The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compact, muscular, sleek dog with square proportions and well-chiseled lines. The topline is either level or sloping slightly towards the rear. The front legs are straight with dewclaws removed. The feet are small and catlike. The muzzle is strong and in good proportion to the rest of the dog. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The dark bright eyes are oval. Cropping the ears is optional; the tail is always docked. The Miniature Pinscher’s short easy-care coat usually comes in red, but may also be black and tan, or chocolate. This dog has an unusual high- stepping gait.

Our Price:  Registered:  $200 (male)/$250 (female); Non-Registered:  NA

Height: 10 to 12 1/2 inches.

Weight: 8 to 10 pounds.

Size: Very Small.

Personality:  A hardy fellow, very demanding and headstrong. Proud, spirited and alert, with high energy. Intelligent and headstrong. Lively and brave. A big dog in a little dog’s body. Don’t spoil this breed too much or the dog may become a tyrant. The Miniature Pinscher is often called “King of the Toys”.


Children: Best with older, considerate children. Friendliness: Moderately protective. Trainability: Easy to train. Independence: Fairly independent. Dominance: High. Other Pets: Generally good with other pets. Combativeness: Very dog-aggressive. Noise: Likes to bark.

Grooming and Physical Needs:

Grooming: Very little grooming needed. Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed. Coat: Short coat. Shedding: Average shedder. Docking: Both ears and tail are customarily docked.

Exercise: Very little exercise needed.

Jogging: A fair jogging companion.

Indoors: Very active indoors.

Apartments: Good for apartment living.

Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard.

Climate: Prefers warm climates.

Owner: Not recommended for novice owners.

Longevity: Long (15 or more years).

Talents: watchdog, agility, and competitive obedience.


Don’t overfeed. Protect this dog from extreme cold. Can be aggressive with other dogs. A very healthy breed

Grooming Demand Rating: Low

Full Grooming Interval: 8 to 12 Weeks

Maintenance Interval: Monthly

Blades & Tools:  Rubber brush, natural bristle brush, thinning shears and scissors.

Coat & Groom Tips:  Start by brushing with the rubber brush and complete with the natural bristle brush.  Use a light coat of finishing spray to add shine to the coat. Wipe with a cloth to finish.   It’s easy to get water in the ears of this breed when bathing. Use cotton balls and caution to prevent that from happening.

Use scissors and fine thinning shears to tidy any long or stray hairs.