Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesPug-Min Pin Mix, Pug-Pin,
Miniature Pinscher-Pug Mix
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupToy Group
Bred ForCompanion and Lapdog
Recognized ByDRA
Life SpanAround 15 Years
Ideal Weight12-14 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height11-13 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, Smooth
Common ColorsLight Brown, Black and Brown,
Black and Tan
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToMiniature Pinscher

The Carlin Pinscher is the blend of the two popular small-sized breeds: Miniature Pinscher and Pug. It is a designer breed that is believed to be originated in the United States.

Due to its small size, it is perfect for apartment life. It is mostly bought as a lap dog as it likes to cuddle and sit on the lap.

The Carlin Pinscher got the mixed appearance of both of its parents. It got the push back face like that of the Pug with the body of Miniature Pinscher. The ears are falling on the face, V-shaped and the eyes are round. The tail is short like Miniature Pinscher and legs are thick like Pug.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The Carlin Pinscher has mixed temperament. It got the comical temperament of the Pug and alert, curious temperament of Miniature Pinscher. They are a great family companion due to their playful and loving nature.

Behavior: The Carlin Pinscher thrives on the attention of its people and if the required love and attention are not given to them, they can become destructive. Play with them and spend times with them.

Personality: The personality of the Carlin Pinscher is friendly, affectionate, and easy-going. They get along with other pets if raised together from an early age. They are also welcoming of visitors and guest in the house if introduced properly.

Is Carlin Pinscher Child-Friendly?

Yes, Carlin Pinscher is good with children as they are playful and can play with them all day long. However, they cannot tolerate their rough behavior and can become aggressive.

So, close supervision is required by elders so that they do not hurt each other. Teach your kids to behave around dogs and treat them in a gentle way.

Carlin Pinscher and a boy posing
Carlin Pinscher and a boy posing.
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Training Carlin Pinscher is not difficult as they are smart but they can be stubborn sometimes which makes training difficult. Establish a firm and consistent leadership upon them and be patient with them.

They tend to respond well to positive methods of training so reward them with delicious treats and vocal praises. This will keep them motivated and focused on the training session.


  • Carlin Pinscher is very sensitive to cold weather, so it should be protected and kept warm during the cold season.
  • It is not recognized by American Kennel Club or any other major Kennel Club.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Glaucoma,
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 8%
Fish Oil

The Carlin Pinscher can inherit some of the genetic health problems from its parent breeds.

  • Hip Dysplasia: The condition where the hip joints of your dog are either dislocated or underdeveloped is called hip dysplasia. It causes a sharp pain on the back of your dog causing it difficult to move from one place to another.
  • Hypothyroidism: The lack of the production of hormones from a thyroid gland causes slow metabolism. It causes weight gain, heavy shedding, and feeling extremely cold. It can be controlled by taking some thyroid pills. Consult a vet before giving your dog any kind of pills on your own.


The Carlin Pinscher comes in the combination of the following colors from Miniature Pinscher and Pug.

  • Light Brown
  • Light Golden
  • Black and Brown
  • Black and Tan


Carlin Pinscher puppy
Carlin Pinscher puppy playing ball.
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Cost: The average cost of the Carlin Pinscher puppy is between $500-$800 which might increase depending on the quality of the breeders.


Height: The average height of the Carlin Pinscher is between 11-13 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Carlin Pinscher is between 12-14 pounds.

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