Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesYorkie-Min Pin mix, Yorkie Min Pin
Scientific NameCanis Lupus Familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupToy Group
Bred ForFamily Companion
Life Span12-15 Years
Ideal WeightAbout 7 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height9-13 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeMedium, Straight, Silky
Common ColorsBrown and White, Black and Brown
AvailabilityModertely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToYorkshire Terrier
Miniature Pinscher

The Yorkie Pin is a small-sized designer dog breed which is also known as Yorkie Min Pin. It is bred by mixing two standard breeds, Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Pinscher. Since the Yorkie Pin came from two breeds that were created for hunting rats, the blood of hunters run in its vain.

The Yorkie Pin has the appearance very different from its parents as both parents have a vastly different appearance. Their appearance depends on how much genes they take from either one of the parents. It has a small appearance with a compact body like both of its parents. It can have a long, silky hair like the Yorkshire Terrier or short and smooth like Miniature Pinscher.

Origin and History

The origin of the Yorkie Pin is not known for sure but it is believed to be in existence since the 1980s when there was a trend of mixing various breeds. We can look at the history of its parents though, who contributed to the creation of the Yorkie Pin.

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed as a hunting dog that used to hunt rats and vermin in the clothing mills. It was very popular among the working class of people. It is originated in the mid-1800s and the American Kennel Club recognized it in 1885.

Yorkshire Terrier crossed bred with the Miniature Pinscher
Yorkshire Terrier, one of the parents of Yorkie Pin.
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The Miniature Pinscher exact origin is still unknown. It is developed by crossing Dachshund and Italian Greyhound. It is used as a rat hunter that used to control rats. They were confused with Doberman Pinscher as they both make a similar look but in a mini version.

Miniature Pinscher crossed bred with the Yorkshire Terrier
Miniature Pinscher., other parent of Yorkie Pin.
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Is Yorkie Pin Child-Friendly?

The Yorkie Pin is a child-friendly dog but they might not be best suited with small kids and toddlers. They do well with older children who know how to handle them and behave around them. However, if closely supervised, Yorkie Pin does well with small kids as well and can make a great playmate for them.

Yorkie Pin is child friendly
Girl kissing Yorkie Pin.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Yorkie Pin is loving, fun, and friendly. They do well as a pet in the house and are affectionate towards its family. They are suspicious of strangers and do not trust them easily. However, if they are introduced properly, they are welcoming of visitors.

Behavior: The Yorkie Pin possesses both of its hunting parents genes. Therefore, they can have a strong instinct to chase and kill animals. So, if there are small pets in the house like a hamster and mice they should not be kept together.

Personality: The Yorkie Pin has a protective personality. They are very protective of their people and are not afraid to defend them if they sense some threats. Therefore, they can be taken as an excellent guard dog.


Training Yorkie Pin is not so difficult task to do as they are eager to please their owner. Establish a firm leadership upon them and train them with consistency and patience. Use positive methods of training by rewarding them with treats and a lot of vocal praises. This will motivate them and encourage them to learn new things.


  • Unlike many other lapdogs, Yorkie Pin is very quiet and will only bark if they have to.
  • They are a very fearless little dog and can face a bigger size animal than them.
  • Although its exact origin is unknown, many believe that it is created in the United States.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesPatellar Luxation, Dental Problems,
Lens Luxation, Hypothyroidism
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingModerate Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow Chance
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 5%
Digestive Enzymes

The average life span of the Yorkie Pin is 12-15 years. They are generally a healthy breed but can inherit some genetic health condition from its parent’s breed.

  • Hypothyroidism: This is a condition that is caused by the low rate of thyroid hormones that is produced by the thyroid gland. It can be treated by the intake of thyroid pills recommended by the veterinarian. Include the right kind of diet in your dog’s food that helps him in the growth of the thyroid hormones.
  • Patellar Luxation: It is a condition where your dog’s kneecap gets dislocated from its original place causing mild pain in the area. It is not a serious condition and can be treated by your dog itself. They will stretch their leg and as the muscle gets relaxed, the joints get back to its place.


The Yorkie Pin comes in the combination of the following colors:

  • Brown and White
  • Black and Brown


Height and Size: The average height of the Yorkie Pin is between 7-13 inches and the average weight is between 6-10 lbs.

Cost: The average cost of the Yorkie Pin puppy is between $250-$700 USD.

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