The Miniature Pinscher dog, which is a German dog breed, is also known as the Reh Pinscher, Min Pin, the Zwergpinscher, and the Mini Pin. The miniature pinscher dog belongs to the toy dog group and it is believed that it descended from a cross breeding of the German Pinscher, the Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund. The miniature pinscher dog is not a smaller version of the bigger Doberman Pinscher as some people think so. This dog breed was developed as a watchdog and as a ratter. Today this small dog is used primarily as a family pet, however, this dog still seriously takes his role as a watchdog.
The <strong>miniature pinscher dog resembles very much the Doberman pinscher dog but in fact this dog is of a different legacy. The Miniature Pinscher came from Germany, and was bred with the intention of hunting vermin and rats, as well as a guard dog. It is largely believed that the miniature pinscher dog came from the ancient German Pinscher dog family.
Contrary to common beliefs nowadays, these dogs are not bred down German Doberman pinschers. As a matter of fact, the Miniature Pinscher is considered the older of these two dog breeds. Pinscher actually means Terrier in German language. The Miniature Pinscher dog is reported to have several dog breed ancestors like the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound and the short haired German Pinscher.
The Miniature Pinscher dog stands somewhere between 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs 8-10 pounds. The coat of this dog is short, hard and smooth. The dog has three basic coat colors which are black, blue and chocolate. This dog breed is highly recommended for families that have older kids, as this dog does not like to be rough housed and pestered with. They can also get along well nicely with other house pets. Some of the usual health concerns with this dog breed include patella luxation and eye problems.
This dog breed is highly prone to dominance as such it is very important that its owners take a consistent and firm approach to dog training in order to avoid typical problems like marking, aggression and excessive barking.
The Miniature Pinscher dog is alert and very fun loving. It is filled with spirit, courage, and enthusiasm with everything it does. This dog is very alert, spirited, fearless, willful and sometimes too independent. This dog breed is small, but it does not know its size. It valiantly challenges intruders with a bold and insistent bark.
Dog owners find this breed as very fearless, animated and intensely curious. It is always full of vigor and vim. They are also observed to be great escape artists and mischief and fun is a part of its character. They are very great with children for as long as the dog is raised around with children who can treat them in a nice and gentle way.