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Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Miniature Pinscher Dachshund German Pinscher
OriginsGermany Germany Germany
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank7113136
Reviews041
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Other Names Min Pin, King Of The Toys, Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinsc Teckel, Tekkel, Tekkel Doxie, Weenie Dog, Sausage Dog, Bassotto, Worshond Standard Pinscher, Glatthaariger Pinscher
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Dachshunds group, in the section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $400-$600 $500-$700 $1400-$1600

General Appearance - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg) Toy: 8-11 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 16-32 pounds (7-15 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8.5 pounds (about 4 kg) Toy: 9.5 pounds (3.5-5.0 kg)Standard: 24 pounds (11 kg), Miniature: 12 pounds (5.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 8-11 inches (20-27 cm), Miniature: 5-7 inches (13-18 cm) 16-19 inches (41-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Toy: 12 inches (30 cm)Standard: 9.5 inches (23.5 cm), Miniature: 6 inches (15.5 cm) 17.5 inches (44.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Coat Rough Fine Dense
Shiny
Smooth
Colors Rust
Chocolate
Red
Tan
Black
Blue
Red
White
Tan
Brown
Silver
Black
Blue
Red
Tan
Brown
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Dachshund doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The German Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Miniature Pinschers shed moderately.
Dachshunds shed none to minimal.
German Pinschers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Temperament Clever
Friendly
Playful
Intelligent
Energetic
Outgoing
Responsive
Clever
Devoted
Playful
Courageous
Lively
Stubborn
Outright
Tempered
Courageous
Loving
Familiar
Lively
Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence.
Average: Dachshund's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Miniature Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Dachshunds are easy to train.
German Pinschers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature Pinscher is a highly playful breed.
Dachshunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The German Pinscher is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Miniature Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Miniature Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Dachshunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Pinschers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Miniature Pinschers are a social breed.
Dachshunds are a social breed.
German Pinschers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Miniature Pinscher is a very vocal breed.
High: The Dachshund is a very vocal breed.
Average: The German Pinscher barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Pinschers are average watchdogs.
Dachshunds are average watchdogs.
German Pinschers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Pinschers strongly protect their territory.
Dachshunds are average defenders.
German Pinschers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Dachshunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Pinschers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Dachshunds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the German Pinscher is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Miniature Pinschers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Dachshunds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Pinschers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are apartment-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Dachshunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Pinschers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Miniature Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Dachshunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dachshunds are average friendly towards cats.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Dachshunds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
German Pinschers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Dachshund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Dachshunds are not the best breed for elderly people.
German Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Dachshunds are generally with other pets.
German Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Dachshunds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Miniature Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Dachshund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Health Issues
Miniature Pinschers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Dachshund is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Pinschers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Epilepsy
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Acanthosis Nigricans
Baldness
Bloat
Cancer
Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Cushing's Syndrome
Deafness
Demodectic Mange
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Legg-perthes Disease
Lymphocytic Thyroiditis
Mitral Valve Disease
Narcolepsy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Miniature Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Dachshunds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
German Pinschers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Pinschers exercise need is minimal.
Dachshunds have an average exercise need.
German Pinschers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Pinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Dachshunds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
German Pinschers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Dachshund breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Miniature Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Dachshund has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The German Pinscher has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Dachshund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Pinscher vs Dachshund vs German Pinscher

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-5 puppies 4-8 puppies 6-8 puppies

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