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Let’s start by debunking one popular myth about the Miniature Pinscher. Miniature Pinschers are not related to Dobermanns. In fact, today, they are widely accepted to be a cross between Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds. The dog is small, weighing at most 10 pounds and and standing at 10-12 inches the “miniature” in the name makes sense.
One interesting thing they do to make up for the size is to stand on their back legs when greeting people or when trying to look afar. They have a flat, well-proportioned skull with a strong (for their size) muzzle. They have a smooth short-haired coat that can be stag red, chocolate or black with tan or rust markings.
Apartment Behavior Of The Miniature Pinscher
Miniature Pinschers are active little dogs, playful and highly energetic. They are inquisitive and naturally curious so you can expect them to steal and chew on small objects. It’s a good idea to avoid leaving pens and the like on the ground.
This dog is one protective little fella. They are constantly on the watch should anything suspicious transpire. You can expect them to bark enthusiastically whenever they see something even remotely dangerous.
One behavioral problem is their pride and defensiveness. As they grow older they become more and more territorial and are intolerant towards teasing children or pets. The solution is proper training and socialization.
Proper Training And Socialization To Avoid Territorial Disputes In Miniature Pinschers
They don’t need too much training because they are very clever and have a strong desire to please. However spoiling them runs the risk of changing his temperament to being bossy and aggressive. To be sure you should love and care for him but he, like most dogs, needs a firm leader.
They are good apartment dogs that require a daily walk. It’s very important to make the dog heel when you’re out on a walk. This way he is relaxed about his business and doesn’t get the impression that he should lead you. Therefore he won’t try to “pick” the way and won’t pull on the leash.
Another thing to note about his personality. He is prideful and doesn’t tolerate teasing from children or adults. He will snap back when annoyed. So you should try to either teach your children how to behave with dogs or keep a watchful eye on them whenever they’re playing. It’s ok to let the dog snapback once or twice, it teaches the children how to behave, however don’t let him keep this up because it can escalate.
Miniature Pinschers Adapt To Apartment Life Quite Well
Socialization is an important part of a dog’s life, both with other people as well as other animals. Whenever you take him out be sure to protect him from cold weather because he is vulnerable and always keep them on a leash. Their aforementioned curiosity can put them in trouble easily.
One other good thing is their easy to groom coat. They also like to keep themselves clean. For the most part, are very low-maintenance dogs and live long, healthy lives of more than 15 years.
Miniature Pinschers are great dogs for people who live alone as well as families. Though some say that they are one-man dogs they usually bond well with the whole family. They adapt well to apartment life and are happy with an affectionate person that tends to his needs.
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