the Toy dog group, the Miniature Pinscher is bold, fearless, busy and inquisitive. While devoted to their owners, they are not an easy-going lapdog. The Min Pin will alert you to anything they believe worthy of attention and will expect you to take action. A great watch dog for a quiet location but will probably find a hectic and busy home overstimulating and frustrating.

Did You Know?

  • The Minature Pinscher is not a Miniature Dobermann, in fact the Min Pin is more a Miniature of the German Pinscher, with the Dobermann being derived from several smaller breeds and increased in size!
  • Celebrity owners of Min Pins include singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood, NSYNCs Joey Fatone, and Paris Hilton.
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