Miniature Pinscher Facts and Information

Updated on December 24, 2016
adorable miniature pinscher puppy
adorable miniature pinscher puppy


The Miniature Pinscher or Min Pin is a type of Toy Breed, which originated in Germany from a mix of dog breeds like the German Pinschers, Dachshunds, and Italian Greyhounds. Although these Toy Dogs are often thought to be simply Mini Doberman Pinschers, that's actually in fact false. Miniature Pinschers and Doberman Pinschers are however both heavily related to German Pinschers, so these two native German canines still bare close bloodlines and ancestry to one another.

The first recording of Minpins in history is believingly from a painting in Paris, France that is dated back to the year of 1640. The more modern versions of the Miniature Pinscher were actually developed not until a bit later in history, roughly around the 1800's in Germany. It wasn't until 1870 though that the energetic Min Pins were truly recognized by Germany as an official purebred dog breed.

Then, in 1929 Mini Pinschers made their way as an acknowledged purebred dog breed in the United States and the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was first formed. Today, Miniature Pinschers are still a common well known dog breed that is relatively popular in the United States and parts of Europe, but more recently the Minpin dog has become especially favorable in much of Great Britain.

cute min pin
cute min pin

Personality, Dog Training, Care, and Guard Dog Abilities


The Miniature Pinschers are spunky, assertive, playful, busy, and confident canines that have very distinct and bold personalities to this Toy Breed. Often times, it seems as though Min Pins are completely oblivious to their incredibly small sizes, and with their huge personalities they get some sort of sense that they are in fact the size of an actual Doberman Pinscher. Because of this trait, the Miniature Pinscher makes an outstanding guard dog. If someone were to try to break into your house, have no fear an alarm will go off! These little Miniature Pinschers will make sure that everyone in the house knows that there's something going on. Thanks to their high pitch, noisy barks their warning alarms will not go unheard.

Dog Training

Mini Pinschers might seem a bit self absorbed at times, but do not be mistaken; Min Pins are affectionate loving canine companions that will stick loyally by your side. Another, pro to this Toy Dog Breed's personality is that they're very intelligent tiny devils. Miniature Pinschers respond incredibly well to dog training and are obedient pets.

Care Information

Min Pins are a dog breed in which is very easy to care for, and suite both the Urban and City lifestyles impeccably well. Thanks to the Miniature Pinscher's fine, short, sleek coats, these dogs require minimal to practically no grooming on your part, other than the occasional bath or quick brush up that is. If you're a person who doesn't have the time or patience to spend laboring hours and hard earned cash paying for a large dog breed, you should definitely look into buying a Miniature Pinscher. These dogs are inexpensive to care for, eat very little, and only need a nice 30 minute walk every day in order to stay healthy.

Coat, Appearance, Health, and Life Span

mini pinscher puppy
mini pinscher puppy


Miniature Pinschers have short, thin, firm, shiny coats that come in color variations of chocolate, black, and blue with contrasting tan markings that situate themselves on areas and sections of the eyebrows, muzzle, cheeks, forearms, paws, shoulders, stomach, legs and parts of the belly. Minpins are also found in other coat colors of solid stag reds and clear reds without any tan markings on their bodies.

Appearance and Build

Miniature Pinschers are a small dog breed that generally stand on withers between 10 inches and 12 inches in height; the Minpin dogs should weigh somewhere from 8 pounds to 10 pounds. This Toy Breed has slightly deeper chest when compared to their relatively thin waists, but generally speaking these canine companions have square shaped bodies and overall compact square builds. Miniature Pinscher dogs are small boned and bare slightly long legs that connect to tiny delicate paws that feminine like a cats. Traditionally, the Min Pin dog breed have their tails docked for a cleaner cut and more confident appearance, but occasionally these Toy Dogs will have their tails left all natural.

Facial Features

Min Pins have high set tapering narrow heads, and triangular standing, almost bat-like ears. The Miniature Pincher dogs eyes are alert, large, and round. This Toy Breed canine carries dark eyes that come between colors of opaque solid browns and lighter clear-like tan browns. The Minpin dogs have moderately short, strong muzzles and black to blackish brown noses.

Life Span and Health

Generally speaking, Minpins are a healthy purebred dog breed that live an average life span of roughly 12 and a half years to 14 and a half years of age. The Mini Pinscher is however prone to having a very low tolerance to cold weather due to their extreme lack of any body fat. Because of this, Miniature Pinscher dogs should not be kept to live outside. If you live in a city or area that has cold winters, make sure to put plenty of thick doggy clothing on your little canine companion so that he or she doesn’t get sick or catch a cold.


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      leilia 4 days ago

      our min pin loves to burrow in blankets and falls asleep all snuggy. she's a sweetie, but can't seem to get her to stop barking at the neighbors.

