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Living With a Min Pin

Updated on March 28, 2015
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Dogs are man's best friend. Mary has been around dogs all her life and loves every breed she's met. You can never go wrong with a dog.

Here's looking at you.
Here's looking at you.

King of Toys

Known as the King of Toys (small breeds) in the dog world, I think the min pin is the King of the House. Fearless and energetic this little breed can take over your entire family. However, they are also fiercely loyal to their owners. Quite a mixture of talents in a little bundle of dog.

I've written about the min pin several times but I just can't help myself. The only real way to understand a min pin, and it's owner, is to have a min pin yourself. Once you do you'll see why they're called a big dog in a small package.

Training is key to owning a lovable and loving min pin. They are very independent minded and can become aggressive. Every time I take mine to the vet he tells me Buzz is the only min pin that's never bitten him. Hmm, do you really want a min pin? Yes, you'll love him to pieces.

About the Min Pin

Min Pins are very active, all the time. They love to run and play and dig holes I might add. At five years old my Buzz still acts like a puppy. If you're not prepared to deal with a slightly crazy, always puppy look for another breed.

Min Pins can be good with children but it is a delicate balance. First of all little children cannot pull on min pins legs or you would soon be dealing with broken bones or dislocated kneecaps. The earlier and more often a min pin puppy is around small children though, the quicker he will become accustomed to them, just watch them closely. My Buzz loves children and gets upset when he hears them crying on television.

Another thing to remember is min pins were bred to be ratters, to chase out and catch small animals. As a result they may chase other fast moving objects, including cats, children etc., if they're not used to them. Buzz has caught birds, frogs, and sorry to say worms. He has been in hot pursuit of the neighborhood squirrel but the squirrel always seems to get to the tree before Buzz can get him, lucky squirrel.

Min Pins are fairly long-lived dogs. They live anywhere from fourteen to seventeen years. Another thing to take into consideration if you're getting a min pin. He's going to be around for quite a while. There's nothing worse than having to give up your dog because you didn't plan on the long term.

One good thing about the min pin is they are low maintenance as far as their fur goes. They can be brushed to keep the sheen on their fur but they shouldn't be washed often as they have dry skin. Washing your dog once or twice a year is certainly not a big chore. Of course if he gets into something outside you may have to up the ante but for the most part once or twice a year does the trick. Like all dogs his nails need to be kept short. If you walk your min pin on concrete or blacktop a lot you won't even need to do that. Because of the winter weather this year Buzz needed his nails trimmed for the first time in two years.

If you plan on leaving your dog alone in your backyard be extra sure there is no way out. Min pins are escape artists and will dig, jump, squeeze, or use any means they can to escape or to get out to check out what's going on across the road. Nosey and inquisitive. Not necessarily bad traits but ones that can be dangerous so be careful.

Did I tell you about snuggling? Oh how they love to snuggle. The minute you sit down they will jump up into your lap or cuddle as close to you as they can with their head in your lap. They prefer to sleep in bed with you but that's a decision you need to make. Buzz is our second min pin and his traits are identical to our first. We really loved the breed and when our first min pin passed we got another.

Min Pin and Cat

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Min Pin and Cats and Other Dogs

Our Buzz adapted well to the cat we had when we brought him home. Of course she was older and put him in his place on day one. They did get along well though and spent time chasing each other around the house then lying in the sun by the front door when they were done. She was almost ten years his senior but she had been very good friends with our first min pin.

Buzz is amazing with other dogs in our house. My family is a dog centered family and we currently have two havanese, a whippet, a springer spaniel, and a miniature yorkie-poo (I think. Forgive me he's only four months old and I forget). Anyway, Buzz gets along just great with all of them.

He used to be good outside too but since he's reached puberty he can be a bit aggressive on leash with other dogs. I think he needs a refresher obedience class.

Behaviors of a Min Pin

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Wondering what could be in that vent.He likes this little boy giving him food.Ok, its time to eat, can't you see I have my feet in my dish?Waiting to be told he can eat.A blanket to dry off with after a dip in the pool.I can reach that if I can only get through this fence.What's that you say?Its so comfortable relaxing with my head held down.
Wondering what could be in that vent.
Wondering what could be in that vent.
He likes this little boy giving him food.
He likes this little boy giving him food.
Ok, its time to eat, can't you see I have my feet in my dish?
Ok, its time to eat, can't you see I have my feet in my dish?
Waiting to be told he can eat.
Waiting to be told he can eat.
A blanket to dry off with after a dip in the pool.
A blanket to dry off with after a dip in the pool.
I can reach that if I can only get through this fence.
I can reach that if I can only get through this fence.
What's that you say?
What's that you say?
Its so comfortable relaxing with my head held down.
Its so comfortable relaxing with my head held down.

