Living with a Miniature Pinscher; Our Dog

Baby Buzz, our min pin, before he came to live with us!
Baby Buzz, our min pin, before he came to live with us! | Source

My second min pin

When our first miniature pinscher died of a brain tumor I was convinced we would never own another dog. That lasted three weeks. I searched the web for a puppy and found Buzz in Minnesota. We had him shipped and went to pick him up at the airport. When the airport personnel brought out his crate and set it on the ground it rocked back and forth looking like the Tasmanian devil was inside. We opened the crate and inside was this tiny brown min pin weighing in at less than 5 lbs. but definitely 5 lbs. of unbridled energy.

We brought him home and laughed at his antics as he ran around and got into everything possible. Much to our surprise, he was easy to house train. We had to be vigilant and put him outside as soon as he ate and after every nap but he always relieved himself. We were slightly hampered by cold weather but he seemed to adapt as long as we didn't leave him out too long. Min Pins do not do well in the cold.

Min Pins are noted for their stubbornness. They are lovable and very affectionate but its the min pin way or no way, at least if you leave them to their own devices. You really have to establish leadership with this breed.

We worked with our little Buzz, but, as adorable as he was so was he a terror. We have many dogs in our family (each of our children have dogs, two of our children have two dogs.) When we would all get together we spent most of our time trying to get Buzz to stop terrorizing the other dogs, including a St. Bernard! We decided it was time for puppy kindergarten when Buzz was six months old. I can only say this was the best move we EVER made.

When we gathered for kindergarten class the beginning of class was free play for puppies. Small puppies were in a penned in area and larger puppies allowed to roam and play outside of that area. No small puppies for Buzz! He always managed to get out of the confined area and play with the big guys. He wasn't intimidated by anything. We learned that Buzz was (and still is) a very food motivated dog. He will do anything for food. Our trainer, Doc Karen, is the best. Buzz wasn't the smallest dog in this class but definitely the most noticeable. We spent six weeks learning how to make Buzz listen. I think we learned more than Buzz during this time but we bonded and learned together. Our Min pin is our dog!

Teaching Buzz

Teaching Buzz to sit was an experience in itself. We showed him how by pushing his hind down to the floor. We would treat him when he was in a sitting position. Over and over we used the sit command and the treat. Then one day he sat on command! However, we should've known not to let it go to our heads. The next time we tried the same command he stood there with ears pointed and head tilted and didn't move. When we gave up and moved away, he sat down. This routine continued for quite a few sessions until he learned the treat came only when he sat when we said sit. It took patience and daily sessions, not just at class. We had a 10 minute session in the morning and 10 minute session in the afternoon, every day. Classes were one hour a week, but by the end of six weeks he was sitting on command. Every time he would sit we would say good boy and treat him. Now, if we ask where's our good boy, he sits waiting for his treat!

The leash was another test of our wills. We went one way and Buzz went another. Pulling Buzz around on a leash seemed like a really inhumane act. We coaxed, we talked, we bribed, again daily. Finally, one day as we went for a walk, Buzz took off an pulled me! We had made it, we could now walk our dog without being reported for cruelty to animals. The interesting part of the leash story is Buzz eating his leashes. When Buzz was on his third leash I mentioned it to my Vet. After he stopped laughing he told me to purchase a Lupine leash. They are unconditionally guaranteed against any damage including chewing. What did I have to lose? I bought one and when Buzz chewed through it I sent it back and Lupine replaced it, no questions asked!

At the end of Puppy Kindergarten we knew we still had a long way to go so we enrolled Buzz in Basic Obedience. Buzz was the class clown, as min pins are known to be. He loved being the center of attention, whether it was good attention or bad. Fortunately, I have a good sense of humor so the pair of us were usually the "how not to do it" example. But again, by the end of six weeks Buzz was a star pupil. We continued to Basic Obedience II.

So, how is living with Buzz coming along, after all, that is what this is about.

