Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Miniature Pinscher puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Miniature Pinschers, the best dog food diet for feeding Miniature Pinscher puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Miniature Pinscher dog breed

Miniature Pinscher Health Problems and Raising a Miniature Pinscher Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Miniature Pinschers:

The most serious orthopedic disease in Min Pins is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Much less serious, but fairly common, is luxating patella (loose knees). Hip dysplasia can occur, but is not common.

Epilepsy and heart disease (mitral valve disease) are concerns in the breed.

Eye diseases in Miniature Pinschers include cataracts (appearing at 18-36 months old and often progressing to blindness), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (always progressing to blindness), and dry eye.

The most common skin diseases are demodectic mange (VERY common in young Miniature Pinschers) and allergies, which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Color dilution alopecia can occur in blue Miniature Pinschers.

Other health issues in Min Pins include hypothyroidism, hernias, and occasionally lysosomal storage disease.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Miniature Pinscher?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Miniature Pinschers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Miniature Pinscher puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Miniature Pinscher puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Miniature Pinscher puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Miniature Pinscher lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Miniature Pinscher
The best diet for feeding your Miniature Pinscher is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Miniature Pinscher. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Miniature Pinscher
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Miniature Pinscher. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Miniature Pinscher puppy really need? Does your adult Min Pin need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Miniature Pinscher. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Miniature Pinscher. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Miniature Pinscher.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.