Endearing and not-so-endearing Quirks of Miniature Pinschers

If you have ever wondered which dog is in the canine world is the embodiment of aplomb and sassiness (because we know we have), then minpins definitely take home the crown. The oh-so-adorable, quick on the feet miniature pinschers are one of the most beloved dogs among humans. Their big doe eyes, prick ears, and petite frame, all channel a child-like innocence that sweeps every dog lover of the feet. But little do those puppy-love-stricken fellas realize that behind those enchanting looks and apparently endearing antics lives a headstrong, haughty idol who likes to get what they want without fail or any resistance. Initially, the show of such strong will can come across as a tenderly executed tactic to seek attention, but it can become a hard-to-manage behavioral issue with time for a dog parent. Therefore, a minpin owner needs to take action and not fall for their pet’s pleading face. If you start to give in to your miniature’s demands every so often, you will face a lot of trouble later trying to undo your mistake of enabling your pup’s unhealthy behavior.

Minpins are definitely adorbs, full of vim and vigor, but they can be hard to manage, at times, so an owner needs to be careful if they want their fluffy friend to be well-behaved.

To give you a better understanding of a minpin’s personality, here’s a list of all its awwww-eliciting and not-so-awwww-eliciting traits.

Endearing Quirk- Love to Play

If you want to take your fitness level up a notch without having to hit the gym much, adopt a miniature pinscher without a second thought. Minpins are super agile and full of energy; they love to play and run around. Don’t be fooled by their slender body, because they can exhaust anyone boneless within just a couple of minutes. Quick on their feet, miniature pinschers like interactive games so that they have their owner’s attention only on them.

Not-so-Endearing Quirk- Territorial

Miniature pinschers do not like to share their toys or owners. They will get what they want even if something isn’t theirs, but what they consider theirs must not be used by anyone else. Similarly, if a minpin sees some other animal getting too buddy-buddy with its parent, it will throw a fit, which usually entails a lot of romping and barking. If you have another pet or you plan to get one, be sure to actively familiarize your minpin with it in your presence; otherwise, you might come home to an injured pet, and that will not be your minpin.

Endearing Quirk- Cuddle Monsters

Minpins love cuddling, but when they want to do it. Although they don’t mind a show of affection, they prefer to get it when they want to feel loved. And if a minpin has decided that it’s cuddle time, then it will be cuddle time no matter what. In other words, miniature pinschers can be a little clingy at times. A parent needs to discipline their fur baby and remain persistent in doing so; otherwise, they will have to show affection to their pup at the most ungodly hours.

Not-so-Endearing Quirk- Distrustful fellows

Minpins take their role of a watchdog seriously. When they are on the lookout for strangers, they mean business. While it’s a good trait, it can get out of hands if you don’t train your dog, because then a time will come that your minpin will bark at every unfamiliar sound or entry in your home. And surely, you must have a lot of friends and acquaintances that only visit occasionally, so your dog cannot be familiar with them. That means it will cause a ruckus every time, disrupting your fun during get-togethers and parties.

Endearing Quirk- Love to Sleep in their Parent’s Place

Okay, so imagine this, you get into your pajamas, wash up, and are ready to hit the hay. You walk up to your bed, remove your blanket only to find your tiny, soft bud with their pleading eyes ready to sleep on your bed. Now let’s get real; if you get a minpin, this will be how your nighttime will unfold almost every day.

Miniature pinschers enjoy comfort, and what better place to get it from than the bed of their beloved parent.

Raising a minpin is pretty much like bringing up a child because both of them want to be the sole recipient of their parents’ love and affection, and they don’t like to hear no.

Not-so-Endearing Quirk- Hard to Housebreak

Miniature pinschers are quick on their feet, which gives them the advantage of being discreet and get done with their bathroom business anywhere they want. They’ll duck under the table, do the deed and leave their stinky footprint behind for you to clean up. If you don’t want to come across puddles of poodle-pee in your den, study, or the living area, you must crate-train your minpin for a while. Once your canine companion’s internal organs become reliable enough to hold in stuff, you can let your minpin out.

Endearing Quirk- Loyal Sidekicks

Minpins can be clingy and demand attention, but they also know how to look after their parents in return. They are among the most loyal dog breeds. If you bring home a minpin to make it your fuzzy child, you can rest easy knowing that they’ll look after your home and you with all their might. And they’ll never leave you and won’t let you leave them. The loyalty minpins possess is truly commendable and unmatched.

Not-so-Endearing- Aggressive and Quick to React

If not trained well, minpins can become skillful escape artists. They love to chase after anything that moves, especially if it’s small like a rodent. And once a minpin takes off, it doesn’t pay attention to its owner’s calls. So, if you haven’t trained your fur child yet, be sure to put a leash on them at all times when you take them out; otherwise, you might be in for a run!

There is no denying that miniature pinschers are enchanting and a delight to be around, but at the same time, they can be a little hard to manage, thanks to their headstrong personality. But if you are a strong-willed person yourself and like to take on challenges once in a while, you will be an excellent match for a minpin’s energy. Don’t be deterred by the unruly bits of a miniature’s nature, and focus on the adorable aspects if you want to adopt one.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

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