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Old 01-14-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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been researching, begining to look at different breeds as would like to get a puppy in the year or so, i keep coing back to miniture pinchers, have spoken to breeders at crufts and discover dogs about them and have read articles etc.
but what are they like as a family pet and in the agility ring, i have cats, and another dog (he's 10 at mo) and an older child, has anyone got any first hand experince wih this breed, that can be offered.
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Haven't owned one, but I see them a lot through where I work. My experiences with them are: they have a big dog in a little dog's body personality. It means they can be a touch of a handful. That ego does help in agility though, they have little fear if they have a good temperament and are raised properly. They tend to be social and like other dogs (again pending on proper raising).
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I have no firsthand experience with them but I do know a couple of people who have owned them and from what they have shared with me it would back up what Draco says. Definitely need to be committed to training or I hear they can turn into holy terrors.
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My aunt has one. She's insanely obese and extremely human aggressive, and my aunt thinks its "cute" when she snarls and bites peoples shoes, feet, and ankles. Lack of training and proper socialization are probably direct reasons why this dog is a living nightmare. SO many people think that just because small breeds are small....they don't deserve proper exercise, nutrition or training. and it's SO frustrating.

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thanks all for responses, i will be dedicated to training my friend has all JRT crosses so i know that little dogs need the same training and exercise as big dogs. and i have learnt from the mistakes that i made with max.
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My father has a min pin that was a puppy mill mother for 6 years so she is a disaster of a dog. She is completely devoted to him though and has gotten better about other family members over the years. She could be a great dog but he never cared enough to train her.
I also know a min pin that is a seizure alert dog but her owner describes her as a very atypical min pin that loves to be picked up and loved on. Most are more standoffish with strangers and are quick to tell you when they think something is amiss around them. Good socialization will help that of course and it sounds like you are preparing yourself well.
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They are barkers. The bark is high pitched. Some people can't stand them simply for the bark, so you need to find out if it would drive you mad.

What turns them into little monsters? As above poster said, not training, not socializing, making excuses for bad behavior. Keep in mind that they housebreak very quickly, so you need to set up a situation where a puppy will never have an accident indoors. Start training manners (sitting at the door, wait for "out") right at the get go. They mature much more quickly than larger dogs. This is great if you are into training, not so great if you put things off.
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They mature much more quickly than larger dogs. This is great if you are into training, not so great if you put things off.
i have all intentions on not making the mistakes that i made with max, training and socialisation will start from the moment s/he comes home. will be taking up to agility training from early on and start training as soon as is old/ready enough to.
have watched my friends dogs mature so also realise how much quicker smaller dogs mature.
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I actually just got my first Min Pin yesterday .I,ve always had Huge bred dogs(Irish wolfhounds and Afghan hounds)But decided I have enough experience with dogs ,work frm home and like to walk and hike .The poor girl sat under my couch last nite and today .Then all of the sudden Bam!!! She came out wagging her tail ,ate dinner and took her on a few walks .She is 7 mths and not yappie ,doesn,t get carried or coddled .She wll be trained like I trained my Wolhounds .The same .Big difference though and its kinda weird going frm Huge to Smll .But it is the training that's forsure and socalization .I was lucky .She has been already .But very energtic and happy

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