Country/Date of Origin: Germany/1800s
The Miniature Pinscher looks like a tiny Doberman Pinscher, and although both were created in Germany, they are not related. The Miniature Pinscher, bred as a stable ratter, is several centuries older than the Doberman. The breed was originally called the Reh Pinscher because of its resemblance to the tiny roe deer of Germany (Reh in German means deer).
The tiny Germans were brought to the United States in the 1920s as companions and farm ratters. They became quite popular although it is difficult to find them today.