The Miniature Pinscher is a much more compact counterpart of the German Pinscher, without the smaller size being a disadvantage for the four-legged friend. The well-meaning wording of the general appearance in the FCI standard number 185 is in direct proportion to the great popularity of the mini guard.
Characteristics of Miniature Pinscher
The breed standard provides for a size between 25 – 30 cm, the ideal weight is around 5 kg. The Miniature Pinscher has a short, smooth coat that is soft and shiny. The two breeds sometimes look confusingly similar in pictures without a size scale. The square body of the Miniature Pinscher from Germany weighs four to six kilograms. The shoulder height of the animal varies between 25 and 30 centimeters. Its head is round and elongated, it has high set V-shaped ears or flap ears.
Fur Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher has a one- or two-tone coat. Up until the beginning of the 20th century, the variety of colors was great and the Pinschers ran through the accommodations of fine ladies with both smooth and rough hair.
The then-popular lapdogs now have short, thick, and smooth-lying hair. It shines monochromatically in red and brown tones. Colors today are either solid red with various shades, or black, blue, or chocolate brown, each with tan markings.
The typical black and brown Miniature Pinscher has markings on the neck, lower jaw, lips, cheeks, over the eyes, chest, front and hind legs, paws, and on the underside of the tail. White markings on the chest are not desirable.
In a fawn coloration, the dog is sometimes called a deer pinscher. The term Minipinscher is also common in English-speaking countries. In addition to the single-colored variety, the miniature pinscher appears with black-red to lacquer-black hair and lighter brown markings distributed over the body.
The coat is extremely easy to care for, it has no undercoat. This must be taken into account at very low temperatures and possible hypothermia must be prevented. Grooming is not very time-consuming and labor-intensive. Even the occasional brushing or rubbing with a grooming glove is enough to keep the hair healthy.
History of Miniature Pinscher
The miniature pinscher has been bred in Germany and Scandinavia for centuries, its ancestor is the German pinscher. Even before all schnauzer and pinscher breeds were pure-bred, there were miniature pinschers and schnauzers. Although he looks like a small Doberman, there is no relationship between the two. Some believe that small dachshunds and Italian greyhounds were also crossed to get the dwarf size.
Since they also bear a certain resemblance to young deer, they are sometimes referred to as deer pinschers. When the German Pinscher Club was founded around 1895, the breeding goal was initially to make the Pinscher smaller and smaller. Many fine ladies of the turn of the century liked to adorn themselves with these tiny dogs, laying them on special pillows and holding them protectively in their arms at all times.
It is thanks to the club, which after a while was renamed the Pinscher-Schnauzer-Klub, that the breeding goals were steered back into sensible paths. The Miniature Pinscher should look just like a pocket-sized Pinscher. Typical dwarf dog characteristics such as a round skull, small, pointed snout, and large, protruding eyes are just as undesirable as an overly anxious nature.
By the First World War, the breed had recovered and after the miniature pinscher arrived in the USA around 1920, it quickly gained popularity there. The American Miniature Pinscher Club was founded as early as 1929, and as early as 1935 an American-bred Miniature Pinscher won the miniature dog class at an exhibition in Chicago.
In England, the miniature pinscher did not become well known so quickly, which was due to the strict quarantine laws, but also to the docking ban. In the USA and some other countries, cropping the ears is allowed, but in England, it is strictly forbidden, which is why English breeders have developed their own breeding line of so-called “Min Pins” with naturally erect ears.
Initially exhibited as a terrier in the USA, it is now classified as a toy like the Yorkshire, but still has the character of a real schnauzer. His natural disposition made him a born show dog and has already made him the “King of Toys”.
Miniature Pinscher Beings
In general, the little one has to be physically challenged in order not to mutate into a nervous disruptor in the accommodation and to shine through behavioral problems. Its barking is hardly less disturbing if its alertness and its rather low stimulus threshold are not given due attention in its upbringing from an early age. Once unwanted behavior has become established, it becomes much more difficult to take countermeasures.
In principle, novice dogs get along comfortably with the representative willing to learn. Newcomers to this area can get tips and support from good dog schools. Here the young dog can compete with the other four-legged friends and is shown the necessary set of rules by its conspecifics.
Lively, spirited, and confident, the Miniature Pinscher is a family dog that feels close to its pack. The four-legged friend chooses his pack leader according to his own preferences.