The spirited and fearless Miniature Pinscher (also referred to as the Min Pin) is an excellent watchdog and a wonderful companion if given proper socialization. According to the American Kennel Club’s Breed Standard, this dog is well-balanced, sturdy and smooth-coated. It is naturally well-groomed and only needs occasional brushing to remove dead hair. The Miniature Pinscher has an average life span of 12 to 14 years and prone to health problems such as Legg-Perthes Disease and heart defects. This breed requires plenty of exercise to keep it physically and mentally healthy.  
Since these dogs were originally bred to hunt small animals, modern Min Pins still have a strong desire to chase after anything that runs. They should always be kept in a fenced yard or on leash whenever outside. They are also known to be territorial and will be aggressive to anyone or anything invading their space. Due to their clever nature, they are notorious for being able to escape in yard fences so obedience training is a must to eradicate all these undesirable behaviors. These dogs like to be the boss so training them will be a challenge. 
The breed originated in Germany and was used for centuries in its homeland as a ratter and a watchdog. The Min Pin is often mistaken to be a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher but this is not the case. The only relation that the Miniature Pinscher has with the Doberman is that both of them share the same ancestor – the German Pinscher. The two breeds come from completely different strains. The Miniature Pinscher was first exhibited at the Stuttgart Dog Show in Germany, 1900 and was unknown outside of Germany at that time. After the show, the Miniature Pinscher steadily gained popularity. Today, the Min Pin is still used as a watchdog due to its sharp sense of hearing and loud bark.