A rare moment, Buzz at rest.  (That's a bone behind Buzz on the floor, in case you were wondering.)
A rare moment, Buzz at rest. (That's a bone behind Buzz on the floor, in case you were wondering.) | Source

Buzz around the house

Every day with Buzz is a challenge. He eats everything and anything. We spent months trying to rid Buzz of parasites but the frogs, worms, birds, dirt, rocks, grass, and everything else he ate defeated our efforts. We did finally get him free of parasites but it was no easy fete. This dog eats anything that's not nailed down! Fortunately, one of the commands from obedience school was "leave it". After chasing him around the house or yard for untold hours, the leave it command has finally taken hold and when told leave it, he will now drop what's in his mouth -- unless it's a bone. That's a whole other story.

Affection is the best part of any Min Pin. When I sit down at the computer he jumps in my lap and snuggles, any time of day or night. When its time to go to bed he stands at the bottom of the stairs and looks at us, letting us know he wants to go to bed. When we get in bed, we have to lift him onto the bed, and he immediately gets under the covers and sleeps snuggled against our feet. He can jump 3 feet in the air on his own, but can't seem to make it up on the bed himself. When watching tv he jumps on the couch and either in your lap or right next to you snuggled as close as he can get. He'll sleep anywhere and loves to sleep in your arms. He really loves his humans.

Min Pin Agility

Because Min Pins are so active and energetic it is a good idea to enroll them in an agility class. It is not only good exercise for their body but for their minds as well. Buzz is in his third class. The first one was an experiment in futility, at least that's how it felt. Buzz would jump when he wanted to, not on command. When I told Buzz to go into the tunnel he would go over the tunnel. He liked to run around jumps, not over them. The frame and walk were his favorites even back then.

Some of Buzz's problems were related to my tripping over jumps and forgetting the proper order. Now in his third class I brought along my 14 year old grandson to try. He and Buzz did GREAT! They both love it and both move at an incredible speed. Well, the next class didn't go as well. Buzz decided to be stubborn and not cooperate. He felt it was better to wander around the course looking for food. The next week Buzz decided he wanted to play in the tunnel. He kept running back and forth through the tunnel or jumping over the tunnel, he just didn't want to listen to commands. We haven't given up though. MinPins are very smart but also very stubborn as I've said. So, next week we're bringing his gentle leader and see if we can lead him around the course instead of dragging him around by the collar which we've had to do for the past two weeks. The fact that he is 17 months old plays a part. This is about the age MinPins decide to show you who's boss. They want to be the alpha dog. So, this is the time to be really vigilant in training. We'll see what happens.

FYI, at age six Buzz has mastered all of the agility and will do it without being asked. I just have to point.

Buzz playing with his toy rabbit
Buzz playing with his toy rabbit | Source

Min Pin Habits

There are so many opinions about dogs licking your face. One is that it's a sign of dominance and the other is it's a sign of submission. Go figure. He loves to lick your face. Our 20 month old grandson thinks this is the greatest treat there is. He puts his face out to Buzz and says, kisses. Buzz complies immediately licking his face. They wrestle together with Buzz biting my grandson's hair, and they run around chasing each other. What one doesn't get into the other one does. Min Pins aren't known for being great with children but Buzz is the exception to that rule! He loves our grandson and our grandson loves him.

Buzz likes to nap but when he wants to play he lets you know by pulling on your pant leg. He'll play anytime, anywhere. He loves to run around and being chased is his favorite pass time. Toys are a real challenge as he destroys most of them. He loves toys that squeak but eventually he finds the squeaker and gets it out or eats it depending on how quick we are. Stuffed toys find their demise by being gutted and rubber toys chewed to bits.

He loves to ride in the car. We took him for rides with us from the time we got him. Now, when you put your coat on he jumps in his crate 'cause he's ready to go! He wants to be with you and is especially happy to please.

Buzz chewing his crate
Buzz chewing his crate | Source

Our Min Pin, Our Joy

Buzz continues to be our joy. Everywhere we go people stop to look at him and ask about him. His chocolate coloring makes him look as special as he is. Many people think he is a small Doberman and I have to explain the MinPin came before the Doberman and they aren't really related. We enjoy Buzz everyday, even when he's digging new holes in my flower garden, I love him.

At six years old he now plays with my two year old granddaughter who loves his kisses too. When he no longer wants to play he goes in his crate.

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Buzz at Two Years Old (added 7/24/12) - Buzz wants dinner - distracted by the phone

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Paulaledoux 5 years ago

That was a fun read. Now I might have to go out and get a min pin. Never mind. Three dogs is enough!

