Miniature Pinscher Temperament
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Miniature Pinscher Overview
The Miniature Pinscher Temperament is known for being friendly, energetic, clever, outgoing, responsive and playful.
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A lot of people believe that the Miniature Pinscher came to be when Doberman Pinschers were bred down to size. This is not true at all. In fact, Miniature Pinscher have been around for a long time and are a much older breed than the Doberman Pinschers. They have been around for long enough to be called the King of the Toys. The Miniature Pinscher Temperament is such that your pooch will rule your household as the king or the queen and absolutely expect you to be their local servant.
The Miniature Pinscher is a small dog breed that has an independent streak. They love being the center of attention and will do anything that they deem fit to get them their. They expect things to be done their way in their households. The Miniature Pinscher is a very confident breed that prances around town making friends with everyone in their way. They love to run and you should not be surprised if you all of a sudden find them sprinting all over the house for no apparent reason. They also love to be around their humans and expect quality cuddle time every single day. They can also be very loud and alert, which makes them a great watchdog. No noise can get past your house without being greeted by the Miniature Pinscher bark! All of these qualities make the Miniature Pinscher Temperament well suited for families and singles alike.
Are Miniature Pinschers Good Apartment Dogs?
The Miniature Pinscher is a tiny dog, which makes them a great fit for apartments and condominiums. That being said, they are pretty active and need to be taken for daily walks around the complex a couple of times a day. They are very high strung which makes it important for them to get a lot of that energy out so that they are not continuously barking away. The Miniature Pinscher Temperament makes them a perfect fit for obedience and agility classes. This will give them a good way to get rid of any of their anxiousness and all that extra energy that keeps them moving all day long. It will also mentally stimulate and challenge them so that they can remain calm and collected throughout the week.
Are Miniature Pinschers Easy to Train?
The Miniature Pinscher Temperament makes them a challenging breed to train. Since they are so small and adorable looking, a lot of their owners might find it hard to set boundaries and make them follow rules. This makes them very prone to becoming spoilt and extremely difficult to train. They need a constant leader in their lives who will make sure that they are always being held accountable for their behavior. They can be very obedient animals if they are properly trained. They also need owners and trainers who are patient with them and will not give up when they bark and refuse to listen. As with other dogs, they are very willing to do anything in return of treats. Since they love being the center of attention, it is helpful to prove them with a lot of positive reinforcement when they are being trained.
Are Miniature Pinschers Good Family Dogs?
It is important to remember that the Miniature Pinscher Temperament is that of a hunting dog because they were bred to kill vermin. They still have the desire to chase and hunt down small animals. This is why they need to always be kept in a fenced in area and on a leash when they are outdoors. Sometimes, if they smell an animal and want to chase it they might run after it so it is very important that you train them to follow directions. Miniature Pinschers should not be added to a family that has a rabbit, mouse, or hamster. If you plan on adding a Miniature Pinscher to a family that already has a dog, you need to make sure that they get socialization from a VERY early age. The Miniature Pinscher Temperament makes them territorial dogs who often happen to be the aggressors in a dog fight.
Although the Miniature Pinscher Temperament makes them suitable to be a family dog, they usually do not do well with small children. Toddlers tend to take things such as toys away and a Miniature Pinscher will not respond well to that. They like being able to protect their toys and food, and children need to be old enough to learn for to handle the dog and respect the dog’s boundaries so that they do not get nipped by them.