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Q&A – Miniature Pinscher

September 4, 2018

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If you’d like your next puppy to have a mind of his own, look like the tiny version of the Doberman and hold the title ‘King of Toys’, think the Miniature Pinscher. Here are some of the most common questions prospective owners ask about the breed:

Are Miniature Pinschers aggressive?

Sometimes; Adult Min Pins do not enjoy loud noises or children running around, and are not tolerant of teasing. Min Pins are also territorial, so they will be dominant with other dogs, especially larger ones, and will pursue smaller ones. They are also possessive, and will guard whatever they consider theirs from everyone, including children.

What are Min Pins known for?

Their strong-willed, headstrong personality; this is certainly not your typical quiet little pet. What you have instead is a smart pup that can be dominant and manipulative, so it will take considerable effort and consistency on your part to show him who’s boss.


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What health problems do Miniature Pinschers have?

Here are some of the health problems that typically affect Miniature Pinschers:

  • Orthopedic diseases, especially Legg-Calve-Perthes disease and luxating patella.
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease, especially mitral valve disease
  • Dry eye and blindness, often resulting from cataracts or Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Skin diseases, especially demodectic mange, chronic allergies and color dilution alopecia.

Are Miniature Pinschers good family dogs?

Depends; they are not recommended for families with very small children. Children should be old enough to be taught how to handle dogs and respect their boundaries. In such a case, Min Pins are great family dogs that are loving, affectionate, and highly entertaining. They’re also protective of their families and will challenge intruders with daring barks.

Do Miniature Pinschers bite?

Yes, if they are not well trained. Since Min Pins are territorial and suspicious, they will easily resort to biting should they feel threatened by another dog or human being if they have not been trained to refrain from doing so. Keep in mind that Min Pins may also lay their teeth on their owners non-aggressively, but this is a display of dominance that should be addressed promptly.

Do Miniature Pinschers shed a lot?

No, their short hard coat and small size means easy maintenance and little to average shedding.

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Thinking of welcoming a Miniature Pinscher puppy to your family? My Next Puppy is here to make your journey effortless. We’re all about bringing some amazing loving puppies to families that will love them just as much. Check out our Available Puppies page, or call us on (703) 844-9796 for more information.