Miniature Pinscher (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
Miniature Pinscher (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

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Miniature Pinscher
Spruceacres Jewel of Anrich *Madison*
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Anrich Reg'd Dobermans & Miniature Pinschers

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




11 to 11.5 inches (28 to 29 cm)

Breed Profile:

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.

He has a spirited presence, is vigorous and alert. In appearance, the Min Pin is a well balanced and sturdy toy dog with a smooth, short and lustrous coat. His coat colouring is either solid red, stag red, black with rich tan markings or solid brown with rust or yellow markings.

The Min Pinscher is noted for his intelligence, complete self-posession and spirited temperament and, despite his small size, he is a very good watchdog.

Health Issues

The Miniature Pinscher is generally a healthy breed. However, like all breeds, they are not completely free from certain health disorders. See the Miniature Pinscher Health Issues document for additional information on some of the most common problems seen in the breed.

If you are considering the adoption of 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. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Miniature Pinscher is considered a low maintenance breed. However, to maintain the coat and skin in a healthy condition, a certain amount of grooming is still required. To remove the dead hair from your Min Pin's coat, it is recommended that brushing be done twice a week. Ears and eyes should also be checked regularly to ensure that they are clear of dirt and nails should be kept trimmed.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Toy Breeds—Housebreaking
  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More