This page is intended to give a brief description of the coat colors seen, past & present, on the Miniature Pinscher. This page is not here to give a false face to any of these colors. Remember that only the first four are accepted in AKC conformation show rings, but that all colors may be registered.
The following photos were borrowed from IMPS foster parents & other Min Pin owners. I have asked all of them for permission to use. Please take a moment to visit the Internet Miniature Pinscher Service.
The first, which is most common in my area, is Black & Rust or Black & Tan. This coat color says enough about its self. A midnight black coat with dark yellowish red to mahogany colored points. Points being on the cheeks, chest, legs, paws, inside of thighs, & vent region.
Imp (IMPS-KS) Photo used with permission
The second is clear red. Also says enough about its self. The same yellowish red to mahogany color seen on the points of Black dogs.
Cujo (IMPS-TN), Photo used with permission.
Third is Stag Red. The same red colors as described above, with an intermingling of black hairs through out the coat.
Dixie (IMPS-CA), is shown with natural tail & ears. Photo used with permission.
Forth is Chocolate & Rust or Chocolate & Tan. Chocolate being a deep, rich brown with points being the same as listed for Black dogs. Nose is self colored. This color is recessive, both parents must have this color in their background to throw it.
Buck (IMPS-OH), Photo used with permission.
Fifth is Blue & Rust or Blue & Tan. Blue is a stunning steel gray color with the points being the same as listed for Black dogs. This is a dilute color, Black breed to Black many times over without breeding to another color will produce this color, as will breeding two dogs that carry the dilute gene for blue.
Levi (IMPS RESCUE - TN), Photo used with permission.
Levi was adopted by an IMPS volunteer.
Sixth is Fawn & Rust or Fawn & Tan. Fawn is a VERY, VERY light colored chocolate, a VERY light redish brown color. The points are the same colors as listed for Black dogs. This is also a dilute coat color & breeding Chocolate to Chocolate many times over will produce this color. Also, will be thrown by two dogs that carry the dilute gene for fawn.
Seventh is Dilute red also called a solid fawn. This color is a VERY pale yellowish red color. The largest difference from a red is eye and nose color. There is a solid coat with no points. It is also a dilute color coming from reds breed to reds many times over without bringing in another color. Also produced by dogs that carry the dilute gene.
Casper owned by Sylvie Hanna
R Twist N Shout Gizmo owned by Kimberley Petross
Fawnzie owned by Mia
I had a really hard time chossing from the photos sent to me, so I used the best one from each person! Thanks gals!
Eighth is Harliquin. To my knowledge, this color no longer exists. However, it was a white Miniature Pinscher with spots of black, chocolate, or red on its coat.
I found this photo on several sites, it didn't include a copyright on any of them. If this is your photo & you would like it removed or credited to you, please let me know.
Each photo's copyright owned by each dog's owner. All photos used with written premission from dog's owner, please do not reproduce these photos without getting written premission from owner first. They may all be contacted through me unless there is a link from their name for e-mail.
This Page Was Updated:
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
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