Non-sporting Breeds

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 10-12 in (25.5-30cm)
Weight: 10 lb (4.5kg)
Coat: Hard, smooth, and short
Color: Black, blue, or chocolate, with sharply defined tan markings on cheeks, lips, lower jaw, throat, twin spots above eyes and cheeks, lower half of forelegs, inside of hind legs and vent region, lower portion of nodes, and feet

The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin as it is commonly called, is not, as many believe, a small Doberman. Its ancestor is the German Pinscher to which Italian Greyhound and, it is thought, Dachshund blood were added. A painting, The Peasant Family, dated 1640 and currently in the Louvre, Paris, includes the likeness of a dog similar to the Miniature Pinscher. The Min Pin has an attractive hackney (high-stepping) gait. It makes an ideal pet for town or country, being affectionate and intelligent, and rarely molting. The breed enjoys obedience work and exercise, often following a scent. It is easy to groom, requiring little more than a daily brush and a rub-down with a silk handkerchief or piece of chamois leather to make its coat shine.
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