Miniature Pinscher vs Doberman Pinscher

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 16 years
Size:

Extra Small

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Miniature Pinschers are best for homes of all sizes, including apartments, so long as they get plenty of exercise and have pet parents who can keep up with their appetite for playtime.

Miniature Pinscher Temperament

With their larger-than-life personalities, Miniature Pinschers are very playful and eager to learn—and show off—new tricks. They’re motivated to explore uncharted territory, whether a hidden corner at home or a path you haven’t walked yet. Extremely loyal to their families, they can be headstrong and a b...

With their larger-than-life personalities, Miniature Pinschers are very playful and eager to learn—and show off—new tricks. They’re motivated to explore uncharted territory, whether a hidden corner at home or a path you haven’t walked yet. Extremely loyal to their families, they can be headstrong and a bit demanding if they don’t get the attention they yearn for.

When you don’t have their attention, Min Pins are strong-willed and have a mind of their own. More often than not, they’re comfortable being independent and prefer to play with their own breed. They do tend to be friendly and make great companions but be cautious of them around strangers and other dogs. Sometimes they can be standoffish with other breeds unless they have a closely matching personality. Generally, Min Pins do better with older kids who will handle them with more care—as puppies, their thin limbs can be easily injured.

Since these small dogs were bred to kill small rodents in the home, it should come as no surprise that they love to work and have a penchant for chasing and capturing small critters. They’re known to pinch prey aggressively when they catch them. In fact, they’re determined to go after birds and small rodents whenever possible.

Despite their small size, this toy breed tends to be highly protective of their pet parents, especially when other dogs are in the mix. They also try to one-up other dogs to make themselves look bigger. Since Min Pins can be feisty, nippy and possessive of resources like food and toys, they may take some time to adjust to households with multiple animals, including cats. Kids shouldn’t snatch food or toys away from Min Pins as your pup may interpret that as a threat. Early socialization from puppyhood is important and will help them be well-behaved members of the family.

Miniature Pinscher Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Dobermans are best for homes where they can be the center of attention—they love their people and want to be with them all the time. Also, an active lifestyle suits the Doberman's need for...

Dobermans are best for homes where they can be the center of attention—they love their people and want to be with them all the time. Also, an active lifestyle suits the Doberman's need for exercise.

Doberman Pinscher Temperament

Dobermans are well known for their intimidating demeanor. They are highly intelligent, athletic and alert—all things that make them great guard dogs, which is what they were bred to do. And Dobies take their job as guard dog extraordinaire very seriously. This drive, along with their imposing physical app...

Dobermans are well known for their intimidating demeanor. They are highly intelligent, athletic and alert—all things that make them great guard dogs, which is what they were bred to do. And Dobies take their job as guard dog extraordinaire very seriously. This drive, along with their imposing physical appearance, has earned them a reputation of being notoriously protective. But when the pup parent provides the proper training, socialization and structure, these dogs are also a loving member of the family.

You’ll soon discover that, along with their formidable presence, Dobermans possess a deep devotion to their people. In fact, they bond so deeply with their humans and are so dedicated to their families, these affectionate dogs are sometimes referred to as “Velcro dogs.”

In addition to their work as guard dogs, Dobermans have a long history as police and military dogs, dating back to the early 20th century. Dobermans even assisted U.S. Marines during World War II. Today, Dobermans work as therapy, service and emotional support animals.

Doberman Pinscher Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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