Miniature Pinscher Shedding?

Miniature Pinschers do shed, just like most dogs. They are not too bad though, and their hairs are short.

We find most hairs from our minpin on the couch, and other areas where he rests. Of course, if you hold him, you’ll get some on your clothes as well. 

In order to keep your house clean, I recommend you vacuum about 3-4 times per week. You may not see that much hair with your naked eye, but I can promise you that you’ll find plenty of hair in the vacuum cleaner!

You should also brush your dog regularly. Use a brush with soft bristles – here is one I recommend. Brush your dog carefully every other day. As you do this, I recommend you do it at the same place every time, so that the hair is shed in the same place instead of all over the place. Brushing regularly simply takes out the dead hair before it hits your floor or couch, and will make his coat look better. 

Oftentimes, Miniature Pinschers shed when they are excited or extra nervous. This is a normal reaction. Our dog drops a lot of hairs when he’s afraid. Every time I take him to the vet, a huge amount of hairs are left on my shirt – he does not like to go there. If your minpin is doing this as well, you can be sure of this being completely normal.

Another reason for shedding can be because your dog is not getting all the vitamins and protein needed from the food. You can improve this by providing extra vitamins in the food. Here is a recommended multivitamin – Pro Sense Chewable Multivitamin for Adult Dogs, 90 Tablets.

It’s also possible your dog might shed because of allergies or from a reaction to something it ate. Another reason can be from some insect bites. If you think either of these might be the case, go see the veterinarian as soon as possible, to make sure it doesn’t escalate. Keep your minpin healthy and happy!

How To Avoid Dog Dandruff

How To Avoid Dandruff On Your MinPin

First of all, do NOT use people products on your dog. The soap in these products can worsen dandruff and other skin problems for your min pin. This means that even the very mild baby soaps are not going to be good for your dog. If you use the natural and organic baby shampoo when your giving your miniature pinscher a bath, the dog is likely to get flaky skin.

ONLY use a shampoo that has been specifically made for dogs. The shampoos made for people have acids and harsh detergents that will ruin your pet’s skin.

First, bathe your Miniature Pinscher with a dog shampoo that is moisturizing and free from artificial fragrances. Another thing to keep in mind – is your water hard or soft? Hard water will be tough on the skin, so consider using a water softener. Both people skin and pet skin will benefit from that.

Use enough water to wet your dog thoroughly, then add the dog shampoo, and massage the pet from head to tail for a few minutes. This will make the shampoo to get deep down into the fur and it will also loosen up dead skin cells.

Lastly, rinse thoroughly with water – it is best to use a detachable shower handle that also provides a soft flow of water. Make sure you get all the shampoo and dirt out, otherwise the skin will quickly become irritated.

Please remember – too much bathing can dry out your MinPin’s skin and be the main reason for dandruff. Only give the dog a bath if it smells bad and/or has obvious dirt in the fur. For general cleaning, just brush the dog on a regular basis. Another thing you can also do on a regular basis is to wipe the dog down with a wet cloth. This will remove a majority of the fur’s dirt, and with regular brushing, that will take care of general cleaning maintenance. Cleanliness without drying out the skin is the key to avoid dandruff.

How much should your Min-Pin eat?

Feeding your Miniature Pinscher

Be careful to not overfeed your Miniature Pinscher. An adult Miniature Pinscher typically eats two smaller meals daily. If the dog is fed more than it requires per day, it is going to get fat. If weight gain happens, its likely that the dog may get sick. An overweight small dog usually leads to significant joint problems for the dog, and it can have an increased risk for diabetes and breathing problems.

Feed your miniature pinscher high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat, and the amount of crude protein should be no less than 30 percent. Crude fat should be no less than 20 percent. There is not a need for a high amount of fiber content – about 5 percent or less.

You can also get natural health supplements for dogs here.

Owners should be aware that, if their Miniature Pinscher is overweight, it is not only likely to develop joint problems, but also other medical issues. For example, if a thyroid problem develops, it can usually be treated with medicine and a strict diet. In face, often many medical problems can be avoided by using good nutritional management by the dog’s owner.

As a common estimate of the amount of food your Miniature Pinscher should have daily – about one half ounce of food for each one pound of weight. You probably know that there is some debate as to whether or not a dog should be eating the same food as people do. In most cases, do not feed your dog people food, because the food we eat usually has more sugar and salt that what the dog needs. If a small dog eats such foods, it can gain weight rapidly, and over time, there is a high chance that sugars and sodium can build up and become toxic.

Recommended Food

Miniature pinschers are known to develop certain health conditions such as demodectic mange (a skin disease caused by a microscopic parasitic mite), epilepsy (seizures), patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap) and Legg’s Perthes disease (hip joint arthritis).

So to summarize:

  • overfeeding and feeding inappropriate foods can cause pain and a number of medical problems that will shorten the life span of the Min Pin.
  • use quality dog food, and not “people food”
  • feed the dog about one half ounce of food for each one pound of weight, per day

To learn more about the Miniature Pinscher, here is a highly regarded book about Miniature Pinschers: