Known as the ‘King of the Toy breeds’, the Miniature Pinscher is a fearless and proud toy dog breed with a great sense of fun.
If you own or adopt this breed you will be curious to know their growth trajectory and using a Miniature Pinscher weight chart is the simplest and easiest way to do so.
Miniature Pinschers typically live for 12 to 16 years and are available in a variety of colors including black & rust, stag red, and chocolate & tan.
In this article, we present how to use the Miniature Pinscher growth chart and also provide general tips to help you monitor the growth of your puppy.
When Do Miniature Pinschers Stop Growing?
As the Miniature Pinscher is a toy dog breed it is very small in size. Typically smaller size dogs grow faster than larger dog breeds, so the Miniature Pinscher is expected to be fully grown by 12 months.
At full adult weight, Miniature Pinschers will weigh in the region of 9 to 11 pounds. Miniature Pinschers typically stand between 10 to 12 inches as tall as adults.
Around 80% of growth is complete by six months of age which shows just how fast these puppies grow.
Although the puppies achieve full physical development by 12 months, their mental and sexual development takes up to 15 months to fully develop.
Miniature Pinscher Growth Chart
The Miniature Pinscher weight chart is a free and simple tool to help you monitor the growth of your puppy.
The weight chart is broken down by month, giving you expected weight ranges in both pounds (lbs) and kilograms (kg).
You simply have to weigh your puppy at monthly intervals and compare the measurement against the weight ranges specified in the weight chart.
Note that male Miniature Pinschers are typically heavier than females. This means you can expect the male measurements to be on the higher end of the weight boundary compared to females.
You should use the weight ranges as indicators and not set in stone. All dogs are individual and have their growth trajectory, while most will fit inside the boundaries specified, some may not.
If your dog is outside the boundaries it is generally not a concern. We recommend visiting a vet for a check-up only if your dog is 15% below or over the boundary.
By three months of age, Miniature Pinschers are already around 40% of their final weight, weighing 4 to 4.8 pounds.
Between three to six months they grow significantly to almost double their body weight. They should weigh 7 to 8.8 pounds by six months.
By 12 months, Miniature Pinschers should achieve their full body weight which ranges from 9 to 11 pounds.
Miniature Pinscher Weight Chart
|Age||Min Weight lbs||Max Weight lbs|
|3 Months||4 lbs||4.8 lbs|
|4 Months||4.7 lbs||6.5 lbs|
|5 Months||6.3 lbs||8 lbs|
|6 Months||7 lbs||8.8 lbs|
|7 Months||7.5 lbs||9.5 lbs|
|8 Months||7.8 lbs||10 lbs|
|9 Months||8.1 lbs||10.3 lbs|
|10 Months||8.4 lbs||10.5 lbs|
|11 Months||8.7 lbs||10.8 lbs|
|1 Year||9 lbs||11 lbs|
Miniature Pinscher Puppy Development Stages
Puppies of all dog breeds are born reliant on their mother for comfort and food.
Ensuring Miniature Pinschers spend maximum time with their mother in the first few weeks is crucial for their development as they pick up essential dog behaviors and early socialization with littermates.
The puppies feed through their mother’s milk and slowly learn how to open their eyes and ears. They are mainly stationary but by two weeks can attempt to start moving.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
This stage is commonly referred to as the socialization stage as Miniature Pinschers become curious to explore their surroundings and meet friendly faces. This is the ideal time for them to meet other dogs and humans.
The puppy should still spend the majority of its time with its mother up until week seven. From then on they can start some house training.
From 9 to 12 weeks, Miniature Pinscher puppies are very curious and attentive which is ideal for more rigorous training to develop their social skills.
4 Months – 9 Months
From four to nine months Miniature Pinschers undergo dramatic changes from being mere puppies to near adults.
Their physical and mental development is increasing at pace and you will encounter stages such as teething, chewing, dominance, and potty training. In other words, a lot is going on!
During this crucial development phase, you will need to you have your puppy trained. Ensuring they know right from wrong and good behavior traits, the stage will be manageable.
You should get your puppy neutered or spayed during this phase as they will start to develop sexual urges.
10 Months – 18 Months
From 10 to 12 months Miniature achieve their adult weight and height. Mental and sexual maturity comes a few months later at 15 months.
The puppy will now resemble an adult-size dog and will present adult behaviors such as dominance and submission.
To ensure they receive adequate nutrition to sustain their energy, you should fully transition from puppy food to adult food during this stage. The transition should be managed carefully to avoid any stomach upset.
