Min Pin Frise

10-14 lbs
Bichon Frise
Miniature Pinscher

The Min Pin Frise is an uncommon designer dog, the cross between a small-statured and fearless German ratting dog, the Miniature Pinscher and a tiny white companion dog from the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise. This crossbreed is a combination of dogs with very different looks, behaviors, and even medical disorders, and individual dogs can differ greatly even within the same litter. They are energetic, playful, and affectionate little animals that only require a moderate amount of exercise, and if properly trained and socialized can make pleasant and entertaining roommates in any size space.  Although the coat of the Bichon Frise may be hypoallergenic, the short coat of the Miniature Pinscher is decidedly not hypoallergenic, and the allergy-causing potential of an individual dog’s coat may not be apparent until they reach maturity. 

Date of Origin
Miniature Pinscher and Bichon Frise

Min Pin Frise Health

Average Size
Male Min Pin Frise size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Female Min Pin Frise size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hemophilia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Urolithiasis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Radiographs
  • Blood And Urine Analysis

Min Pin Frise Breed History

The Min Pin Frise is a designer dog, a deliberate cross between a small, sleek ratting dog from Germany known as the Miniature Pinscher, and the Bichon Frise, an entertaining and affectionate companion animal developed in the Mediterranean. There is a prevailing misconception that the Miniature Pinscher is the miniaturized version of the Doberman Pinscher, however, despite their similarity in coat, color, and confirmation, these dogs are not closely related. The Miniature Pinscher is, in fact, an older breed by at least a century or two as documentation indicates that they have been employed as ratters and vermin hunters in Germany for on farms and in homes for several centuries. They remained virtually unknown outside of Germany until the Pinscher Klub, now known as the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub was developed in 1895 and the first breed standard was written. It wasn’t until after the cessation of World War I that Miniature Pinschers were imported into the United States of America. They were first recognized in the Terrier group of the AKC under the name Min Pin in 1929, then reclassified into the Toy category under the heading of Pinscher (Miniature), and it wasn’t until 1972 that they received the moniker that they are still classified under today, the Miniature Pinscher. The Bichon Frise, a small white companion dog, is even older than the Miniature Pinscher, playing the role of a companion to royalty as far back as the 1300s. This little white dog is the descendant of an Italian water spaniel, the same Italian water spaniel that gave rise to both the Maltese and Poodle breeds, among others. These diminutive companion dogs were known as the Bichon Tenerife before they were renamed the Bichon Frise and they were prized for their cheery and loving dispositions. They were frequently used as trade items, travelling to other countries with sailors and from the 1300’s to the 1800’s they were favored by royal families from several countries. When the Bichon Frise fell out of favor with the Royals in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these spunky little canines found homes working the streets with organ grinders and performing tricks at circuses and fairs. It wasn’t until after World War I that the first breed standard for the Bichon Frise was developed in 1933, and nearly another 40 years until they were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972.

Min Pin Frise Breed Appearance

The Min Pin Frise comes from two parent breeds that have differing coats, temperaments, and even overall body types, so the offspring of the Miniature Pinscher and the Bichon Frise can vary greatly in these areas, differing quite a bit even between dogs in the same litter. This will be a small dog with even the larger specimens only reaching around a foot tall and weighing less than 20 pounds. Like both parent breeds they are well-built, sturdy little dogs with dark eyes and black noses. From there they can take different traits from either the Bichon Frise, a square-muzzled, white powder puff of a dog with a slightly rounded head, round eyes, heavily furred ears that drop down and hang close to the head, and a double-layered coat consisting of a soft dense undercoat protected by a layer of coarse, curly hair, or the Miniature Pinscher, a sleek and vigorous animal with a wedge-shaped head, tapered muzzle, oval eyes, triangular ears that stand erect high up on the head, and a single layer easy to care for glossy coat.   

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Min Pin Frise eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Min Pin Frise nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Min Pin Frise coat
brown Min Pin Frise coat
red Min Pin Frise coat
cream Min Pin Frise coat
white Min Pin Frise coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Min Pin Frise curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Min Pin Frise Breed Maintenance

The maintenance for this crossbreed can vary quite a bit between Min Pin Frises as the two parent breeds have very different coat types. If your individual dog inherits the coat of the Min Pin, grooming should be an easy chore, just bathing every few months and brushing down with a bristle brush, slicker brush, or rubber grooming glove, depending on your preference. If your dog has the coat that is more like the Bichon, then more time will be required as they tend to require baths every three to four weeks, and require brushing with a pin brush or comb several times a week. The coarse, curly coat of the Bichon Frise often needs clipping and grooming as well, and this trait may also be passed on to the Min Pin Frise. 

Brushes for Min Pin Frise
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Min Pin Frise requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Min Pin Frise Temperament

The Min Pin Frise is not yet a common hybrid, but you can usually get a good idea about a crossbreed’s temperament by looking at the parent breeds. In this case, the Min Pin Frise would be an energetic, quick-witted dog; a cuddly and affectionate animal with an independent streak that may occasionally get them into trouble.  Although they do tend to get along fairly well with all members of the family, they can easily become overwhelmed by very young, quick moving, or rowdy children or animals. All interactions with children and with other animals should be closely monitored, not just to prevent misunderstandings or bites directed at the child, but also to prevent the damage that accidental mishandling can cause to a small dog like this. Some Miniature Pinschers have a bit of a possessive or territorial streak, but early training and socialization can frequently curb these distressing traits.  

Min Pin Frise Activity Requirements

This little dog may not need quite as much exercise as the athletic and intense Miniature Pinscher, but they do tend to be happiest with more exercise than the average Bichon Frise requires. This dog will be quite content with around 45 minutes or so of vigorous activity each day, in the form of short walks around the neighborhood, indoor games, and even agility training. If this crossbreed is trained and socialized early and given adequate mental stimulation, they can make suitable roommates even in small living spaces, but without proper training, they can become anxious, overly vocal, and destructive. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Min Pin Frise Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Min Pin Frise Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Min Pin Frise size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Min Pin Frise size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Min Pin Frise size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Min Pin Frise size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Min Pin Frise size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Min Pin Frise size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs

Min Pin Frise Owner Experiences

5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
dog parks in yard walk
we have had her for 7 months when we first got her her hair was like silk now it is hard. am i doing something wrong?
3 years, 1 month ago
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Very enjoyable , easy to have around
2 years, 10 months ago
12 Years
4 People
House & Yard
When he was young, he was a handful. Donnie use to chase birds and was very hard to handle while off leash. He is not friendly with other dogs at first, but warms up quickly. Most loyal dog I’ve ever had. He has literally saved my life. While out for a walk I fell off the side of a trail, Donnie kept barking at bike riders until he got their attention and got me help. He is super smart, I will say go get Daddy and he goes to my hubby and keeps barking till Duane comes to me. I’m not sure if it’s because of my health issues, but he barks like a maniac when anyone comes in my home, does not warm up to people quickly but once you gain his trust he is the best. Donnie never leaves my side, and is truly the best friend I ever had. He is getting older now, his sight is getting bad and he has slowed down but still enjoys snuggles and shorter walks. I would recommend this breed to anyone. He is really great with children, think he prefers kids to adults
2 years, 7 months ago
7 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Playing with toys
Running outside
Loves the snow
I've had my Bailey for 6 months now and hes the best thing ever. A travel buddy, cuddler, rough houser, companion. Would not trade him for the world. He is a very smart boy who picks up commands fairly easily.
1 year, 3 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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