Miniature Pinscher

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The Full Miniature Pinscher Description

A Miniature Pinscher can really spice up a person's life. This dog is small, but don't tell him--he doesn't know it. He's quick and active, with a lively curiosity, and feels he's quite important. He thoughtfully looks out for his family, bravely challenging intruders with his bold, insistent bark.

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The Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany, but it has been bred in Scandinavian countries.
The Miniature Pinscher is noted for its lively temperament and intelligence.

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The Miniature Pinscher is proud, vigorous and playful, even in his old age.
The Min Pin is an ideal size for a house dog.
The Miniature Pinscher is very possessive of his loved ones, fearless when on guard, an makes an alert watch dog.

Indicative Breed Standard

 

General Appearance

Well balanced, sturdy, compact, elegant, short-coupled, smooth-coated Toy dog. Naturally well groomed, proud, vigorous and alert.

Characteristics

Precise hackney gait, fearless animation, complete self-possession and spirited presence.

Temperament

Fearless and alert.

Head and Skull

More elongated than short and round. Narrow, without conspicuous cheek formation. In proportion to body. Skull flat when viewed from front. Muzzle rather strong and proportionate to skull. Nostrils well formed. Nose black with the exception of chocolate and blue in which it may be self-coloured.

Eyes

Fitting well into face. Neither too full nor round, nor too small or slanting. Black or nearly black.

Ears

Set on high, as small as possible, erect or dropped.

Mouth

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Strong yet graceful, slightly arched. Well fitted into shoulders. Free from throatiness.

Forequarters

Forechest well developed and full, moderately broad; shoulders clean, sloping with moderate angulation. Legs straight, medium bone, elbows close to body.

Body

Square, back line straight, sloping towards rear. Belly moderately tucked up. Ribs well sprung, deep rather than barrelled. Viewed from top slightly wedge-shaped.

Hindquarters

Parallel and wide enough apart to fit in with a properly built body. Hindquarters well developed, muscular with good sweep of stifle, and hocks turning neither in nor out. Legs straight, medium bone.

Feet

Cat-like; nails dark.

Tail

Customarily docked. Docked: Short. Continuation of topline. Carried a little high. Undocked: Continuation of topline. Set and carried a little high. Length to give an overall balanced appearance.

Gait/Movement

Coordinated to permit a true hackneyed action.

Coat

Smooth, hard and short. Straight and lustrous. Closely adhering to and uniformly covering body. Hair forming ridge on any part of head, body or legs
highly undesirable.

Colour

Black, blue, chocolate with sharply defined tan markings on cheeks, lips, lower jaw, throat, twin spots above eyes and chest, lower half of forelegs, inside of hindlegs and vent region, lower portion of hocks and feet. All above colours have black pencilling on toes without thumb marks except chocolates which have brown pencilling. Solid red of various shades. Slight white on chest permissible but undesirable.

Size

Height from 25-30 cms (10-12 ins) at withers.

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