Min Pin

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Min Pin

Min Pins are sturdy, compact dogs standing no more than 12.5 inches at the shoulder. The smooth, shiny coat comes in two shades of solid red, or chocolate-and-rust or black-and-rust. The dark, slightly oval eyes and high-set ears help bring out a self-possessed, “big dog” personality. A distinguishing characteristic is the Min Pin’s high-stepping “hackney” gait, reminiscent of a hackney horse at the trot.

Weight: 8–10 pounds

Height: 10–12.5 inches

Clubs, Registries & Associations

American Canine Association Continental Kennel Club Universal Kennel Club International American Kennel Club United All Breed Registry America's Pet Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club (Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)




The Miniature Pinscher was developed from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and the shorthaired German Pinscher. A very old breed, no one knows when the first Miniature Pinchers appeared, but it does predate the Doberman by 200 years, so this breed is not a Miniature Doberman as some like to believe. The original Miniature Pinscher was a working breed, living in the owner’s stables much like a feral cat, and used to control the rodent population in the stables. Some theorize this heritage contributes to the independence of the breed still found today. Today’s Miniature Pinscher's talents are competitive obedience, watchdog, and agility.


Small, up to 10-12” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 8-10 pounds. The Miniature Pinscher is small dog in a sturdy body with a short, hard coat in colors of red, red with black, black with rust, and chocolate with tan

Health Awareness

The Miniature Pinscher has a life expectancy of 15 years and is prone to eye problems and epilepsy. They love to ingest foreign objects like paper clips, bottle caps, coin money and kids’ toys. Keep your floor clean or expect one or more trips to the emergency vet with your Miniature Pinscher!


The Miniature Pinscher is tiny dog in a brave body. They are affectionate, loving, loyal and love to snuggle. They are also very high energy, very independent, and very intelligent. You need to be a calm, knowledgeable, and humane owner giving consistent and committed leadership to your Miniature Pinscher using only motivational training methods. Keep your Miniature Pinscher well exercised with plenty of mental stimulation, or expect destruction in your home. They are escape artists and small; it doesn’t take much of an opening in a fence for your Miniature Pinscher to find a way out. They like to roam and hunt, and will chase most anything that moves. They are good watchdogs and will be protective of their territory and family within it. Be sure to socialize your Miniature Pinscher to prevent guarding behavior that can lead to a bite. They may be a tough little dog, but they are also a wonderful family companion.

Exercise/Energy Level

The Miniature Pinscher is a highly active breed, and requires a daily walk and off-leash play and running in a safe, fenced area. They also need mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destruction, so be sure to provide your Miniature Pinscher with plenty of interactive toys that challenge their problem-solving skills. A bored Miniature Pinscher is a destructive Miniature Pinscher! Also, their coat does not provide warmth in cold weather or cooling in hot weather. Don’t expose your Miniature Pinscher to hot or cold temperatures.

Additional Information

 Grooming Requirements:   Requires regular brushing and bathing  Coat: Short  Shedding: Average shedding  Hypoallergenic: No, due to shedding  Apartment Living: Good for apartment living if given sufficient exercise  Lap Dog: Yes  Good With Children: Best with older children who understand how to respect this small breed. They do not tolerate roughhousing.  Good With Other Pets: Good with other dogs when socialized while a puppy; not trustworthy with non-canine pets

General Appearance

The Miniature Pinscher is structurally a well balanced, sturdy, compact, short-coupled, smooth-coated dog. He naturally is well groomed, proud, vigorous and alert. Characteristic traits are his hackney-like action, fearless animation, complete self-possession, and his spirited presence.


In correct proportion to the body. Tapering, narrow with well fitted but not too prominent foreface which balances with the skull. No indication of coarseness. Eyes full, slightly oval, clear, bright and dark even to a true black, including eye rims, with the exception of chocolates, whose eye rims should be self-colored. Ears set high, standing erect from base to tip. May be cropped or uncropped. Skull appears flat, tapering forward toward the muzzle. Muzzle strong rather than fine and delicate, and in proportion to the head as a whole. Head well balanced with only a slight drop to the muzzle, which is parallel to the top of the skull. Nose black only, with the exception of chocolates which should have a self-colored nose. Lips and Cheeks small, taut and closely adherent to each other. Teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck proportioned to head and body, slightly arched, gracefully curved, blending into shoulders, muscular and free from suggestion of dewlap or throatiness. Topline -Back level or slightly sloping toward the rear both when standing and gaiting. Body compact, slightly wedge-shaped, muscular. Forechest well developed. Well-sprung ribs . Depth of brisket, the base line of which is level with points of the elbows. Belly moderately tucked up to denote grace of structural form. Short and strong in loin. Croup level with topline. Tail set high, held erect, docked in proportion to size of dog.


Shoulders clean and sloping with moderate angulation coordinated to permit the hackney-like action. Elbows close to the body. Legs -Strong bone development and small clean joints. As viewed from the front, straight and upstanding. Pasterns strong, perpendicular. Dewclaws should be removed. Feet small, catlike, toes strong, well arched and closely knit with deep pads. Nails thick, blunt.


Well muscled quarters set wide enough apart to fit into a properly balanced body. As viewed from the rear, the legs are straight and parallel. From the side, well angulated. Thighs well muscled. Stifles well defined. Hocks short, set well apart. Dewclaws should be removed. Feet small, catlike, toes strong, well arched and closely knit with deep pads. Nails thick, blunt.


Smooth, hard and short, straight and lustrous, closely adhering to and uniformly covering the body.


Solid clear red. Stag red (red with intermingling of black hairs). Black with sharply defined rust-red markings on cheeks, lips, lower jaw, throat, twin spots above eyes and chest, lower half of forelegs, inside of hind legs and vent region, lower portion of hocks and feet. Black pencil stripes on toes. Chocolate with rust-red markings the same as specified for blacks, except brown pencil stripes on toes. In the solid red and stag red a rich vibrant medium to dark shade is preferred. Disqualifications -Any color other than listed. Thumb mark (patch of black hair surrounded by rust on the front of the foreleg between the foot and the wrist; on chocolates, the patch is chocolate hair). White on any part of dog which exceeds one-half inch in its longest dimension.


The forelegs and hind legs move parallel, with feet turning neither in nor out. The hackney-like action is a high-stepping, reaching, free and easy gait in which the front leg moves straight forward and in front of the body and the foot bends at the wrist. The dog drives smoothly and strongly from the rear. The head and tail are carried high


Fearless, Fun-Loving, Proud


Under 10 inches or over 12½ inches in height. Any color other than listed. Thumb mark (patch of black hair surrounded by rust on the front of the foreleg between the foot and the wrist; on chocolates, the patch is chocolate hair). White on any part of dog which exceeds one-half (½) inch in its longest dimension.

Did you know?

The Miniature Pinscher is referred to as the "King Of The Toys”