Contrary to popular belief, the Miniature Pinscher was not developed by breeding Doberman Pinschers down to size. In fact, Min Pins are actually a much olde breed than the Doberman. Nicknamed the “King of the Toys,” your Min Pin will also rule as King or Queen of your house. Breeders and owners agree, these little dogs believe they are the center of the universe and expect everyone to cater to their whims. They have a unique high-step manner of walking which has been likened to a prance, and they ooze confidence wherever they may go. Min Pins are cuddle bugs who will find their way to your lap the instant you sit on the couch. They do love to run, however, and will sometimes tear through the house for no apparent reason. Min Pins make excellent watchdogs, sizing up everyone who approaches his kingdom, and requiring all guests earn his trust.
Min Pins are tiny, which makes them excellent for apartment and condo life, but they should be taken for daily walks and allowed to run once or twice per week. Min Pins are often high-strung to begin with, so allowing them to burn off as much energy as possible can keep their temperaments in check.
A good activity to engage in with a Min Pin is agility. Once leadership is established, Min Pins are highly trainable, and take well to the agility course. He will enjoy the exercise, appreciate the opportunity to use his mental prowess, and more importantly, he will eat up the time spent with his favorite person.
Min Pins like to be in charge, so training them can be a challenge. Because they are so tiny and lovable, many owners find it difficult to set boundaries with their Min Pin. This is a huge mistake. Min Pins have a reputation for being high strung, but if trained properly with a consistent leader, they can be very obedient animals. Training should be conducted in small spurts, to keep your Min Pin interested and to ensure your patience-level is always at its highest. Positive reinforcement and treats are the best method for training, and they will not respond well to discipline or harsh treatment.
Just when yo think your Min Pin has things down pat, he will start to test your boundaries. Consistency is of the utmost importance in raising a well-behaved Miniature Pinscher. If you give these little dogs an inch, they will absolutely take a mile.
Min Pins were originally used to chase and kill vermin, and the modern breed still has a very strong desire to chase and hunt small animals. Cats or rodents should never be introduced into a Min Pin's home. They should also always be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard when outdoors, as they will not obey commands if they take off after another animal. It can also be difficult to introduce other dogs into a Min Pin's territory. They are territorial dogs and are often the aggressors in dog fights.
This breed is not well suited for families with small children. Min Pins won't respond well to a toddler stealing his toys, approaching him while eating, or touching him when he doesn't want to be touched. It is best that children be old enough to understand how to handle a dog and to respect a dog's boundaries before adopting a Miniature Pinscher.