Sometimes referred to as the “King of the Toys”, the Miniature Pinscher is about as fearless and self-assured as small dogs come. Originating from Germany, these dogs were historically bred to hunt vermin in and around the house. Similar in appearance to the Doberman, many falsely believe they are relatives, when in fact the Miniature Pinscher has been in existence for significantly longer. Miniature Pinschers are most commonly seen sporting a black, chocolate, or sometimes slightly reddish coat, which is short yet smooth in texture. Training is particularly important for these dogs, as if not disciplined appropriately from a young age Miniature Pinschers will be quick to establish themselves as the alpha of the house.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The diminutive stature of Miniature Pinschers allows them adapt to apartment living rather well, however owners should note that these dogs are quite energetic and so will require regular walks. Additionally, Miniature Pinschers do not have an undercoat, and so cope very poorly with cold temperatures. As such, people living in particularly chilly climates should consider other breeds.
Common Health Issues
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation.