Roxie Was The Typical Min Pin
A min pin is shortened name of a miniature pinscher, but these dogs are not related to the Doberman Pinscher at all. They are small dogs with an average weight of 11 pounds. They are full of energy, but they have a few traits which can drive you crazy. They are stubborn, even though they are very intelligent. Roxie introduced me to the min pin stubbornness. I kept her for 5 months, but could not housebreak her. I am still finding spots where she went pee pee on the floor.
One of the first lessons that Roxie taught me was that these little dogs are not only stubborn, but they are great escape artists. They can get out of a collar and run off before you even realize it. They don't come back when called, until they are good and ready to come back. This is their nature. They were bred to be small hunting dogs.
These dogs have a tendency to develop small trachea's which makes the wearing of a collar not to be a good idea. A tight collar, and having these small dogs tug, pulling the collar against their throat can also cause the trachea to collapse which can result in difficulty breathing, a lot of coughing, and possibly the need for expensive surgery that is not without problems.
The best thing for min pins, and other little dogs which can also develop a collapsed trach should wear a dog harness/halter. A harness/halter is not meant to be worn constantly like a collar. They can actually break a bone should they get a leg caught up in them.
Don't let your dog become a statistic. These harnesses are not hard on the dog, and they don't choke them. Be sure to measure your dog for the right size.
If you come close to being on the high end when you measure your dog, you may be better off getting the bigger size.
My 11 pound min pin who was small in build did well with a small harness. However, I now have another min pin with a wider body, 11 pounds that needs a medium size harness.