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Minpins are stylish and referred to as the "King of the Toys." They are Big
Dogs in a little package. They are full of confidence as they prance around
to show they are special. They don't all have the same personality naturally,
but they have certain characteristics that appear in every minpin. They are
spirited and loving. They don't realize they are a small breed, as they seem
fearless. Originally they were classified as terriers by AKC, and they still
carry a terrier-type tenacity. They are excellent watch dogs as they are
always alert. From the German Schnauzers Pinscher Club came the smooth coated
minpin. The standard height is 10" to 12 1/2 " tall. Being smooth coated
they are easy to take care of. Their body should be well balanced. Their
weight should be balanced with their size, normally under 10 pounds. Colors:
Solid clear red, stag red, black/rust, or (tan) and chocolate/rust (or tan).
The colors blue and fawn are not permitted in the show ring. There are a
few excellent breeders, exhibitors trying to work with the blues and get
them reinstated into the show world. The dilutes are prone to skin and coat
problems, called Color Dilution Alopecia, also seen in the Blue and Fawn
Doberman Pinschers. When owning a blue or fawn minpin you need to be aware
of the possibility that skin or coat problems may occur. This has been studied
for years in the doberman pinschers. If you are considering owning a blue
or fawn, take the time to learn all you can regarding these colors. I personally
believe if you are careful and only use good coated blues and fawns in a
breeding program you can over come the skin problems. I think the blues are
a beautiful color & hope to see them reinstated one day and accepted
by all minpin breeders exhibitors. I am the proud owner and breeder of healthy,
beautiful "blues". Minpins are known for their beautiful hackney gait, a
walking horse-like gait. They prance around appearing to say " Look at me,
I am a minpin". I own both Tn. Walkers and Miniature Pinschers, they both
walk with "style".
The Miniature Pinscher: King of Toys.
This is a great book on minpins.
If you buy this book,
check out pages 144 & 145 to see several photos of my minpinKids.
Thanks for adding them to your book Patricia Lehman!
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