Miniature Pinschers originated in Germany, where they were bred to hunt rats and other pests. These dogs look like Dobermans, and their ears and tails are often cropped, but they weigh only around 10 pounds (4.5 kg). The Miniature Pinscher is alert, energetic and inquisitive, making it a great pet for families with older children that have plenty of outdoor space and time for exercising and playing with the dog.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Miniature Pinscher?
Miniature Pinschers tend to be robust dogs, most living for around 15 years. Nevertheless, the breed is susceptible to at least two common canine health issues:
- Hip dysplasia: thesedogs may inherit a condition where the hipbone fails to fit correctly into the pelvis. Over time, wear and tear can cause these joints to become inflamed, resulting in pain and restricted movement. The condition can often be reversed with surgery. Owners are urged to ask breeders for confirmation that the hips of the parents are not affected, though this does not guarantee that puppies will not develop dysplasia.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): as the name suggests, this disease occurs when the cells of a dog’s retinas degenerate. A single gene mutation is responsible for the problem, though as yet no genetic test has been developed. It is therefore imperative to know the breeding history before acquiring a puppy in order to ensure that none of its ancestors has gone blind. There is no treatment for PRA, though affected dogs can almost always live full lives if kept indoors (a lot of space would, however, be required for a Miniature Pinscher).
Miniature Pinschers are highly sought after, and puppies usually cost more then $500. And even if they are relatively healthy as a breed, these active dogs are at risk for physical injury; and almost every dog will require medical care as it ages. New owners are therefore advised to look into pet health insurance; the right plan will help to protect the investment of money, time and love that you put into your dog.