The Miniature Pinscher, “or Min Pin,” was developed in Germany to be a barnyard ratter. With its cropped ears and docked tail, this spirited black and tan dog resembles a smaller version of his cousin the Doberman Pinscher, but he is not. He is actually a mix of Dachshund and Italian Greyhound and is no more related to the Doberman Pinscher than he is to the Great Dane!
The Min Pin is only about a foot tall at his tallest, but you can’t tell him that! This is truly one breed of dog that does not know it is small. Feisty and curious, this breed will certainly alert you to oncoming strangers and will challenge any intruder. The Min Pin is a great addition to families with children, and his small size makes him conducive to apartment living. Daily walks help curb some of the energy that may otherwise get him into trouble.
Although a feisty breed, these big little dogs are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Min Pins are prone to includes skin problems such as color dilution alopecia; eye issues such as corneal dystrophy; hearing problems such as deafness; hip problems such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; and heart diseases such as mitral valve disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Min Pin has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s leaky heart, you’re covered.