Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Miniature Pinscher breed is an exuberant little dog. The Minpin, as the breed is called, may be a good candidate for apartment dwellers who can provide outlets for this dog's active, playful nature.
The Miniature Pinscher's Behavior
Recommended for: pet, working dog
The Miniature Pinscher dog breed is energetic and curious. Miniature Pinschers also like to bark when strangers approach, making them decent watchdogs. Many say that the small size of these dogs make them good apartment dogs, though their energy requires that they do have opportunities to stay active.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Miniature Pinscher's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Miniature Pinscher breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: 10 inches to 12½ inches
* Coat: smooth, hard, short, straight, shiny, close to the body and covering it completely
* Color: solid clear red, stag red, black with rust-red markings
* Eyes: slightly oval-shaped, dark
* Ears: high-set, standing straight up
* Muzzle: proportionate to the head
* Nose: black or chocolate
* Tail: high-set, held straight up
The Miniature Pinscher's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Germany
Original purpose: pet, showdog
Name: nickname: minpin.