If you thought dogs couldn’t get much cuter than the Pomeranian, then just wait till you meet the Pineranian. This hybrid designer dog breed manages to combine the best qualities of its parent breeds, the whip-smart, impossibly adorable Pomeranian and the tiny, playful Miniature Pinscher. The result is a small dog with the kind of huge personality that’s sure to win your heart. Loyal and affectionate, the Pineranian loves nothing more than being the center of attention… and once they are, they’ll go to any lengths to stay there. Find out more with these ten things you didn’t know about the Pineranian.
1. They have a vague history
The Pineranian is a designer dog. Like most designer dogs, its history is relatively recent – and vague. No one knows for sure exactly when they were developed first, and no one know for sure which breeder produced the first litter. If they had to take a guess, most people would pin the late 1990s and early 2000s as the time the Pineranian graduated from the occasional, accidental result of a Min Pin and Pom collaboration into a deliberately engineered breed. In the last decade, they’ve increased in popularity, with an increasing number of litters being born each day.
2. They’re a hybrid
The history of the Pineranian may be a little vague, but the same can’t be said about its parent breed. The Pineranian is the offspring of the Miniature Pinscher and the Pomeranian, two pedigree dogs with long, rich histories. As PetGuide notes, the Pomeranian was originally developed in the 1800s in Germany, where they were kept as sheepdogs. After they started developing a royal following, the breed got progressively smaller until it turned into the tiny, loveable lap dog we know today. The Min Pin was also developed in Germany. After starting life as a rat catcher in the 17th century, it eventually evolved into a much-loved family pet.
3. They thrive on attention
If there’s one thing the Pineranian loves more than anything else, it’s attention. In fact, their desire to be in the spotlight can sometimes become problematic. If there are other pets or even kids in the house that draw an equal amount of attention, they can easily become jealous. As Puppyfinder.com (puppyfinder.com/dog-breeds/pineranian) notes, they’re also prone to snapping at other dogs. Although early socialization can help curb the problem, they tend to do best in homes where they’re the only dog.
4. They’re prone to separation anxiety
As you might expect from a dog that loves attention and that forms deep bonds with its owner, the Pineranian hates being alone. Left to their own devices, they can become lonely, miserable, and prone to separation anxiety. The problem can be made worse if they aren’t properly socialized and trained from a young age. If you spend most of your day away from the house, they might not be the breed for you.
5. They make great students
If you’re looking for a dog that’s easy to train, look no further than the Pineranian. Both Poms and Min Pins are known for their intelligence, and their offspring is no different. Once you teach them a trick or a new command, they’ll grasp it in no time. Combined with their dexterity and obedience, their high intelligence makes them excellent candidates for agility classes. To keep their big brains stimulated, they benefit from having plenty of interactive games to play with, either alone or with their family.
6. They’re tiny
Poms tend to measure between 6-7 inches and weigh between 3-7 pounds. Min Pins are a little bit larger, but with a height of 10 – 12.5 inches at the shoulder and a weight of 8-10 pounds, no one could accuse them of being large. And neither could anyone accuse the offspring of the two breeds of the same. According to GreatDogSite, the average Pineranian weighs between 7 and 12 pounds and measures between 10 and 12 inches at the shoulder.
7. They’re usually healthy
Like most hybrids, Pineranians are typically robust, healthy little dogs with few, if any, genetic complaints. However, as they can sometimes develop the same conditions their parent breeds are prone to, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for any potential problems. Some of the health problems Pineranians may be at risk from include Patellar Luxation, Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), Entropion, and Cataracts. Due to their small size, they’re also prone to injuries: if you have small children, it’s vital to teach them how to handle the dog with care and to avoid picking them up unless they’re being supervised by an adult.
8. They need lots of activity
The Pineranian might be small, but it’s got bags of energy. As well as benefiting from several walks a day, they also love playing frisbee, fetch, and even swimming. Without the opportunity to burn off some steam, they can become bored, anxious, prone to putting on weight, and even destructive. To keep them entertained and happy, make time for plenty of structured activities. It’s also wise to invest in plenty of toys and interactive games they can occupy themselves with when you’re not around.
9. They live for between 13 – 15 years
As Pineranians are fairly new to the scene, some of their characteristics and qualities, including their life expectancy, remain an unknown quantity. However, it’s still possible to take an educated guess. Based on the fact Miniature Pinschers tend to live for between 10 to 14 years and Pomeranians have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years, it’s reasonable to assume that Pineranians will live for between 13 – 15 years. For them to have the best chance of living a long, healthy life, they’ll need to be fed a healthy, well-balanced diet, receive regular checkups, and have plenty of exercise.
10. They’ve been recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club
The American Kennel Club doesn’t tend to look kindly on designer breeds, even if both of its parents are pedigrees. But that doesn’t mean everyone else applies quite such strict standards. So far, the Pineranian has been recognized by several dog organizations, including the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.