By Jags Goldie Last updated: 22nd October 2022

Carlin Pinscher


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 22nd October 2022

The Carlin Pinscher is a small breed of dog that is still in the developmental stage. It was originally created by crossing a Miniature Pinscher and a Pug, but other breeds such as the Boxer are now being added to its gene pool to improve the breed characteristics. Like its Miniature Pinscher parent, it has a sturdy and compact body with a proportionate skull tapering towards the muzzle. Moreover, it has short and thick legs like those of the Pug.

Carlin Pinscher Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesMiniature Pinscher-Pug Mix, Pug-Min Pin Mix, Pug-Pin
CoatShort, smooth, sleek without undercoat
ColorLight Brown/Golden, Black and Brown, Black and Tan
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedToy
Lifespan (Life Expectancy)May live up to 15 years or more
Weight12-14 lbs (5.4-6.4 kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 11-13 inches (27.9-33 cm)
SheddingLow to moderate
TemperamentPlayful, outgoing, gentle, stable, respectful, even tempered, loving
Good with ChildrenYes but best suited for kids of 10 years or older
Country Originated inThe USA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDRA

Video: Carlin Pinschers with Puppies

History and Origin

In 1992, two breeders Kawika Buenafe and Isabeau Morgan while on vacation left a champion Miniature Pinscher with the owner of a Pug. After returning from their vacation, they found that their red Min Pin had accidentally mated the black Pug, producing three miniature Rottweiler-like puppies. They gave one of the puppies, called Snooz, to their friend Grant Milionta. Soon after, many people grew fond of it and wanted to own a pet like Snooz.

In 1998, Grant along with Kawika Buenafe, Katushka Vitrichenko, and Isabeau Morgan started breeding a new set of dogs, which they called Carlin Pinschers. The Miniature Pinscher parent of Snooz and black female Pugs were used to produce puppies with black and tan, as also with solid black coats. The breeders are still working with this breed, which has not yet been accepted by any major dog registries and kennel clubs.

Temperament and Behavior

The Carlin Pinschers are typically calm and sweet-natured dogs though they may retain some terrier instincts. Their high-spirited, positive, and enthusiastic personality is both amusing and annoying for an owner. Being curious by nature, they will typically scrutinize everything to discover something secret or hidden.

These affectionate and good-natured dogs are always devoted to their family, often displaying clownish behavior to get everyone’s attention. However, the Carlin Pinscher puppies should be socialized properly otherwise they will grow up to be aggressive pets that are overly suspicious of strangers. Moreover, they should be raised with kids who know how to treat their pets carefully and kindly.



As a moderately energetic and playful breed of dog, the Carlin Pinscher does not need to be overly worked out. Some playtime in a fenced yard or a long walk on the leash should serve its exercise needs. Keep your pet happy and mentally satiated by occasionally taking it to pet-friendly parks in your neighborhood. This will provide your dog the opportunity to meet new people as well as pets, helping it to improve its social skills. Even if your Carlin Pinscher does not get enough outdoor activities, it will keep itself busy indoors with its silly behaviors.


Keep your dog’s coat shiny by brushing twice or thrice a week using a grooming mitt or a soft-bristled brush. Avoid frequent bathing or shampooing unless your pet smells bad or is dirty. You may also wipe its fur every few days using a soft washcloth dipped in lukewarm water. Brushing its teeth on a regular basis is recommended to ward off bacteria that cause bad breath and periodontal diseases.

Health Problems

Since the Carlin Pinscher is a new breed of dog, it has no known health issues. However, it may get some of the health conditions that commonly affect its parent breeds. Therefore, you should be aware of eye problems including Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Corneal Ulcers, Dry Eye; problems of hip joints such as Leggs-Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia; and skin conditions caused by mites.


Like every dog, they need early crate training and obedience training to grow up into gentle and respectful dogs. You should teach your Carlin Pinscher that you are in charge by sticking to firm and consistent training methods. If you are a first-time owner, seek help from experienced trainers to stop your pet from getting the upper hand.


Your pet needs a proper balance of vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals. When it comes to commercially prepared foods, choose the one that serves your dog’s nutritional requirements. A quality dry dog food can be included in its diet, but keep the daily amount between 1 and 1.5 cups.

Interesting Facts

The Carlin Pinschers are sensitive to cold and should be protected during the harsh winter months.

2 responses to “Carlin Pinscher”

  1. Mark says:

    We owned one of these in the 70s, also the result of a happy accident.
    Initially we named him Sammy but he was soon nicknamed Captain Marmite by an older brother. Of course that’s the name that stuck. The Captain was a wonderful childhood pet, his nature being exactly as described in your article.
    Reading this article brIngs back happy memories, so thanks for that ????

    P.s. Marmite is a thick treacle-like spread, extremely salty and quite similar In look and taste to Bovril and Veg-a-mite.

  2. Grace du Preez says:

    Would it be possible to find out where this breed is bred in the U.K.?

    Many thanks

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