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Honey, I Shrunk the Doberman Pinscher

Posted by terrepruitt on July 23, 2009

I learn new stuff all the time.  Some of it is useful and some of it is not.  Some of it is fascinating and some of it is not.  Some of it is blog-worthy and some of it is not, but I might blog about it anyway.

I was in Santa Clara at a party and I recently met a Miniature Pinscher.  Did you know that Min Pins are NOT miniature Doberman Pinschers?  I had always thought they were miniature Doberman Pinschers, but they are not.   They are actually just a small breed of dog.   Miniature Pinschers have reportedly been around longer than the Doberman Pinchers.

“Pinscher” is a “type” of dog, like terrier is a type of dog.  This designation refers to the way the dogs behave.  There are Doberman Pinschers, German Pinschers, Austraian Pinschers, and another small terrier, the Affenpinscher.  According to all that I have seen the Pinshers  were developed to catch rats on farms, or fight or guard.

The word Pinscher does not translate from German into terrier, it is actually pincher or biter or some places say “cropped”.

But from what I am reading, the way I am understanding it, the breed is somewhat classified as a terrier due to its high energy level.  So even though it is small it is not considered a toy breed, which I guess can be mellow.  Min Pins (oh yeah they are sometimes called Min Pins) are quite hyper and need a lot of exercise.  Just walking doesn’t sound like that will do for these high energy dogs, they need a lot of play to get there energy worked out.

Also from what I can tell the different Dog clubs that decide what dog is what and what dog gets papers, some say this dog is from a Dachshund with an Italian Greyhound  and some say that the German Pinscher was added in with those other two to create the Miniature Pinscher.  So who knows.  All they seem to agree upon is that it is NOT a miniature Doberman Pinscher.  This fact is what made me look into this whole thing in the first place.  And there you have it.

8 Responses to “Honey, I Shrunk the Doberman Pinscher”

  1. Well that was interesting! I also thought Min Pins were Dobermans. Hmmm…

    Always love your photos Terre. Do you just always carry your camera around with you? What kind do you have?

    Have a great weekend!



    • I thought it was interesting. I am still kind of amazed by the fact that Min Pins aren’t mini dobies. I am also amazed that there are so many dog clubs and they have different qualifications for what makes a purebreed and even if you have one it might not meet requirements (for show, I guess, I don’t know I just saw a lot of measurements and stuff when looking into the Min Pin).

      I don’t ALWAYS carry my camera around, but I do have it quite often. And I always try to be certain to take it to events or occasions and “things” with friends and family.

      I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ3 / Lumix. It is blue (yeah, that is important!). I really like it. I don’t use it as well as my hubby (he has one too) but it works for me.

      Oh Miss “Yellow Seed” you have a FANTABULOUS weekend. Have much Joy and Happiness.


  2. You see? I wouldn’t mind a small dog (although I think Spot would).


    • No thanks. Small dogs aren’t my speed. They are too small and too hyper. I want a Great Dane. Yeah, there are two things that keep me from really working on that: what goes in and what comes out . . . . both too much to deal with.

      Spot is the boss.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. OMG you guys are too funny! I love how you blog to each other. Spot is the cat, yes?? I can certainly see why Spot would not want any dog company. Definitely the Great Dane thing is a bit much…and like you say, what goes in and what comes out. Is there a litter box big enough for a Great Dane??

    Did you see my blog about the difference between a dog blogging and a cat blogging? If not, check it out. It’s so true. http://blog.nutman.com/2009/06/if-dogs-and-cats-could-blog.html

    You make me smile.




    • He likes to help me by checking out my blog. I try not to comment on his, I mean, he is digging a hole for himself . . . . eeeek! Some of his stuff so far. Have you seen it? Not very “Nia”. LOL!!!

      Spot is the boss cat, yes. She is the queen and I don’t know that she would like not having all the attention. Since she is a strictly indoor kitty—I try to spoil her. I mean I feel bad making her stay in. I think she gets bored.

      The dog could go outside, but I think it would fill up our yard pretty quick and I know John would not want “toilet duty”. I have litterbox duty, but . . . Spot is a small cat.

      Yes, we have see the cat/dog blog before. We always laugh about that.

      I am glad I make you smile. You inspire me in many ways! Thank you, as always for stopping by and commenting (that is such a big thing—there are a lot of “lurkers” out there)!


  4. judy said

    I didn’t know that either. They look like mini-dobermans! Thank you for educating me. I cannot know too much about dogs.

    I am – as you know, you read the blog – not a small dog person, but this little guy is pretty cute. I would so love to have a Great Dane. I think they must cost a small fortune to feed, though, don’t you think? All the same, instead of Lexi thinking I should pick her up when she gets tired during hikes, I could ride my Great Dane! Yay! =)


    • This dog was super cute. And while she was on the leash, tied up she acted like a big dog. I was thinking, “I could do that.” But the second she was off the leash—-Mexican Jumping Bean—Up! In your face. She can jump HIGH!

      Little dogs are super cute, I think, but, most of them are very high energy and they require more exercising than a lot of big dogs.

      And yeah, about a great dane, that is something I mentioned in a comment. A lot going in AND coming out! I also wouldn’t get a purebred, I would get a mix. I think mixes are great!

      Thanks you for stopping by, Lovely Miss J!


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