King Pin

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8-18 lbs
10-13"
United States
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Miniature Pinscher
Cavalier Pin
The King Pin is a 50/50 mix between the Miniature Pinscher and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is a toy sized breed with short, smooth fur, triangular folded ears, and intelligent dark brown eyes. This is an attractive breed that combines a lot of the best traits from both parent breeds. While having a lot of energy and loving to play, the King Pin also has a soft spot for cuddle time and settles right down once his owner is ready for a break. The small stature of the King Pin makes him the perfect fit for any sized home, whether it is an apartment or a mansion! Just keep in mind that he may have a tendency to wander and get distracted, so time outside should definitely be in a fenced area or on a leash where he will be safely near by at all times.
Purpose
Companion Animal
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Pinscher

King Pin Health

Average Size
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Syringomyelia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Microphthalmia
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Urolithiasis
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Heart
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations

King Pin Breed History

While both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Miniature Pinscher have a lot of information as to where they came from and why, the King Pin, being a new hybrid breed, hasn't had a lot of time to develop on origin story of his own just yet. So, in order to find out the reasoning behind his creation and what traits he may have passed down to him, we will take a look at the parent breed's histories. The Miniature Pinscher is a German breed who is commonly mistaken for a scaled down Doberman Pinscher. This is not true however, as the Min Pin actually predates the Doberman by at least 200 years! This small yet determined breed was primarily used as a ratter on German farms and was thought to have been created using the Dachshund, old German Pinscher, Manchester Terrier, and the Italian Greyhound. The result of all these amazing breeds put together is a fearless and determined dog who, despite his small size, would guard his entire family on his own without thinking twice about it. The Min Pin has always been a fan favorite and was first registered by the American Kennel Club in the year 1925 as a Terrier. In 1930, they were re-registered as a toy breed by the Miniature Pinscher Club of America and went by the name Toy Pinscher until 1972 when they were then called the Miniature Pinscher. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was named after the first and second kings of England, Charles. He was always a popular dog due to his small stature and laid back personality, but after the fall of King James, the Cavalier began to fade from the spotlight as the Pug rose in favor (thanks to King William's preference of the dog). The two breeds were eventually bred together and the Cavalier most likely would have ceased to exist if it hadn't been for Rosewell Elridge. He was a very wealthy American who was willing to pay a very high price to anyone who could recreate the dog's he had seen in 17th and 18th century paintings, of the original Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. A few British breeders accepted this challenge and set out to bring back the Cavalier. They worked with English Toy Spaniels and over time, the results evolved into the Cavaliers that we know and love today. They are now used as companion animals and show dogs. When these two breeds are combined, we end up with a strong willed, loyal, intelligent, and loving little dog who is a great combination of cuddly yet playful. Because there is ratting blood in the King Pin, he tends to have the desire to hunt small creatures as well as be very mouthy. While these are slight downfalls, careful training and a good amount of exercise should be plenty to keep him well-behaved and non-destructive. Overall, this is a great breed for anyone who is looking for a guard dog that isn't too large and still loves to cuddle with his owner.

King Pin Breed Appearance

Because the King Pin is a hybrid breed, his appearance and personality can vary greatly. This can even happen within the same litter at times. Despite this fact, the typical appearance for the King Pin tends to be a small, yet sturdy body that is very athletic in nature. While the body style is closer to the Min Pin, the face and the ears are much closer to that of the Cavalier. The eyes are large and round as opposed to an ovular shape and the ears are typically folded into loose, large triangles. The look is completed with a long and thin tail. The King Pin's fur is short and smooth, typically appearing in either fawn, or tan and black.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Brown
Black
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

King Pin Breed Maintenance

While the King Pin is a dog that tends to shed every once in a while, thanks to his Miniature Pinscher side, it is very infrequent. This, and his short fur, makes the King Pin a very easy dog to maintain. A thorough  grooming only needs to happen perhaps a couple times a month and bathing is even more rare. If your dog tends to get especially dirty, you can brush him off with a slicker brush and give him a bath with a gentle shampoo. Be sure that any time after bathing or swimming, you thoroughly dry the King Pin's ears. This is because due to the folded over nature of this breed's ears, any extra moisture that is left inside them won't have a chance to dry out; thus leading to potential infection and irritation. By drying and cleaning your dog's ears thoroughly, you can decrease the chance of these issues occurring. Besides brushing and bathing, either you or a groomer should trim your dog's nails to keep the paws healthy and snag free.
Brushes for King Pin
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

King Pin Temperament

Taking after the Min Pin, the King Pin is a fearless dog who loves to be both guardian and companion to their owner. This little dog has a big personality and will love to prove it to you by chasing down anything that moves, destroying his toys, and protecting you against anything he deems a threat. While the King Pin is not necessarily aggressive, he will use his voice to warn you and others of anything suspicious; he loves to bark! Perhaps the best thing about the King Pin, is that despite all of his energy, as soon as you are ready to cuddle and love on him, he will be perfectly happy to snuggle into your lap and welcome the down time. Just keep in mind that while this breed wants to spend time with his owner, training may prove to be a bit of a challenge at times. Unlike the Cavalier, who is completely eager to please their owner, the King Pin has a bit of the Miniature Pinscher's stubborn and independent streak. Early training and socialization with a consistent and gentle hand will be the key to getting this little guardian to listen to you. Overall, the King Pin is a wonderful dog who, with early socialization, does great with older children and other pets. He may be wary of strangers, but will warm up to new people with time and a solid foundation of trust. This is a very loving and wonderful dog who will be perfect for any owner who wants a good balance of playful and cuddly.

King Pin Activity Requirements

Because the Miniature Pinscher is a very active dog and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a moderately active dog, the King Pin is going to be relatively active. A couple 90 minutes sessions a day should be plenty to thoroughly wear him out; and if not, a good training session should be enough to help calm him down. It is very important to make sure that the King Pin gets exercise as he can be destructive to both his things and yours if he is left with too much energy. Some great activities that you can do with your dog may be a long walk, short jog, training, or playing fetch in the yard. Because the King Pin gets cold very easily, if it is winter outside, taking him to a doggy class indoors is another great way to tire him out both mentally and physically.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

King Pin Food Consumption

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

King Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs

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