Add a spoonful of pride, a bag full of courage, a sprinkle of good humor, and a pinch of sass and you’ve got yourself a Miniature Pinscher—also known as a “Min Pin” for short. Miniature Pinschers are the ultimate “big dogs in little bodies”, with a proud gait, bags of energy, and a bold presence you simply can’t ignore. How on Earth does one pick a name that truly does these little firecrackers justice?!
If you’ve recently brought home a Miniature Pinscher and are fretting over what to name them, never fear. Check out our top picks for Min Pins, all carefully selected based on the Min Pin’s origins, personality, and appearance.
How To Name Your Miniature Pinscher
Settling on a name for a dog is never easy, especially when there are so many great names to choose from. Our first tip for naming your Miniature Pinscher is to get to know their personality and quirks. For example, if your Miniature Pinscher is proud and fearless, you might consider a warrior-inspired name like “Gunther” (German for “warrior”) or “Xena” (which means “warrior princess” in Greek).
Checking out your dog’s appearance is also a good way to get inspiration for a name. For example, Min Pins come in a wide variety of color combinations, though black commonly appears on many Min Pin coats, so you might go for something like “Midnight” or “Coffee”.
Another of our top tips is to choose a name you enjoy saying out loud and that your dog really responds to. If you want to give your Min Pin a long name, it’s a good idea to choose one that you can turn into a shorter nickname. For example, if you call your dog “Bartholomew”, you could shorten it to “Barty”, which would be better for getting your dog’s attention.
50 Proud Miniature Pinscher Names
Since Miniature Pinschers are famous for their bold, proud gait and personalities, you might go for a name that reminds you of these qualities. Here are our top picks, and we’ve included shortened versions for extra-long names and meanings for lesser-known names.
Proud Male Miniature Pinscher Names
- Victory (Vic)
- Gunther (“warrior” in German”)
- Cairo (a military dog)
- Spartacus (Sparty)
- Julius (Jules)
- Chips (a US military dog)
- Caesar (after Julius Caesar)
- Arthur (after King Arthur)
- Khan (a title given to rulers)
- Agnar (meaning “ruler with the sword”)
- Alexander (Alex, after Alexander the Great)
- Koa (Hawaiian, meaning “brave warrior”)
- Pasha (an Ottoman Empire high official’s title)
- Rajah (meaning “ruler”)
- Rex (meaning “king”)
- Titan (something or someone with great strength)
- Ajax (Greek mythological warrior)
- Kuno (meaning “gallant”)
- Stubby (a military dog)
Proud Female Miniature Pinscher Names
- Amerie (meaning “bravery” and “power”)
- Karla (meaning “strong”)
- Charlotte (meaning “petite” or “free man”)
- Athena (after the Goddess of battle and wisdom)
- Arya (Game of Thrones character)
- Matilda (Mati, meaning “mighty in battle”)
- Freya (a Norse Goddess)
- Cleo (after “Cleopatra”)
- Briana (meaning “strong” and “honorable”)
- Majesty (Maj)
- Maia (meaning “brave warrior”)
- Victoria (Vicky/Viki, after Queen Victoria)
- Reina (meaning “queen”)
- Margaret (Maggie, meaning “Pearl”)
- Diana (Roman Goddess)
- Regina (Gina, meaning “queen”)
- Sapphire (Saffy)
- Sallie (a war dog)
- Nala (after the lioness in The Lion King)
- Leia (after Princess Leia in Star Wars)
30 Black, Brown & Gold-Inspired Miniature Pinscher Names
Miniature Pinschers come in a variety of combinations of black and colors including tan, rust, and chocolate. These colors are not called “brown”, though they do resemble various shades of brown, orange, and gold, so coat color could serve as inspiration for your Min Pin’s name.
- Chocolate (Choccy)
- Berry (after “blackberry”)
30 Red-Inspired Miniature Pinscher Names
Red is another common Miniature Pinscher coat color. For a little firecracker like a Min Pin, why not try out one of these names inspired by the color red?
- Tomato (Tom)
- Strawberry (Berry)
- Rooibos (Roo)
60 Short & Snappy Miniature Pinscher Names
If you’re looking for something short just like your Min Pin, here are our favorite short and snappy names for Miniature Pinschers.
Short & Snappy Male Miniature Pinscher Names
Short & Snappy Female Miniature Pinscher Names
30 German Miniature Pinscher Names
Since Miniature Pinschers originated in Germany, a traditional German name could be perfect for your little buddy!
German Male Miniature Pinscher Names
German Female Miniature Pinscher Names
Though picking your dog’s name should be fun, we understand how hard it can be to settle on the right one. We hope our selection of amazing Miniature Pinscher names has helped! Choosing a name is a bit like trying on new clothes—you have to try a few on for size to see which one fits your dog best. Good luck!