The Miniature Pinscher has his beginnings in Germany where it was bred as a ratter. It was bred to control the rat population of stables. Contrary to what some might believe, this breed is not related to the Doberman Pinscher. In fact, in German, the word pinscher means terrier. It is thought that the Miniature Pinscher might have been bred from terrier breeds that originated in Germany.
The Miniature Pinscher is known for his high spirit and charming personality. He does not like cold weather and prefers to remain indoors when it is cold or damp outside. The Miniature Pinscher does not need lots of exercise to keep him happy. Weekly runs and walks as well as playtime are generally sufficient to maintain his health and pleasant nature.
Grooming needs are simple since this breed has a smooth and shorthaired coat that is hard or rough to the touch. Brushing on a weekly basis with a brush that has firm bristles is usually sufficient. The Miniature Pinscher sheds and loose hair can be removed with a damp cloth as needed.
The Miniature Pinscher is a small size dog. The adult dog usually weighs about 3.5 kg or 7 1/2 lbs. Bitches usually weigh between 8 to 9 lbs or 4 kg. The typical height of the adult male falls between 25.5 to 30 cm or 10 to 12 inches. The typical height of the adult female falls between 25.5 to 28 cm or 10 to 11 inches.
Health issues that may affect this breed are few. The average lifespan of the Miniature Pinscher is about 15 years.
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