Sheltie Pin

15-25 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
Miniature Pinscher
The Sheltie Pin is a hybrid breed that combines the Miniature Pinscher and the Shetland Sheepdog. This breed is a small to medium sized dog, with short fur, big ears, and a stellar personality. Thanks to both parent breed's energetic nature, the Sheltie Pin is a companion who is always ready for the next adventure. While he will love you to pieces and follow you faithfully wherever you go, training can be a bit of a challenge due to an independent nature and high energy level. Once training has been established however, the Sheltie Pin is a great choice for anyone who has a family with older children that have a desire to take care of a dog. He is low maintenance and has a great personality that combines intelligence, playfulness, and a fearless loyalty; all traits that make the Sheltie Pin so lovable. Keep in mind that this dog will love to bark, so close neighbors and apartment dwellers be ready!
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shetland Sheepdog and Miniature Pinscher

Sheltie Pin Health

Average Size
Male Sheltie Pin size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Sheltie Pin size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Microphthalmia
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Pra
  • Blood Analysis
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hearing Tests
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • DNA for VWD

Sheltie Pin Breed History

As the Sheltie Pin is a relatively new breed, we need to look at the Miniature Pin and the Shetland Sheepdog for information about why he may have been created in the first place. The parent breed's origin stories will help to explain the significance of the name, body type, and ancestry of not only themselves, but also of the Sheltie Pin. For instance, when we look at the Shetland Sheepdog, we can see where the Sheltie Pin gets his affectionate and easy-going nature from. The Sheltie is a breed that gets along well with everyone and was initially created on the small Shetland Islands to help with herding sheep. This makes them a sweet, incredibly intelligent, and all-around happy dog who loves nothing more than to please their master. Back before Shelties were very well known, visitors who came to the Shetland Islands fell in love with the little "fairy dogs" and ended up taking one with them as a souvenir. In this way, the Sheltie was able to see the world, and became quite popular as more and more people fell in love with his beautiful appearance and golden personality. A few of the breeds that were used in the creation of the Sheltie are thought to be the King Charles Spaniel, the Pomeranian, and the Large Collie; all of which contributed to his amazing personality and long, light coat. Because of this wide mixture (with a few other breeds thrown in later), the Shelties today can vary largely in color and size. This breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1911, but due to the differences in his appearance, the Sheltie was rejected by the Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club because he offended Collie breeders; this is really too bad because the Sheltie is a gorgeous dog with a great personality who is much adored by people everywhere as a companion and a showman. The Miniature Pinscher is usually thought of as a much smaller Doberman Pinscher, but in reality, this breed was created about 200 years before the Doberman came into existence. The breeds that make up the Min Pin's ancestry consists of the Dachshund, old German Pinscher, Manchester Terrier, and Italian Greyhound. As can be imagined, the end result of this combo is a very spirited, lively toy sized dog! Initially, the Min Pin's popularity as a ratter only spread as far as Germany and Scandinavian countries, but eventually his skills in catching rats and his proud personality caught the attention of many other dog lovers. He was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Terrier at first thanks to his talent of ratting, but that only lasted about four years. Once the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed, the Min Pin was reclassified as a toy breed in 1930.  Today, the Min Pin is one of the higher ranking American Kennel Club breeds in popularity and has been used as a show and companion dog for many years.

Sheltie Pin Breed Appearance

The Sheltie Pin is a small to medium sized dog that has the body of the Sheltie, with the fur of the Min Pin. With large, alert ears, long, thin tail, and big oval eyes, the Sheltie Pin has a bit of playfulness to his appearance; reflecting his fun personality and loving spirit perfectly! While the Min Pin is a toy sized breed, the Sheltie Pin seems to take after the Sheltie's size most often, having longer legs and a bit thicker build. His coat is short and smooth, laying close to the body and tends to shed infrequently. Due to this single coat, the Sheltie Pin prefers warmer weather.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Sheltie Pin eyes
amber Sheltie Pin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Pin nose
brown Sheltie Pin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Sheltie Pin coat
black Sheltie Pin coat
red Sheltie Pin coat
white Sheltie Pin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Sheltie Pin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheltie Pin Breed Maintenance

Thanks to his short fur and low shedding, the Sheltie Pin is a very low maintenance breed that only needs brushing a few times a month. A slicker brush is perfect for removing any loose hair on the body as well as any dirt that may be lingering there as well, which will help to stimulate the skin and make the coat shiny. Bathing is another grooming activity that is only required once every few months, unless your dog gets especially dirty from a fun outdoor activity or a mischievous adventure. Lastly, be sure to trim your Sheltie Pin's nails every few weeks, or once you hear the nails clacking against the floor, to keep the paws healthy and scratching to a minimum. Brush his teeth twice a week to keep his gums healthy and the teeth plaque free.
Brushes for Sheltie Pin
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Sheltie Pin requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheltie Pin Temperament

Considering who the Sheltie Pin's parent breeds are, it's no surprise that he is a proud and energetic dog who loves a good adventure. Very vocal and always ready to play, the Sheltie Pin is an excellent companion for any dog owner who thoroughly enjoys a bit of a challenge. The Miniature Pin brings a bit of independence into the hybrid breed, while the Shetland Sheepdog provides a lot of energetic playfulness and an eager-to-learn attitude. With these two traits together, the Sheltie Pin is an overall great dog for the experienced owner, being clever, affectionate, jovial, and fearless. Keep in mind that early training and socialization will be important in order to get the Sheltie Pin comfortable around small children and other dogs. This comes from the Min Pin's side, who is a bit more touchy around such situations. While the Sheltie Pin is a small dog, his love-to-talk and energetic nature may make him a dog unfit for apartment life unless there are ample chances for him to release his energy through exercise.

Sheltie Pin Activity Requirements

If you own a Sheltie Pin, you probably know just how much this breed loves to run and play! Thanks to his very active parent breeds, the Sheltie Pin is always ready to go and will be more than willing to do any outdoor activity with you, all day long. This high energy is what makes the Sheltie Pin a perfect match for any outdoor enthusiast; whether it is hiking or jogging, this hybrid breed will gladly get his "shoes on" and head out. While physical activity is definitely the key to providing the Sheltie Pin with a fulfilled and happy life, it is important to remember the mental health as well. Sheltie Pin's are very intelligent dogs and will need toys, and training, that will help to stimulate their mind. If this is neglected, he can get bored and even destructive if left unsupervised.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Sheltie Pin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Sheltie Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie Pin size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Pin size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 18.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Sheltie Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs

Sheltie Pin Owner Experiences

5 Years
1 People
Hide & Seek
Marley has been a very great dog. Loves to eat, be outside, and very smart. She's affectionate when she wants to be, and sheds-a lot.
6 years, 2 months ago
9 Weeks
3 People
So far he knows potty,his name,stays sitting for his treat after going potty,he knows exactly where I keep them if I don’t get my coat off fast enough he is barking while looking at the spot where they are,I get lots of kisses
6 years, 1 month ago
9 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Update on Keno .He is so devoted to us he lays on my back with his head nuzzled in my neck always wanting to please got him to talk to me instead of barking lol boy he has a lot to say
5 years, 4 months ago
10 Years
3 People
House & Yard
We adopted our Sheltie pin, Molly, from a shelter when she was 4 months old. She is attentive and bright. She trained quickly and is eager to please, as well as very affectionate. She walks off a leash and never strays from our sides. She even looks at us to ask permission before chasing a squirrel. She’s basically spoiled us for all future dogs! Daddy is her favorite, even though Mommy is the one who insisted she come home with us. She knows our routines and thrives in them.
3 years, 10 months ago
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