Min Pin Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Are Miniature Pinschers mini-Dobermans? Do they act like Dobermans?

Response: No. Actually the Miniature Pinscher breed was created long before the Doberman. We like to say they look like us, only larger.

Miniature Pinscher act similar to Dobermans in that Miniature Pinscher are very owner oriented, whether a single person or couple or a whole family. They protect their homes, play with children, and sleep on the bed. They try to be ferocious when needed. If not trained properly Miniature Pinschers can be snappy and unpleasant to be around.

Question: How are Miniature Pinschers with children?

Response: Children must have respect for animals before you decide on a Miniature Pinscher. They must understand a Miniature Pinscher needs time out just like they do. When you go to choose your adult or puppy, bring your children.

Question: Are Miniature Pinschers inside dogs or outside dogs? Do they bark a lot?

Response: Miniature Pinschers are inside dogs. They belong in the house and must be taught to be good in the house. They must be guided by your family to do things properly, since their housebreaking habits take time to develop. Miniature Pinscher may be confined to a crate when the family is not at home, however, they must not be confined for long periods of time. You should spend time with your Miniature Pinscher to guide him/her into a well-mannered adult and someone to live with for a long time.

Miniature Pinschers do have a voice. Some tend to be the strong, but mostly silent type and some are chatter boxes. You must teach your Miniature Pinscher when to bark and not to bark. This can be done in many ways; talk to your breeder or trainer.

The best thing to remember while training and living with a Miniature Pinscher is: Have a Great Sense of Humor!

Question: How do I train my Miniature Pinscher?

Response: Miniature Pinschers learn very quickly; either the right or wrong thing. You must guide them as you would a young child. Be consistent and firm, but gentle and not force them. If you let them do the wrong thing as a puppy, they will become difficult to guide as adults. Don’t wait until after the “puppy” stage—by then it’s too late.

Clicker training is found to be a creative and fun way to train a Miniature Pinscher. It involves positive reinforcement and coordination between Miniature Pinscher and owner. You cannot train if you are not involved.

Question: Do I need a fence? Are they good off the leash?

Response: Yes, you must have a fence. You must reinforce to your Miniature Pinscher climbing on the fence or digging under it is not the right thing to do. Their favorite thing to do is jump up and down to see over a fence. Some folks have had good luck with the underground fencing. This takes owner reinforcement as guided by the fencing company. The only concern we have is it doesn’t keep other wildlife out. Just be aware of your neighborhood.

Miniature Pinschers can be trained to walk off leash, but because they are a small dog, you should keep them on leash to be able to reach and snatch them out of harm’s way.

Question: What shall I feed my Miniature Pinscher?

Response: Any high quality dry food. During the winter, we add a bit of peanut oil to keep their coats in good shape. Some folks cook for their dogs, it’s just what you decide. Cooking for your dog requires a lot of time and understanding of nutrition.

To tell if you are feeding the right foot, watch their weight and health condition. Be sure to get them to the vet if they are sickly.

Question: I’ve heard about health problems, what are they for Miniature Pinscher?

Response: Miniature Pinschers are dogs and can get any number of canine illnesses and emergencies. You should talk with your breeder and learn about your puppy’s pedigree and what health issues might be lurking around that should be tested for.

Question: Should I breed my Miniature Pinscher?

Response: Unless you are willing to take on the huge responsibility, we do not recommend it. You are responsible for the offspring the rest of their lives, even in their new homes. In addition, have you tested your girl for eyes, hips, blood, etc., and studied her pedigree to ensure she is from the healthiest background possible? Have you studied the American Kennel Club standard to ensure she meets that standard and the health concerns we described above? Have you researched for hours and studied pedigrees for the best and healthiest male to breed her to? Are you willing to wait through the night next to her bed to reassure her when she is ready to have her puppies? Are you willing to spend days on end raising the puppies and ensuring they are healthy and have the proper preventatives for all canine diseases? What process will you go through to place these puppies in good homes? What will you do if the family decides the puppy isn’t for them? What will you do if the family isn’t able to keep the older adult? Are you willing to do all these things for a tiny amount of money and huge amount of time?

Our recommendation is to discuss the whole issue with your breeder.

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