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    The one thing I WILL say in regards to the breed is that they are NOT excellent with other animals. They are a purpose bred dog, and any vermin or small animal is fair game to them. Mischa has killed her fair share of rats and birds, though this has stopped in the last few years. We now have an 8 week old kitten who has slotted right in with them though; Mischa used to go beserk at cats but she is much better after some conditioning. See for yourself. It can be overcome, but it is a significant problem when you have a terrier (Min Pins are classed as toys, but they are vermin-hunting terriers).



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    Hi Sierra,
    Thanks for your "review" of MPs! I have heard a lot of good things about them - hence why they made the short list. I love the picture with the kitten!
    I guess you have to be stern with most dogs to get the most out of them. I've got a breeder in mind - she is in another state but has a good reputation and appears to have good dogs. I need to go visit her. I am very VERY wary of breeds after buying my bengal (the breeder I got her off has since been banned for life from breeding just to give you an idea of the condition my kitty was in!)

    I would love a black and brown min pin - that way people could think my OH is walking a doberman from a distance haha

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    One of the important things you should consider is dominance. If you have 2 dominant dogs, chances are even if they are Pugs they will fight a lot.

    It is important you have at least one that is willing to be second all the time without quibble. Is your current dog normally submissive or a leader with other dogs?
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    Johnny is pretty submissive when the dogs are larger than him. If they are his size (or smaller) he tends to be a little dominant but can be put in his place (my parents dog does this a lot when Johnny gets too annoying). I would see him as being dog number 2 to be honest. Given last time my parents dog stayed at ours Johnny sat down the yard and Peggy stood at the door. Is the 2nd dog in the hierarchy happy? I don’t really want Johnny to be upset about the situation. Would a girl dog be best?

    I think it would end up being a Min Pin – Considering I went through a range of pictures of the breeds I like and I might have started with a Chinese Crested dog (which while I appreciate their hair – He did not). He doesn’t like Swedish Valhunds – He said their legs are too silly looking. And he finally said Min Pins are regal looking and he liked those best. Easier to choose than I thought.

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    Dogs are happy as long as they accept their order in the pack.

    I have 3 dogs, 2 are fairly dominant and have had the odd squabble which I have nipped in the bud. As my more dominant boy ages, he has lost his tendency to want to stand his ground and he will let the dominant bitch rule him or he ignores her. My 3rd dog is quite happy to be last. He certainly has never shown any signs of wanting to challenge anyone.

    However, I have had many other dominant rescues come in, and more particularly when my dominnat biy was younger, there would be battles over many things.

    With Pugs its easy to handle as they really cannot do much damage to each other. It is more noise than anything. I can easily grab one and pick them up if they are fighting and that is the end of it.

    These same scenario is simply not possible with larger dogs, and dogs with long muzzles and teeth can do damage.

    In having said that, only about 1/10th of the dogs that come through my rescue challenged my boy in any major way. This could have been because the Pug is not an overly aggressive dog, but it was more likely that many dogs can work out their order and get along without too much trouble. Getting the right combination though I feel is important.
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