Miniature Pinscher vs Pekingese

Compare the Miniature Pinscher to the Pekingese. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Miniature Pinschers and Pekingese.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Pekingese is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Miniature Pinscher and Pekingese are child friendly, but the Miniature Pinscher is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - The Miniature Pinscher is very easy to groom. The Pekingese has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Pekingese bark/howls frequently. The Miniature Pinscher has a low tendency to bark.
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Miniature Pinscher vs Pekingese
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Breed NameMiniature PinscherPekingese
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height10-12 in.6-9 in.
Weight8-11 lb7-14 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyChina
Origin YearUnknown20 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F55°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed16 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameMiniature PinscherPekingese
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameMiniature PinscherPekingese
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Brachycephalic SyndromeNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Cleft PalateNoYes
CryptorchidismNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Exposure Keratopathy SyndromeNoYes
HydrocephalusNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseNoYes
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameMiniature PinscherPekingese
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & RustYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
Blue & RustYesNo
Blue & TanYesNo
Blue Stag RedYesNo
Chocolate & RustYesNo
Chocolate & TanYesNo
Chocolate Stag RedYesNo
Fawn & RustYesNo
Isabella & Stag RedYesNo
Isabella & TanYesNo
RedYesNo
Stag RedYesNo
BiscuitNoYes
BlackNoYes
CreamNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn BrindleNoYes
Fawn SableNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray SableNoYes
Light RedNoYes
Red BrindleNoYes
Red SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes