Miniature Pinscher Dog Breed
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Temperament And TraitsThe Miniature Pinscher dog breed is fearless, intelligent, and learns quickly. They have a good reputation as watchdogs, but they can easily become barkers. For this reason, it is wise to train them to be quiet at your command and understand that not every sound is a threat or an intruder!
The Min Pin is not your typical toy dog that is waiting to be pampered - they are feisty and confident and will rule the roost if you don't establish your leadership from the get-go. You should also keep a close eye on them as they tend to scour every nook and cranny in their domain and often in ways that are undesirable.
On the other hand, they are a very loving and devoted breed with a
lively spirit, and make excellent, as well as entertaining, pets. The Min Pins also are ideal show
dogs being natural performers that enjoy being the center of attention.
Appearance And GroomingClean cut and sleek are the words that come to mind in describing this dog. He has a very well-balanced look to his torso and his expression is made ever alert-looking by his erect ears and attentive eyes.
The Min Pins do live up to the miniature part of their name standing at a height of 10-12-1/2 inches and a weight between 8 to 10 pounds
Coat colors per the official standard include the following: black/tan combo, chocolate/tan combo and stag red.
The coat is sleek and smooth and sheds little. Helpful grooming tools are the ZoomGroom or the glove brush along with a boar bristle brush for finishing.
Grooming is easily handled by wiping down with a dog cloth and brushing about once or twice a week. Helpful grooming tools are the ZoomGroom or the glove brush along with a boar bristle brush for finishing.
This breed is sensitive to the cold, so dog coats or sweaters are a good idea on cooler days.
How Active is the Miniature Pinscher Dog BreedIf you're not in good shape, this may not be the dog for you! This breed is a veritable bundle of energy and fast on their paws too! I kid you not. It goes without saying that they enjoy - and should be given plenty of exercise in spite of the fact thay they have probably worn you out with their high jinks around the house. A large area where they can run freely is just the ticket for you and the dog, in addition to a substantial regular walk.
Do make sure your property boundaries and gates are secure as the Min Pin will be "outta there" if he finds a vulnerable spot to escape. Let's not forget that he has springs in his legs when it comes to jumping too!
Ideal Space NeedsBearing in mind the activity level recommendations noted above, the Min Pin is not fussy about space and will adapt easily to either house or apartment. Heck, he doesn't take up much room!
But if you live in the latter, it will work out much better for you and your neighbors if your dog has learned the "quiet" command.
Does The Min Pin Like Children?Well Yes and No. The fact is, Miniature Pinscher dogs can be a handful and are not at ease around young children. They can be snappy if pestered, poked or teased.
More mature children over the age of 11 would be a better fit especially if the family has previously had a dog.
Aside from that, one thing's for sure, if you do have children, make sure an adult supervises their activities with pets.
Companion For Seniors?The Miniature Pinscher is a very protective breed that can make a devoted companion to any dog lover. That's the good news! But, you know there's a but coming...
...he won't do well in a sedentary household without a place where he can run freely and someone is available to take him out for daily exercise.
If you happen to be active seniors with a sense of humor who enjoy high-energy pets, you'll find the Miniature Pinscher dog breed right up your alley!
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