If you are looking for a dog that has a small size, but an elegant walking style, a sense of humor and a strong character, the Miniature Pinscher might be the perfect dog for you.
This is a dog with an attitude, despite its tiny size. For this reason, the Miniature Pinscher is often mistaken for a Chihuahua, or consider to be a miniature Doberman.
This “pocket dog” is, in fact, a variant of a smaller Pinscher, which, like the latter, belongs to the Pinscher-Schnauzer family, whose origin is very old.
However, since this breed is extremely popular all over the world, there are many “breeders” that lack the experience of producing a high-quality litter.
This only means that the breed has been “watered” and that high-quality puppies are hard to find.
For this reason, we’ve decided to create this in-depth guide so that you get much more familiar with the breed.
This way, you will know all the qualities and standards of the breed, meaning, finding a breeder that offers high-quality pups with great health and no hidden genetic issues, will come much easier to you.
To start things off, let’s take a look at the important things to keep in mind before the actual purchase of a Miniature Pinscher puppy.
The Miniature Pinscher Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before you decide you want to buy a Miniature Pinscher puppy, there are certain things you should be aware of.
For example, the first thing you need to find out is if the price range for a puppy suits your budget.
What price are the Miniature Pinscher puppies?
The price range for a premium-quality Miniature Pinscher puppy can be anywhere between $1,200 and $4,000 or even higher for pups that have breeding rights and champion bloodline behind them.
But, for a puppy that comes from a reputable breeder, and is meant to be a family pet or a companion, the average price is around some $700.
How to find reputable Miniature Pinscher breeders?
As we stated above, finding a reputable Miniature Pinscher breeder can be a problem if you are not familiar with what to keep an eye on.
There are many “average Joes” that already have a Mini Pinscher female and want to make some money on the side by breeding their dog and selling the litter.
However, the problem with these breeders is that they haven’t got the slightest idea of how a proper breeding process looks and that by simply finding any male, they won’t have a high-quality litter.
The pups that come from such a breeder might be healthy and good looking in the beginning.
But, considering that these people are only interested in the money, meaning they don’t have health clearances for the parents of the litter, there’s no telling what genetically heritable health issues the pups might carry.
The second option you should avoid at all costs is pet shops. They are supplied by puppy mills, and that is the worst possible scenario when it comes to dog breeding.
The living conditions in such “factories” are extremely below standards, and the pups that come from such places are always sick and are about to get even sicker.
So, avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills if you want a healthy puppy with all the breed’s good traits that you get if you buy it from a reputable breeder.
But, how can one recognize a reputable breeder?
For starters, they are not focused solely on making a profit, but on making the breed healthier and better, and on finding perfect homes for each of their pups.
You will also notice how well they know the breed and how they offer useful advice when it comes to taking proper care and even and how and what to feed your dog with.
And, they will even stay in touch with you after you’ve already bought the puppy so that they make sure the puppy is okay and that you are happy with your life together.
3 Little-known facts about the Miniature Pinscher puppies
To make sure you are fully aware of what living with a Miniature Pinscher puppy means, we have prepared a few of the lesser-known facts about them.
- You should keep them safe from small children
Sure, Mini Pinschers are tough, but when it comes to play-time with a toddler (who aren’t aware of their strength), this pooch is not tough enough and can easily get injured.
Therefore, never leave the puppy alone with small kids, for both of their sake.
- They are not good with cold weather
Cold weather doesn’t suit Miniature Pinschers and they can easily catch a cold.
Even when they are adult dogs, they shouldn’t be taken outside without a doggie jacket when the temperatures drop.
- They tend to swallow little things
The Miniature Pinscher’s “reason for existence” is hunting vermin.
Of course, they are hardly used for that nowadays, but that instinct is written in their DNA. That is why these dogs are known for “attacking” and swallowing small things such as batteries, bottle caps, and toys.
They also have a strong prey drive even while very young, so they usually chase other small pets or animals when outside the home.
Physical Traits of the Miniature Pinscher
In this section, you will discover how “big” the Miniature Pinscher can get, as well as what is the weight range for when your dog is fully-grown.
How big is a full-grown Miniature Pinscher?
On average, the height range for a full-grown Miniature Pinscher goes from 10 inches to a foot tall.
As for the weight, you should expect a range that goes from some 8 to 11 pounds.
As you can see, they are really small and lightweight, but their attitude suggests that they are as big as a Doberman.
What is the life expectancy of the Miniature Pinscher?
Even though miniature dog breeds tend to have a long life span, the Miniature Pinscher doesn’t live as long as, for example, a Chihuahua, up to 20 years.
But, their lifespan isn’t as short as some big dog breeds, as they can live from 12 to 14 years, assuming that they are properly taken care of, and properly fed and exercised throughout their lives.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Miniature Pinscher
Its small dimensions make the Miniature Pinscher ideal for the apartment, but this little dog is brave, and his first and foremost quality is great guarding capability.
