The term "Miniature Doberman Pinschers" is a misnomer because these feisty dogs aren't actually Doberman Pinschers. The Miniature Pinscher is a separate dog breed. Many people refer to Miniature Pinschers as Miniature Dobermans or Miniature Doberman Pinschers because they look much like a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher.
According to historians, the pinscher was originally bred to keep the rat population at horse stables in check. As time went by, some Italian Greyhound blood was bred in to add the characteristic "high stepping" traits of the dog.
Despite the common confusion concerning these breeds, they make wonderful pets and are noted for their spirited personality, ease of training and watchdog skills. The breed is recognized by all major kennel clubs as a terrier breed.
Miniature pinschers are noted for being small and compact with well defined lines and muscular proportions.
The topline is allowed to be level or slope a bit towards the rear. The dog's front legs are always straight, feet are small and the dewclaws are removed. The muzzle lines are strong and are in proportion to the rest of the dog. The teeth should always meet in a scissors bite.
The breed is known for its dark oval-shaped eyes. The coat is short and does not shed much. Colors can range from red to black/tan or chocolate. Ear cropping is optional and the tail must be docked.
Miniature Pinschers tend to run 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) in height and weigh 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), while Bitches range 10-11 inches (25-28 cm.) and weigh 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg).
These lively dogs love to bark, have high energy levels and are exceedingly intelligent. They are very loyal and will defend their master bravely. They are sometimes agressive towards other dogs but are usually good with children and non-canine pets. It has a "big dog's" spirit trapped inside of a little dog's body.
The Miniature Pinscher is a quick study and trains easily. The breed tends to love to chew on small items which can become lodged in their throat so be careful!
There are no serious health problems associated with miniature pinschers although they should be protected from extreme cold because they have very little in the way of insulating fat layers.
Because of their small size they get along very well in apartments and mobile homes. They do not require an abnormal amount of exercise and a daily walk or run in the park will do them well. They are great jumpers so don't leave them untethered in a fenced in area because they may end up making the great escape! Don't overfeed them as they tend to gain weight easily.
Grooming is a snap with this short hair breed. All you need to do is comb and brush them occasionally and only shampoo when needed. In between you can simply wipe them down with a warm, damp cloth to remove loose hair and dirt.
Miniature Pinschers make wonderful pets for older people who do not
have time for all of the duties that owning a high maintenance breed involves. And always remember Miniature Pinschers are not Miniature Doberman Pinschers.
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