Kennel Club Breed Standard for the Miniature Pinscher
Well balanced, sturdy, compact, elegant, short-coupled, smooth-coated toy dog. Naturally well groomed, proud, vigorous and alert
Precise hackney gait, fearless animation, complete self-possession and spirited presence.
Fearless and alert.
HEAD AND SKULL
More elongated than short and round. Narrow, without conspicuous cheek formation. In proportion to body. Skull flat when viewed from front. Muzzle rather strong and proportionate to skull. Nostrils well formed. Nose black with the exception of chocolate and blue in which it may be self-coloured.
Fitting well into face. Neither too full nor round, nor too small or slanting. Black or nearly black.
Black & Tan
Set on high, as small as possible, erect or dropped.
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Strong yet graceful, slightly arched. Well fitted into shoulders. Free from throatiness.
Forechest well developed and full, moderately broad; shoulders clean, sloping with moderate angulation. Legs straight, medium bone, elbows close to body.
Square, back line straight, sloping towards rear. Belly moderately tucked-up. Ribs well sprung, deep rather than barrelled. Viewed from top slightly wedge-shaped.
Parallel and wide enough apart to fit in with a properly built body. Hindquarters well developed, muscular with good sweep of stifle, and hocks turning neither in nor out. Legs straight, medium bone.
Cat-like; nails dark.
|Chocolate & Tan|
|TAIL Customarily docked.
Docked: Short. Continuation of topline. Carried a little high.
Undocked: Continuation of topline. Set and carried a little high. Length to give an overall balanced appearance. ( As of April 2007 there is now a ban on docking in the UK)
Co-ordinated to permit a true hackneyed action.
Height from 25.5 – 30cm (10 – 12in) at withers.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
(reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club)