How Much Does a Miniature Pinscher Cost?
The Miniature Pinscher is a smaller breed of dog that originated in Germany and is part of the International Kennel Club. This dog is often confused with the miniature doberman because of the many similarities. With a well-balanced, compact body, this Pinscher can stand as high as 10 inches and can weight up to 10 pounds. The cost of a Miniature Pinscher can vary depending upon the breeder selling it, the age of the dog, quality, inclusions and geographical location.
How much is it?
- On average, a Miniature Pinscher can cost anywhere from $400 to as much as $850. This is the common price range for dogs that are between the ages of 8 weeks and six months old.
- Older dogs that are over the age of two or three can often be found within the $200 to $400 price range.
- According to the website NextDayPets.com, a wide variety of breeders have Miniature Pinschers listed for anywhere from $500 to as much as $900 for an AKC certified puppy.
What are the extra costs?
- Shipping a dog through an airline can often cost $100 to $250 depending upon the airline. These are the most common fees for those shipping within the United States. International shipping can often be more than $300.
- Many puppies will have a microchip inserted upon purchase. If they do not and you would like to get one, a microchip can cost $20 to $60. See: “How much does microchipping a dog cost?“
- If the dog is registered with the AKC, these papers will often come included as well.
- Maintenance for the life of the dog such as dog food, vet bills, and supplies will be needed. Plan on about $30 per month on average.
- There is pet insurance available to cover the cost of veterinarian fees if your dog gets sick or injured. This will require and monthly or yearly fee.
What is going to be included?
- If the dog is going to be shipped through an airline, a shipping crate with be included. This shipping crate will usually have to be approved by the airline.
- Depending on the breeder, many opt to dock the tail and pin back the ears. Other common procedures include removing the side dew claws.
- Reputable breeders will include pet insurance that can protect your investment for the first 30 days. If anything goes wrong, the insurance will cover all of the vet bills.
- A health certificate claiming its past health records will be given to the owner.
- A microchip, while optional, may be included with the puppy.
Tips to know:
- Most breeders will not ship their dogs until they have reached the age of eight weeks. It is important to note that many breeders often perform alterations such as ear pinning before selling the dog. If you do not want these procedures done, be sure to find one that offers an all natural dog.
- These dogs tend to have a lot of energy and often do not get along with other dogs. Before choosing a dog with this type of energy level, make sure that you decide whether or not it would fit in with your lifestyle.
- Because of the higher energy level, its highly advisable that you allow this dog roam in larger yards. This dog is not designed for smaller apartment settings.
How can I save money?
- Since this is a rather common breed, try to find a breeder within driving distance of your home. Not only is this a great way to meet with the dog and see its personality, it is a great way to ask questions with the breeder and avoid shipping costs.