10 - 12 inches
Hard, smooth, short coat
Black and tan, Chocolate and tan, Red
Lively and alert
8 -10 pounds
Although they share common ancestry, the
Min Pin is not a "Miniature Doberman".
The Miniature Pinscher, also known as the Min-Pin, is a well-balanced, sturdy, compact,
short-coupled, smooth-coated dog. Their coat is short and smooth, with colors of red,
stag-red, fawn, and black or chocolate with tan markings. Sometimes Min Pins have a
silvery black coat, known as a blue coat. The miniature pinscher frequently has a
docked tail and cropped ears, though the AKC no longer requires ear cropping for
The Miniature Pinscher is fun loving extrovert that is great in the show ring or will make
a clever companion. Vibrant, vivacious and perky, it is always on the go. The Miniature
Pinscher does well as a house dog; it is at its best being the family watchdog. Miniature
Pinschers are not for everyone, as they are very curious, strong willed, and frolicsome.
Their owners must have a great sense of humor and a lot of patience.
Known only to have existed in Germany up until about 100 years ago, they are said to
have descending from the German Pinscher with the possibility of being crossed with
the Italian Greyhound and Dachshunds. The Miniature Pinscher is not a small
Doberman as some may think. The Miniature Pinscher was bred to be a ratter and a
good barking watchdog.