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

I think if you get any more dogs your family might disown you!

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minjin25 5 years ago from Illinois

Another great Hub. Buzz sounds so much like our little Min Pin, Maggie. You left a comment on my Min Pin Hub so I just had to check out yours. I am following you now. Anyone who went to Catholic school in the 50's and owns a Min Pin just has to be in my list of Hubbers to follow.

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Ditto minjin25

kims3003 5 years ago

Very well done hub. Nice writing style too

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Kim. Haven't had a chance to get back to this hub, that's why my thank you is so long in coming.

julie 5 years ago

My min pin just died of what I feel the vet neglected to detect was a brain tumor/cyst. 3 dogs is too many for me but why would some of you ppl talk down on someone owning 3? I know ppl with 7. That's what floats your boat. Good luck.

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Sorry to hear about your loss. As long as you can care for them - food, vet bills etc. - it shouldn't matter how many you have. Obviously if you have more than one you'll love more than one.

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mabmiles 5 years ago

Interesting and fun article to read. Thanks for posting.

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks mabmiles, glad you enjoyed it!

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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

What an appropriate name for this guy! You can always judge people by the way they treat their pets and you treat yours with all kinds of love and amazement. Lucky doggie!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Austinstar. If you judge by the way I treat my dog, I am a superstar ;)

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I loved this hub, many years ago when Major our brown and tan Dobermann was with us I fancied having a Min. Pinscher as well but was advised not to because of his small thin legs.

I think it was our local vet who advised me and he said there was every chance if Major got too excited and rough he could very well break the little one's legs. So obviously after that I put it out of my mind.

However I still love to read up on them and your Buzz is beautiful.

An up up and away here without a doubt.

Take care


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

They are sturdy little guys but you do need to watch their legs. I think they do themselves more damage by jumping than anyone else can do to them. This is my second min pin and so far no real leg problems. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A fun and interesting read! I really like your stye of writing. You are bang on about dogs though, it is a case of establishing authority and repeating/patterns. My partners' dog does exactly what I say. But, having adopted me as the Alpha, my poor GF struggles with her (I'm not laughing ... honest).

Thanks for SHARING. Voted up, awesome and useful.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Brett, it took me some time to get the Alpha dog thing through my head but once I did I wound up with a really great Min Pin. Every time I go to the vet he marvels that he's never been bitten by my Min Pin! Thanks for voting and sharing!

grono 4 years ago

Love reading your story on buzz I have a min pln going on nine years old has pretty much the same personality. We love her so much, she is so much fun, and she has a mind of her own. She also snores a lot, sometimes I think its just for attention. She is very spoiled, and she has a mind of her own. She is the boss and has no fear of bigger dogs.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Definitely grono, no small dog has the small dog syndrome like a Min Pin. They are in charge no matter how well they are trained.

joannamichelle 4 years ago

Buzz sounds like he was seperated at birth from our 4 month old minpin Jack! Their personalities are almost exactly the same! Not sure how minpins got a bad rap for not being good with kids...ours is great with our toddler! We are off to pick up our new addition...a 9week old female minpin who we will name Jill. I love this breed..

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm with you Joann...this is my second min pin and my first was good with kids too and other dogs (as is Buzz). Lucky you getting a second min pin! I can't convince my husband as the dog, cat and bird seem to be enough, oh and the fish in the pond. All min pins have similar personalities and if treated right they are great!!

Janel 4 years ago

I have a Min Pin and he is more dog than i could handle i found a fantastic trainer and my little boy is doing great i wouldn't be with out him.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

You absolutely did the right thing! A trained Min Pin is a true joy, unsurpassed by any other.

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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

This is an enjoyable and informative read. I've only ever known one other min pin - but once met, never forgotten!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Nettlemere, how true. They do stay with you for sure!

