In an example of unnecessary confusion, the miniature pinscher is often referred to as a miniature Doberman based purely on his looks, even though the min pin isn't related to the Doberman at all. Regardless of his ancestry, this petite pooch's smooth, short coat makes grooming a cinch.
A Quick Brush
Sleek and smooth, short and shiny, your min pin's coat looks as though it needs a buffing instead of a brushing. His small size and short coat make for quick sessions with the brush, and remove the loose, dead hair before it covers your couch. Use a bristled brush to get through his coat and down to his skin, and brush him two or three times a week to keep tangles or mats from forming.
The Rare Bath
Unless your min pin decides to regularly roll in stinky, sticky mud puddles, he shouldn't need a bath often. When you do bathe him, use a gentle dog shampoo and rinse him thoroughly to remove all residue before it dries and irritates his skin. In most cases, min pins do well with the typical bathing schedule of once every three or four months or so. If he's particularly dirty, however, feel free to wash him sooner.
The Regular Wipe Down
Your min pin's slick coat not only looks nice, but can offer an easy way to stay clean between dates with the tub. If he's looking a little dirty but you don't have the time or desire to do a full-on bath, take a wet washcloth and wipe his coat down. Start with his face, wiping under his eyes and working your way back along the rest of his body. Giving your pooch this pseudo sponge bath keeps him fresh and clean, and won't dry his skin like frequent bathing can.
Beware Coat Changes
An animal's coat is a good outward indicator of his overall health, and your min pin is no different. Unusual coat changes could indicate an underlying medical condition, or the presence of parasites. It could also be a symptom of allergies or injury. Changes that occur suddenly should be investigated by your vet, as early diagnosis and treatment can mean quick return to full health.
Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.