Once they reach their adult weight and height you should not expect any further growth for Miniature Pinschers.
To ensure they don’t excessively gain or lose weight you need to provide your puppy with a healthy balanced diet.
During adulthood maintaining a good routine is crucial to ensuring your puppy feels safe and balanced.
Miniature Pinschers enjoy exploring their surroundings so make sure you fit in the regular daily exercise of at least 60 minutes a day.
How Big Do Miniature Pinschers Get?
Miniature Pinschers achieve 80% of growth in the first six months and then fill the remaining 20% up to 12 months.
When acquiring this dog breed there are a variety of ways to predict its growth. These are explored below.
Look at the parents – an easy way to predict the growth of your puppy is by looking at the size of its parents. Reputable breeders should have the adult size information of both parents and you can compare the size of a male puppy to its father and a female puppy to its mother.
Follow a weight chart – as explored in this article, a Miniature Pinscher weight chart is the easiest way to monitor the growth of your puppy.
Simply measure their weight monthly and compare it against the expected weight boundaries. If you like a visual representation, you can plot these measures on a graph against the weight boundaries.
DNA test – conducting a DNA test is another approach to exploring the growth trajectory of your puppy.
These tests can be done at home or in a testing center and require a cheek swab from your puppy.
The genetic test looks at the genes affecting your puppy’s body size. Before doing a DNA test, consult your vet on recommended firms.
Paws – looking at your puppy’s paws can also predict whether there is more growth to come. If your puppy’s paws are smaller in relation to the body composition, more growth is expected.
Miniature Pinscher Size Chart
To measure the height of your Miniature Pinscher you can simply use a measuring tape at home.
Stand your puppy against a stationary frame or wall and locate the top of the shoulders known as the withers.
Measure from this point to the ground to work out your pup’s height.
Typically, female Miniature Pinschers stand 10 to 11 inches tall while male Miniature Pinschers stand 10 to 12 inches tall.
Will Neutering/Spaying My Miniature Pinscher Affect His Growth?
Spaying and neutering are important surgical procedures to remove the reproductive organs from dogs. Spaying removes the ovaries from female dogs while neutering removes the testes from male dogs.
If these procedures are conducted when your Miniature Pinscher has reached puberty, there should be no impact on growth. The procedure should be administered between four and nine months of age.
Consult your vet to know the optimum time to conduct the procedure as individual cases may differ.
Other than preventing unwanted pregnancies the procedures have other benefits which include reducing the risk of cancer in the reproductive organs and also tames any aggressive tendencies.
If the procedure is done when your puppy is pre-pubescent, the procedure can impact the growth plates as there is an intricate link between reproduction and growth hormones.
Doberman Vs Miniature Pinscher Size
Although both breeds are Pinschers they vary greatly in size.
Dobermans are large a Pinscher breed standing 24 to 28 inches tall and weighing between 60 to 100 pounds.
This is significantly larger than Miniatures which stand at 10 to inches tall and weigh between 9 and 11 pounds as adults.
Due to their size and physical capability, Dobermans are great as working dogs while the small size of Miniatures makes them ideal toy companion dogs.
Dobermans and Miniatures share many Pinscher temperament traits such as high intelligence, fearlessness, and loyalty.
Dobermans are slightly less independent and headstrong compared to Miniatures.
Factors That Affect Miniature Pinscher Growth
Genetics & Gender
Genetics and gender are key factors that will impact the growth trajectory of Miniature Pinschers.
The genetic makeup of the parents will be passed on to the offspring which means your puppy will likely resemble the appearance, weight, and height of its parents.
Gender impacts growth as male Miniature Pinschers is slightly heavier and taller than females.
However, as Miniature Pinschers are a toy dog breed, the difference between males and females is minimal compared to medium and large dog breeds.
The nutrition provided to your Miniature Pinscher is within the control of dog owners. Ensuring your puppy receives a quality diet is the best thing you can do to equip it to grow well.
A quality balanced diet will include proteins to support growth and muscle development, omega fatty acids to support the coat and skin health, carbohydrates provide a key energy source while healthy vitamins and minerals provide immune system support and good digestive health.
Good quality dry kibble is a recommended diet for Miniature Pinschers as it provides balanced nutrition while also being affordable and easy to feed.
Alongside the nutritional balance, make sure you establish a consistent feeding routine. You should also avoid free feeding as Miniature Pinschers can easily gain weight with unregulated access to food.
