The Miniature Pinscher is a sturdy, compact, smooth-coated dog. Like its standard-sized cousin, it is a proud, vigorous breed. But don't be confused, the "Min Pin" (as it sometimes called) is not a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher. The characteristic traits of the Min Pin are its total self-possession, spirited vitality, and high-stepping gait. It is alert and upstanding, and one of the most athletic toy breeds.