20 Nov

Miniature Pinscher Facts

Miniature Pinscher is one of the most dynamic and confident of small dogs. This can of German origin comes from several crosses of dogs and although it seems, is not the little brother of the Doberman.

The miniature pinscher has a predominant and strong character, and although he is very affectionate and sociable with his own, with other animals it is not so much, especially if he is not well socialized since a puppy.

In addition, it is a dog that does not stop and needs a lot of physical activity but still can live perfectly in a small house or apartment.

Today this pinscher is one of the most popular and beloved small dogs, although caring for it may require more effort than for other small dog breeds, due to the character and dynamism of this dog.

Characteristics

This dog is the reduced version, without defects of dwarfism, of the German Pinscher. It is small, with a square profile (body length equal to the height at the withers) and short hair.

Its lines are fine and elegant. The height at the withers for males and females is from 25 to 30 centimeters and the weight is from 4 to 6 kilograms.

The head is elongated, with a soft but clearly defined nasofrontal depression. The nose is black and the snout ends in a truncated wedge shape. The eyes are dark and oval. The ears are erect or bent, in a “V” shape.

Formerly it was customary to cut them to ensure that they are erect, but fortunately, that practice is disappearing.

The body is short, small and compact. The chest is moderately wide and the flanks are collected but not in excess. The tail should be in the shape of a saber or sickle.

The hair is short, dense, shiny and well attached to the body. It can be unicolor (red deer, red-brown to red dark brown) or black and tan.

Health

The miniature pinscher tends to be a healthy dog and the breed is not particularly prone to canine diseases. Occasionally progressive retinal atrophy or patellar dislocation occurs, but not with very high incidences.

Obesity can become a problem because these dogs tend to be very gluttonous.

Training

The dog training gives very good results with this race if done positively. The traditional training is not good for the independent temperament of these dogs and because some of the traditional techniques are very violent to apply them to such small dogs.

The clicker training gives excellent results.