Despite the breed's name and a common misconception, the miniature pinscher is not a direct relative of the Doberman pinscher. A feisty, fun breed who loves human company, the mini pinscher can do well in an apartment setting.
The first recording of Minpins in history is believingly from a painting in Paris, France that is dated back to the year of 1640. The more modern versions of the Miniature Pinscher were actually developed not until a bit later in history, roughly around the 1800's in Germany. It wasn't until 1870 though that the energetic Min Pins were truly recognized by Germany as an official purebred dog breed.
The miniature pinscher comes in six standard colors and a number of additional variations and combinations, including two types of markings: self-colored noses -- meaning noses that are the same color as the coat -- and white markings. A compact dog with a smooth coat, the miniature pinscher can measure between 10 and 12.5 inches in height, with males slightly larger. A healthy min pin weighs between 8 and 10 pounds. The miniature pinscher has erect ears set high on the head and often has a cropped tail that stands up or arcs back.
Mini Pinschers might seem a bit self absorbed at times, but do not be mistaken; Min Pins are affectionate loving canine companions that will stick loyally by your side. Another, pro to this Toy Dog Breed's personality is that they're very intelligent tiny devils. Miniature Pinschers respond incredibly well to dog training and are obedient pets.
Miniature pinschers are relatively healthy dogs, with few genetic conditions except for luxating patella, a condition in which the knee gets pushed out of position.Miniature Pinschers have short, thin, firm, shiny coats that come in color variations of chocolate, black, and blue with contrasting tan markings that situate themselves on areas and sections of the eyebrows, muzzle, cheeks, forearms, paws, shoulders, stomach, legs and parts of the belly.
Min Pins have high set tapering narrow heads, and triangular standing, almost bat-like ears. The Miniature Pincher dogs eyes are alert, large, and round. This Toy Breed canine carries dark eyes that come between colors of opaque solid browns and lighter clear-like tan browns.