Dog Breed Guide: Miniature Pinscher

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A Miniature Pinscher with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Miniature Pinscher

Height (to base of neck): 10 -12.5″

Weight:  8 -10  lb

Color: Red, red stag (red and black hairs), chocolate with rust, and black with tan.

Origin: Scandinavia

Coat: Short, close laying, glossy coat with hard smooth hairs.

Life Expectancy: 13 -14 years

Energy level: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Breed Nicknames: Min Pin

Is a Miniature Pinscher the Right Dog Breed for You?

Pinscher means biter or terrier, and this breed does have a reputation for being snappy.  They can be excellent guard dogs and have a moderate to high barking tendency.  They are smart and have good trainability, but are also good escape artists. They are not trustworthy off leash.  They are high spirited, curious and have a very high energy level.  They are loyal and affectionate with  their owners.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Miniature Pinscher Dog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin Allergies  $386  $1,968
 Ear Infection  $167  $609
 Gastritis  $353  $1,087


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