Pinweiler

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35-55 lbs
20-23"
United States
Miniature Pinscher
Rottweiler

This breed can range in stature quite a bit because the parent breeds are so different in size. While the Rottweiler is a large dog that can top 100 pounds, the Miniature Pinscher is a toy dog and is usually about 10 pounds. Therefore, the Pinweiler can weigh anywhere between 30 and 60 pounds when fully grown. Their coloring is like a Rottweiler and their body is more like a large Miniature Pinscher with floppy ears and a long tail. This breed is energetic and fun, enjoys playing with other pets and older children but should not be left alone with small children. 

Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher and Rottweiler

Pinweiler Health

Average Size
Male Pinweiler size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Female Pinweiler size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Lymphoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Panosteitis
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Analysis
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • DNA for VWD

Pinweiler Breed History

The Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany about 2000 years ago according to paintings done during the Renaissance. They are not related to the Doberman Pinscher as the name implies, even though they look like miniature Dobermans. As a matter of fact, the Miniature Pinscher has been around much longer. These little dogs started out as ratters but ended up being pets when it was discovered how friendly and lovable they were. Most people believe that the Miniature Pinscher was bred from the Dachshund, Italian Greyhound, and some forms of Terriers. Their name even means terrier in German. The red-coated Miniature Pinscher was nicknamed Reh Pinscher because it looked so much like the tiny red deer that lived in Germany back then. The Pinscher Klub of Germany was formed in the late 1800s but they were not seen in American until about 20 years later. In 1925, they were accepted by the American Kennel Club and the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1930. The Rottweiler also originated in Germany around the same time as the Miniature Pinscher, bred from the Roman Drover Dog, German Shepherd, and Mastiff. Their name came from the town they originated in, which was called Rottweil at that time. They were originally used to guard soldiers of the Roman Empire but were then used to herd cattle during the day and protect homes at night. These muscular dogs were also used to pull carts and wagons or hunt bears. After cattle driving was outlawed and donkeys were used for drafting, the Rottweiler was mainly used by butchers to pull carts of meat and were nicknamed the Rottweiler Metzgerhund, which means Rottweiler butcher dog. The International Club for Leonbergers and Rottweilers was started in Germany in 1899 and they became popular in America soon after, being accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1931.

Pinweiler Breed Appearance

The Pinweiler is a medium sized dog with short, thin, straight fur that is usually black with rusty brown or fawn colored Rottweiler markings on the face and body. They have a small head with floppy, triangular ears, large brown eyes, and a black leathery nose. The Pinweiler has a pointed muzzle like a Miniature Pinscher and long neck with long legs and big feet. Their tail is long and may curl up over its back but is usually straight. Some owners may choose to crop and clip the tail and ears but this is not necessary. With thin lips and big teeth with a scissors bite, they look like they are baring their teeth even when they are not. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pinweiler eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pinweiler nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pinweiler coat
Black
brown Pinweiler coat
Brown
fawn Pinweiler coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pinweiler straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pinweiler Breed Maintenance

The Pinweiler’s coat is short and easy to care for but you should brush your dog at least every other day to prevent excessive shedding. Brushing with a slicker brush or hard bristle brush is good for circulation and healthy skin. Your Pinweiler does not need to be bathed unless they get extremely dirty and do not shampoo your dog too often or her skin can become dry and irritated. When bathing your dog, be sure to clean out her ears and you should also clip her toenails with a nail clipper once a month or when needed.

Brushes for Pinweiler
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pinweiler requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pinweiler Temperament

The Pinweiler loves their family and wants to be with you all the time so they may have separation anxiety if left alone too long. However, if you make sure your dog gets enough attention and exercise, she should be okay. They are chewers so make sure their toys are safe for dogs who chew a lot. Kong toys are the best. Your Pinweiler will bark to let you know if she thinks there is a threat and she needs to know she is appreciated so make sure you praise her often. Training is easy with proper methods such as positive reinforcement. 

Pinweiler Activity Requirements

To keep your Pinweiler healthy and happy, make sure she gets at least an hour to 90 minutes of activity every day. If your dog does not get enough exercise, she can become anxious and develop behavior issues like chewing on your belongings or scratching at doors and furniture. She may also become anxious or depressed. A large, fenced backyard is preferable for your Pinweiler because they love to get out and run around for several hours a day. Some other activities your Pinweiler may enjoy include hiking, swimming, playing at the dog park, or taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Pinweiler Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3.5 cups
Daily Cost
$2.4 - $3.2
Monthly Cost
$72 - $96

Pinweiler Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pinweiler size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Pinweiler size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 25 lbs
12 Months
Male Pinweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Pinweiler size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 35 lbs
18 Months
Male Pinweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Pinweiler size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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