Owners of Min Pin Shepherds may have a hard time finding information on these relatively new hybrids, originating in the 2000s. A cross between the German Shepherd and Mini Pinscher, the Min Pin Shepherds aren't recognized yet by designer kennel clubs or registries, but they are beautiful, stubborn, and smart mixes.
With an average height somewhere between 20 and 25 inches tall and a weight between 45 and 60 pounds, these medium-sized dogs tend to need enough space to go with their energy and size. They are very active dogs and require a lot of exercise and play time.
Since the Min Pin Shepherd is quite obstinate and strong-willed as well as highly intelligent, owners of this hybrid need to be ready to assert their dominance in a loving yet consistent way.
There are no "bones" about it - obedience training is a must for this strong-willed pup. Owners who neglect to teach their Min Pin Shepherd the basic commands have trouble corralling their independent dogs and this often leads to problems in the household.
Obedience training does not have to be done in a class, but if you find one in your area that fits your budget and has a highly recommended instructor teaching it, you might find it easier to train Fido than should you do it yourself.
Either way you choose, the most important aspects of obedience training are consistency and repetition.
With pets who are prone to hip dysplasia, low impact exercise is key to keeping the condition from getting even worse. You want to be able to take your dog for a walk, but you have to plan ahead since you can't just take them to any road or dog park and head out.
If your dog has active hip dysplasia, regular low-impact exercise can actually help reduce the pain this condition causes to Fido's joints and even improve tendon and muscle strength. However, avoiding hard and unlevel surfaces is a must, otherwise, you can make the pain worse, cause increased swelling, and antagonize an already painful condition.