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Pennysmom 4 years ago

Reading your story and seeing the pics of buzz is like literally looking in the mirror! My min pin Penny Lane has the exact characteristics that you have described in Buzz. I am a first time dog owner and I have had her for 6 months now. I knew I was going to have my hands full because I did all my research on the breed, but with that said.. it's well worth it! She is soo loveable and good with kids, people and other dogs. I took her for 6 weeks of training at 3 months old and I think it's the best thing I could have done. Penny is also the same coloring and I know what you mean when you say that she is a show stopper.. Everyone stops me to ask about her. I love my story because I was able to adopt her from an animal rescue place. Best thing I ever done!! Thanks for sharing your story :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you for stopping by Pennysmom. I know you're going to have years of joy with your little Penny Lane. Buzz is two now and so darn entertaining. The training, I'm sure, has already paid off and you are doubly blessed because you got her from an animal rescue!

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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Loved this hub! full of great information. :)

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Julie, and thanks for the good advice...I did some sprucing.

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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

He is such a cute little dog! I love little dogs! This was a very interesting tale of your experience with a little thing and it made me smile at the thought of a little dog doing all of that!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Mythicalstorm, his adventures continue, believe me. He can be a laugh a minute! Thanks for reading.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Voted up, across and will certainly share this story of Buzz. I love "When the airport personnel brought out his crate and set it on the ground it rocked back and forth looking like the Tasmanian devil was inside." Still laughing as I picture this in my mind.

If you ever need a sitter for Buzz just toss me a bone and I'll be there:)

I enjoyed reading every word of of Living with a Miniature Pinscher and the photos of Buzz. "Leave it, Buzz." :)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

What a fun read for your first hub! It was a pleasure meeting your min pin Buzz! :)

lovedoctor926 4 years ago

How cute! I have a Pinscher as well. He has is five years old. Rocky is bigger than this one, but with the same exact colors. you are right! these dogs are very intelligent and loyal. Mine is very alert and territorial.

lovedoctor926 4 years ago

He is five years old I meant

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Be careful vocalcoach, I have lots of bones for a dogsitter ;) Actually he still is the Tasmanian Devil at times! Actually I'm putting a book of photos together for my grandson and calling it "The Book of Buzz".

Thanks SS. He really is a cutey.

Lovedoctor, they're all alike. They have great personalities and are just so much fun. Five is a good age because they've started to quiet down a bit...Buzz hasn't reached that yet!

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Ddraigcoch 4 years ago from UK

I am guilty of not really looking at dogs and smaller than 25 Lb plus, yet when my friend brought her Min Pin to me I could not help but fall in love with her.

They truly are beautiful little dogs with big hearts, the only small dog that has ever won me over.

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Ddraigcoch 4 years ago from UK

*any, sorry for the typo.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Draigcoch, makes me happy to know the min pin had that influence. They are really something else. Thanks for commenting.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My daughter found a Min Pin wandering the streets about a year ago. I don't know if he accidentally got out of his house, or if someone turned him out. He is SO much fun. I wonder about his little skinny legs, but so far, so good.

I enjoyed reading about Buzz.

I voted this UP, and will share.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I'm so glad you stopped by Mary. They all have skinny little legs, that is why they say they are not good for young children...who tend to pull on dog's legs! Knowing min pins the way I do I wouldn't be surprised if the little guy ran away...glad your daughter kept him! Thanks for reading and the vote.

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jolinabetts 4 years ago from The Philippine Islands

MiniPins are the cutest ever. My mini pin Robby is 6 years old human years and he's a choco type of mini pin. He's adorable! I enjoy reading this one very much!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I think the best thing about this hub Jolinabetts is having other min pin owners stop by. They are a special breed and I think we are too! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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lannm 4 years ago from Out here somewhere

How adorable!!! I have always wanted a little one. But instead I got my little a little shorty Jack Russell... I must of mean crazy :).. Great Hub I really enjoyed it..

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Lanm there are many similarities between Jack Russell and Min Pin...both are full of life and keep you going. Glad you stopped by.

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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

What a fabulous little fellow! Thanks for sharing his story, and well done on the training. I used to have a collie who was a dream to train, she caught on to everything immediately. Sadly, she got loose from the garden one day and was run over at ten months old.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for stopping by innerspin. So sorry to hear about your collie, I know how heartbreaking that is.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

He's such a cutie and he has lovely eyes! He does look like a bundle of energy in your video but he was hungry I s'pose so maybe he's a bit jumpier than normal? Interesting hub.

