Miniature Pinscher – the Min Pin

Colors: black, blue, brown – tan markings on face. Height 11″ – 12″. Weight: 7-9 lbs.

Some consider the Min Pin, as it is affectionately called, the toy breed of a Doberman Pinscher, but this is not the case.  The breed originated from the German Shorthair Pinscher and has been recognized since the 16th century.  Some authorities claim it has been around longer.This little dog is perfectly proportioned, agile and very spirited.  It once was a ratter and was very good at its job.  Nowadays, the Min Pin is an excellent watch dog, show dog and a sweet companion for adults.

Min Pin (Google Images)

Although the Miniature Pinscher only weighs a few pounds, nobody has informed this pint-size dog that it has limitations.  The dog behaves much like a large dog and is braver than a lot of them.  It’s tiny, it’s adorable, but if you don’t watch it, this dog will become a tyrant!

You will actually need to take a firm approach in training and let this dog know who is boss from the start.  Training the Min Pin is not easy as this breed is easily distracted and becomes stimulated quickly by minor things, but don’t be too harsh.  Try to remember tis just this dog’s nature, and remember also that this pup is intelligent, eager to please and very affectionate.

Miniature Pinscher (Google Images)

Walks are a must for this one.  The dog needs lots of exercise to thrive.  It would not be a good idea to take off the leash, though.  The dog will be off like a shot, doing its favorite thing, hunting rodents. Recall is not one of its strong suits.

Protective of you and its family, the Miniature Pinscher needs social contact with as many people as possible, especially during its imprint time of three months.  Petting only, though, as people who pick up the dog may hurt it, and instead of getting the dog socialized, you will make him or her suspicious of strangers.

Buy a cozy bed for your pup.  Amazon has several beds available if you buy on line. For access to beds, click below.

Don’t forget to buy your pup some toys also.

It’s  good idea to avoid plastic or rubber toys as the Min Pin will chew them up and may choke on the pieces.  Check out the cat toys but be sure you do not give the pup any with catnip in or on them. While you are shopping, don’t forget to buy your pup a warm coat if you live where snow falls in the winter.

The Miniature Pinscher is a wonderful little watchdog, and if handled correctly, with firmness and affection, a loyal and loving friend.

We suggested the Min Pin for Leos in AstroPups, available on Amazon Books in both paperback and Kindle.

Any questions please use Make a comment at the top of the post on the left or you can email me (About Us, upper right). I enjoy hearing from you.

Thanks for visiting my blog and we hope you enjoyed learning about the feisty, sweet little Min Pin!  🙂




Possibilities on What Jake wants

Thanks to all of you who responded to my plea on ideas of what Jake, a pit mix rescue dog, wants when he sits in front of me and makes loud demands.  As you know, I tried food, treats, a walk, a retrieve-the-ball game and hugs.  None of this changed the cadence of his demands.


I liked this one – Cathy suggested he wanted me to go get his siblings and rescue them, too.  No can do, but it’s a nice idea.

Nikki suggested he was asking for Samantha who goes home at night with her mom.  He adores Sammi so maybe.

Lisa suggested he wanted to go to the doggie park and is demanding I pull the car out of the garage – at ten p.m? Now I should have taught Jake to tell time.

Speed says he is just trying to gain my full attention which is on a movie and not on him.  Now that could be – he is a demanding dog definitely.

Loraine says he is just a very verbal dog and won’t shut up!  Well, this is what I was trying to solve.  I believe dogs make requests, and I usually try to communicate with them to increase the bonding, but last night he was yowling again.

The vet says he is healthy so no concerns there.  Then we had another problem to add to Jake’s yowling.  Sally now barks sharply at him, wagging her tail, but saying “Shut up, brother!”  Pete stared at them both in disgust as he was watching an HBO movie. He went back to his computer.  Well, it was a lousy movie anyway, but who could hear it over these two?

I think I overdid trying to understand my dog here.  Because he came in as a tiny pup with initially an inability to connect, I forgot he is a healthy, active, loving and sweet dog nowadays.

“Be quiet” is my next step.  Time for Jake to learn his loud demands are not acceptable and although even a slight reprimand will send him sulking to his bed, his back turned to me, time for Jake to learn who is Alpha in this house.

For those of you who downloaded the Kindle version of AstroPups, and have questions, I will be happy to answer them either in comment in a post or by email (About Us, upper right).

Thanks for visiting my blog – until next post:)