Picture borrowed from Kennel Norwinstars

Picture borrowed from Kennel Norwinstars

The Miniature Pinscher dog breed was originally bred in Germany to hunt vermin, primarily rats, in homes and stables. While the Min Pin looks like a smaller version of a Doberman, he's a completely separate breed. It's believed that the Min Pin descended from the German Pinscher.

Allthougt the breed started of as an efficient rat hunter in Germany, it did not take long before the Miniature Pinschers became a popular pet throughout Europe, especially after the German Pinscherclub was started in 1895. In Norway the breed was first known in 1905 when Queen Maud brought with her a Min Pin back from UK.

Despite of being small in size, the Miniature Pinscher is a very active, playful and persistant dog. He is happy, intelligent and creative, so you are never bored with a Miniature Pinscher in your life. Most Min Pins tend to bark to inform their owners about things they see or hear - but they are far from aggressive, they only bark to communicate. Miniature Pinschers are faithful and loyal to their owners, which makes them very suitable as family pets. The Min Pins will need a lot of mental stimulation in addition to fysical excersize. They are highly motivated by food and therefore quite easy to train. Going for hikes and long walks is one of their favourite activities- but not if it is raining outside. Most Miniature Pinschers hate rain and on wet days they might prefer indoor activities. But I do think the very favourite activity for a Miniature Pinscher is to lay on his owners lap and get cuddles and love. The Min Pin is very loving and social and he loves warmth and bodycontact- he will even gladly sleep under your duvet if allowed.

In general, the Miniature Pinscher is a healthy breed and not affected by many genetical diseases. Yet, as in any other breed, health issues can occur. Most common are patellaluxation, allergies and eyediseases.

The Miniature Pinscher has a small, square, body. Their height is between 25 and 30 cm and weight between 4 and 6 kilos. The Miniature Pinscher comes in to varieties in colors: solid red or black with red drawings (black/tan). The coat is short and shiny and easy to maintaine.

For more information on the breed, visit Pinscherklubben’s webpages.