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Gail Anthony 4 years ago

Having my fourth min. pin., I could relate and read with laughter at much of what you wrote. Good hub, Ms. Tillson.

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LisaKoski 4 years ago from WA

This article is very informative and I love your personal stories about Buzz. I just recently had to give away my Min Pin, Lola, because we were moving and couldn't take her. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do but I know she's in another loving home. The video of Buzz reminds me a bit of her except Lola didn't have her ears cropped and she was a lot more talkative and very very loud!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Buzz can be more talkative so I know what you mean Lisa. I'm so sorry you had to give Lola away but as you say, knowing she's in a loving home helps.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Jools, he is a bundle of energy all the time. Like a toddler he wakes up and hits the floor running! Glad you enjoyed and commented.

Oh Gail you certainly know my min pin if you're on your fourth! Buzz is my second and he is so much like my first it is sometimes eerie. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

My mother-in-law had a min pin for 11 years. Till that dog took it's dyeing breath it was hyper and stubborn. It had no fear and barked at everything that moved. The smaller dogs I find to be more "outspoken" and rambuncious then the medium to large dogs. There a special bread....her puppy who we all came to love was a little to much for me to handle. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane tho....


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Josh Bell 4 years ago

That's a pretty awesome looking dog. It's so funny how small dogs don't seem to realize they're size. It's amusing how they think they're so tough!

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DRG Da Real Grinc 4 years ago from All over the USA

Awesome! I don't ever recall seeing a brown nosed min pin until now.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Its all in the training Rfordin. Buzz likes to bark too but when told to stop (or when I shake the good old Coke can) he stops. He's definitely rambunctious with lots and lots of life in him. Glad I could take you down memory lane.

Josh, he really is cool...looks like a shrunken doberman. He certainly thinks he's tough and can take on anything.

DRG, when our other black and tan min pin died I was devastated and though I wanted another min pin I didn't want one that looked just like him. Did my research and came up with the brown. He's a cute little guy.

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Have a great day.

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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Tons of personality! I think my next dog will be a min pin.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Howlermunkey if you're ready to be amused and never surprised by what your pet does, then a min pin's for you!

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Deltachord 3 years ago from United States

Wonderful hub. I had a Min Pin for 13 years. Nothing like a Miniature Pinscher.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Deltachord. You really have to have one to appreciate them!

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I must admit I thought it was a pinscher too! lol! but how cute! loved this hub, I love reading about my favorite animals, doggies! lol!

lovedoctor926 3 years ago

How cute.. Buzz looks just like my pinscher. If you go to my page, you can see him. I put up his picture in the hub that reads pets and thunderstorms. Mine is 2 years old not five. I think I said he was five in my last comment. Pinscher's are adorable, but they can be aggressive too. Mine likes to bite me playing around. He likes to scratch too.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know what you mean Nell, I never met a dog I didn't like!

I enjoyed your hub lovedoctor...funny my first minpin was black and tan and his name was Rocky! Small world. Thanks for stopping by. Buzz is well trained and the only time I've seen him show aggression is when he's on a leash and comes upon another male dog.

Joann 3 years ago

You definitely made me laugh! Buzz resembles a lot to Cotufa, my late MinPin. She did the same things, always on my lap, always cheerful, the way Buzz sleeps with you guys and the way to always be ready to go for a ride with my husband and I. And she was also a disaster. She died a week ago and I can’t even think about buying another dog, I feel like I’m cheating on her. I hope this sorrow passes and I can give a chance to another dog. Good luck with Buzz. Take good care of him, because these dogs are the best thing that could happen to any dog lover!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I'm so sorry to hear about Cotfua...give yourself time to grieve and you will one day be able to give your love to another dog. Yes, Min Pins are a joy!

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GoingOnline 3 years ago

I'm a cat person, but this hub almost converted me. Sooo cute. And he seems to have lots of personality!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

GoingOnline, he's got personality to spare! Sometimes I want to strangle him because he's so set in his ways but other times he's just so darn cute you've gotta love him to pieces!

