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Miniature Pinscher

Personality:Proud, fearless, and fun-loving, Min Pins are a true “personality breed"

Coat & Grooming:The smooth, lustrous coat is a low-maintenance easy keeper

Energy Level:Very Active; Athletic, and game for any activity, Min Pins need regular exercise to maintain their taut, wedge-shaped physique

Originally: Germany

Nicknames: Min Pin; King of Toys

Size: Small

Meet the Miniature Pinscher

​Min Pins are sturdy, compact dogs standing no more than 12.5 inches at the shoulder. The smooth, shiny coat comes in two shades of solid red, or chocolate-and-rust or black-and-rust. The dark, slightly oval eyes and high-set ears help bring out a self-possessed, “big dog” personality. A distinguishing characteristic is the Min Pin’s high-stepping “hackney” gait, reminiscent of a hackney horse at the trot.

What's Their Story?

​Experts say Min Pins go back several centuries, but the exact point of origin remains murky. Breed historians accept the idea that Min Pins are a cross of the Dachshund and Italian Greyhound. The German Pinscher is another possible component breed. (Because their names and physical contours are similar, it’s often mistakenly assumed that Min Pins are mini Doberman Pinschers.) Min Pins routinely reside at or near the top of rankings of Europe’s favorite toy dogs. Americans are awfully fond of them too.

What are they Like?

​Oh, me! Oh, my! Oh, Min Pins! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but it’s tough to avoid being exclamatory when discussing these spirited little extroverts with a huge zest for life. Min Pins bond tightly with their humans, and they make excellent watchdogs. These animated comedians are clever: They can be backyard “escape artists,” and obedience training will take persistence and skill. But for owners prepared for the experience, His Majesty, King of Toys, will amply reward the effort.

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