Trademark: The “Min Pin” originated in Germany as a ratter and watchdog. It looks like a smaller Doberman, but is actually not a descendant — its ancestor is the Klein Pinscher from Scandinavia.
Personality: The Min Pin is fearless, alert and intelligent. Very loyal and spirited, owners enjoy the companionship of this “King of the Toys.” Unlike most toys, he is not a calm lap dog. Best suited to experienced dog owners, it’s not uncommon to find several Miniature Pinschers in a shelter as they tend to be escape artists, sometimes excessive barkers, and can become destructive if left alone too much.
Preferences: Highly adaptable, the Min Pin will do well with most any family/person, but does require a fair amount of exercise. Play can take care of much of their exercise needs, and they can live in an apartment.
Size: 8-10 lbs Life expectancy: 15+ years
Common Health Problems: Generally a very healthy, hardy dog, the breed is prone to weight gain if overfed.
Best Match: If you prefer peace and quiet over a watchdog’s bark the Miniature Pinscher is not for you. They also thrive on interaction and cannot be locked away in a yard. In other ways though, the breed is low maintenance; for example, they require little grooming.
Featured Adoptable: Bailey, a 6-year-old male Min Pin mix is a loving, happy dog who likes to make his presence known. I can be startle/scare fairly easily, but … I’m small! I’m also a Katrina survivor. I am vocal thanks to my big personality and having much to say. I am very affectionate and gentle with people I know and would do best in a more quiet home where I get quality time with my peeps. My adoption fees include plenty of perks. To meet me, call 503-285-7722 and ask for the Adoption Assistants (Bailey’s # is 101765).
Shelter location: 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR
Megan Mahan lives with visiting foster animals, quite a few fish, and her boyfriend in Eugene, Oregon. She is excited to now be with Spot full time, and devotes much of her free time to fostering pets and creative writing. From her high school gig as Dog Bather to her more recent years working at the Santa Cruz SPCA where she was contributing editor of the newsletter, Megan has always lived, loved and worked with animals.