Firstly the Miniature Pinscher is not a
scaled-down, version of anything, especially the much
larger Doberman Pinscher, although both are likely
descended from the German Standard Pinscher.
The German Kennel Club documents also
refer to the Miniature Pinscher as the "reh" Pinscher,
but this term is only used for a dog of stag-red color,
"reh" referring to a small red deer found in German
forests years ago.
The one fact remains that the Miniature
Pinscher originated several centuries ago as an
efficient barnyard ratter, with no relation to the
Doberman or the Manchester Terrier. The Miniature
Pinscher is reported to include the Dachshund and
Italian Greyhound among its ancestors.
Historical artifacts and paintings
indicate that the "Min Pin" is a very old breed, but
factual documentation begins less than 200 years ago,
which leaves the breed's actual origins open to debate.
Minpins rule... that's the attitude
you'll discover when you get acquainted with the
Miniature Pinscher, a small elegant dog with an arched
neck and well-muscled body. Weighing in at a dainty 8 to
11 pounds, this toy breed is a tough little dog with a
lot of attitude.
Miniature Pinschers are hardy little
dogs, but they can be easily injured by roughhousing.
Because of this, they're better suited as pets for
teenagers or older children who have learned how to care
for a dog properly. The Min Pin is sensitive to cold so
put a coat on him when you take him outside in really