The Carlin Pinscher started as a little accident in 1990s, when an owner of Miniature Pinscher went on vacation and left its dog with her friend – an owner of a black Pug. When they returned from the vacation, they found out that their Min Pin mated with the Pug and later gave birth to the first litter of dogs which we know today as Carlin Pinschers.
2) Breed in development
The Carlin Pinscher is being developed for more than 20 years now, but it is still considered rather as a crossbreed or designer dog breed than real purebred dog. And they are not recognized by any major kennel club. It is better to say that it is a breed in development rather than crossbreed. A cross of Pug and Min Pin is known as Pug Pin or Muggin and the Carlin Pinscher is separated from this cross as the Carlin pinscher is carefully bred for selected traits and some additional breeds were and possibly will be used in the breeds development next to the Pug and Min Pin.
Do you wonder why this dog is called as Carlin Pinscher? Well the Pinscher part is obvious, as they are part Miniature Pinschers, but why Carlin? That comes from the Pug ancestor as in some countries the Pug is known as the Carlin.
4) Family pet
The Carlin Pinscher is not used for any real work and their main and only utilization is to be the best possible companion dogs. And indeed, they are amazing companions. The Carlin Pinscher is known for its loving and affectionate nature, but also lively and playful character. They posses temperamental traits from both of its parent breeds and they are typically very friendly and sociable dogs that can make excellent play partners for kids and they can live in the household with other dogs or pets without any problems, especially if socialized together from the puppyhood.
The Carlin Pinscher is pretty lively, energetic and playful dog breed, but its not that hard to deal with their exercise needs. It is true that they will be always ready for a good vigorous playtime or outdoor adventure, but they are active indoors and outdoors and you can deal with their energy by few daily walks accompanied by good playtime and fun training session. It is not a total coach potatoe, but definitely not completely hyperactive dog neither. It is quite adaptable breed that can happily live even in tiny apartments.
The Carlin Pinscher is a small sized dog with pretty strong body. The average height is between 11-13 inch, which is 28-33 cm and weight is usually between 12-14 lbs, which is 5-6 kg. There are no big size differences between males and females.
Even though still developing breed, Carlin Pinschers are surprisingly very similar in appearance. One of the main appearance characteristic is their coat. It is a short-haired dog with coat similar to the Miniature Pinschers coat. The preffered coat color is black and tan, but you can also find Carlins in all black, brown, fawn or sable color.
Speaking of the coat it is important to mention the grooming and maintenance as well and the Carlin Pinscher is pretty easy to take care off dog breed. The short and smooth coat does shed some deal of fur all year long and regular brushing is beneficial to remove all the dead and loose hair and minimize the shedding. Regular brushing will also remove any dirt and redistribute natural oils all over the coat. No other grooming is required. Just like with any other dog breed you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The Carlin Pinscher is definitely very smart dog, but they are not pushovers to train. Their alert and kind of independent personality, some would say stubborn, is not that ideal for typical obedience training. It is better to schedule short and fun training sessions rather than long ones, as the dog might easily get bored and distracted. You will see best results with positive reinforcement and of course with a lot of patience. Do not expect the Carlin Pinscher to nail tricks like Border Collie, but you can definitely teach them all the basic obedience commands plus some fancy tricks.
The Carlin Pinscher is pretty healthy dog breed with average lifespan around 15 years. Luckily, they are not prone much to breathing issues and overheating, just like the Pug, as they do not have such a short muzzle. Of course, they can still suffer from some health issues, such as progressive retinal atrophy, patellar luxation, some allergies or infections. The Carlin Pinscher is also prone to obesity, so it is important to feed them properly and not overfeed them.