Also known as Zwergpinscher, Min Pin and King of Toys, the Miniature Doberman Pinscher could be a mix of Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds. Introduced in Germany, this breed is categorized under Group 2, Section 1.1 of the international kennel society, Fdration Cynologique Internationale, just like other Pinscher breeds like the German Pinscher and the Austrian Pinscher. The Miniature Doberman Pinscher is also categorized as a toy and companion dog by other kennel clubs. The breed has sturdy, well balanced physique. It is known for its hackney-like action, zeal and high level of self-possession.
The term Miniature Doberman Pinscher has overshadowed the original name of the breed, which is Miniature Pinscher. Doberman Pinscher was introduced in America before this breed, which partly explained the confusion with regards to Doberman lineage. The American Kennel Club originally called this breed as Pinscher” and included it in the miscellaneous category. In 1929, the Miniature Pinscher Club of America requested for the re-categorization of Miniature Pinscher into Toy group. The misconception that this breed is related to Doberman Pinscher stems from the AKC description that the breed must look like a Doberman in miniature. The breed used to be called Pinscher until 1972 when the term Miniature Doberman Pinscher was introduced. Historical records dating back hundreds of centuries prove that this breed is quite old.
Modern Miniature Pinschers usually have cropped ears and a docked tail. This breed usually measures somewhere between 10 inches to 12.5 inches. The desired height ranges from 11 inches to 11.5 inches relative to the highest point of shoulder blades. However, female Miniature Pinschers may be longer. The ideal weight ranges from 8 to 10 pounds.
The breed enjoys a short and smooth coat. The AKC allowed solid red, blue stag red and variations of stag red color. Tan points and rust tan points are quite unpopular in terms of AKC standards. On occasion, the breed displays a small white patch, usually on neck or breast areas.
There was a time when Miniature Pinscher came in harlequin. For years, the harlequin gene were frowned upon by breeders. Recently, some breeders are bringing the color back with the help of the Rat Terrier breed. The result, however, is merle instead of harlequin because the Rat Terrier has no harlequin modifier or white spots other than one on the breast region.
Miniature Doberman Pinschers are quite outgoing, assertive and independent. Experienced dog owners find it easy and fulfilling to raise this dog. Because it’s so energetic, owners have to fence their yard to keep the dog under watch.