The Min Pin's true age remains a mystery as
record keeping began less than 200 years ago. However, he is pictured in
many paintings and depicted in sculpture indicating that he is quite an
The Min Pin is a member of the German pinscher family which
also includes the Affenpinscher and the Schnauzers. "Pinscher"
is a descriptive word like "setter" or "retriever" and
describes the dog's method of working rather than being his surname. The
word "Pinscher" actually refers to the dog's practice of jumping
on and fiercely biting his prey. In Germany, the solid red Min Pin is sometimes
called the Reh Pinscher because he is said to closely resemble the red Roe
Deer of the region. The Miniature Pinscher originated in
Germany where he has been bred to be an efficient and hard-working
barnyard ratter for at least 300 years.
It is believed that the Miniature
Pinscher was developed by breeding the German smoothed-haired Pinscher
with other smaller breeds such as the Italian Greyhound and the Smooth
Miniature Pinscher stands 10 to 12.5 inches high at the shoulder, the
ideal height being 11 to 11.5 inches. His
sleek and glossy coat is most commonly seen as solid red, or it may also
be black or brown with tan or rust markings. The coat is short and smooth, requiring minimal
grooming. One of his most
charming features, his unusual high-stepping gait, is
reminiscent of a hackney pony. His proud walk and bearing once earned him
the nickname, "King of Toys".
Min Pin is now
principally bred to be a companion. He is a sturdy, vigorous, and compact
little dog. With a fun-loving, vivacious and perky nature, he is always on
the go, and needs regular exercise. The Min Pin will retain his
playfulness well into his senior years. He is very devoted and possessive
of his loved ones. Alert and clever, the Min Pin makes a
good family watchdog. In fact he is fearless and behaves as if he
believes he is a much larger dog!