Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Min Pin; Min-Pin; Minpin; Zwergpinscher
The Miniature Pinscher is the classic case of a big dog in a small dog's body. This small breed is regarded as a toy in the US and the UK, but it's a terrier in continental Europe. They're both right. Originally developed as a true working breed in Germany to pursue digging vermin, the Min Pin had to be independent and utterly fearless-- the kind of dog that could be left alone in a barn to patrol for rats. This breed is for the confident owner who likes an active, alert smaller watchdog that can hold its own. It probably isn't right for the family with other pets that might tempt the Min Pin to chase and dominate.
As an added twist, the Min Pin may look like a miniature Doberman Pinscher, but it isn't. The DNA of the the Miniature Pinscher includes the smooth-coated Dachshund (also considered a fine ratter) and the Italian Greyhound, chosen to create a faster dog capable of chasing down rodents.
Appearance / health:
The Min Pin has a refined and elegant appearance. The strong, slightly arched neck, sleek, well-muscled body endows this little dog with strength and grace in contrast to its size. Min Pin ears are usually cropped like those of the Doberman Pinscher but may be left natural too, since the AKC no longer requires cropping for shows. The tail is likewise usually docked.
The Min Pin coat stays relatively clean and sheds an average amount of hair. A brisk brushing and a wipe-down with a warm, damp washcloth (without soap), beginning with the face (with particular attention to the area under the eyes), and back towards the tail every few days is essential to maintain a clean, shiny coat. Frequent bathing is discouraged, as it tends to dry out the fur and skin. Always make sure your dog is completely dry before a trip outside if the weather is cold. As with all dogs, their teeth have to be kept clean and nails trimmed at regular intervals.
It is essential due to the high energy level of this breed that a secure fenced yard is provided. Miniature Pinschers need regular exercise, and as mentioned previously, should always be on a harness and lead when outside of their fenced area. A daily walk is not sufficient for this energetic little dog.
In spite of its small stature and fine bones, the Min Pin is a hardy, healthy dog with few genetic problems. He is susceptible to generalized progressive retinal atrophy, a genetic eye abnormality that eventually leads to blindness. Other conditions seen in this breed include patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes (a hip malformation), epilepsy, thyroid issues and heart defects.
It is of the utmost importance to keep potential choking hazards away from the curious Min Pin, and to guard against rough play by children, which could cause severe injuries.
Behavior / temperament:
The compact size of Miniature Pinschers and their lively spirit may seem to make the Min Pin a good choice for an apartment or house dog, but the Min Pin has a strong, independent streak. Exploring spaces in and around the house is one of their favorite activities. They can easily climb on furniture and it is very likely that any small item found in these ventures will be stolen and stashed away.
When left unsupervised, Min Pins need to be kept in a secure area, preferably a room that has essentially been “childproofed.” Min Pins are territorial, so they should be provided with their own place to sleep in this secure area, although they will commonly stake a claim to on/under/behind a particular piece of furniture or curtain on their own. They prefer to sleep on soft objects, as well as under soft objects, so a small blanket is essential for their comfort. Miniature Pinschers will jump onto beds and crawl under the covers to sleep with their owners at night. Unless the owner is happy to sharing his/her bed, bedroom doors must be kept closed at night. If the bed is being shared, care should be taken not to accidentally injure the dog while they are sleeping under blankets.
The Min Pin is an energetic, spirited, stubborn, and very curious. Min Pins are not by nature timid, calm lapdogs, but can become a loving and devoted pet that enjoys being close to its owner. They are playful and friendly with their owner(s) and thrive on that interaction. These are typically categorized as "a one or two person dog", but with socialization, they can be integrated into families, and are able get along with other dogs, pets, and children. They can be aloof around people they have never been introduced to, and are very protective of their owners. This protective instinct will manifest as barking and bold posturing. Despite their small size they are also excellent watchdogs, barking at all things they deem a threat. Min Pins are fearless, suspicious, and intolerant of strangers.
Min Pins can be very stubborn, but their desire to please will enable them be trained in obedience at a very young age. Consistent, firm, and gentle training is most suitable for Min Pins. It is recommended that trainings take place prior to mealtimes.
Miniature Pinschers tend to bark excessively when unfamiliar people or animals are in their territory. They are excellent watchdogs and will challenge threats vociferously.
cuddling, amazing watchdog, cute lapdog, great family dogs, happy energetic personality, SUPER LOVING
hyper-active dogs, major attitude, stubborn streak, perpetual motion dogs, potty training
strong hunting drive, kill rats, fragile legs, Big Dog Syndrome, speeding rocket, light bone structure
Life with a Minpin
Raising a Miniature Pinscher was a great experience, and their personalities are diverse. Not as intelligent as my first minpin, Laci was extremely protective and cuddly - she would sit in your lap while you worked at a desk, and would sleep easily through the night. She was trained indoors to potty on her pad, so she could be a fully indoor dog, which is great for condo. Very easy to train, but also fiercely independent.
The bad was that she was hyper sensitive to other animals, and would attack other dogs or people on sight. However, this is not necessarily typical of the breed as my other minpin wouldn't bite others, but both dogs were extremely mistrustful of strangers.
She barked a lot when she heard or saw strangers, and would howl when lonely - especially if people had left. I have been informed that she could howl for hours on end.
That said, she was a very pleasant dog but needed to be around people to feel secure. She developed diabetes at age 8, but lived 15 years..
From Tychis Aug 21 2015 8:32PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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