Anyone who's shared his home with a miniature pinscher can tell you this little dog can have a big impact on your life. Brave, engaging and playful, the miniature pinscher makes a devoted companion. A healthy miniature pinscher has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
A member of the American Kennel Club's toy group, the miniature pinscher -- or min pin -- is a tiny dog whose life span is similar to those of other toy breeds. Twelve to 14 years is the normal life span for a healthy min pin, though the breed is susceptible to some minor health issues. Potential problems include disintegration of the hip joint -- known as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease -- kneecap dislocation, or patellar luxation, heart defects and hypothyroidism. Eye problems, such as progressive retinal atrophy, diabetes and congenital deafness are occasional problems affecting min pins. Mini pinschers are generally healthy, sturdy little dogs; however; they're not particularly keen on cold weather -- living outdoors isn't for this breed, and a sweater is definitely welcome on cold winter walks. Otherwise, a healthy diet, regular vet checks, firm, consistent training, a good daily walk and play time go a long way in helping the miniature pinscher reach his full dozen-or-so-years' life span.