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FCI-Standard N° 185 MINIATURE PINSCHER (Zwergpinscher)
TRANSLATION: Mrs C. Seidler.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : Germany.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 06.03.07. UTILISATION : House and Companion Dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer Molossian
breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs.
Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer type. Without working
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Miniature Pinschers were kept in
large numbers around the turn of the century already and the Stud
for 1925 records no less than 1300 entries.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
The Miniature Pinscher is a reduced image of the German Pinscher
without the draw-backs of a dwarfed appearance.
His elegant square build is clearly visible due to his short smooth
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
• The ratio from length to height shall make his build appear as
square as possible.
• The length of the head (measured fom the tip of the nose to the
occiput) corresponds to half the length of the topline (measured
from the withers to the set on of the tail).
Lively, spirited, self assured and evenly tempered. These qualities
make him an agreeable family and companion dog.
-HEAD (CRANIAL REGION) :
Skull : Strong, elongated without markedly protruding occiput.
The forehead is flat without wrinkles, running parallel to the bridge
Stop: Slight, yet clearly defined.
Nose: Noseleather well developed and black. Muzzle: Ending in a
blunt wedge. Bridge of nose straight. Lips: Black, smooth and
tight-fitting to the jaw. Corners of lips closed. Jaws/Teeth : Strong
upper and lower jaw. The complete scissor bite (42 pure white teeth
according to the dentition formula), is strong and firmly closing.
The chewing muscles are strongly developed without pronounced
cheeks interfering with the smooth outline. Eyes: Dark, oval, with
black pigmented close fitting eyelids. Ears : Prick ears ; drop ears,
set high, V-shaped with the inner edges lying close to the cheeks,
turned forward towards temples. Folds parallel, should not be above
the top of the skull.
-NECK : Nobly curved, not too short. Blending smoothly into the
withers without any marked set on. Dry without dewlap or
throatiness. Throat skin tight-fitting without folds.
Topline: Slightly sloping from withers towards rear. Withers:
Forming the highest point in topline. Back: Strong, short and taut.
Loins: Strong. The distance from last rib to hip is short to make
the dog appear compact.
Croup: Slightly rounded, imperceptibly blending into tail set on.
Chest: Moderately broad, oval in diameter, reaching to elbows.
The forechest is distinctly marked by the point of the sternum.
Underline and belly : Flanks not too tucked up, forming a nicely
line with the underside of the brisket. TAIL: Natural; a sabre or
sickle carriage is sought after.
LIMBS -FOREQUARTERS :
General appearance: Seen from the front, the front legs are strong,
straight and not close together. Seen from the side, the forearms
are straight. Shoulders: The shoulder blade lies close against the
ribcage and is well muscled on both sides of the shoulder bone,
protruding over the points of the thoracic vertebrae. As sloping as
possible and well laid back, forming an angle of appr. 50° to the
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong and well muscled,
forming an angle of 95° to 100° to the shoulder blade.
Elbows: Correctly fitting, turning neither in nor out. Forearm:
Strongly developed and well muscled. Completely straight seen
front and the side. Carpal joint: Strong and firm. Pastern:
Strong and springy. Seen from the front,vertical, seen from the
side, slightly sloping towards the ground. Forefeet: Short and
round, toes well-knit and arched (cat feet), pads resistant, nails
short, black and strong.
General appearance: Standing obliquely, when seen from the side,
standing parallel but not close together seen from the rear. Upper
thigh: Moderately long, broad, strongly muscled. Stifle: Turning
neither in nor out. Lower thigh: Long and strong, sinewy, running
into a strong hock.
Hock: Markedly angulated, strong, firm, turning neither in nor out.
Metatarsus : Vertical to the ground. Hind feet: Somewhat longer
than forefeet. Toes well-knit and arched. Nails short and black.
The Miniature Pinscher is a trotter. His back remains firm and
rather steady in movement. The movement is harmonious, sure,
powerful and uninhibited with good length of stride. Typical of the
trot is a ground covering, relaxed, fluent movement with strong
drive and free front extension.
-SKIN : Tight fitting over the whole body. HAIR : Short and dense,
smooth, close and shiny without bald patches.
-COLOUR • Self coloured : Deer red, reddish-brown to dark red
>> • Black and Tan : Lacquer black with red or brown markings.
The aim is for markings as dark, as rich and as clearly defined as
possible. The markings are distributed as follows: Above the eyes,
at the underside of the throat, on the pasterns, on the feet, at the
inside of the hind legs and under the root of the tail. Two even,
clearly separated triangles on the chest.
-SIZE AND WEIGHT Height at withers : Dogs and bitches: 25
to 30 cm. Weight : Dogs and bitches: 4 to 6 kg.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the
health and welfare of the dog.
• Clumsy or light in build. Too low or too high on leg. • Heavy or
round skull. • Wrinkles on forehead. • Short, pointed or narrow
• Pincer bite • Light, too small or too large eyes. • Ears set low or
very long, unevenly carried , • Throatiness. • Too long, tucked up
or soft back.
• Roach back. • Croup falling away. • Long feet, • Pacing
movement. • Hackney gait. • Thin coat. • Roans; black trace on the
back, dark saddle and lightened or pale coat. • Over- or undersize
up to 1 cm.
SERIOUS FAULTS :
• Lack of sexual type (i.e. doggy bitch). • Light appearance •
Apple head. • Lines of head not parallel. • Elbows turning out.
• Hindlegs standing under the body. • Straight or open hocked
hindlegs. • Hocks turning out. • Over- or undersize by more
than 1 cm but less than 2 cm.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs. • Any dog clearly showing
physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• Malformation of any kind. • Lack of breed type. • Faults in
mouth, such as over- or undershot or wry mouth. • Severe faults
in individual parts, such as faults in structure, coat or colour. •
Over- or undersize by more than 2 cm.
N.B.: • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.