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Miniature Pinscher

Breed Characteristics

Small and quick. Despite his diminutive size, definitely not a lapdog. A good watchdog. Has little tolerance for cold. A barker, climber, and escape artist.

Is the Miniature Pinscher approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Germany, 1600s. Contrary to what some may think, the Miniature Pinscher is not a toy Doberman. Both the Miniature Pinscher and the Doberman come from older stock, but the “Min Pin” is not a descendant; nor is the Miniature Pinscher related to the Manchester Terrier, although there is a physical resemblance between the two.

Original Purpose

Hunting small vermin.

Behaviour and Temperament

Self-possessed, stubborn, curious, spunky, lively, alert.

What are some Physical Features of the Miniature Pinscher?

Miniature Pinschers typically stands between 28am and 30.5cm; and weighs from 3.5kg to 4.5kg. Colours are clear or solid red, stag, red, black-and-tan (or rust), black-and-rust, or chocolate-and-rust.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Hard, smooth, short. Minimal grooming required. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Miniature Pinscher

12 to 15 years.

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Health Concerns

PRA, mitral valve insufficiency, orthopedic problems (fractures, patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes).

Exercise Needs

Very high.


Adaptable to any living situation; perfect for apartment dwellers.


Tends to bond to one person. Good with gentle older children but probably too small for rough toddlers. Reserved with strangers. May be all right with other dogs and cats if socialised carefully; will chase smaller animals.


Low to average; this is a tough, self-possessed dog who needs firm handling.

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