The Miniature Pinscher was developed in Germany from terrier breeds, including the German Pinscher. ("Pinscher" means "terrier" in German.) Italian Greyhound blood may have been added to produce such a tiny, high stepping dog. The Miniature Pinscher is not related to the Doberman Pinscher, and is in fact an older breed than the Doberman. The "Min-pins" original use was in hunting rats, but his high spirit and bright personality make him a charming companion.