How Much Does a Miniature Pinscher Cost?

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The Miniature Pinscher, often referred to as the King of the Toys, is a smaller toy dog breed 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.  It has been said that this breed is a cross between the Dachshund and the Greyhound, and have been created to closely mimic the Doberman Pinscher, even though it’s not.

With a well-balanced, compact body, this Pinscher can stand as high as 10 inches and can weigh up to 10 pounds.

The cost of a Miniature Pinscher can vary depending upon the breeder selling it, the age of the dog, quality, its heritage, inclusions and geographical location.

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How much does a Miniature Pinscher cost?

On average, a Miniature Pinscher puppy can cost anywhere from $600 to as much as $1,550.    From our research, dogs that weren’t registered with the AKC would be in the $500 to $900 range, while dogs with AKC paperwork would be in the $1,300 to $1,600 range.

Older dogs, if found at a local shelter or rescue group, can cost less than $300.

At the time of this writing, there were close to 150 classified listings on, an online puppy classified website.  Here, the prices ranged anywhere from as little as $600 to more than $1,300.  Most of the ads we looked at included the registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a veterinarian exam, health certificate and health guarantee.

On the various listings on the official AKC Marketplace, the costs from licensed AKC breeders were in the $1,500 range.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder will include a health guarantee, a health checkup from a licensed veterinarian, up-to-date vaccinations and some may include a microchip, spay/neuter and small starter kit with the essentials to start taking care of your new puppy.  If the dog is going to be shipped through an airline, an airline approved shipping crate with be included.

Depending on the breeder, many opt to dock the tail, remove the side dew claws and pin back the ears.

What are the extra costs?

Shipping a dog via an airline can often cost $100 to $350 depending upon the airline.  However, since these dogs are relatively easy to find across the United States, shipping won’t be necessary most of the time.

Microchipping a dog can cost $20 to $60.

Recurring costs such as dog food, accessories, toys, and routine/surprise vet bills need to be budgeted for.

With any breed, obedience classes are highly recommended to teach the dog the basics of sit, stay and lie down.  At a minimum, consider taking professional puppy classes to help house and crate train your puppy.  Considered to be a brilliant breed, the right amount of training can help the puppy thrive.

Tips to know:

The Miniature Pinscher is alert, loyal and extremely playful.  At a young age, this puppy will require a lot of socialization in order to do well around children and/or strangers.

Its temperament, according to Next Day Pets, is known to be inquisitive, quite vigorous and very headstrong.

The coat’s sleek hair will be short in size and will come in either a clear red, stag red, black, rust, chocolate or a mix of both.  The most commonly seen colors will be either red or a black and rust mix.

The Miniature Pinscher, weighing less than 10 pounds, will be compact in size with a muscular build.  As in the picture above, it will have darker eyes, upright ears and may be cropped, depending on the breeder.  The muzzle will be medium in length, and the tail will be docked; again, depending on the breeder’s preference.

When it comes to grooming, it’s known as a very low maintenance breed; however, it’s advisable you wipe down its coat with a wet cloth to remove any excess hair.

Although the dog can do well in an apartment or a smaller setting, it will still need a half hour or so of daily exercise outside.  A few short walks per day will usually be sufficient enough.

This breed is prone to common health problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, a common disorder that may cause blindness, and joint problems.

How can I save money?

As you can see above, a puppy can be thousands of dollars to get started.  Consider going to a local adoption center to see if you can find a puppy that closely resembles this breed.  For example, you could find a popular mix such as a Miniature Pinscher Chihuahua or miniature Pinscher Dachshund.  While it may not be a Miniature Pinscher, it can still be just as loveable.  Plus, you’re helping the local rescue centers, not the breeders in it for the profits.

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