The Miniature Pinscher is a loyal, alert and fearless dog often described as the King of Toys. It forms an unbreakable bond with its owners and would suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. It is full of energy, clever, curious and vigorous, and can be a handful at times, which is why it is not recommended for new dog owners. It needs an experienced dog owner that will take the alpha role from the get-go. It has a tendency to be stubborn and strong-willed and would selectively listen. Even though it is small, it is quick to alert when it senses the presence of strangers. It is wary of people it does not know but would prefer to stay away than be aggressive. Although small, it has loads of energy so it is better off to families that lead active, outdoor lives.
Mini Pins are usually calm around kids but they would do better with families with older children that know how to tiny handle dogs. Because of its size, it can easily be dropped by toddlers. Regardless, parents should supervise child-dog interactions and teach kids to treat animals with love and respect. Mini Pins also tend to be snappy when playtime is too boisterous. When it comes to other dogs and pets, these tenacious dogs get on well with animals they grow up with, even cats. However, they can be a bit aggressive around dogs of the same gender, not realising how small they are. They can also consider smaller animals as fair game so owners also need to keep a close eye.
Despite being intelligent and a quick learner, the Mini Pinscher can prove to be a challenge during trainings because of its strong-mindedness. It is also quick to pick up some bad behaviours. However, early training and socialisation under the right trainer would make it more cooperative and obedient. Trainings should focus on basic dog behaviour, which would curb its digging, barking and chewing tendencies especially when left alone.