Miniature Pinscher Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature Pinscher so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginGermany flagGermany
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Pinscher have?
King Of The ToysReh PinscherZwergpinscMin Pin
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Miniature Pinscher Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Miniature Pinscher puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Miniature Pinscher?
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Miniature Pinscher, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Miniature Pinscher for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Pinscher gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Miniature Pinscher? How many Miniature Pinscher are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Miniature Pinscher is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Miniature Pinscher Size

Size
Is a Miniature Pinscher small, medium or large dog?

How big do Miniature Pinscher get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Miniature Pinscher weigh? How much should the Miniature Pinscher breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Miniature Pinscher?
Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Miniature Pinscher?
Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8.5 pounds (about 4 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Pinscher? Miniature Pinscher height:
Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Miniature Pinscher?
Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Miniature Pinscher Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Miniature Pinscher have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Pinscher's coat?
RustChocolateRedTanBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Pinscher and how often?
Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Miniature Pinscher is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature Pinscher dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the King Of The Toys?
Miniature Pinschers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Miniature Pinscher need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Miniature Pinscher every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Miniature Pinscher Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Pinscher have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CleverFriendlyPlayfulIntelligentEnergeticOutgoingResponsive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Pinscher? Is the Miniature Pinscher breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Miniature Pinscher is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Miniature Pinscher dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Miniature Pinschers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature Pinscher is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Pinscher sensitivity:
Sensitive: Miniature Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Miniature Pinscher a good family dog?
High: Miniature Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the King Of The Toys need? Miniature Pinscher social needs:
Miniature Pinschers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Pinscher dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my King Of The Toys bark?
A lot: Miniature Pinscher is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature Pinscher good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Miniature Pinschers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Miniature Pinscher dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Miniature Pinschers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Pinscher bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the King Of The Toys? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Pinscher? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Miniature Pinscher has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Miniature Pinscher? How much bite force does a Miniature Pinscher have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Pinscher bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Pinscher do?
Miniature Pinschers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Miniature Pinschers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Pinscher to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature Pinscher roam?
Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature Pinscher have high prey drive?
Miniature Pinschers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Pinscher good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Miniature Pinscher breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Miniature Pinscher be left alone?
Miniature Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Miniature Pinscher Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Miniature Pinscher temperament with other people:
Miniature Pinschers are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Pinscher dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature Pinscher dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Pinscher dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Pinscher temperament with children:
Miniature Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature Pinscher dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Miniature Pinscher breed live with a cat?
Miniature Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature Pinscher good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Pinscher dogs get along with other dogs?
Miniature Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Miniature Pinscher is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Pinscher breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Miniature Pinscher breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Miniature Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Pinschers good office dogs? Do Miniature Pinschers make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Pinschers be office dogs?
No
Miniature Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Pinscher dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the King Of The Toys temperament with senior people? Are Miniature Pinscher dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Miniature Pinscher Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Miniature Pinscher dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Miniature Pinschers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Miniature Pinscher breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Pinscher breed? Most common health risks of Miniature Pinscher:
EpilepsyHypothyroidismLegg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Miniature Pinscher breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Miniature Pinscher see the vet?
Frequent
The Miniature Pinscher should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Pinscher dogs live? How old can a Miniature Pinscher be? What is the age limit of the Miniature Pinscher? How many years can the oldest Miniature Pinscher live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Miniature Pinscher?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Pinscher: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Pinscher breed hypoallergenic?
No
Miniature Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Miniature Pinscher have? What is the activity level of the Miniature Pinscher?
Miniature Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Miniature Pinscher need? How much exercise do Miniature Pinscher dogs require per day?
Miniature Pinschers exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Miniature Pinscher breed need?
Miniature Pinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Miniature Pinscher need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Miniature Pinscher breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Miniature Pinscher? How much food should I feed my Miniature Pinscher?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature Pinscher risk for obesity:
High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Miniature Pinscher more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Miniature Pinscher's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Miniature Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Miniature Pinscher drool?
The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Miniature Pinscher could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Miniature Pinscher.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Miniature Pinscher As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Miniature Pinscher is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Miniature Pinscher be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Miniature Pinscher is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Miniature Pinscher is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Miniature Pinscher is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a boat dog?

Not really

Miniature Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature Pinscher be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Miniature Pinscher is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Miniature Pinscher dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Miniature Pinscher Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Miniature Pinscher pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Miniature Pinscher breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature Pinscher: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Miniature Pinscher have in a litter? How many puppies can the Miniature Pinscher breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Miniature Pinscher have? How many puppies can a Miniature Pinscher give birth to?
2-5 puppies

Miniature Pinscher Recognition

AKC Group
Is Miniature Pinscher recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Pinscher recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Pinscher breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Miniature Pinscher Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Miniature Pinscher breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Pinschers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Pinschers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Miniature Pinschers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Pinschers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Miniature Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Miniature Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Miniature Pinscher Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Alex

    Aug 22, 2021, 12:06:19 AM:

    good dog