Let’s examine the parent dog breeds to see what characteristics may influence your Miniature Pinschelkhound. Starting with the Miniature Pinscher, it dates back several hundred years where it was used extensively in Germany to rid vermin from homes and stables. While it looks like a Doberman, it was not developed from it. The Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) is a separate breed and is much older than the Doberman. In 1895 breeders formed the Pinscher Klub where the first written standard for the breed was drawn up. The Stuttgart Dog Show in 1900 saw the first of the Min Pin on display causing the breed popularity to soar. Thereafter WW I breeders worked diligently to improve the breed and it was in 1919 that the first Min Pins were imported into the United States. This small dog gained popularity as people loved their elegant looks and unlimited energy. The Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1929 and the breed gained recognition by the American Kennel Club. The rather glamorous Norwegian Elkhounds heritage can be traced back over a thousand years or more, and history notes that the Vikings used them to hunt and as guard dogs. Truly an ancient and noble breed, they are entwined in the Norwegian culture. These dogs are suited to the rugged lands with their impressive thick coat and wolf like face. Brave beyond belief, these dogs were used to hunt large game such as bear and moose. They would track the animal and corner them, holding them at bay until the hunter caught up. These dogs first appeared in dog shows in 1877, and afterwards breeders created a breed standard. Today, the Norwegian Elkhound excels in dog sports including agility, obedience, herding, guarding as well as search and rescue. But mostly they make a wonderful family companions.
While temperament does vary between dogs of the same breed, the Miniature Pinschelkhound is generally a proud dog, loyal yet spirited, and can be an independent thinker - meaning they can be a bit stubborn. But on the other side they are affectionate, devoted and protective of their human family. While these dogs are highly intelligent, they can be a bit headstrong and need a firm hand in training. They can be barkers which may be able to be trained out of them, but keep that in mind if you are an apartment dweller.This dog does respond best to an owner who is the pack leader, one who is fair, but firm. Letting this dog be the boss is detrimental to the dog and the relationship it will have with the family. The Miniature Pinschelkhound is a dog with a sense of humor, they love to play, and they love to cuddle. These dogs are also very empathetic - they know if you are sad and will respond by cuddling close and putting their head on your lap to comfort you. Attractive in appearance and nature, these dogs can challenge the inexperienced owner but are well worth the effort for a pet that has a ton of character and who will fit right in with the family