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sfrentz06 3 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

How cute! Buzz seems like he would be highly entertaining. I have a min pin mix, Dusty. He looks just like a typical min pin, but he is a lean 20 lbs. He jumps nearly as high as my shoulder and I am 5'7". He performs commands extremely well with treats, but he is smart enough to know when you don't have a treat. I need to use your advise and put him in a training class! Liked this hub.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Oh sfrentz, I bet Dusty's a blast! They are so smart and cute you're really tempted to spoil them, but then they become terrible little dogs. Training class was definitely a plus! Good luck.

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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Very well written hub. It has full of information and the dog is really so cute and it seems like he's on his own "person". Voted up.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

He definitely is his own little man! Thanks for stopping by vibesites.

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Obreinfamily 3 years ago from florissant

I love miniature pinches. I will say however that my miniature pincher was not very social and extremely territorial. I will also note- that once a miniature pincher lover- now a pug lover. I have had my pug now for 2 years and she is the most loving affectionate dog I have ever owned.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Glad you found your 'perfect' breed! I think taking my boy for training helped a lot...he is very social and not at all territorial...he even gets along with children as I mentioned in my hub! Thanks for stopping by Obreinfamily.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Your doggie is adorable! I was thinking of getting a Miniature Pinscher. My friend had one, and I love him so much. He was energetic and so lovable! I ended up getting a Rat Terrier, a wonderful breed too!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Oh Monis, rat terriers are adorable. I had a friend who went to puppy kindergarten with us with her rat terrier. A cute little guy for sure. Best of luck with your little guy.

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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Thank you! I had to read your hub to my husband, we both were laughing! :-)

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I'm sure you've gone through some of the same things with your little guy. My Buzz is looking at me now wanting to play!

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flash167 3 years ago from Richfield, Utah

We have had our red Min Pin for about 15 years now. Her favorite game is for me to give her a treat and then for her to lay it at my feet growling to dare me to touch it.

Of course I know better to even try but I do pretend like I'm going to which she thinks is great fun!

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Trina Conner 3 years ago

I loved this hub! We have a 2 year old mix named Rok. We know that he is part Corgi but are unsure of the rest. We strongly suspect Min Pin and now I am even more convinced since Buzz sounds so much like Rok! I haven't done any of the training but the agility training does sound like something that would benefit him. He is full of energy and always go-go-go! I have laughed so much since getting him. He has helped me through a lot and is my little shadow and my loyal companion. He is such a joy!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know what you mean flash! They do love to play. Buzz likes to grab a toy and have you try to take it away...we run around the house...sometimes he wins, sometimes I win. Incredible that your Min Pin is 15!

Trina these little guys are so full of action and such comedians for sure! They really are family.

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flash167 3 years ago from Richfield, Utah

I've heard that Min Pins can live into their 20's. Our red Min Pin is turning gray and is getting hard of hearing and her eyesight isn't so good anymore but she's still full of energy.

We bought her at a mall pet shop for $1000 and she has been worth every penny.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

That's great flash!

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miss shelia 3 years ago from Ferndale, Wa.

Great hub, i ove animals and try to write about them frequently, i sure enjoyed this one!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Sounds like we're in the same boat Miss Shelia! So glad you enjoyed my hub!

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Vicky022389 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Awww Buzz is so cute!!!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Vicky....we think so too but we're prejudiced ;)

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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

First off, baby Buzz is the cutest thing ever! (Big Buzz aint so bad himself!) That’s so good that he’s in agility class - what great way to burn off his energy.

My Miniature Pinscher, Golioth (a spelling error at the vet kept his name this way), has been with me for almost 9 years.

Just like Buzz, my Golioth is on my lap when I sit down at the computer. In fact, he is everywhere that I go - if I move, he moves. Unlike Buzz, he’s not good with kids (one picked him up by the leg when he was younger) and only kisses us on rare occasions when he’s really happy.

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I'm an avid lover of animals, and your little Buzz is adorable!

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and the photos you included of Buzz are excellent!

When I made it to the end, I started the video and part-way through it, my little love bird, Jade, who wasn't far from where I was sitting, heard a bird on the video and started whistling back at it, lol.

So, you and Buzz's video was a hit with him tonight as well. :)

Great job and best wishes to Buzz!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Relationships there is nothing like a min pin...their personalities are just amazing. Sorry your Golioth had a run in with a 'kid' but is doing well now.They are definitely lap dogs and Buzz is a licker, though not all are.

