Appearance The Miniature Pinscher is a small but sturdy and athletic dog. He has a compact build, and an alert and inquisitive expression. The ears of the Miniature Pinscher can be folded, lending the dog a softer appearance, or may stand erect or cropped, which adds to his alert expression. His coat is closing fitting, short, and sleek.
Temperament The Miniature Pinscher is an alert and fun loving dog, with courage, spirit, and enthusiasm for everything he does. These vibrant and lively dogs can be difficult to control and train, and are best suited to those with experience in dog ownership and training. The Miniature Pinscher will bark to raise an alarm and this makes him an effective watchdog. They are intelligent and quick to learn, but need an owner that is assertive and confident, with a positive training manner. Considering his small size, the Miniature Pinscher is very bold, and is also observant and inquisitive. They can be territorial and dominant, and many also tend to bark a lot. Housebreaking may prove very difficult with some Miniature Pinschers.
The Miniature Pinscher does love to play and exercise, and has very high energy levels, so he is not suited to families that are not very active. He can be quite clingy, and thrives on affection and attention, so he also needs a family with plenty of time to dedicate to a pet. These dogs do not like to be handled roughly, and therefore is best suited to families with gentle children. They are usually wary around strangers, and can be dominant with other pets or even chase smaller ones. You should ensure that the Miniature Pinscher has a safe and secured area to play and exercise in, as these dogs can easily escape and are very good at climbing. Early socialization is important to ensure a stable personality.
History The Miniature Pinscher (Zwergpinscher), despite the resemblance, is not a miniature Doberman Pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher predates the Doberman by about 200 years. In his native Germany, he is often called the Reh Pinscher because of his resemblance to a small species of deer. Originally, he was used as a barnyard ratter but is now a popular companion dog.
Health If you are considering a Miniature Pinscher puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases.
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Miniature Pinscher Club of America (MPCA)
Canadian Miniature Pinscher Club
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