Short and hard. Tail is docked; ears can be cropped or left alone.
Usually red, but sometimes black with rust marking above the eyes, on the cheeks, lower jaw, throat, chest legs, feet and under the tail. Narrow black stripes on the toes. More rare is chocolate with rust markings. Eyes are dark, and nose color varies with coat color.
His nickname is "The King of Toys," and when you get to know a Miniature Pinscher, it's clear why. He is a self-assured, gregarious showman who can light up a room. Curious and fearless, there is not much that the Min Pin misses - or allows himself to miss. He bonds steadfastly to his family and wants to be with them always and everywhere. He is not shy about communicating and uses his voice freely. Overall, he is a fun-loving dog and a charming little dynamo.
Min Pins are a great pet for any type of environment, from the city to the country, as long as they get their daily fill of exercise. Also, they are very curious, so homes must be dog-proofed carefully. Backyards must be securely fenced because when their prey drive kicks in, they can run off in a flash. The similarity to the larger pinschers goes beyond mere looks, as their guarding instincts make them capable of biting an intruder - on the ankle.
Channeling a Min Pin's energy into sports like agility, competitive obedience or even tracking can be rewarding.
The Min Pin is full of vigor and so needs daily exercise. He is up for anything and can get active by accompanying his family on errands, in addition to daily walks and several play sessions. He is energetic enough to fit into a lively adult home but is also happy to be a lap warmer for elderly folks, as long as a short walk is provided.
When it comes to feeding a Miniature Pinscher, it's helpful to remember that he is used to getting his way. This attitude often carries over to the food bowl, and it can be challenging to provide a Min Pin with food that's best for him. Feed small amounts of a high-quality, age-appropriate food.
Because of his tendency to become overly pampered and proud, it's important to keep the Min Pin's paws firmly on the floor, so to speak. Treat him like the able and athletic dog that he is, socialize him frequently from puppyhood on, and begin training him with short, motivational sessions right from the start. Although he can be stubborn at times, the Min Pin really does want to please. Being rewarded for doing what you want instead of being spoiled when he doesn't will result in a Min Pin who will be beloved by all.
A happy and sociable fellow, the Min Pin is good with children, but care must be taken to teach children how to properly handle a small dog. The breed will often try to be "top dog" in a home with other dogs - no matter what their size - so care must be taken to properly introduce new dogs. The Min Pin can do well with other pets, although he may see smaller animals as prey.
The average life span of the Miniature Pinscher is 15 years or more. Health problems seen in the breed include cervical (dry) disc; epilepsy; heart defects; Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; thyroid problems; and some eye problems.
The Miniature Pinscher's coat is very simple to care for. He is easily groomed with minimal brushing and attention to the face.
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