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Description of Miniature Pinscher

´╗┐The Breed History

The Miniature Pinscher is not bred down in size from Doberman Pinscher stock, in fact, the MinPin is a much older breed (predates the Doberman by about 200 years). In the 1800s, writings suggest Italian Greyhound and Dachshund were contributors to breed development. Records date back perhaps 2000 years and the German Pinscher may in fact be the original larger breed ancestor. The origins of the breed are in Scandinavia and particularly, later in Germany. Pinscher means biter or terrier. The AKC registry admitted the breed in 1929.

Breeding for Function

Historically, they served as valuable rodent control dogs. Watchdog and companionship are two other roles that they play.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: 10-12.5" (25.5-32 cm).

Weight: 8-10 lb (4-4.5 kg).

Coat: The glossy, short flat-lying coat has a hard, smooth hair texture. Red, stag red (red and black hairs), chocolate with rust, black with tan (red) are the accepted coat colors.

Longevity: 13-14 years

Points of Conformation: Small, compact and almost square in conformation, the MinPin has oval large dark eyes; palpebral margins are black or self in chocolates. The head is flat, they have a tapering narrow muzzle, the stop is slight, nose is black or self in chocolates, and lips are close and dry. The ears are prick and large, the neck is moderate in length and muscling, slightly arched, and not throaty. The topline is level to mildly sloping down to the rear, and the thorax deep with well sprung ribs. The abdomen is moderately tucked up. Limbs are straight boned and dewclaws are usually removed. Feet are compact, with well knuckled up toes, and nails are thick. The tail is high set, carried high and may be docked to a short length. The gait is described as "hackney-like" due to the very high stepping, quick action similar to the hackney horse.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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