FCI Standard N° 185 / / GB
TRANSLATION: Mrs C. Seidler.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 06.04.2000
UTILISATION: House and Companion Dog.
CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer- Molossian breeds –
Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds.
Section 1 Pinscher and Schnauzer type.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
Miniature Pinschers were kept in large numbers around the turn of the century already and the Stud
Book for 1925 records no less than 1300 entries. Like with the German Pinscher, from the numerous
colour variations, only the colours black with lighter markings and solid red to red-brown were
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.
Skull: Strong, elongated without markedly protruding occiput. The forehead is flat without wrinkles,
running parallel to the bridge of nose.
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.
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 curved line with the underside of
FOREQUARTERS: 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 horizontal.
Upper arm: Lying close to the body, strong and well muscled, forming an angle of 95° to 100° to the
Elbows: Correctly fitting, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm: Strongly developed and well muscled. Completely straight seen from the 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.
HINDQUARTERS: 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.
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. => 9,8 to 11,8 inches
Weight: Dogs and bitches: 4 to 6 kg. => 8,8 to 13,2 pounds
FAULTS : 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.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
NB: Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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