Will a Min Pin Wreck My Hardwood Floors?

I live in a newly renovated condo. I really want to get a dog and after doing some research I am thinking that a min pin might be the best dog for me (keeping in mind, we have a 13 lb or less pet size limit in our building). I realize all dog claws have the potential to damage hardwood floors, but I am wondering if a min pin will be better or worse than say another small dog breed…
Thanks!
I live in a newly renovated condo. I really want to get a dog and after doing some research I am thinking that a min pin might be the best dog for me (keeping in mind, we have a 13 lb or less pet size limit in our building). I realize all dog claws have the potential to damage hardwood floors, but I am wondering if a min pin will be better or worse than say another small dog breed…
Thanks!
[Edited to add:
FYI, I have owned dogs my whole life, I have just never had a small dog before, nor have I had one in a home with hardwood floors – thus the reason for my question.
Also, although we live in a condo, it has a securely fenced 1600+ square foot rooftop deck with lawn and trees.
I will certainly try to adopt a dog *if* I can, I have been watching my local SPCA sites for the last year for a suitable dog.
I hope this addresses all concerns so that responses can focus on the question asked.

I would love to hear from people with firsthand experience of min pins & hardwood floor.

To be honest with you there are two issues to note.
1. Miniature Pinschers are rated the 3rd worst breed for apartment style living. This breed is in fact a Terrier that is only shown in the Toy breed grouping.
It is high energy and still posses’ a high prey drive. They require a securely fenced yard to wear off the energy the have and failing to allow for this the dog can be very destructive indoors. They will actually dig into floors whether carpet or hardwood. They will dig into furniture and even into walls. Daily walks in no way are sufficient exercise for this breed.
They are naturally guard oriented thus will bark at anything they deem a threat. Neighbor complaints are a common issue.
2. This is never a first time breed for anyone that truly does not have a great deal of dog knowledge and hands on experience. Bred from crossing a smooth coated Dachshund to an Italian Greyhound for the purpose of ferreting out rats and mice on German farms, they were bred as feral dogs. These were no house pets and left to live on their own. They survived by eating what they caught and lived in barns using hay to burrow in for warmth. As they had little human interaction they are difficult to train and considered one of the 5 most difficult breeds to house train. Though many interpret their behavior as "stubborn" this in fact is their independent attitude which is part of their overall make up. They are extremely independent and free thinking breed thus recall is very difficult especially if they get site of prey. In turn, they are not a natural lap dog and over handling or forceful grabbing or picking them up leads many to be nippers or biters. They prefer to initiate contact on their own at their leisure. Too many people see this breed as a cute toy breed but it is one of the oldest of the terrier family of dogs. To note, Terriers are the only breeds created by man for the sole purpose of killing other animals. They carry an instinctive prey drive that to this day causes many to have to give them up as they just do not understand that in fact the breed is not a true TOY breed just because the AKC lists it as such.
I would look at other breeds such as Papillon or Pug or Boston Terrier. These are much easier to train and though the Papillon excels at agility it is also a very intelligent breed that learns quickly and is more of a velcro or lap dog.
Good Luck.
edit: I am referring to issues with hardwood floors when I noted that they can and will dig into it. I have had this breed for many years. They can and will dig. It is normal for them to do this as this is what they were bred for. So if you are asking can they damage hardwood floors, from experience, yes and generally will. As for dog ownership, have any of your dogs over those years been Terriers? You noted never having a small dog before. Terriers are small dogs so this would imply that you have not since you stated you have not had a small dog in the past. They are far more energetic than large breeds and thus do cause damage much easier. Too many people let the size indicate the proper breed for their living conditions instead of what breed actually will suit their living conditions and lifestyle.
This breed is a hunter and therefore can and will be destructive.
A roof top terrace, does it have a large yard space for it to dig in the ground and run on lawn or is it just a sectioned area that has the lawn and trees you are referring to. Something to consider as this dog will need some serious running area to wear off the energy it has. Just an fyi.

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  • Bob

    No more than other dogs.
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  • Riken P

    not THAT much ….but yeah a little… the smaller the dog the less damage
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  • julie d

    If you keep the nails trimmed you won’t have any problem at all, no matter what small breed you get.
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  • Sara J

    Keep the nails clipped and walk on concrete to file them down. Any dog can cause problems for a hardwood floor. If this could be a problem resulting in you deciding to re-home a dog… you probably shouldn’t get one. Its not fair to the dog and the question you asked tells me you don’t have much experience with them. Its always better to adopt then buy also.
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    Animal hospital employee

  • Yogi

    To be honest with you there are two issues to note.
    1. Miniature Pinschers are rated the 3rd worst breed for apartment style living. This breed is in fact a Terrier that is only shown in the Toy breed grouping.
    It is high energy and still posses’ a high prey drive. They require a securely fenced yard to wear off the energy the have and failing to allow for this the dog can be very destructive indoors. They will actually dig into floors whether carpet or hardwood. They will dig into furniture and even into walls. Daily walks in no way are sufficient exercise for this breed.
    They are naturally guard oriented thus will bark at anything they deem a threat. Neighbor complaints are a common issue.
    2. This is never a first time breed for anyone that truly does not have a great deal of dog knowledge and hands on experience. Bred from crossing a smooth coated Dachshund to an Italian Greyhound for the purpose of ferreting out rats and mice on German farms, they were bred as feral dogs. These were no house pets and left to live on their own. They survived by eating what they caught and lived in barns using hay to burrow in for warmth. As they had little human interaction they are difficult to train and considered one of the 5 most difficult breeds to house train. Though many interpret their behavior as "stubborn" this in fact is their independent attitude which is part of their overall make up. They are extremely independent and free thinking breed thus recall is very difficult especially if they get site of prey. In turn, they are not a natural lap dog and over handling or forceful grabbing or picking them up leads many to be nippers or biters. They prefer to initiate contact on their own at their leisure. Too many people see this breed as a cute toy breed but it is one of the oldest of the terrier family of dogs. To note, Terriers are the only breeds created by man for the sole purpose of killing other animals. They carry an instinctive prey drive that to this day causes many to have to give them up as they just do not understand that in fact the breed is not a true TOY breed just because the AKC lists it as such.
    I would look at other breeds such as Papillon or Pug or Boston Terrier. These are much easier to train and though the Papillon excels at agility it is also a very intelligent breed that learns quickly and is more of a velcro or lap dog.
    Good Luck.
    edit: I am referring to issues with hardwood floors when I noted that they can and will dig into it. I have had this breed for many years. They can and will dig. It is normal for them to do this as this is what they were bred for. So if you are asking can they damage hardwood floors, from experience, yes and generally will. As for dog ownership, have any of your dogs over those years been Terriers? You noted never having a small dog before. Terriers are small dogs so this would imply that you have not since you stated you have not had a small dog in the past. They are far more energetic than large breeds and thus do cause damage much easier. Too many people let the size indicate the proper breed for their living conditions instead of what breed actually will suit their living conditions and lifestyle.
    This breed is a hunter and therefore can and will be destructive.
    A roof top terrace, does it have a large yard space for it to dig in the ground and run on lawn or is it just a sectioned area that has the lawn and trees you are referring to. Something to consider as this dog will need some serious running area to wear off the energy it has. Just an fyi.
    References :
    Former breeder over 48 years, Miniature Pinschers. Currently owned by 13 along with 3 Papillons, 2 Italian Greyhounds and 1 German Pinscher.