About the Harlequin Minature Pinscher

“aka Fancy Min Pin, Merle Miniature Pinscher and Harlequin Pinscher”


The Harlequin Miniature Pinscher is a patterned variety of the Miniature Pinscher. It is also known as several other names with the most common being the Fancy Min Pin, Merle Miniature Pinscher or Harlequin Pinscher.  Being a part of the Terrier group, the Harlequin Miniature Pinscher possesses keen intelligence, vigilance, courage, strong will and animation.  They are truly a big dog in a small package.  They are also structurally well balanced, sturdy with a compact and a naturally well groomed smooth coat.

The Harlequin Miniature Pinscher derived from the Harlequin Pinscher and shares a common ancestry with the Miniature Pinscher as there is documentation that they were once of the same breed.  Though many of the current documentations of the Miniature Pinscher breeds history does not include the patterned variety.  Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, it is easier for us to accept not having something if we can convince ourselves (and others) that we really didn’t want it anyway!  The best known history of the patterned Pinscher and the reintroduction of the Harlequin Pinscher can be found on the Harlequin Pinscher Association (HPA) website.    www.harlequinpinscherassociation.com

The HPA is the foundation registry for the Harlequin Pinscher and was established in 2007.  In 2016  ALL foundation stock services were closed and  From that point forward ONLY Miniature Pinschers have been used in the Harlequin Pinscher breeding program.  There were enough 7th generation offspring to carry forward and has become known today as purebred Harlequin Pinschers.  

Todays Harlequin Pinschers are slightly different than that of its ancestry.  The breeders of the HPA has worked diligently to reintroduce the Merle, Brindle and Piebald patterns using contributions from the Rat Terrier. With a carefully developed program, dedication to maintaining a true and accurate database and requiring genetic testing. We have them to thank for such a wonderful breed.

Due to unforeseen circumstances , a few  breeders of the HPA seceded from the foundation registry to form the American Harlequin Miniature Pinscher Club (AHMPC).  Here we will continue the lineages of our dogs from the foundation registry and pledge to continue to protect the breed to the best of our abilities through selective breeding, genetic testing and DNA certification.  We will refer to our future dogs and offspring as Harlequin Miniature Pinschers so that no copywrite or trademark infringements of the HPA is perceived.