Carlin Pinscher

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Toy    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Small     Weight: 12-14 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown, Light Brown / Golden


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Carlin Pinscher is a new and developing dog breed and it is a cross between a Miniature Pinscher and a Pug with some other breeds later mixed in like the Boxer. "Pinscher' in German means 'Terrier' and 'Carlin' is the name used for Pugs in some countries so the name 'Carlin Pinscher' means 'Terrier Pug'. The breed was developed accidentally. In 1992, French breeder Isabeau Morgan and Hawaiian breeder Kawika Buenafe left their co-owned champion Red Pinscher with a Black Pug. On their return, they found out the two dogs had bred and the resultant three puppies resembled small Rottweiler. One of these puppies was named Snooz and it became very popular as people wanted more dogs like Snooz. With so much demand for these unplanned dogs, the breeder friends decided to go ahead with producing more puppies like Snooz. It was decided that same dog breeds will be used to produce the new puppies. Female Pugs were used as they are accustomed to having large headed dogs. Isabeau Morgan, Kawiki Buenafe, Grant Milionta, and others are now working with these dogs to establish a line of Carlin Pinschers which can be applied to the major Kennel Clubs.

This small dog has height between 11 to 13 inches and weighs between 12-14 lbs. Similar in appearance to a Rottweiler, the dog has short muzzle and doomed skull with Pug like thick legs and strong body.

This breed is still in the process of developing and it will be applied for registration after development is complete.


This dog is being bred for black and tan colouring.


The coat is sleek, short and smooth, almost non-shedding like a Miniature Pinscher's coat.


Being a dog of two different dog breeds, the Carlin Pinscher is pleasant and patient like a Pug but at the same time, it shares the Miniature Pinscher?s extremely exuberant personality. It is a very playful and outgoing dog that will love to play with older and responsible children. This is an even-tempered breed that sometimes display willful and stubborn behavior. Early socialization with people, places and other dogs and pets is important to avoid this dog from being too aggressive or suspicious of strangers. Despite being small in size, the Carlin Pinscher can take on other dogs, irrespective of their size. This charming dog will suit apartment life but will need daily walks. The breed is still in its development phase and efforts are being made to maintain desirable qualities of both its parent dogs; the Miniature Pinscher and the Pug.


The short and sleek coat is almost non-shedding. The dog will need occasional brushing to keep the coat clean.


Training and socialization from early age is required as with any other dog. The Carlin Pinscher should be socialized with other people, places and dogs so the dog is more sociable and friendly towards guests and their pets. An under exercised Carlon Pinscher will become destructive.


This is a lively and energetic dog that will need daily walks to keep itself happy. The dog can play indoor but walk will satisfy its walking needs.

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