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Min Pain or Min Pin?

Updated on October 4, 2015
Quincy. Sadly only a phone-camera picture. He is much cuter in reality! But one of the dogs knocked the camera down and broke the lens!
Quincy. Sadly only a phone-camera picture. He is much cuter in reality! But one of the dogs knocked the camera down and broke the lens! | Source

History and faulty thinking

If you describe the Min Pin as a miniature Doberman, you will probably offend a true Min Pin lover! While their ancestry developed in the same country (Germany) and both may have a good portion of Black & Tan Terrier in their bloodlines, there is the end of the similarities.

Similar small dogs had been known across Scandinavia and Germany for several centuries, but the breeding standard for the Miniature Pinscher did not develop until around 1859 with the forming of the Pinscher Klub. Ever since their status has even challenged the Dachshund's popularity. During World War I it slowed down, but the fire flared up again by the 1920s with the import of several dogs to even the United States. Once shown as 'Miscellaneous', the Min Pins worked their way up to fame.

The original goal was a large dog bred on Terrier lines. Louis Dobermann, living in Thuringia in Germany, wanted a graceful and agile dog that possessed the strength of a German Shepherd. While he developed what became the Dobermann Pinscher, another group of breeders created the Boxers, Shepherds and Riesen-Schnauzer. When the Dobermann became popular, breeders of small dogs loved the look and wanted something similar. By mixing Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds, the Miniature Pinscher was created!

And, born with the original German attitude and a good amount of the typical small dog Napoleon Complex, a fierce and self-confident dog surfaced!

Min Pins are not for the Beginners! They have been generally described as stubborn and willful. They are outgoing, independent and very active. These busy minds are always on the move. They are also very capable of escaping anything that isn't 'Min Pin-Proof', so a kennel with a 'lid' on it is a must! Many Min Pin owners I know have also told me that they can be hard to house-train.

A friend of mine has a Min Pin called Teacup and she has to be the most aggressive thing I ever met! I started wearing steel-toed shows to visit her house because she greats every visitor like they are Enemies of the State! I would walk in and in seconds have this tiny monster attack my feet. This did not stop (especially since my friend seems to think that funny) until one day I had just stopped by really quick and had wandered in with tennis shoes. She caught my toes and a natural reaction was to shake of the object of pain. She left three bloody teeth marks on my toes and I nipped her in the nose hard enough that she tumbled.
It was by no means on purpose, but after that we had a mutual understanding. She would actually lay beside me on the couch, but I never did become true friends with her. She was a little spoiled monster and, sorry, my dogs wouldn't be allowed to behave like that!

So when a black Dachshund I was going to rescue was to come with his Min Pin friend, I was a bit... set back! But, I am not one to leave a friend or family member behind in a shelter and let it die!

What a surprise!

Quincy is what you see on the picture! He is the most affectionate snuggle bug you can think of and will love you to bits and pieces; one piece at the time!
He adopted my younger son and will follow him around like a shadow. They are often seen sitting in his chair together, playing Wii. I don't know if he gives instructions, but he is definitely very interested in the game!

I do have to say one thing about him: He does not know his size! I don't know how many times I had to go after him to prevent him from starting an argument with my Irish Wolfhound mixes; 10lbs vs 85-90! Somebody seriously needs to have a chat with him and let him know his actual size; not size of character!

I don't know if he is full-blooded. It's not important and never ever was. I want a family member that does attempt to 'fit in' in my hopefully peacefully living together pack of spoiled rotten brats. Quincy does. And he does that in his unique and very loving way!


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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      I know that White West Highland Terriers were bred to kill rats or rodents and I think they originated in Scotland.

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      very interesting! I had no idea where these dogs originated. Thanks for educating me!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      Quincy does look very cute in the photo. My brother and sister-in-law have a small dog-a Pekinese named Loeky-I can't spell the name. He is a cute dog. My mother had a white westie named Skipper, and Skipper was a real nice dog.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, you sound pretty busy with your dogs.

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      Pam Allemeier 

      6 years ago

      @Rachel... there are many min pins in rescue and the Friends of Penny or Min Pin Rescue has some great dogs just waiting on YOU to adopt them. Don't know what state you are in but check them out on Petfinder or Facebook pages

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      What an enjoyable Hub. I have a Min Pin that has been abused, and I rescued her. She's a dream dog. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Rachel Richmond 

      6 years ago from California

      OO..There has been a consideration of getting another dog around here.. ahem.. the hubby is still warming up to the, I was looking to get a small bred of some sort. This is helpful with my decision making process. Thanks!

      Cute picture too of the little snuggle baby..

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      Pam Allemeier 

      6 years ago

      This was such a great writing. I have a min pin I call Zack Zack the maniac until I met Stella from Hell-a! I have a 13 yr old Dachshund, a 3/4 yr old Doxie rescue Oscar, and we have Zack that goes to work with my husband. We got Zack 2 years ago at 10 weeks at the Charlotte NC shelter I think a Christmas present that was a min pin and then dumped in the shelter. We got him due to the fact that our doxie died in Dec. from cancer. Zack is very energetic, loving, sweet, made me love this breed so much!! I am a volunteer at a shelter, so I have been fostering dogs. I went to VA to pick up Stella. She was turned in as a stray and had demodex. But, to my surprise when I picked her up it was cleared up. She is a little MEANIE that bosses the other 3 around, gets crazy when FOOD is in the picture. She can be loving but most times just runs around terrifying everyone in the house including my 39 yr old son!! I LOVE Stella. She will probably be a foster failure because we have feeling for each other. Min Pins are not for the faint at heart, you must be a dedicated dog lover to have one of these. I say have and not own because we love the saying "Obey the Min Pin" or "I'm no freaking Chihuahua" that being said they love to be in charge and they love their humans! They are kinda like potato chips... can't have just one and if you are a doxie lover like I am you will love the Min pins too!!

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      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      The thing is that most people see the small cuties and forget what they were bred for. A lot of the small breeds were suppose to be fierce hunters and as such require more exercise than others. They are also very intelligent and independent; requiring stimulation and entertainment. Otherwise they will entertain themselves!

      And, like with all breeds, it matters who the boss is! Just like children they will only obey those rules that you are willing to give and back up. If you grow lax, they will take what is offered.

      I do have to agree with small breeds being a bit too willful at times. I never had any serious issues within my 'pack' until I brought small dogs in. I had to pay for two eye surgeries in less than six months because one of my small dogs took on a dog four times it's size or more!

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      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      wonderful hub. i have always shied away from all small dog breeds as being yappy and hard to train. i have an especial dislike of chihuahuas. that being said, i have seen some incredibly well behaved, adorable, loving, well trained small dogs, including chihuahuas. my grandmother got a doxy one time because the owners could not deal with her destructive behaviours...she and grandma became inseperable and she never showed any destructive tendencies. i adore the looks of small breeds i just havent the desire to deal with them...unless of course one comes to me needing a home, then i will not just deal with it i will love it to pieces. my heart often betrays me like that. =) voted up and across


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