Femme flashpoint so glad you liked my hub and pictures..Buzz is something. The bird in the background is my cockatiel..glad we could entertain your love bird...certainly an entertaining hub :)

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Conika156 3 years ago from Greenwood, Indiana

One of my dogs of 17 yrs passed away a month ago. I got a call from a friend last night about getting a minpin. So I had to do some research and came across your story. After reading I am hoping all goes well and I can get the little guy. Thanks so much.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Sorry to hear about your dog passing away. Min Pins are a joy but they are a handful too. You really need to train them right from the beginning, if you do, you won't be sorry. Good luck! And, you're welcome.

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sany72 3 years ago from Romania

very good work

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you sany, so glad you enjoyed!

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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Mary, Buzz is adorable and a lucky dog. I live with an Italian Greyhound so I can appreciate the challenges of these small dogs with big attitudes. Thanks for sharing Buzz with us.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Really Linda, my daughter has a Whippet that is just the sweetest thing! Glad you enjoyed my hub.

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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

I love dogs but since our German Shepard died after long illness, I have not been emotionally able to get a new one.Just like Buzz my dog also loved to ride in the car. She would be the first one to jump in the car as soon as you open car door, and if you try to get her out without her ride she would try to hide below front seat though she was too big to go below the seat. Very good hub. Voting it up and useful.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I'm so sorry for your loss Indian Chef, I know how hard it is to lose a good friend. I am glad you enjoyed my hub and hope someday you will be able to get another dog. Thanks for the votes.

minpinmom 2 years ago

Our first introduction to a min pin was to Spike who would wander the neighborhood with his yellow lab friend. We were constantly giving them a ride home as we were concerned for their safety. Anyway it was love at first sight! We started researching on min pins and we were hooked! We currently had 2 golden retrievers, a yellow lab and a dobie/rotti mix. We were used to big dogs so we decided on the little dog with Big Dog attitude.

A year or so later we got min pin sisters as puppies. A year after getting the girls we adopted a male min pin. It turns out that Buddy is actually the brother of our "sister pins"!!!

The baby pictures we have of the girls actually has Buddy in them too! These are pics from the breeder - so we actually had a picture of Buddy before we got him!

They are 3 crazy but we love them too pieces and certainly wouldn't trade them for anything!

We don't have children but the pins love my 5 year old neice and Buddy came from a day care envir

Kyle B 2 years ago

Thanks for the good reading. Makes me smile and this sounds exactly like my chocolate minpin "buddy" . He is definitely my little partner he goes with me everywhere.

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

minpinmom I was always a fan of big dogs but after having one min pin I was hooked too! They are the darndest little dogs that snuggle up in your heart. Sounds like you have a houseful!

Kyle B, min pins are all cut out of the same cloth and you can't help but love them to pieces!

Diane 20 months ago

I so much enjoyed reading your article. I just adopted a six year old min pin. My little guy's name is Toby and your article has helped me to understand this breed, his behavior, etc much better. Thank you.

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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York Author

You are more than welcome Diane. Best of luck with Toby, I know you'll love him. He'll be a handful but certainly worth it and so lovable.

Shane 19 months ago

fun read, thanks for sharing.

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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

You are welcome Shane.

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida

I love this Mary. You all were determined to make it work. Rather than be miserable and have little bits miserable you did what it took to make it work.

Awesome shared Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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rebeccamealey 19 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Buzz is a cutie! I know you love him and her is a lucky fella!

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PurvisBobbi44 19 months ago from Florida


That was a joy to read, and before I bought my Pom-Sweetie Angel I wanted a Mini Pin. I can tell you it is easy to relate to an active puppy--because I believe that Sweetie went through the 'Terrible Twos' and everything has to be the same or he will not touch it.

He was easy to train--but he wants everything now--not later and you will hear his voice if you say---one second please.

We love him so much, and I still hand feed him today at 11 years old just I started with him at 8 weeks, I cook for him, take him to be groomed, and to the Vet many time during the year. I feel this is what you do for the special pets in your life.

I will share with Twitter, G+, and pin on my Re-Pin Board at Pinterest.

Loved this hub.