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      Tye 7 months ago

      Been over 5 years and we can't seem to get these dogs to stop treating our house like a toilet. Every day all day they pee all over our walls and carpets. Please assist

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      Linda 2 years ago

      Adopted min pin from shelter about aa month ago. He is a wonderful dog,potty trained,love able and whip smart. Has some medical issues we knew about. Not sure how old but prob. Around 6 or 7. Love him to death. He loves going to dog park to hang with friends.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Nice hub about min pins. I've written several hubs about min pins because I just adore them.

      My current min pin is five years old, brown, and adorable. He plays well with other dogs in my house and loves children. Your min pin photos are adorable too.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      kenzie 3 years ago

      hi my family has been looking at these dogs and are there any cons you would say to the breed or things that are hard to deal with?

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      My Miniature Pinscher is 10 1/2, so I'm not liking the lifespan thing! But, he's doing really well. He's interesting because his ears stand straight up since he was about a year old. We never cropped them (we never would) but he holds his ears up by himself and barely ever lets one hang down.

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      No name 4 years ago

      This sight really helped me understand these type of dogs! If you are thinking about getting a Mini Pin defiantly get one! There a bundle of joy and can make your day!

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      JJ AND KI 4 years ago

      we love ice cream so bring us some ice cream biyath

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      4 years ago

      i love min pins

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      bob 4 years ago

      my but is big

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      KC 4 years ago

      How long do min pins stay in heat?

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      solarstaro 4 years ago

      I have a min pin called Lady, she isn't purebred, she's a mix of a mini pomeranian and a min pin. What's odd is that she's much larger than her father (the pomeranian) and she's also larger than her mom (the min pin) She's actually bigger than 12 inches! She's 9 months old and really cute and loyal. Also I would like to know if Lady's healthy, because i'm concerned on how big she is growing.

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      TBrad 4 years ago

      We have a min pin and his name is King. He is a bundle of joy.

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      jmwarrior23 5 years ago

      I have a 8 week old min pin. I want to dock his tail asap. Has anyone done this to their pet at this age that has any feedback?

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      natalie 5 years ago

      i have a min pin her name is chloe she is the cutest min pin ever

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      Barry 5 years ago

      Got my 2nd min pin today Obi wan love my other min pin zues seems happy to have a new little brother

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      Haleigh 5 years ago

      The mini pin is the smartest, cutest, play fullest, most confident and loyal dog ever. If you get one you won't regret it. The mini pin is an awesome dog for any family and is a great joy. They are well worth getting one.

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      Katie 5 years ago

      I have a miniature pincher he is the most adorable thing in the world!! If anyone is wondering if to get this dog or not GET IT you will not regret getting the minature pincher!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Years ago when I had our Doberman major I was very tempted to have a Miniature Pinscher as well,but was told to be careful because Major might be too big to keep with such as mall dog. I didn't in the end looking for one but they have always stayed in my mind.

      Now even more after reading this gem.



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      jnr 5 years ago

      I was gone a week out of town and my husband got a min pin. He is so cute. I never thought I'd own a little dog especially since we have two 85 lbs lab dogs :) My black lab ignores our min pin but my yellow lab isn't too sure yet about him. I'm doing a lot of research on this breed and so far I'm pretty impressed. Mine seems very smart, loving and loyal. I'm glad my husband got him, oh, and we named him Little Bit, after my Grandpa's brown Chihuahua and also since Little Bit is the littlest thing in the house even littler than my two cats :)

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      stephanie 5 years ago

      i have had my little mini pincher /dashund for 9 mos now and boy is he rotten and he loves my downsyndrome daughter to pieces hes very protective of her to but hes so funny and adorable .

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      no name 5 years ago

      i dont have won but there are cute

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      chastity 5 years ago

      i own a miniature pinscher their really cute

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      ED 6 years ago

      does any one have a female Miniature Pinscher for sale her age should be around 5 weeks to 6 weeks

      let me know plz

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      ED 6 years ago

      does any one have a female Miniature Pinscher for slave her age should ve around 5 weeks to 7 weeks

      let me know plz

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      Lindersay 6 years ago

      I have had the joy of raising a Min Pin for just about two years now. I have done a lot of research on the breed because I have never heard of them, yet still demanded on getting one because of how dang cute they are! I lucked out because this is the best breed for me, by far! Training may seem difficult at times, but if you put in any effort at all, you will be proud and happy with the results! (assuming you do short training sessions of five minutes or less and always end them with something they CAN do, so that they earn a treat and do not become frusterated)

      This is the BEST Min Pin temperment site I have ever seen!

      (but please fix the "double delicate paw" sentence)

      much love

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      PellicaanOnline 6 years ago from Brisbane

      Ohhh how cute! I sell dog jackets that would look just adorable on a Miniature Pinscher. Thanks for the hub, I enjoyed reading it!

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      jessica 7 years ago

      i got my min pin 3 weeks ago and i absolutely adore him. he is so atteched to me and follows me everywhere and loves to sleep with me and is very much a great lap dog. but don't let him fool you he is an excellent guard dog. he is so funny but very serious. they are wonderful smart dogs.