Min Pins Are Fun

Watching Buzz around the house is an experience. The pictures above and below give you some idea of his antics. He can be a clown and make you laugh.

The vent in our living room floor really confuses him. He seems to know there is something down there and will occasionally sit and look through the vent to see if he can see what's going on.

As you can see he loves it when children are in the high chair eating. They will either feed him or drop something. Either way, he wins. He is a totally food obsessed dog and will do anything for food. You can see him standing in his dish, a performance he gives when he's hungry and there's no food in his dish. However, he's been well trained and when the full food dish is put in front of him he knows he cannot eat until he is told to.

Buzz likes to take a dip in the pool now and then but gets cold when he gets out. We put a towel on the ground for him and he rolls around on it and/or gets under it to keep himself warm. (Min Pins don't like the cold.)

Anything moving on the other side of the fence drives him crazy. He really feels he should be there checking it out in person but thankfully our fence is Buzzproof.

He always looks at you with affection, melting your heart and leading to a lot of spoiling. You can see when he's lying in my lap he likes to hang is head down. I have no explanation for that!

At five he's still playful as you can see by the picture with the stuffed gorilla on his back and the one of him playing/biting his new toy.

He doesn't often wait patiently for anything. Somehow I caught him waiting patiently to be let in the house. The next photo shows him sitting on my husband's lap. He was watching the children play on the floor. Speaking of floors, he's jumping due to the chance of a treat. He heard his treat jar being moved and thinks he should have one. He gives you that look and you just can't refuse.

Lastly is the lick. He is a licker. He'll lick your face incessantly if you let him. Really, loving a min pin is so easy. If you're thinking of getting one, do your homework and be sure you have the patience and place for one.

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Min Pin Photos

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Even Min Pins want to have a gorilla a ride.Lovin' this new toy!Waiting patiently to be let in the house.Loves to sit on your lap.I can jump for that food!Okay, I know there's food up there.Please, I'm looking at you for that food.Ah, the nose knows.If I give you a lick?
Even Min Pins want to have a gorilla a ride.
Even Min Pins want to have a gorilla a ride.
Lovin' this new toy!
Lovin' this new toy!
Waiting patiently to be let in the house.
Waiting patiently to be let in the house.
Loves to sit on your lap.
Loves to sit on your lap.
I can jump for that food!
I can jump for that food!
Okay, I know there's food up there.
Okay, I know there's food up there.
Please, I'm looking at you for that food.
Please, I'm looking at you for that food.
Ah, the nose knows.
Ah, the nose knows.
If I give you a lick?
If I give you a lick?

Min Pin

Low fur maintenance
Prone to skin rashes
Not all min pins get skin rashes, but many do
Can be hyperactive
They thrive on human interaction and love to run and play
Good with other animals
Can be overly protective
Socialize early and often and they we will be outgoing and playful
Can be trained not to pick things up off the floor
Will pick up anything on the floor including pills, paper clips, etc.
Very important to teach them the "leave it" command. Good training is the key to a good min pin.


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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for stopping by drgj. We had two poodle terriers mixes over the years and they were great! Poodles, big or small, are very smart dogs. (I did write a hub about my son's adorable Yorkie Poo.)

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      drbj and sherry 

      4 years ago from south Florida

      I never owned a Min Pin, Mary, only Min Poos. (Poodles) But Buzz seems to be an adorable, lovable pet. Enjoy him.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      He certainly is a character Deb. He loves being the center of attention but gives as much love as he wants to get!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Buzz sounds like quite a character and lots of fun. He's a beautiful dog, and I can see why you got another one.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      No problem Bob, I knew you knew cause we know each other ;)

    • diogenes profile image


      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Sorry Tilly (Mary). Of course I really knew your's my 76 years showing!

      Bob x

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Matt, you're most welcome.

      Faith you are right, min pins and Jack Russells are very similar in temperament. I'm so sorry about Cookie. I know the pain at the loss of a dog. Glad you like our little guy. Thanks for the votes and all the shares. Blessings back to you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for sharing all about your min pin, Buzz, what a handsome dog. I love all of your wonderful photos. Min pins remind me a bit of Jack Russell Terriers in size and hair length, energy and intelligence and fierceness in thinking they are a big dog. Cookie was our Jack Russell, sadly she is no longer with us. She was the best dog ever. Easy to be an inside and outside dog, yet very protective of her owner.

      Sounds like you have the best dog for your family. He is adorable.

      Up and across, tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings always

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      4 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much Matt. Seems I'm always taking pictures of Buzz. I can see where two cats would be territorial, they have each other and don't need anyone else. Glad you enjoyed and always happy to see you here.

