Miniature Pinscher


Despite its name, the Miniature Pinscher is not a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher. Native to Germany, the Min Pin is most likely the result of breeding the German Standard Pinscher with the Italian Greyhound and the Dachshund. Though it originated several centuries ago and has been bred extensively in Germany and Scandinavia, the Miniature Pinscher did not become popular in the United States until the 1920s.


Tiny, 10 to 121/2 inches, 8 to 10 pounds.


Black or chocolate with rust-red markings, or solid red.


Energetic, busy, and inquisitive, sometimes aggressive if not well trained; fearless watchdog. Usually affectionate with family, reserved with strangers.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner with fenced yard and ability to supervise; families with older children.


Lots of exercise and activity in areas where the curious dog can be left alone when necessary (think toddler).

Life expectancy:

14 to 15 years.