You can count on him when the house should be cleaned from rats and mice. He is a fearless hunter with extraordinary prey drive.
Always with a watchful eye, this dog informs his masters about the smallest, suspicious thing, without disturbing the neighbors with unpleasant barking.
This is a cheerful and humorous dog, always on the move, clean as a cat, and is very intelligent and with a lively temperament.
Also, Miniature Pinschers are loyal to their family, devoted to the task entrusted to them, and are eager to please.
But, even if there is room for him to move and play inside the house, your Mini Pinscher will need to regularly go out to “let off some steam”.
Otherwise, he can become overwhelmed by nervousness and turn into a little feisty “tornado”.
The fact is, despite his tiny size, this dog has a lot of energy in it, which makes it more difficult for him to stay inside all the time.
However, with proper training and enough exercise in the outdoors, your little dog will become the most reliable companion you can wish for.
He is also very attached and lively and creates his own rules that will still be adapted to yours if you give him enough love and attention.
This dog can be very attached to children, but it is a rule that if children go rough on him, he can be quite aggressive.
Such a reaction is exclusively the product of a defensive mechanism and not a bad character.
He can tolerate small doses of toddler play, but if you have small children in your home, a Golden Retriever might be a more suitable breed for your family.
In the end, this breed can be a great family companion if treated, trained and exercised properly.
And, when choosing a puppy, you should also keep in mind that their character is different in males and females. Often, females are more servant, calm and subdued, while males are almost overly active and nervous.
Miniature Pinscher Diet
The growth rate of a Miniature Pinscher is extremely fast and he requires high energy value food.
Insufficiently developed digestion ability, small jaw, and small teeth must be considered as well.
By the end of the puppy’s growth, he increases his body weight almost 20 times and requires twice as much energy as an adult dog to maintain intense metabolic activity.
The period between the 4th and the 12th week is crucial in terms of the puppy’s immunity. The concentration of the antibody obtained from colostrum (the first mother’s milk) is decreasing.
And, puppies in that period do not yet have a fully developed immune system.
Therefore, when deciding on how to feed your puppy and which food to feed him with, you should consider premium-quality dog food for puppies of small breeds.
This type of food is produced from top quality raw ingredients.
It is the most useful for the dog’s development, and with smaller quantities, it satisfies all the nutritional needs of both growth and development.
Due to its quality and high energy value, this food is given in smaller daily quantities than other lower-quality (cheaper) dog foods.
How much Exercise does a Miniature Pinscher need?
Puppy pinches require a lot of physical activity. Since they are small, the need for physical activity can be met at home or outside. But, it’s much more effective if your dog exercises outside.
Regardless of the fact that they don’t require a large play area, they need to have several game sessions every day. They enjoy running in the park, but they do not tolerate cold and won’t be so willing to go outside when it’s cold.
The Miniature Pinscher Health and Conditions
Generally speaking, the Miniature Pinscher breed is a healthy breed. But, just like all other dog breeds, they have certain health problems.
Not all Mini Pinschers will suffer from them, but it’s never a bad idea to be aware of the conditions that can trouble them.
You should keep in mind the following health issues:
- Patellar Luxation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Before buying the puppy, you should ask the breeder to show you health test clearances for the listed health issues, so that you know that your dog has a minimum of a chance to suffer from them.
My final thoughts on the Miniature Pinscher
With the health section, we have reached the end of our Miniature Pinscher guide.
By now, you must have gotten a better idea about the qualities of this breed, but also about the downsides that come with them.
To make an informed final decision, we suggest reading our summary of the most important things about this breed and about living with a Miniature Pinscher.
The vigorousness of a Mini Pinscher, his determination, self-confidence, and balanced temperament, make him a pleasant family lover and companion.
He requires a lot of physical activity.
Since he is a small dog, the need for physical activity can be met at home or outside, but it’s always a better idea to take him for regular walks to the local dog park, where he can run, socialize with other dogs, and where you can train him.
Speaking of training, due to the breed’s stubbornness, the training process can be a bit complicated.
But, with persistence, positive attitude and encouragement, your Miniature Pinscher will soon recognize you as the Alpha and follow your lead where ever you go.
They are also great with kids, but only if they are a bit older and know how to properly play with a small-sized dog.
Once he becomes emotionally attached to his human family, the Mini Pinscher will become a fearless protector, often forgetting his small size and confront much larger dogs.
All in all, this funny little dog can make a wonderful addition to any family and love each member with all of his tiny, yet “lion-sized” heart.
So, have you made the final decision? Are you becoming a Miniature Pinscher owner? Did our guide help you?
If so, feel free to share it on social media so that we can help other people who are not sure if this is the right breed for them and their families.
Thanks for reading and Pinsch on!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Miniature Pinscher Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Miniature Pinscher
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Miniature Pinscher
- Miniature Pinscher Diet
- The Miniature Pinscher Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Miniature Pinscher