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Pinny-Poo (Miniature Pinscher & Miniature Poodle Mix): Pictures, Info, Care & More!

Written by: Ed Malaker

Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Dogster Team

Pinny Poo

Pinny-Poo (Miniature Pinscher & Miniature Poodle Mix): Pictures, Info, Care & More!

Breed Overview


12–14 inches


6–10 pounds


10–15 years


Black, black and tan, brown and white, brown and tan

Suitable for:

Family, couple or single person, apartments, small homes


Energetic, vibrant, playful

The Pinny Poo is a mixed breed created by combining the Miniature Pinscher with a Miniature Poodle. It’s a recent breed that breeders primarily designed as a companion for people who live in small apartments and homes. It’s easy to groom, and they don’t have to spend a lot of time each day walking it.

If you are thinking about getting one of these dogs for your home but would like to learn more about it first, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading while we look at this breed’s temperament, intelligence, and food and exercise requirements to help you make an informed decision.

Pinny Poo 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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Pinny Poo Puppies

Both parent breeds of the designer Pinny Poo are popular in the United States, but not so popular that you might need to get on a long waiting list. If you need to travel for your puppy, it can add to your overall expenses, but some breeders will ship it right to your door. Besides the cost of your puppy, there are other expenses to consider, like food, treats, vaccinations, and vet visits. It’s also a good idea to get your pet spayed or neutered.

While the Pinny Poo is energetic and playful, they will fit in well in a small home.

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Image Credit: Pixabay

Temperament & Intelligence of the Pinny Poo 🧠

The Pinny Poo is an extremely intelligent breed that likes to learn new tricks. It’s an agile breed that likes to sneak into places it shouldn’t be, so you will need to spend plenty of time training it where it’s allowed to go and refocusing its energy on tasks in permitted areas of your home.

It’s a loyal, protective, and sweet dog that enjoys being around people. It’s an extremely playful breed that enjoys playing with children but doesn’t like rough play.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

Yes. The Pinny Poo is a great pet to keep as a family pet because it’s affectionate and playful. It enjoys being around children and isn’t overly needy like many other miniature breeds. It requires you to set aside some time for exercise each day, but you can usually complete it at home since these dogs are so small.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The more you socialize your Pinny Poo as a puppy, the better it will get along with other pets. It’s usually happy to get along with other cats and dogs as long as they allow it plenty of space and don’t try to crowd it.

It gets along well with other Pinny Poos and keeping too will help cut down on the time we need to set aside to keep them active as they will spend most of the day playing games with each other.

Things to Know When Owning a Pinny Poo:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your Pinny Poo is small but active, so it needs high-protein food.  We recommend checking the ingredients list and choosing a brand that features real meat as its first ingredient. Brands that have Chicken, turkey, lamb, or other meats listed first are preferable to brands that contain corn, soy, or meat byproducts.

We also recommend looking for brands that provide your pet with omega fatty acids that can help with brain and eye development when your puppy is small and reduce swelling associated with arthritis as your pet ages. Probiotics and prebiotics can help balance your pet’s sensitive gastrointestinal tract.

Exercise 🐕

As we mentioned earlier, your Pinny Poo is an active dog that likes to run and play. Luckily, its small size allows it to do a lot of running in the house, but we recommend setting aside at least 30 minutes each day, so engage your pattern games and activities that will help it burn off excess energy. These dogs love chasing after balls and will usually walk well on a leash, especially if you train them as a puppy.

Training 🦮

Your Pinny Poo is incredibly intelligent and easy to train if you can keep it focused. Since it has so much energy, it likes to run off and pursue other activities while you’re trying to show it a new trick. We recommend setting a few minutes aside each night immediately after playtime for training.

Keeping your training sessions consistent will help your dog get into a routine and having some playtime first will ensure that it has burned off some excess energy before you get started. Plenty of positive reinforcement in the form of treats and praise will help keep your dog interested, and plenty of patience is essential to your success.

Even intelligent dogs like the Pinny Poo can take several weeks to learn a new track and commit it to memory.

Grooming ✂️

The Pinny Poo is extremely easy to groom and only requires occasional brushing. While not entirely hypoallergenic, it sheds very little and should only trigger allergies in the most sensitive people. We recommend manually brushing your dog’s teeth as frequently as possible with pet-safe toothpaste to slow the progression of dental disease.

You will also need to trim the nails if you hear them clicking on the floor, which is common with indoor breeds.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Minor Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition that causes the hip joint to form incorrectly, causing the bones to wear Faster than they ordinarily would, affecting your pet’s ability to support weight on the leg. Active dogs like the Pinny Poo change to wear the joint down faster as it runs and jumps. Symptoms include difficulty getting up from a resting position and the refusal to climb stairs. You may also notice your dog refusing to engage in other activities it used to enjoy but requires the doctor to jump or climb. Weight management, medication, and surgery can help slow the progression of hip dysplasia, allowing your dog to enjoy an improved quality of life.
  • Bloat: Bloat is an extremely serious condition that can occur in any dog breed. It causes the stomach to fill with air putting pressure and cutting off circulation try other organs. in some cases, the stomach can flip out itself trapping blood inside and causing damage to the stomach liner. Symptoms of bloat include drooling, panting, retching, restlessness, and a swollen stomach. If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to get your dog to the vet immediately, as this condition is life-threatening.
Serious Conditions
  • Cataracts: Cataracts is a condition that causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy. A cloudy lens can prevent light from reaching the retina, reducing your dog’s ability to see clearly. There are several causes of cataracts, including diabetes, but it’s usually the result of old age. Some doctors may choose surgery, but there is frequently little that they can do.
  • Addison’s Disease: Addison’s disease affects the adrenal glands of your pet, affecting hormone production. These important hormones regulate your dog’s internal systems organs, and without them, its body will begin to deteriorate. We see it often in the poodle parent breed, so there’s a chance it can pass to your Pinny Poo. Symptoms include depression, vomiting, weight loss, bloody stools, irregular heart rate, and low temperature. If you notice the symptoms, it’s important to get your dog to the vet, where doctors can treat it with medication. Dogs that take medication frequently live long, happy lives.

Male vs Female

The difference is you see from one Pinny Poo to the next will be based more heavily on which parent it takes after more than what sex it is. in fact, there is no identifiable difference between the male and female Pinny Poo.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Pinny Poo

1. Despite its small size, the Miniature Pinscher is an excellent guard dog.

2. You could find the tiny Miniature Pinscher parent breed in the United States as early as the mid-1920s.

3. The poodle parent breed is an excellent swimmer, so it’s likely your Pinny Poo will enjoy the water too.

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Final Thoughts

The Pinny Poo makes a fantastic family pet. It gets along well with children and pets as long as they’re not too aggressive and they’re not difficult to groom. It’s highly intelligent and can learn several tricks, and they will always keep you entertained with a playful personality.

We hope you have enjoyed this short guide and found the answers you needed.

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

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