Bobbi Purvis

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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York Author

Patricia, you're right, I was determined to have him be a sociable dog that would get along with everyone. I did a lot of training and I guess I learned pretty well ;) He's still a rip but a cute one not a bad one. Blessings to you too dear friend.

Rebecca yes I love that little guy. I've always been a dog lover and this one has stolen my heart.

Bobbi, see, you've spoiled your dog because you love him. We do things FOR our dogs, WITH our dogs and more. Thanks for sharing your story and my hub!

Cindy Anderson 14 months ago

This was a wonderful read and much of an insight. I have a min pin that is 8 weeks old. I love him to bits already but he puts my patients to the test.

As you said, they are extremely loveable and awesome cuddlers. But I seem to notice that when the clock ticks at 6pm he looses his mind. Its almost impossible to control him. Im not sure if this is normal?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

I also doing crate training with him. First day was not too fingers crossed that it will be a smooth ride going forward.

Warm regards from me and Vader (South Africa)

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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York Author

Hi Cindy, good luck with Vader. Be patient and consistent and you will reap the rewards. Funny, Buzz's witching hour used to be 7:00 p.m. He would go crazy for about an hour. Not much I could do but let him run around, sometimes letting him outside helped, except of course if it was in the winter. My brother used to say he knew not to call me at 7:00 because I'd be busy chasing Buzz around trying to calm him down. Try to get him to play or take him for a walk. He will outgrow it but it will take at least a year. Hang in there, I know you won't be sorry.

mlopes 13 months ago

Sep.5.2015 we lost or 15 year and 3 month old BELLA mini pin, the family misses her like crazy she would travel with us on every vacation she even been to Europe, on our last family vacation in ottawa canada, it was like she knew it was time. the family was together she stopped walking . we said our goodbyes it was time. the vet she said she had the heart of a full grown dog and we saw that in her eyes. she will be missed by many. donations have been made in her honer by vets, friends, family, ppl sent cards and came over our home. she was a family member with a big heart and soul that touched many.

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tillsontitan 13 months ago from New York Author

I am so sorry for your loss mlopes. I have no doubt Bella was a treasured family member. How proud you must be to have so many people care and make donations in her memory. She will always be in your heart, and apparently the hearts of many.

Dee 6 months ago

Thanks for the info I have two minpins Bella is black and buster is my brown buster is minpin chuhaha mix I would add a picture

Amy 6 months ago

We had a min pin for 7 years

Zoey was so much fun , we loved her to pieces, she got liver cancer, just like that, she had all her needles, ate well & it happened just like that

The day we took her to the vet , we had to put her down

Broke our hearts

We want another one but they are a lot of money

We do not want a puppy mill one , so will save & get a nice little one in the near future

We love you so much Zoey & miss you so much

You were cute cuddles & so funny

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tillsontitan 6 months ago from New York Author

So sorry for your loss. Once you have a min pin you know what wonderful little dogs they can be. I hope you find just the right one for you!

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fpherj48 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hi GF! It's wonderful to see you roaming about our special community. Buzz it's so darned cute! I'll bet he's staying close to Mommy & making sure you know how much he loves you!

Nothing like a kiss from our fur baby to brighten our day!

Thinking of you & wishing you all good things! Love ya, Paula

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tillsontitan 6 months ago from New York Author

Hey GF, you are so right, Buzz doesn't leave my side when I'm home.

Starting radiation soon and if I don't get into a clinical trial will be starting a new chemo drug as well.

Looks like the trip to Niagara Falls is off, but I'm not giving in yet. Won't make the final decision till the week before.

Love you too GF.

Andre' 5 months ago

Hi everybody, I own two of them. Their names are Mike and Mechanic, named after the pop group Mike and the Mechanics! These two have crept deep into my heart!

Luna 5 months ago

My wife and I just love our dog Luna she's so sweet.

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tillsontitan 5 months ago from New York Author

You have to own a min pin to understand their quirky, lovable personalities, you've definitely proved that Andre by having two of them!

I hope you continue to enjoy Luna!

Lesa L. 5 weeks ago

I recently got a tea cup mini pin..I learned that she is energetic lovable hyper as well. I'm already so attached to her my baby. Thanks for sharing Buzz nice to read story.

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