The Miniature Pinscher has been said to be the world’s most energetic dog breed. Of course opinions vary, but if you have ever been the proud owner of one of these adorable animals then you would have to agree that the statement can ring very true. The Miniature Pinscher received its recognition by the AKC in the year of 1929 and is now one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the United States.
This “king of the toy dogs”, as some dog enthusiasts would call it, is a nonstop energy machine, staying busy and active at all times during the day. Accurate descriptions of this dog’s characteristics would be playful, inquisitive, bold, and a bit stubborn, as it likes its independence. Although the Miniature Pinscher can be a little aggressive with other animals, especially canines, it is extremely affectionate and playful with its family.
Upkeep And Maintenance
If you are the kind of person that does not enjoy being outdoors and experiencing times of playful activity, the Miniature Pinscher may not be the best choice for your pet. This dog needs an extraordinary amount of daily activity with long walks and short, but intense sprints. However, because of its tiny size, he can be easily exercised indoors so long as there is enough room to run around.
Although running outdoors is a favorite pastime of the Miniature Pinscher, this dog is best suited to living inside the house with its family. Like other toy dog breeds, he needs to be away from the cold and cannot stand chilly weather. In fact, you’ll find that the Miniature Pinscher loves to snuggle up underneath pillows and blankets when he is resting.
Grooming the Miniature Pinscher is very easy. Because of its short coat, he only needs to be brushed occasionally. As far as bathing is concerned, once a week or every two weeks is ideal.
Most dogs have major health concerns which are typically seen throughout the breed. But when it comes to the Miniature Pinscher, there are no major worries. There are however, a few minor concerns which may need to be addressed: heart defects, cervical disk, MPS VI, patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes, and hypothyroidism.
The Miniature Pinscher has a very long life span, living up to 15 years, sometimes longer. If you own one of these amazing dog breeds or plan on purchasing a Miniature Pinscher puppy, make note that veterinarians recommend that you get specific health tests for hip dysplasia, eye problems, knee issues, and DNA for MPS.