7-9 lbs
United States
Miniature Pinscher

The Peke-A-Pin is a designer dog made up by crossing a purebred Pekingese and a purebred Miniature Pinscher. These are small dogs but packed with energy and very self-assured. They will need a firm hand to know who is in charge. But they are loyal and affectionate dogs who are very curious especially when it comes to eating everything they come across. They are best suited to families with older children and will be happy being the only dog in the household. Early socialization will be needed if there are other dogs or cats. Depending on whether they have the short sleek hair of the Min Pin or the longer hair of the Pekingese will depend on how much grooming they need but it shouldn’t take more than brushing a couple of times a week. Common colors are black and brown, black and white, chocolate, grey and golden.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese

Peke-A-Pin Health

Average Size
Male Peke-A-Pin size stats
Height: 6-10 inches Weight: 8-10 lbs
Female Peke-A-Pin size stats
Height: 5-9 inches Weight: 7-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Skeletal Deformities
Minor Concerns
  • KCS
  • Cataracts
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Eye examination

Peke-A-Pin Breed History

The Peke-A-Pin is hybrid breed made up of a combination of a Pekingese and a Miniature Pinscher which are known affectionately as Min Pins. These dogs originated in Germany and were used to catch rats. Dubbed the “King of Toys” for their strong-willed and self-assured attitude, the Miniature Pinscher is thought to be a direct descendent of the German Pinscher. Although he looks like a small Doberman, they are a completely separate breed. The Min Pins other ancestors were likely to be Dachshunds and Italian Greyhounds. In Germany the Min Pin was referred to as the Reh Pinscher because of its similarity in looks to the reh, or small deer, that lived in the forests. In 1895 the Pinscher Klub was formed but was later renamed the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub. It was then that the first breed standard was written. Miniature Pinschers were first shown at the Stuttgart Dog Show in Germany in 1900, at which time they were virtually unknown outside of their homeland. They appeared in Germany around 1919 and a decade later the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed. They were also recognized by the American Kennel Club that same year. The Pekingese were bred in China as companions of the imperial family of China. They take their name from what was then the capital city Peking (now Beijing) and are believed to be the oldest dog breed going back 2000 years. The first Pekes arrived in England as trophies of the Opium War in 1860. Queen Victoria was given the smallest of these which she named “Looty” in reference to the British troops burning down the imperial palace. Pekingese are also known as the Pelchie Dog, Peke, Lion Dog, or Peking Lion Dog because of their resemblance to Chinese guardian lions, stone statues which have stood in front of Imperial palaces, temples and government buildings. In the 1890s a number of dogs were smuggled out of China and became more popular. One named Pekin Peter was reportedly the first Pekingese to be exhibited at a British dog show, in 1894. Originally they were known as Chinese Pugs or Pekingese Spaniels. The Pekingese Club of America was formed in 1909.

Peke-A-Pin Breed Appearance

The Peke-A-Pin is a hybrid breed made up by crossing a purebred Pekingese and a purebred Miniature Pinscher. These are small dogs that weigh up to 10 pounds and are around 10 inches in height. Common colors are black and brown, black and white, chocolate, grey and golden and the coat is usually short, hard and smooth but can be longer depending on the parent breeds. They have brown eyes which may bulge slightly which they get from the Pekingese side. Their ears usually fall forward onto the face and there may be some feathering. Min Pins often used to have their ears cropped and tails docked but these practices are banned now in many countries.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Peke-A-Pin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Peke-A-Pin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Peke-A-Pin coat
brown Peke-A-Pin coat
white Peke-A-Pin coat
gray Peke-A-Pin coat
fawn Peke-A-Pin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Peke-A-Pin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Peke-A-Pin Breed Maintenance

A Peke-A-Pin sheds moderately and is fairly easy to groom especially if their coats are short. If they are longer and have some fringing around the ears they may need occasional trimming. Weekly brushing should be more than sufficient to keep them looking good and to get rid of any loose hairs. They don’t have a strong doggy smell so only very occasional bathing is needed. Check the ears regularly for any dirt or wax buildup and clean them gently. It is a good idea to brush your pet’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues. Check the nails from time to time to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Peke-A-Pin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Peke-A-Pin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Peke-A-Pin Temperament

Despite its size, a Peke-A-Pin is a tough, fearless dog who is affectionate and will make a great family pet. They aren’t suited to people with small children though as they won’t cope well with rough handling. A Peke-A-Pin may be a challenge for first time dog owners unless they are prepared to invest a lot of time and patience in training them. They are curious and energetic dogs and often filled with self-importance so need to be taught early on what their boundaries are. Early socialization will be important as they are not fond of other dogs or cats. They make excellent watchdogs and will bark at strangers and be very protective of their family. These dogs don’t like spending too much time alone so are ideal for those who work from home or active seniors. They need to be kept on the leash when out in public as are known to wander off. A secure fenced in yard will also be a good idea.

Peke-A-Pin Activity Requirements

A Peke-A-Pin is an energetic, playful and curious dog but will only need light exercise to keep fit and healthy. A daily walk on the lead and play sessions in a safe enclosed yard will make sure he is relaxed and calm. The Min Pin is renowned as an escape artist and a Pekingese is prone to wandering off if given a chance so make sure your pet is always under your control when out in public. A Peke-A-Pin will do well in an apartment or a house with a garden. They are fairly sensitive to the heat and cold so make sure they are not exercised when it is hot and kept warm enough in winter.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes
activity minutes

Peke-A-Pin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Peke-A-Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Peke-A-Pin size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Peke-A-Pin size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Peke-A-Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Peke-A-Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Peke-A-Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Peke-A-Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs

Peke-A-Pin Owner Experiences

18 Months
2 People
Wrestling, tug a war, and cuddling
She's very affectionate with the family but also very protective, if she don't know the other person and they reach at her after I've warned them not to she will warn them and if they continue to reach trying to pet her she will bite them bc she's trying to protect me or my husband but mostly me, she thinks she is supposed to go everywhere with me lol, And that is exactly what she does too, She is trained to be my Service dog. And she does a very good job at what she is trained to do.
6 years ago
6 Months
2 People
House & Yard
He is very energetic and friendly plays with older children and loved by all he is a very special doggy in our family
2 years, 11 months ago
2 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Tug of war with ropes and toys
He barks a lot and thinks he is the king of the block.
2 years, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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