Italian Grey Min Pin

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7-12 lbs
United States
Italian Greyhound
Miniature Pinscher
The Italian Grey Min Pin is a mix of the Italian Greyhound and the Miniature Pinscher. These are both toy breeds with similar coats and statures so they will be similar in size. They typically stand about 12 to 15 inches high and weigh 10 to 15 pounds. Although they are lovable and affectionate house pets, they should be watched carefully with small children because of their slender build and skittishness. These dogs do best in homes with older children and make excellent companions for the elderly. However, they do need a lot of exercise so they will need someone who is able to take them for walks or a big, fenced yard for them to play in.
Date of Origin
Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinscher

Italian Grey Min Pin Health

Average Size
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 7-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Congenital Eye Defects
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Electronic Nerve Response and Activity Test
  • DNA

Italian Grey Min Pin Breed History

The Italian Grey Min Pin has not been around long enough to have a history so you need to check out the backgrounds of the Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinschers. The Italian Greyhound is an ancient breed that is the smallest sighthound and is actually considered to be miniature. According to records, there is artwork from the ancient Egyptians that shows the Italian Greyhound dog, confirming they have been around for thousands of years. The name Greyhound was mentioned in the Bible and has nothing to do with the color grey but actually stands for fair dog. The breed comes from the Old English Grighund and was brought to Europe by a Mediterranean group of people called Phoenicians to be a companion pet. Although these dogs were popular with Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, it was the Romans who cultivated the breed. The Prussian King Frederick loved his pet Italian Greyhound so much that he was buried right next to him when he died. In the late 19th century, the Italian Greyhound was brought to the United States, where it was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1886. They are now the 72nd most common dog in the United States. The Miniature Pinscher, which is not related to the Doberman Pinscher, is actually a descendent of the German Standard Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, and Dachshund. They originated in Germany in the 1600s, bred to help rid farm homes from rats and mice. Some say they have been around much longer and that there are paintings and other relics from the Renaissance Period depicting the breed. The name Pinscher actually means “biter” and refers to the breed’s habit of biting its prey. However, the Miniature Pinscher is now a very gentle breed that started being shown in dog shows in Germany in 1900 and was noticed by America in 1925, when it was accepted by the American Kennel Club. They are now the 68th most well-liked breed in the United States.  

Italian Grey Min Pin Breed Appearance

The Italian Grey Min Pin is a small dog with a thin, straight coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns such as tan, gray, white, yellow, chocolate, liver, brindle, sable, pied, merle, speckled, orange, red, beige, or black. Because the Italian Greyhound and the Miniature Pinscher are both dogs of small stature, your Italian Grey Min Pin is going to be a very thin and streamlined dog with long, skinny legs and a narrow head. Their triangular ears stand up on their head when listening and flop down when they are not. Their long, tapered tail is usually curled up over their back but may also hang down.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Italian Grey Min Pin Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Italian Grey Min Pin is one of the easiest to groom with a thin, short, glossy sheen that barely needs brushing or shampooing. All you really have to do is run a slicker brush or rubber grooming mitt over your dog once a week to keep her skin and coat healthy and prevent shedding. Rather than bathing your dog, you can use a wet washcloth or dog cleaning wipe once in a while to keep her looking and feeling great. You can also clean her ears and teeth once a week to keep them clean and fresh. Also, trim your dog’s toenails when needed to prevent curling and cracking. 

Brushes for Italian Grey Min Pin
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Italian Grey Min Pin Temperament

The Italian Greyhound is a mild-mannered and submissive breed that needs to be socialized early and often. The Miniature Pinscher is friendly and affectionate but can be a bit rambunctious for small children so they need extra training as well. This combination is a concern for those with little ones and they do best when raised together. However, you should still supervise them to prevent accidents. The Italian Grey Min Pin is a quick learner and is eager to please, making them easy to train. They are susceptible to Small Dog Syndrome, which is a condition that should be called Spoiled Dog Syndrome because that is basically what it means. Be firm and consistent to prevent this problem.

Italian Grey Min Pin Activity Requirements

Both the Italian Greyhound and the Miniature Pinscher have high activity levels that need tons of exercise so your Italian Grey Min Pin will need to get about an hour or two of vigorous activity every day to prevent health problems or boredom. The Italian Greyhound is a racing and hunting dog while the Miniature Pinscher is a hunter and because of this, your dog will likely have a strong prey drive and urge to run. You can expect them to chase whatever small animals they can find outdoors or indoors. Do not leave them alone with rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and the like. They need to stay socialized, so taking them to the dog park once or twice a month is an excellent idea. A home with a securely fenced back yard is ideal for this hybrid; he should always be supervised when outside.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Italian Grey Min Pin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Italian Grey Min Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 9 lbs

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