Miniature Pinscher Overview
The Miniature Pinscher is a compact, muscular, small dog with a strong spirit and a tough mind. The color is often black and rusty, although other colors are common too. The ears are usually cropped, and the tail is always docked. They have long legs, in proportion to their body. The front legs are straight, and the feet are small and cat-like.
Miniature Pinschers have dark, bright, oval eyes.These dogs are very flexible and full of energy. They do need lots of exercise, and they love to run around really fast – both indoor and outdoors.
Often people think there is a strong relation to the Doberman Pinscher, but that is not the case at all. They are actually an older breed than the Doberman. These dogs were developed in Germany, where they were first bred to hunt rats.
The Miniature Pinscher is a very loyal dog, and works well both with individuals as well with families. They also usually get along well with other dogs and with children, but not always. You will need to give the dog time to adjust to its environment, and socialization as puppies is strongly recommended.
Miniature Pinschers are tough little dogs. They are headstrong and very protective of their owners. They are brave and the saying “a big dog in a little dog’s body” is very accurate. This dog doesn’t back down if a big dog comes their way; it’s as if they don’t understand or care about the fact they are a small breed.They will also bark at anything they deem a threat to themselves or their owners. Consquently, the Miniature Pinscher is a very good watch dog, despite the small size.
The Miniature Pinscher loves to play, and is often called “King of Toys”. They need to have plenty of small toys around to play with. The best toys for Miniature Pinschers are ones that move or make sounds or squeaky noise. If there are no toys around, expect shoes and socks to be chewed on. Since they like to chew, avoid toys made of plastic, or toys that easily break when chewed on. Keep anything small and chewable away from the dog, as it might otherwise chew and swallow things it shouldn’t be eating.
These dogs love soft blankets and soft objects, and they love to sleep under the blanket of the owners’ bed, if you give them the chance. They can be hard to obedience train, but with the proper training, they can be the best companion dog you have ever owned.
They are playful and affectionate, and even though they have a strong independent personality, they will adjust to your rules if treated with affection and care.