Mini Cairn Pin

8-12 lbs
United States
Cairn Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
The Mini Cairn Pin is a mixed breed dog. His parent breeds are the Cairn Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. He enjoys barking, digging, and chasing; however, he can be properly socialized so that he does not partake in misbehavior very often. He may be prone to separation anxiety, so he is not a good choice for people who are often away from home. He is fearless and often forgets that he is a small dog. He is better for families that do not have very small children; too much roughhousing can cause him to be injured. He is curious and energetic. He may not do well with cats; remember, he is a hunter at heart.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Cairn Terrier, Miniature Pinscher

Mini Cairn Pin Health

Average Size
Male Mini Cairn Pin size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Female Mini Cairn Pin size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (Lion Jaw)
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Thyroid Testing
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Mini Cairn Pin Breed History

The Mini Cairn Pin is a relatively rare hybrid dog. There is not a great deal of information regarding the designer breed. In order to understand the origins of the Mini Cairn Pin, it will help to know a little about his parent breeds and their history. The Cairn Terrier finds its origins on the Isle of Skye. Captain Martin MacLeod is said to have developed the breed at least two hundred years ago. Originally, the Cairn was grouped with all terriers in Scotland and labelled Scotch Terriers. Actually, all varieties of Scottish Terriers were possible in any given litter. The only distinguishing factor was the color of the dog. The Cairn Terrier was designated as its own breed in 1912. Its name referred to the piles of stones left at Scottish burial sites, and the rats or mice that the Cairn was famous for hunting often hid in these stones. A year later, Mrs. Henry Price and Mrs. Byron Rodgers brought the first Cairn to the United States. The Miniature Pinscher finds its origins in Germany. It was bred for killing rats on farms and in the farmers' homes. While many erroneously believe that the Mini Pin is a smaller version of the Doberman, he is actually a distinctive breed all his own. After World War I, the Mini Pin became a very popular dog in Germany. The first Mini Pins were imported to the United States in 1919.

Mini Cairn Pin Breed Appearance

The Mini Cairn Pin will be a small dog, weighing no more than fourteen pounds at maturity. The texture of his coat is really dependent upon the dominant parent breed. He may have a short, sleek coat like the Mini Pin parent breed, or he may have the longer, wavy coat of his Cairn Terrier parent breed. Color is also something that will vary. He may be a light tan color, brown, red, fawn, or black. He may also be a light rust color. Again, this all depends on the dominant parent breed. His head is likely to be smaller than average, and he will have a short tail that will stand straight out from his body.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Mini Cairn Pin eyes
brown Mini Cairn Pin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Cairn Pin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Mini Cairn Pin coat
white Mini Cairn Pin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Cairn Pin wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Cairn Pin Breed Maintenance

The Mini Cairn Pin will require some grooming, but not a great deal of it. He will likely have short, wavy hair. He may shed a good bit, a trait he may inherit from the Mini Pin parent breed. To prevent this, brush him two or three times a week. During the spring and fall, when he is likely to shed more, brush him daily. Bathe the Mini Cairn Pin only when necessary. The natural oils of his coat will keep his fur looking healthy. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent the build-up of tartar on his teeth and bad breath. However, if you want to prevent tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Another bi-weekly chore is trimming your Mini Cairn Pin's nails. Sometimes you can extend the date a week or two (meaning some dogs only need their nails trimmed once a month). A good rule of thumb is if you can hear his nails clicking on a tile floor, then it's time to trim his nails.
Brushes for Mini Cairn Pin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Cairn Pin requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Cairn Pin Temperament

The Mini Cairn Pin is a sweet, loving little dog. He is fairly easy to train, and his is considered a good dog for first-time dog owners. However, owners should keep in mind that on occasion, the Mini Cairn Pin may be just a tad stubborn. He is wonderful with family members of all ages. Early socialization is recommended so that he will know how to behave with children, strangers, and with other pets. He is often quite curious, and you may spend a lot of time laughing at his antics. He may also be sensitive to your moods; if he can sense that you are unhappy with him, he will become upset as well. He is known for greeting people at the door with you, and he will definitely let you know if anything is amiss around the house. Overall, the Mini Cairn Pin is a good choice for anyone wanting a sweet, loyal companion.

Mini Cairn Pin Activity Requirements

The Mini Cairn Pin is a fairly active dog. He enjoys making each step that you make, but at the same time, should you find yourself relaxing on the couch, the Mini Cairn Pin is generally sitting in your lap as well. However, keep in mind that he does need proper exercise in order to keep boredom at bay and to stay healthy. He may enjoy a trip to the dog park where he can play with you and other pups freely. He may also enjoy accompanying you on short, brisk walks a few times a day. He is also capable of one long daily walk of about thirty minutes. He makes a great apartment dweller, but he is also happy in a home with a large yard. The key is providing the appropriate amount of daily exercise for him.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Mini Cairn Pin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mini Cairn Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Cairn Pin size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Mini Cairn Pin size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Cairn Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Mini Cairn Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Cairn Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Mini Cairn Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs

Mini Cairn Pin Owner Experiences

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