Min Pins are an engaging breed and it is not uncommon for them to be snatched up in the heat of the moment. Unfortunately, one month and three pairs of shoes down the road some find Min Pin ownership is not always what it's cracked up to be. While a few blame the dog or the breed, in reality it is often the dog following its nature and the owner's expectations just do not match. Most seasoned dog owners know that having a dog in the house is more or less like having a toddler in the house and certain exceptions must be made. However, the Min Pin is a confident breed. Those not willing to put down firm and consistent rules often find themselves with a four legged, five pound Napoleonic complex on their hands.
When raised from puppies, conscientious owners have the best chance for shaping the behaviors they want to see in their Min Pin. Introducing an older Min Pin to an environment may have more difficulty depending on the dog's age and prior experiences. A Min Pin that has been raised with one owner all its life but is suddenly placed in a household with children and other animals may be too much to adjust to. On the other hand, a dog that is accustomed to the rituals of a home full of activity may be too much for its new laid back owner.
The main goal is to move a dog to a home and make it part of the family unless or until extreme situations force it otherwise. Fully researching a breed is crucial when it comes time to choose any dog. Spending time with the breed and talking to those who have experience living with a Min Pin puts expectations on the level. After making the choice to proceed, the next step is to learn about the pup's personality. There are vivacious Min Pins and laid back Min Pins, fearless Min Pins and timid Min Pins. An owner should pick a personality type that complements their own. Prospective owners should also see where their pup was raised and be sure that it is a safe clean environment.
When things just don't work out, it is important that the Min Pin be placed somewhere that is more suitable. Most will hand off the dog to a relative or place an ad in the local paper. However, to ensure that the dog is not moved from home to home, there are a number of Min Pin rescues that specifically take in this breed. These rescues often assess the well being of the Min Pin and will also interview prospective owners before placing the dog in a new home. There are also internet services that allow experienced Min Pin owners to find other Min Pins up for adoption in their area. This ensures that the Min Pin will be going to a home that is readily capable of providing the best environment.