Many people think a mini pinscher is simply a smaller version of the Doberman pincher; however, nothing could be farther from the truth. In actuality, the Miniature pincher pre-dates the Doberman by at least 50 years. It is said the breeder of the larger variety, Karl Frederich Louis Dobermann, was trying to create a dog similar in appearance to the miniature but about 15 times larger. The only thing these two breeds may have in common is an early ancestor, the German pincher.
Min Pincher’s originally came from breeding a mixture of daschunds and Italian greyhounds. The original intent for these small dogs was to hunt small animals, in particular the rat. This breed is distinctly German in origin though the time frame of their existence is debated. Early images indicate that they are an ancient breed; however, actual traceable data puts the breed at around 200 years old.
The mini pincher is a small “toy” dog, this breed is known as the King of the Toys and if you have ever met one, it is not hard to see why. The standard for registered dogs is 10- 12.5 inches at the whither, anything taller than this is not considered showable or good stock. This is todays standard though it is interesting to note that their country of origin put such an emphasis on small stature that the dogs could barely stand, due to their tiny size and fragility.
What You Can Expect
If you are thinking about getting a mini pincher you are probably wondering what you can expect from the breed. The first thing you may notice about the mini pin is their independent spirit. This is likely due to the fact that early specimens were bred to work, therefore were left unattended to clear the barn and farm of rats and mice. These animals were not bred to be household pets or show dogs as they are today.
For a home with children, an older mini pincher is probably not a good idea. It is better to raise this breed with your children than to introduce them later. You will want to make both the dog and child comfortable with each other, which should include precise handling instructions for your children. These are hardy little dogs, but little is the key word and their legs can be prone to injury with rough play. In addition, their temperament is not conducive to very much rough play.
If the min pincher has an extreme fault it lies in their innate curiosity. What this means for you is due diligence on your home. Mini pins are prone to putting anything and everything in their mouth during exploration, they are not beyond actually chewing up a battery should they find it within their territory. And that territory could very well be your end tables! At least initially, you will want to mini pin proof your home!
If you are looking for an energetic, loyal, playful and beautiful animal of small stature, mini pinchers are a great choice. They come in a variety of colors including red, stag red, black or chocolate with rust or tan markings, fawn and blue. Blue is allowable on the registry however AKC does ban this coat color from shows. This is a very unique dog that requires plenty of attention, dietary monitoring and climate controlled environment due to their slick coats.