I adopted Penny from the animal shelter and a DNA test let me to realize that she's a true Italian Grey Min Pin, her mother was IG, father Min Pin. I think she had a pretty rough start in life. When I first met her, she actually tried to bite be because she was so terrified of human contact; that sealed her fate, I knew this was the dog for me, she needed someone to love her, and I, still feeling pain from the loss of my previous rescue, needed someone to love.
Penny is an absolute sweetheart once she allows you to love her. The highlight of every day is coming home to her. She is always so excited to see me.
She is NOT a social dog at all. She would prefer it if my roommates dog were gone, and she doesn't like making new friends. She is 100000% and introvert; she has her family (myself and my roommate) and she has no need for anyone else.
We do agility trials, and where all the other dogs are excitable and want to play with each other, Penny is happiest sitting in my lap on in the bleachers while we wait for our turn to compete. She loves going to agility trials, but she wants people, and other dogs to leave her alone.
I don't know if this is normal for this breed, as I stated before, she is the SWEETEST dog I've ever met, once you are "in" She loves to snuggle and cuddle, she has no understanding of personal space, and she's always down to take a nap with me.
She is SOOOOOO smart too. I've had dogs my whole life, and this one is by far, the smartest dog I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. One of her biggest "flaws" (for lack of a better word) is that she loves to tear the squeakers out of of her toys. I will come home to a bloodbath of stuffing all over the house. I've started hiding her "babies" in cabinets, drawers, on top of things, etc - some how she always manages to get them - I can't figure it out....she's smart....scary smart.
All in all, this is one of the best dogs I've ever had in my life, I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world, and I would highly recommend this breed. I think her little social anxieties and awkwardness is due to her past upbringing and just her goofy personality. But if you are looking for an intelligent, sweet, playful, all around fun little dog - consider this mix!