Pinny-Poo

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5-35 lbs
8-16"
United States
Miniature Pinscher
Poodle

The Pinny-Poo is a combination of the Miniature Pinscher and Poodle that can vary in size quite a bit depending on whether the parent Poodle was a toy, miniature, or standard breed. The coat can vary as well, depending on the genes. They are energetic and love to play with their family, be it their humans or other pets. They are good with older children but can be snappy with younger children. The Pinny-Poo makes a good watchdog because they are loyal and protective as well as loving. This breed can be a bit stubborn so training them may take some extra time and patience.

Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher and Poodle

Pinny-Poo Health

Average Size
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 10-45 lbs
Height: 8-16 inches Weight: 5-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)

Pinny-Poo Breed History

The Pinny-Poo does not have much of a history yet so you have to consider the histories of the parent breeds, the Miniature Pinscher and the Poodle. The Miniature Pinscher is about 2000 years old and originated in Germany to hunt vermin. They are not related to the Doberman Pinscher, even though they look like them and share the same name. Pinscher actually means terrier in German and this breed is indeed thought to be related to the German Terrier, Dachshund, and Italian Greyhound. They are frequently called a Min-Pin for short and were found on 2000-year-old paintings from the Renaissance period. The German Miniature Pinscher Klub was started in the late 17th century and about 20 years later they were in the Stuttgart Show. Not long after, the breed started becoming popular in the United States and was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1925. Five years later, in 1930, the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed. Another German dog, the Poodle, is one of the oldest known breeds of dog. They are thought to have been around before the first century and statues were found among Egyptian artifacts and drawings. The breed was developed from different European dogs such as the French, Spanish, Hungarian, Russian, German, and Portuguese Water Dogs. Some experts also believe the North African Barbet is part of their heritage. There are many other stories about the Poodle but these are the most commonly believed. They come in three versions, the standard, toy, and miniature, which were all created sometime in the 15th century. They were often used for hunting although soon they were found to be excellent circus dogs and even better family companions. The Poodle has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1887 and is the 7th most popular breed. 

Pinny-Poo Breed Appearance

The Pinny-Poo is a small to medium sized dog, depending on which variety of Poodle is used. In fact, they can range from 5 to 45 pounds and between 8 and 18 inches tall. These dogs have small, round brown or amber eyes, a brown or black nose on a pointed snout, long floppy ears, and their coat can be medium to long, dense, and may be any color from white, black, red, silver, blue, gray, brown, cream, apricot, lemon, fawn, sable, brindle, orange, and pied. They usually have wavy fur but it can also be straight, depending on the genes and it may be hypoallergenic like the Poodle. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Gray
Brown
Red
Cream
Fawn
Blue
Silver
White
Pied
Sable
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pinny-Poo Breed Maintenance

Because of the Poodle genes, you may have to spend quite a bit of time maintaining their coat. They need to be brushed daily and most Pinny-Poo owners take their dog to be professionally groomed every few months to keep their coat manageable. However, you can do it yourself with trimmers if you learn how. You will also need to bathe your Pinny-Poo every few weeks and clean their ears at this time as well. Be sure to use mild dog shampoo approved by your veterinarian so you do not dry out your Pinny-Poo’s skin. You can trim your dog’s toenails yourself about once a month with nail trimmers or have them done by the groomer or veterinarian. 

Brushes for Pinny-Poo
Pin Brush
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pinny-Poo Temperament

Your Pinny-Poo will make a great family companion due to their loving personality and cuddliness. They enjoy being with their family all the time and may have trouble with separation anxiety if left alone too long. Their sweet temperament and loyalty make them great lap dogs for anyone and while they can take some extra time to train, they are smart and can learn tricks that will entertain you for hours. Once your Pinny-Poo is trained, she is obedient and you should not have any more trouble from her. They are wary of strangers and make good watchdogs but must be introduced to guests. 

Pinny-Poo Activity Requirements

The Pinny-Poo needs at least one hour of exercise every day to keep them physically fit and prevent boredom or anxiety. Many dogs who do not get adequate exercise can develop bad habits or behavioral problems like excessive barking or chewing on your personal property. Some great activities for Pinny-Poos include brisk walks, going to the dog park to play with other dogs, swimming, playing catch or flyball, hiking, or just running around in a fenced yard. These dogs are excellent at learning tricks and can also be good at agility competitions or obedience training courses. If your dog is small enough, you can play fetch indoors as well. 

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

Pinny-Poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.6 - $2.4
Monthly Cost
$48 - $72

Pinny-Poo Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 20 lbs

Pinny-Poo Owner Experiences

Sadie
10 Weeks
3 People
House
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Pastimes
She loves to snuggling and sleep around our neck, under our chin. We have a teacup size, and she bounces like a rabbit when she plays. So cute. Barely barks. Mostly whimpers when she wants you.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
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