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NEW ZEALAND KENNEL CLUB
Official Breed Standard
The Miniature Pinscher is structurally a well balanced, sturdy, compact, elegant, short-coupled,
smooth-coated toy dog. He is naturally well groomed, proud, vigorous and alert. The natural
characteristic traits which identify him from other toy dogs are his precise Hackney gait, his
fearless animation, complete self-possession and his spirited presence.
Head and Skull:
Rather more elongated than short and round. Narrow and without conspicuous cheek formation.
In correct proportion to the body. The skull should appear flat when viewed from the front. The
muzzle must be rather strong and proportionate to the skull. The nose well formed, black only with
the exception of livers and blues, which may have a self-coloured nose.
Fitting well into the face. Neither too full nor round, neither too little nor slanting. Black or nearly
Must be set on high, as small as possible, erect or dropped.
Strong yet graceful. Slightly arched. Well fitted into the shoulders. Free from throatiness.
Forechest well developed and full, moderately broad, shoulders clean, sloping with moderate
angulation. Co-ordinated to permit the true action of the Hackney pony.
To be square, back line straight, sloping slightly towards the rear. Belly moderately tucked up.
Ribs well sprung, deep rather than barrelled. Viewed from the top slightly wedge-shaped.
Should be parallel to each other and wide enough apart to fit in with a properly built body. The
hindquarters should be well developed and muscular with a good sweep of stifle and their hocks
turning neither in nor out.
Legs straight, medium bone. Feet cat-like, elbows close to body. Nails dark.
A continuation of the top-line carried a little high and docked short.
Smooth, hard and short. Straight and lustrous. Closely adhering to and uniformly covering the
Black, blue, chocolate with sharply defined tan markings on checks, lips, lower jaw, throat, twin
spots above eyes and chest, lower half of fore-legs, inside of hind-legs and vent region, lower
portion of hocks and feet. All the above colours should have black pencilling on toes with no
thumb marks. Solid red of various shades. Slight white on chest is permissible but undesirable.
The height is to range from 25.5 to 30.5 cm. (10-12 inches) at the withers.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.