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      4 years ago from Oregon

      Mary, you have great pics. Your Buzz Min Pin is so adorable. I have always wanted a Min Pin, but my two cats are very territorial meaning they only accept each other. Your story was very nicely written and I voted it up on all categories to include awesome. Keep up writing these wonderful hubs. Ill be looking out for more in the future.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Sha, Buzz is one in a million! We got the cat's hair cut like that once a year as well. She used to get so matted. Glad I could educate you about min pins.

      Bill you sound just like my husband! Give that doxie a hug and enjoy your weekend too.

      DJ, we've had a mix of dogs here too, beagles, poodle terrier mix, collie mix, plain old mutts and then along came min pins. I can't even begin to imagine an over-active min pin...they're active enough. Glad the vet could help him. Love your take on the dog and cat together!

      Ann, I know what you mean. We were always going to travel when we retired but it never happened. So, here we are with Buzz, and a brother living here now who can watch Buzz if we do want to go. My best to you.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Lovely hub, Mary. I love dogs (more than cats, though they're ok). We've had a few and I won't have any more for two reasons. One is that I am still heart-broken over those who've passed away ages ago, the other is that we're away a lot and it's not fair on any animal to either put it in kennels for ages or lug it around with you abroad.

      I just enjoy everyone else's dogs!


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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      Nice big article for a little guy.

      I'm a dog lover and have owned everything from a Chihuahua to a

      Bluetick hound dog. Was raised with the steady companionship of Beagles, Boxer and later, Terriers (West Highland, Scottish and currently a Norwich Terrier).

      My daughter-in-law had a Min Pin which was highly overactive.

      He did not respond well to medication and the Vet was a family friend

      who was kind enough to adopt the dog and give it the time, attention, and medication that helped him live out a full happy life.

      I loved the photos. The dog and cat look like they make a good team.

      You know you do not stand a chance with the dynamic duo. Your best bet would be to hide any valuables before they team up and hock them

      for kibble!! LOL

      I enjoyed the read.


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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's all we need is another dog that's active. LOL Thanks for the information but Mary, I can't handle another animal right now. :)

      Have a great weekend! Our miniature dachsund sends her love.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never known a min pin up close and personal. Buzz sounds like a real character - and a handful! I love the lion cut on your cat. I have to do that once or twice a year to my male Himalayan, as he has a tendency to get matted.

      Thanx for sharing your wonder pix of Buzz, Mary and for the education!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      John, I can't imagine life without a dog! Buzz is a trip, believe me. He keeps us on our toes.

      Maria, he is our joy. He fills this empty house and as a min pin, well you know, you read the hub. Sending love and blessings your way dear friend.

      Frank, you hit the nail on the head. He is our baby, certainly a member of the family. He does buzz around, that's for sure but his whole name is Buzz Lightyear! Thanks for the votes my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      what wonderful photos.. I can see the soulful eyes in that beautiful ( member of the family ) can't say pet.. LOL.. I love the name Buzz.. fits the dog.. voted awesome and useful :)

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Buzz is adorable...oh wow, loved learning about the min pin too, Mary.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Enjoyable hub Mary. I love any hubs about animals, especially dogs and cats. I don't personally know anyone with a min pin..did have friends with dobermans. Buzz certainly looks like a lot of fun and very loving and faithful. Where would we be without our best friends?

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Dr. Mark I had no idea min pins were so popular there! I know they love the heat. Buzz is great if a little spoiled ;)

      Thanks Mike. He's our baby for sure.

      Okay Bob, I'm thinking you weren't thinking when you started writing this cause I know you know my name is Mary. Ten pounds is the norm. Here I am with my second min pin way over the norm. Buzz weighs in around fourteen pounds. The breeder we got him from swore up and down he'd be a smaller min pin...oh well. He certainly does think he's a Doberman and has no fear.

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      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Elaine: Your Min-pin looks like a large one! I am reading they normally weigh about 8 to 10 pounds. I expect you know they are also known as "Reh Pinscher" because they look like the small red deer (Rehs) in Germany. Looks like a fella who thinks he is the size of a Doberman really!

      Nice, loving article by a lovely human being.

      Bob x

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      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Mary, sounds like you have yourself a real buddy there in your Buzz. What a handsome dog.

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      Dr Mark 

      4 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks, I really enjoyed all of your photos.

      These little guys are very popular in the tropics too since with their short coats they do well with the heat. The biggest (!) advantage is their size--since most people have motorcycles instead of cars it is not unusual to see a Min Pin passenger out for a ride to the beach.

      Buzz sounds great.


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