Miniature Pinscher
(AKC Toy Group)
Miniature Pinscher
Description:

The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, muscular, sleek dog with square proportions and well-chiseled lines. The topline is either level or sloping slightly toward the rear. The front legs are straight with dewclaws removed. The feet are small and cat-like. The muzzle is strong and in good proportion to the rest of the dog. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The dark, bright eyes are oval. Cropping the ears is optional; the tail is always docked. The Miniature Pinscher's short easy-care coat usually comes in red, but may also be black and tan, or chocolate. This dog has an unusual high-stepping gait.

History:

The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany from terrier breeds, including the German Pinscher. ("Pinscher" means "terrier" in German.) Italian Greyhound blood may have been added to produce such a tiny high-stepping dog. The Miniature Pinscher is not related to the Doberman Pinscher, and, in fact, is an older breed than the Doberman. The original use of the "Min-Pin" was hunting rats, but his high spirit and bright personality make him a charming companion.

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A hardy fellow, very demanding, headstrong, and intelligent. Proud, spirited, and alert, with high energy. Lively and brave. A big dog in a little dog's body. Don't spoil this breed too much or the dog may become a tyrant. The Miniature Pinscher is often called "King of the Toys."

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