Miniature pinschers might be small dogs, but what they lack in size, they make up for in personality! Known to enthusiasts as the “king of toys,” min-pins are known for fearless, fun-loving, and energetic personality.
Another thing this breed is known for? Their relatively low-maintenance grooming needs. Min-pins are a great choice for dog owners who want to spend their time enjoying their pet—and not spending hours every week (or day!) grooming them to perfection.
But just because these dogs don’t have a ton of grooming needs doesn’t mean they don’t have any grooming needs at all. Let’s take a deep dive into miniature pinscher grooming—how much they shed, how to bathe them, and how to keep your min-pin looking and feeling their best:
Miniature pinschers have a short, hard, and wiry coat. And while this isn’t the most heavily shedding breed, you can definitely expect some shedding from your min-pin.
Luckily, it’s easy to keep the shedding under control. A weekly brushing with a soft brush will help remove any dead hair and keep your home, furniture, and clothing free of dog hair. Plus, regular brushing helps to distribute your pet’s natural skin oils, which will leave their coat looking (and feeling!) shiny, smooth, and healthy.
Continuing with the low-maintenance grooming trend, min-pins don’t need to be bathed all that often. Obviously, if your pet gets dirty (for example, if they get into a particularly muddy area of the backyard or find their way into the garbage can), you’re going to want to give them a good washing (for their sake and yours!). But otherwise, a monthly bath is plenty to keep your pet looking and feeling their best.
One thing to keep in mind when bathing your dog? Blame their small stature and their short coat, but min-pins HATE the cold. Make sure that the water you use during the bath is a nice, warm temperature and as soon as you’re done rinsing them off, wrap them in a warm towel until they’re fully dry.
A few other things to keep in mind when bathing your dog include:
- Tire them out. Miniature pinschers are known as high energy dogs. All that energy doesn’t bode well for bath time. Give your min-pin a bath once they’ve had a chance to work off some energy (like after a trip to the dog park or a nice, long walk). The more tired your pet, the more relaxed they’ll be during bath time—and the easier it will be to bathe them.
- Brush your pet before the bath. Pre-bath time is the perfect time to give your dog a brush and remove any excess hair. (Unless you want all that excess hair to line the bathtub, that is!)
- Use the right products. Shampoos, soaps, and conditioners formulated for humans are not safe for pets, so make sure to invest in bath products specifically made for your pup.
- Watch the ears! Min-pins have upright ears, and it’s easy for soap to get into the ear canal. Make sure to thoroughly rinse off the ears and make sure there’s no leftover soap residue hiding in their ears post-bath.
Brushing and bathing your dog are a must if you want to keep them looking and feeling their best, but there are a few additional needs to keep in mind if you want to properly groom your min-pin—most notably their nails.
Miniature pinscher nails grow longer than other breeds, so you’ll need to trim your dog’s nails every few weeks; otherwise, the added length can be uncomfortable (even painful) for your dog when they walk. A good rule of thumb? If you can hear your dog’s nails when they walk across the floor, they’re too long and you should clip them ASAP.
If you’ve never clipped a dog’s nails before, you might want to enlist the help of a professional groomer; getting them the right length can be tricky. If you clip them too short, you can hurt your pup.
Min-pins do not need regular haircuts, shaves, or trims. Because their coat is so short, there’s not much to cut anyway—and if you try to get it any shorter than it already is, you can mess with their ability to stay warm (and remember, min-pins already don’t do well in the cold!).
The only time you should attempt to shave or otherwise shorten your dog’s hair is under the guidance and supervision of a veterinarian. Your vet may ask to shave part of your dog’s coat for medical reasons (for example, to get a better look at a skin issue)—but other than that, there’s no reason to schedule a haircut for your pup.