Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is fairly new breed developed from the larger Pinscher and forms part of the toy group.

Miniature Pinscher breed introduction and overview

Also known as the Zwergpischer, the King of Toys or simply the Min Pin, this lively and sleek looking dog is quickly gaining popularity in the UK. It is believed to have been developed from the German Pinscher, but likely to have some Dachshund and Italian Greyhound in its creation also. The Min Pin was originally bred to hunt vermin.

This sleek, handsome dog, has a short, smooth coat with no undercoat. They are intelligent, and known to excel at dog agility. Owners need to ensure gardens and areas for outdoor exercise are secure, as the Min Pin is a notorious escape artist. It’s a confident, active and strong willed dog, best suited to experienced dog owners.

Miniature Pinscher breed group


Size of the Miniature Pinscher


Colour varieties of the Miniature Pinscher

The breed comes in a handful of colours and markings which include:

  • Black & Tan
  • Blue & Tan
  • Chocolate & Tan
  • Red

Country of origin


Time of original development

The Miniature Pinscher we know today was developed from the larger German Pinscher in around 1915.

Size and weight of the Miniature Pinscher

Height bitch 25-32cms

Height dog 25-32cms

Weight (kilos) bitch up to 4.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog up to 4.5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Miniature Pinscher

The Min Pin is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least 30 minutes of of vigorous exercise daily off the lead.

Miniature Pinscher temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The breed is confident, strong willed and independent. It can be problematic socialising with other dogs, sometimes displaying aggressive and possessive behaviour. It may live alongside cats, but early socialisation is crucial. The Miniature Pinscher retains its strong hunting instinct, so contact with other smaller pets should be avoided.

The Miniature  Pinscher is normally good with children, but youngsters should always be supervised around dogs and understand the breed’s body language.

Is the Miniature Pinscher a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No, this is a dog for experienced handlers and owners with a good understanding of this confident and self assured little dog.

Miniature Pinscher coat length and grooming

The glossy coat is short and low maintenance. The shor,t no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or polish with a hound glove will add a lovely sheen to the coat.


No. The Miniature Pinscher sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Miniature Pinscher

Being a fairly new breed, the Min Pin enjoys good health, and is not troubled by the inherited health issues of many other dog breeds.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Miniature Pinscher

10-14 years

Approximate Miniature Pinscher pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £400 for a puppy, and litters are often available. There are normally an average of 4 puppies in a litter.

Estimating how much a Miniature Pinscher would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 4kgs will require around 108gms of complete dry food daily. A dog or bitch weighing 4kgs will cost around £2.60 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment