If you’re looking for a sweet-natured, playful, and sociable companion, you might want to cast your eyes in the direction of the Carlin Pinscher. Although the breed is still in its developmental stages, it’s already earning itself a reputation as quite the charmer. Having started life back in the 1990s as a cross of the Miniature Pinscher and Pug, it’s since incorporated a handful of other breeds into its mix. The result is a uniquely attractive, exceptionally appealing dog with a lot to offer. Find out more as we uncover 10 things you didn’t know about the Carlin Pinscher.
1. They hail from France
Back in the early 1990s, two French breeders by the name of Morgan and Buenafe went on vacation, leaving their Miniature Pinscher with a friend who owned a Pug. It wasn’t necessarily the wisest of moves, and a short time later, Morgan and Buenafe were reminded of what happens when you leave two dogs alone together when they welcomed a litter of three puppies. The pups, which bore a strong resemblance to miniature Rottweilers, immediately sparked interest among their friends. Shortly after, the couple teamed up with a few other breeders to begin a breeding program to develop the new dog, which they subsequently named the Carlin Pinscher.
2. They’re a little bit of everything
The very first ‘accidental’ Carlin Pinscher was a straightforward mix of a Pug and a Miniature Pinscher. When breeders began actively developing the dog, they were determined to make its gene pool as strong as possible and its characteristics as desirable as they could. To that end, they began introducing other breeds into the mix, including the boxer.
3. They’re still a work in progress
As dogbreedplus.com writes, the Carlin Pinscher is still at the stage where it can’t accurately be described as a purebred just yet. It’s not yet been awarded recognition by any major kennel club and it’s still in the process of being developed. However, as the breed starts to gradually develop a name for itself outside of its native France, and as its final ‘composition’ takes shape, it should only be a matter of time before the likes of the Amerian Kennel Club start to sit up and take notice.
4. Don’t confuse them with the Muggin
If there’s one thing the Carlin Pinscher gets called most often, it’s ‘Muggin.’ But in fact, they’re two very distinct breeds. Whereas the Muggin is a straightforward mix of the Min Pin and the Pug, the Carlin Pinscher has been developed to include various different lines with the specific intent of creating a healthy companion breed with a sweet, playful disposition.
5. They’re small but robust
With parent breeds that include the Pug and the Miniature Pinscher, the Carlin Pinscher was never going to be a big dog. And indeed, it’s not. As globaldogbreeds.com notes, this little breed stands just 11 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder and tips the scales at between 12 and 14 lbs. Yet despite its small size, no one would accuse it of looking delicate. Its compact body is robust and sturdy with thick, pug-like legs. Picture a small Rottweiler, and you’re on the right track. Other distinguishing features include a short, low shedding coat (common colors include brown, gold, tan, and black), a dome head, and a short muzzle.
6. They’re incredibly playful
When the Carlin Pinscher was being developed, the breeders were determined to create the perfect companion dog. They succeeded. Sweet, calm, and yet bristling with personality, the Carlin Pinscher has all the great qualities you could wish for. Full of life and outgoing, this is a dog that wants to be involved in everything. If you’re looking for a constant companion, the Carlin Pinscher is your perfect match. But be warned: while their love for human interaction is one of the things that makes them so adorable, it can sometimes become a problem. Like many small breeds, the Carlin Pinscher doesn’t like to spend much time home alone, and can easily fall victim to separation anxiety if they’re left for long periods.
7. They’re low maintenance
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog, look no further than the Carlin Pinscher. Its short coat is easy to care for: a twice-weekly brush with a soft-bristled brush should be all that’s needed to keep it groomed to perfection. Frequent bathing isn’t required, but an occasional wipe with a damp cloth will remove any doggy odors. Like many small dogs, the Carlin Pinscher is prone to dental problems – brush their teeth twice weekly to stop any problems developing.
8. They don’t need masses of exercise
If the idea of 8-mile hikes leaves you quaking in your boots, the Carlin Pinscher might be right up your street. It might be an active and playful dog, but it’s also a small one, meaning its exercise needs won’t be enough to make a couch-potato wince. Although a few short walks a day will be appreciated (as will the chance to hang out with the other dogs at the dog park), the Carlin Pinscher will burn off most of their energy in play. If you decide to give them the freedom of the yard, make sure the fence is high enough to keep them inside – they haven’t developed a reputation as escape artists for nothing.
9. They live for around 15 years
Like most crossbreeds, the Carlin Pinscher has managed to avoid many of the health problems that afflict its pedigree counterparts. However, as they may occasionally develop the same conditions as their parent breeds, owners should be watchful for symptoms of PRA, eye problems, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, von Willebrand’s disease, liver problems, skin problems, and dental problems. Fortunately, they don’t suffer the same breathing problems as the Pug. According to dogbreedinfo.com, in the right conditions, most Carlin Pinscher’s can expect to live for around 15 years.
10. They cost around $700
If you’ve got your heart set on welcoming a Carlin Pinscher into your family, you can expect to part with around $700. However, as it’s not a settled breed at this stage, costs can vary significantly. If you decide to adopt rather than buy, it’s worth putting out feelers to as many different shelters as possible – as Carlin Pinscher’s are relatively rare, the wider you cast your net, the greater your chance of finding one.