Maria A: What are the pros and cons of owning a miniature pinscher?
What are the pros and cons of owning a miniature pinscher??
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Answer by Anne B.
Miniature Pinschers are so cute. But they are dogs. They can be difficult to housetrain, are very stubborn, are mischievous,
and can be highly energetic their whole lives. They are not in general good kid dogs, as they do not have the patience level of say a golden retriever, and can also be very aggressive, and destructive if bored. They can bark nonstop and drive you crazy. They are also great escape artists, and once out, you will probably never see them again.
They are loyal, loving, funny, love to play, cuddle under the covers with you at night, and are highly social with other pins and other dogs in most cases. They can be taught to do agility, or many other tricks-very smart dogs.
I own two minpins. one is the cutest thing in the world and never has a bad hair day-she is so tolerant of everything. The other I wouldn't put anywhere near a child unsupervised, and don't even take her out in public much. I have two foster pins who are perfect gentlemen and adorable.
I find them highly entertaining and challenging. Great dogs!
Answer by Fijiman
i have one min pin, the pro – he is a good watch dog con- he is not friendly, will bite, is not a people person dog.
im pretty sure when the lady said ''nasty little devils'' she was probably joking, or else she wouldnt still have her dog. but she is correct, the breed has a reputation for being exactly how she described. just like other dogs have aggressive reputations. just because the other lady has a min pin and hers is a well behaved therapy dog, doesnt mean that the one you will get will have that same well mannered behavior. i have a friend who breeds min pins, and she will tell you pretty much the same thing. she always screens the people who adopt min pins from her and she makes sure that they are either previous min pin owners, or they are well informed about them and she requires that the people are already enrolled in training because if you dont start early early early, things could go very wrong. that is just how they are.
Answer by Ajilebxr
MinPins are not for the average owner, but they are not by nature "nasty little devils" or unfriendly. Mine is a certified Therapy dog, and is very popular and enjoys the hospital and school visits. Many are not good with kids and I would not recommend one for a family with small children because they are small and can be relatively fragile.
They are very bright, very active, and need to be socialized when they are young. They are not always easy to train as they tend to think of things that might be more fun than what you are teaching them! They can be tough to housebreak. They love to be with you, make great snugglers and love to burrow under blankets. They are aweome mousers — and really have very little fear! They make great watchdogs.
They have very few health issues — and can live to be in their late teens, some have survived past 20.
They just really need someone who is willing to work with them!
EDIT — my point is that is you are willing to work with them — a well bred MinPin is an awesome dog — BUT you have to be willing to work with them and socialize them. Watch dogs do not have to be unfriendly or bite — they just need to be loud!
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