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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Toy group.


8-10 pounds (3.5-4.5 kg).


10-12.5 inches (25-30 cm) at the shoulders.


Standard colorings include solid red, stag red, or black or chocolate with either tan or rust markings.


Miniature Pinschers have short and smooth coats.



Miniature Pinschers are lively and spirited dogs that love to play. They're intelligent and curious, and often act like puppies throughout their lives.

Country of Origin:



This breed was developed in Germany during the nineteenth century for the purpose of keeping stables free of rats. Miniature Pinschers were imported to United States during the 1920s for use on farms and as family companions. Today, these dogs are relatively rare in North America. Although originating from the same country, Miniature Pinschers are unrelated to Doberman Pinschers and have a much longer history.


Additional names include Zwergpinscher, Reh Pinscher, and Minpin.


Miniature Pinschers have sweet dispositions but are also strong-willed. This breed has a tendency to be aggressive and territorial.



Miniature Pinschers are intelligent but can also be obstinate and stubborn, so they aren't particularly easy to train. Also, this breed is quite difficult to housebreak. Consistency is imperative when training Miniature Pinschers.


Miniature Pinschers are very active and are always on the go. They require plenty of regular exercise and mental stimulation, otherwise they can become bored, hyperactive, and destructive.


This breed is not suitable for owners who don't want to deal with issues such as barking, continuous activity, suspiciousness toward strangers, or difficulties with housebreaking. However, Miniature Pinschers can be great pets for the right people. These dogs are feisty, playful, and athletic. The breed is quite hardy and the short coat of the Miniature Pinscher is easy to look after. Also, Miniature Pinschers are good with children.


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