Despite a persistent myth, the miniature
pinscher is not a miniaturized Doberman pinscher. It is a much older breed
than the Doberman. Min pins, as they are sometimes called, were developed in
Germany over 200 years ago, and historians and those who have researched the
background of the breed agree that the ancestors of the Min Pin most likely
include a combination of the smaller German smooth-haired Pinschers, the
Italian Greyhound and the Smooth Dachshund. Whatever breeds were used in its
development, the min pin deserves its nick name of "The King of the Toy
Feisty, alert, fiercely loyal and smart in their "wash and wear"
short coats, min pins come in black and tan, chocolate and tan, red and
"stag red" (red with black hairs). They can be blue and tan, however this
color is not recognized in the show ring. Their ears can be cropped or
natural, and their tails are traditionally docked.
For those who own them, no breed touches the min pin for clownish fun,
bravery far beyond their size, and a shocking intelligence. They are fun,
good looking and easily trained companions.
On the down side, min pins are inclined to be noisy – they simply must
alert their owners to any and all strange sounds and sights. Like many toy
breeds they can be wary of strange adults and children.
Most toy breeds have long life spans, and the min pin is no exception.
However, the breed does suffer from some genetic health problems, the most
common of which are patellar luxation, cervical (dry) disc, Legg-Calve
perthes, epilepsy, thyroid, heart defects and eye problems in varying
degrees of severity.