A Miniature Pinscher’s greatest joys in life are toys, more toys and their humans, so expect lots of playtime and cuddles.


Miniature Pinscher owners are constantly replacing half-eaten chew toys. They adore toys and will happily play with them all day long. It is said people who have a Miniature Pinscher are never bored. Brash, energetic and forever on the move, they suit active households. No, they aren’t miniature Doberman Pinschers, rather a cross of multiple breeds including the small short-haired Terrier and the Italian Greyhound, or so it is thought.

Backyards are ideal for this pup, however with enough toys and exercise, they could live in an apartment. Miniature Pinschers are one of the most active breeds, so don’t be surprised to see your pup running madly from room to room. They don’t enjoy being lapdogs and will get bored quite easy. When bored they enjoy digging so be mindful of your garden. They love to go for a daily walk and play games with their family. They are not natural born swimmers, so keep exercise on dry land. They are intelligent and can be trained quite easily.

Fun fact: Miniature Pinschers are adept at learning new tricks and

are often mini Houdinis. They will find every way possible to escape,

including unlocking latches.

As well as being great family dogs and loyal companions, Miniature Pinschers also make terrific watchdogs. They have a high tendency to bark and will let you know if anyone approaches the house. They make great friends with children and other pets, and their short-haired coat is easy to groom. Just brush it regularly and bath your buddy when necessary. Mini Pinschers shed moderately.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Slipping kneecaps and eye problems can occur in Miniature Pinschers. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Mini Pinscher is a toy-sized breed weighing between 3-6kgs, with a height between 25-30cms.


Any space (as long as it has toys) will suit this pup.

Energy Levels

The equivalent of a marathon runner, they just go and go and go. Daily walks and games are ideal for keeping this breed fit.

Difficulty of Training

Mini Pinschers are intelligent and easy to train.  

Family Suitability

They make great family pets, loyal companions and excellent watchdogs.

Compatibility with other Pets

They love to meet new friends.

Need for Company

They have a moderate to high need for company and enjoy spending time with their family.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


 Coat and Grooming Needs

They are low-maintenance. Simply brush their coat weekly. They have a short coat in black with rust markings, chocolate with tan markings, or stag red.


They are moderate shedders.

Tendency to Bark

They have a high tendency to bark, so expect frequent conversation.

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