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Carlin Pinscher (Miniature Pinscher & Pug Mix): Photos, Info, Care & More!

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on June 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Carlin Pinscher (Miniature Pinscher & Pug Mix): Photos, Info, Care & More!

The Carlin Pinscher is a mixed breed created by blending the Miniature Pinscher with the Pug. It’s a newer breed that didn’t get started until around 1992. It’s small, friendly, and well-suited for apartment life.

Breed Overview


11 – 13 inches


12 – 14 pounds


13 – 15 years


Light brown, black, tan

Suitable for:

Active families, children, apartments


Patient, pleasant, loving

Its short fur doesn’t require much maintenance, and it’s quite hardy. Keep reading while we take a deep dive into this interesting breed to learn all we can and see if they are right for your home.

Carlin Pinscher Characteristics

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Besides the cost of the dog, you will also need to purchase vaccinations for your dog to keep it healthy and free of disease and will likely need to get it fixed. Other costs include flea and tick medication, food, treats, toys, and more. Pet insurance is an option that will consist of a monthly fee but can save you from a big expense later.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Carlin Pincher 🧠

The Carlin Pinscher is a sweet and calm dog that’s perfect for lounging around on the porch or watching television, but it also likes to play games. It has plenty of energy and can keep several children busy for hours. It loves being the center of attention and can get mischievous if it’s left alone for too long. It will use its intelligence to try to trick you into doing what it wants, so it’s better suited for an owner that has some experience with intelligent and stubborn dogs. If not socialized with people and other pets early, it can become shy and suspicious of strangers.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Carlin Pinscher is a fantastic family pet. As we mentioned earlier, this breed enjoys being around children and can play for several hours at a time without getting tired. After dinner, it loves to lounge around and watch television and will likely have a spot on the couch. It’s alert and will let you know if something is going on outside without being barky, and it’s well suited to small apartments.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽 

As long as you socialize your Carlin Pinscher with other pets as a puppy, it will get along fine with other dogs and even cats. Dogs that don’t get enough early socialization might become more aggressive toward other animals, including family pets. It will be more challenging to keep them in the same home safely, and you might require the help of a professional trainer.

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Things to Know When Owning a Carlin Pinscher

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your Carlin Pinscher will require high-quality dog food with a mix of real meat and vegetables. We recommend inspecting the ingredients list to ensure real meat like beef, chicken, or turkey is the first ingredient. Other ingredients you should look for include omega fats, especially omega-3 fats, and probiotics. Avoid foods that contain chemical preservatives or artificial dyes because these can cause an allergic reaction in your pet. Corn and soy digest quickly and leave your pet feeling hungry and begging for food in a few hours. We recommend following the recommended portion size on the package closely to prevent your pet from becoming obese.

Exercise 🐕

Your Carlin Pinscher is not overly active and does not require much exercise. A few short walks each day should be enough to keep your dog healthy and happy. You do not need a yard with this breed but having one is better. Children will also help keep the dog busy, and many experts recommend playing games with your dog that promote mental stimulation.

Training 🎾

Your Carlin Pinscher is intelligent and can learn complex tricks. This breed can be stubborn, so starting when the dog is still a puppy will increase your chances of success. Schedule short training sessions at the same time every day, and don’t miss any to help your dog get into a routine. Once your dog is in a routine, it will come to the session focused and ready to learn.

Grooming ✂️

Your Carlin Pinscher has short hair and no undercoat, so it is extremely easy to groom. A quick brushing once or twice a week will be more than enough to keep the coat soft and shiny, and wiping it down with a damp cloth will reduce the need for a bath. We recommend manually brushing the teeth frequently with a pet-safe toothpaste to reduce the progression of dental disease. If your Carlin Pinscher primarily stays indoors, you will need to trim the nails every few weeks when you hear them clicking on the floor.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Minor Conditions
  • Obesity
Serious Conditions


Obesity is a growing concern among American pets, and some experts suggest that more than 40% of dogs over 5 are overweight. Obesity can lead to cardiovascular problems, kidney failure, diabetes, and much more, all leading to a shorter lifespan. Obesity is preventable with proper portion control and staying vigilant about making sure your dog gets enough exercise.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Progressive retinal atrophy is a condition that affects the cones and rods in your pet’s eyes, interfering with your pet’s ability to see light. As the disease progresses, it can lead to complete blindness. Early symptoms include difficulty seeing at night and bumping into objects in low light. Your dog may also avoid dark rooms and resist going out at night. Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment for Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is a condition that affects the patellar ligament that holds the kneecap in place. A dog with this condition will have a patellar ligament that stretches out, allowing the kneecap to slide out of place. When the knee cap slides out of place, it will affect your dog’s ability to put weight on the leg and may swing out the leg to snap it back into place. The weight control can help slow the progression of patellar luxation, and in some cases, your dog may need surgery.


Male vs Female

There is no discernable difference between the male and female Carlin Pinscher. Your dog’s size, appearance, and temperament will mostly depend on the parent it takes after.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Carlin Pinscher

1. The Carlin Pinscher Is More Than Two Breeds

The Carlin Pinscher began as a mix between the Miniature Pinscher and the Pug, but as breeders developed it further, they included genes from other dogs as well, including the Boxer.

2. The Carlin Pinscher Is Still Developing

While close, no kennels recognize it as purebred yet. It may still change before there is an accepted breed standard.

3. The Carlin Pinscher Was A Mistake

A pair of French breeders created the original Carlin Pincher by accident after leaving their Miniature Pinscher with a dog sitter who owned a Pug. When they returned from their trip, the two dogs had mated and given birth to the first litter of Carlin Pinscher.


Final Thoughts

The Carlin Pinscher makes a great family pet and is just as happy in a small apartment as it is in a large home. It requires little grooming and is usually quite healthy with a long lifespan. It’s intelligent and capable of learning complex tasks. However, it can also be stubborn and impatient, quickly becoming bored and misbehaving. It can also be difficult around pets if not socialized early, so it’s better suited to an experienced owner but will still make a great first pet.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over our look at this new breed and have found the answer you needed. If we have convinced you to get one for your home, please share this guide with the Carlin Pinscher on Facebook and Twitter.

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