Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
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Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Hybrid    Talent:


Size: Small     Weight: 8-16 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 15 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Pin Tzu breed is not a pure breed dog. Sometimes called hybrid or designer breeds. They are developed from a cross between half Miniature Pinscher and half Shih-Tzu breeds. While the Pins originated is a German breed the Shih-Tzus were of the Chinese descendants.

Even though they are small in size, they make great watchdogs as they are alert, courageous and loyal to their humans. They make a good human companion as well as with other pets. As long as they are kept balanced by a human pack leader, they will remain happy, balanced and stable dogs.


The breed's coat color greatly depends on their predecessors. It includes black with rust markings, chocolate with tan and red with black hairs.


This dog's coat needs a firm bristle brush with a comb and brush to keep them shiny and beautiful. Shampoo should be done only when necessary.


The Pin Tzu breed is very active, alert, brave and loyal to their masters. They make perfect watchdog even with their small size. They are playful, affectionate and lively. Wonderful companion with humans as well as other pets. Keep them balanced and happy by providing strong and firm leadership and you will never have behavioral problems with this dog.


This breed of dog is quite easy to groom as they tend to grow their coat shorter than their Shih Tzu parent while a little longer than their Miniature Pinscher parent. Keep their eyes and ears clean always. There is a possibility that they inherit their predecessor's health issues and would be prone to slipped stifle and spinal disc disease from have a long back and short legs. Ear infections, eye problems and early tooth loss should also be carefully watched out for. Be cautious of their diets as well since these dogs can gain weight easily.


This breed needs a strong, firm and consistent pack leader without using harshness. They could easily learn new tricks as they enjoy it. Socialization should also be a part of his training so as to be exposed to other dogs. As with any small dogs, they can be difficult to housebreak. These dogs tend to develop the Small Dog Syndrome where they believe that they need to put order in a pack and take over the humans around them. This temperament should be corrected as early as possible as it could lead to behavioral issues.


The Pin Tzus are good for apartment life for their small size. They are active indoors and would be fine without a yard. However, their daily walks are still pretty crucial to satisfy their primal instinct to walk. They would also enjoy playing off leash in a safe area.

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