Physical Activity & Health
A healthy existence comes with a balanced diet and exercise. As adults Miniature Pinschers need one hour of exercise per day which is most easily done as a walk.
As puppies, you can introduce walking by starting with five minutes and adding time each day or week so they can build up to longer walks.
Exercise is key to providing physical development and mental stimulation so should be prioritized each day.
How Much To Feed A Growing Miniature Pinscher Puppy?
Miniature Pinchers have small mouths so you should avoid feeding them food or treats that are larger than half an inch in diameter.
Growing Miniature Pinscher puppies require slightly less than an ounce per body weight per pound.
For three months of age, this equates to a total of 3-4 ounces of food which is around one cup per day, spread out over three to four meals.
By six months this increases to 6-7 ounces of food per day which is one and a quarter cups of food spread over three to four meals.
As adults, Miniature Pinchers need around a one-half ounce of food per body weight per pound.
This would equate to 4.5 to 5.5 ounces of food per day, spread over two meals. This is around 1 to 1.5 cups depending on the cup size.
How To Tell If Your Miniature Pinscher Is Underweight Or Overweight?
Using the Miniature Pinscher weight chart is an easy way to track if your dog is over or underweight.
However, there are other quick and easy ways to tell if your Miniature Pinscher is underweight or overweight without needing to measure them.
The easiest way is to run your hand along the side of your dog to see if they have excess weight.
Also if you cannot feel your dog’s ribs and there is no clear waistline, they need to shed some pounds to be back on track.
Likewise, if you run your hands over the sides of your dog and you can easily feel the ribs with minimal fat it is a sign they are underweight.
Signs of being underweight can also be shown through vertebrae and hip bones visually sticking out.
If you observe that your dog is under or overweight, you should first amend the portion size and exercise routine.
These are changes within the owner’s control and you can take baseline and endline measures to compare the change.
If there is no significant change, you should visit the vet for a check-up to see if there is any underlying health issue.
What To Do If My Miniature Pinscher Is Not The Right Weight?
If you notice your dog is 15% over or under the recommended weight guideline, you should contact your vet for a check-up.
Assuming there are no underlying health issues, your vet will recommend various measures you can take at home to nurse your dog back to the recommended weight.
For underweight dogs, supplements are often recommended to add to meals to boost the level of nutrients in the diet.
You may also consider reducing the level of physical activity and increasing the portion size in a bid to gain weight.
Dogs who are overweight should eat less, eat better quality foods, and increase calorie burn.
You should look at the nutrient content of the food you are providing and consider if there are better quality options.
Then you can start to decrease the portion size and combine this with higher-intensity exercise to burn more calories.
How To Properly Weight My Miniature Pinscher?
To track closely against the weight chart, you should try and weigh your Miniature Pinscher every month during their first year.
As adults, you can then weigh them every six months to check they are on track.
Having regular measurements ensures that you are doing your bit to monitor your dog’s growth and make sure they are at a healthy weight.
Measuring your dog’s weight is very easy, you can do it by following the steps below:
- Put a weighing scale on a hard surface.
- Step on the scale, weigh yourself, and record the measurement.
- Step off the scale and pick up your puppy.
- Step back on the scale while holding your puppy and record the measurement.
- Subtract measurement one from measurement two and the difference is the weight of your dog.
Miniature Pinscher Genetics And Common Health Problems
Miniature Pinschers are generally healthy dogs however they are also genetically prone to certain health conditions such as:
- Cataracts – which make the appearance of the eyes cloudy, making the eyes irritable and affecting sight.
- Progressive retinal atrophy – impacts the retina of the eye and deteriorates over time to cause gradual and then total blindness.
- Urolithiasis – this forms stones in the urine causing intense bladder pain.
Other known health issues include:
- Patellar Luxation
- Heart disease
- Digestive issues
- Sensitive skin
Although these health issues are common they are not guaranteed for all Miniature Pinschers.
Provided you monitor their health regularly and provide a balanced diet and exercise, the risk of them contracting health issues reduces.
Contact your vet if you notice anything out of the ordinary to catch any health issues early.
You should now feel confident in approaches to monitoring the growth and overall health of your Miniature Pinscher puppy.
The Miniature Pincher weight chart is an easy tool for you to use to keep your pup’s health on track.
Miniature Pinschers are healthy dogs and simply require a healthy balanced diet, exercise, and loving home to live long fulfilling lives.
As owners, do your best to keep on track of their weight and height regularly to prevent any underlying health issues from causing them ill health.