Miniature Pinscher

Toy Group

Two Miniature Pinschers standing against white background

Height at Shoulders

10-12.5 in

Weight

8-10 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-16 yrs

History

The origins of the Miniature Pinscher are unknown, with reputable documentation only going back 200 years. Most historians agree that the breed originated in Germany and likely includes Dachshunds, Italian Greyhounds, and maybe German Pinschers in its ancestry. While the Miniature Pinscher looks like a small version of the Doberman Pinscher, the two breeds are actually not related. Today, they are one of the most popular toy breeds in Europe.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Miniature Pinschers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆

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Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, fun-loving, and playful

Suspicious of strangers and make great watchdogs

Curious, intelligent, and will make escape attempts at every opportunity

Will try to assume alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise

Known to try to attack and possibly injest small objects that may be choking hazards, such as bottlecaps