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Miniature Pinscher

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Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany as a ratter and companion. 
Life Expectancy
About 15 years. 
Color
Black, blue, or chocolate. 
Coat
Hard, smooth, short coat 
Exercise Needs
Needs vigorous exercise for a little dog. Give him the opportunity to run and play in the yard or daily walks on a lead. 
Temperament
The Miniature Pinscher is fun loving and extroverted and makes a topnotch show dog because of its self-esteem. Small, hardy and  
Good with Children
He is a good pet for an older child who is aware that he is delicate and breakable. 
Grooming Needs
Comb, brush or rub his smooth coat regularly to remove loose hairs. Shampoo only when necessary. Teeth should be check and clean 
Average Size - Male (in)
10 - 12.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
10 - 12.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
10 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
10 
Health Issues
Susceptible to Patella luxation and eye problems.v
Living Conditions
An apartment is adequate as long as some form of exercise is given. Remember he can be very noisy. An owner of a Miniature Pinsc 

Breed Description

Unlike the Miniature Poodle, which is a scaled-down version of the Standard Poodle, the Miniature Pinscher is not a smaller version of anything, especially the much-larger Doberman Pinscher. Both may have descended from the German Pinscher, a medium-sized black and tan dog bred to control vermin in the barnyard, but there the relationship ends. The Miniature Pinscher came from crosses with breeds as diverse as the Dachshund and the Italian Greyhound. Part of the confusion in origin comes from the word "pinscher," which is a descriptive term like "terrier" or "setter" that denotes the dog's method of working, not his heritage. In German, "pinscher" means "biter" and derives from the dog's habit of jumping on and fiercely biting its quarry. The German pinscher family includes the Affenpinscher, a toy breed with a wiry coat, and the schnauzers. The name may also be borrowed from the English "pincher," meaning "one who seizes or pinches." The Miniature Pinscher made its way to the US in the early 1900s and became an immediate success. It is a diminutive dog with an elegant way of going, a spunky dog with a sense of humor, an energetic dog with a bouncy personality that brightens days and sometimes causes apoplexy in its owners. Bred to keep farm kitchens free of mice and rats, this little guy can be ferocious when necessary and scrappy on a whim.

Breed Infobits

The Miniature Pinscher is also known as a Min-Pin, the Reh Pinscher or Zwergpinscher.
The Miniature Pinscher is a small-bodied dog with a huge spirit.

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