The Pin-Tzu is a small-size crossbred dog that was produced by crossing the Miniature Pinscher with the Shih Tzu. Puppies with the Shih Tzu look are more common than those with the Min Pin look. These cute looking dogs are playful,and energetic with a roundish face, black button eyes and a similar-looking nose tip. They also have floppy ears that hang down next to their eyes.
|Also known as||Min Pin Shih Tzu Mix|
|Coat||Dense, silky, straight, medium, short|
|Colors||Black, black and tan, brown, chocolate, white|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||Almost 15 years|
|Weight||8-16 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Playful, social, energetic, affectionate, loyal|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Good for all climates|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, ACHC, IDCR|
Video: Min Pin Shih Tzu Mix Puppies Playing
Temperament and Behavior
This breed is known for their affectionate and loyal nature. They are lively, and playful, enjoying human companionship to the fullest. They also get along well with other pets in its family.
Pin-Tzus are also alert, brave and courageous – the traits that has made them a good watch dog, despite their small size. If the owner is a good leader, these well-natured dogs will never have any behavioral issues in future, since all that they need is true leadership.
Being an active breed, they play all day, running around the house, and hence, are comfortable with apartment life. In fact, they don’t even need a yard separately. However, taking them out every day for a walk or jogging is important as it helps maintaining the balance between their active nature and their urge to play.
Pin-tzus are not tough to groom. They have short to medium size hair that needs brushing on a weekly basis. Clean their teeth twice or thrice a week, to minimise chances of periodontal issues. Also, keep the eyes and ears clean and dry always. Shampoo them only when they are really dirty.
There might be chances that your dog would inherit issues from its parents. Watch out for ear infections, eye problems, slipped stifle, spinal disc disease, and early tooth loss. They are also prone to obesity. Keep a check on their daily diets.
- Since learning housebreaking can at times be an issue with small dogs, make sure you fix a particular spot outdoors, and a specific time for your puppy to eliminate. Take it out on a leash while eliminating, reward it every time it eliminates in the right place. In the meantime, get it used to a particular word for this action like ‘go potty’, so that you can use it in future to remind your dog to eliminate.
- Teach tricks to your playful doggy, say, playing a piano. Get a small toy piano, considering its small size. As soon as your dog starts showing interest, begin praising it and give it a treat. However, keep the initial sessions short so that your dog doesn’t lose interest. Next, toss a treat away from the instrument, and allow it come to get it. The moment it returns back to the piano again, give it a good deal of praises, along with another treat. Continue the whole process from time to time, until your dog learns to press the keys and play its own ‘music’.
- Socialize your dog with other larger dogs so as to keep any possible small dog syndrome away. Ask a neighbor or friend who has a relatively bigger dog to bring his/her pet for a dog meeting. Choose an outdoor area which does not fall under any of the dogs’ territories. Keep them on leash, and begin with keeping a safe distance (of at least 20-30 feet). Let them know each other gradually. If you notice them getting comfortable with each other, get them closer, or even let them get each other’s smells, see them wag their tails, or giving any playful signal. However, if you see the slightest sign of aggression, leave the spot immediately to come back another day.
Chalk out a general diet schedule that is common for dogs with its size and energy level. Good quality premium brand kibble sounds good.
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix
The Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Miniature Pinscher and the Shih Tzu. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Miniature Pinscher is known for being playful, clever, and friendly. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Miniature Pinscher or the Shih Tzu? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix puppies for sale.
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Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix History
All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Miniature Pinscher History
The Miniature Pinscher, also called a Zwergpinscher (Little biter) or nicknamed a Min Pin, originated in Germany.
Also called the King of Toys, the spunky personality of a Min Pin is loved by many. It is true that Miniature Pinschers are rambunctious and yet good-natured, but they are not exactly the type of dog that a new dog owner should take home. Even experienced owners should consider a trainer to help with the skills needed to teach a Miniature Pinscher.
They are assertive and smart dogs, but they are also sweet and loving; and when they calm down enough, they will happily be your lap dog too.
Although there are images of the Min Pin going back for a long time, there is only documentation going back to 200 years ago. The earliest ancestors of the Miniature Pinscher originate from the German Pinscher, which was mixed with Italian Greyhounds and Dachshunds, and the first job of a Miniature Pinscher was to kill rats in homes and within stables.
Many had believed that the Miniature Pinscher was a “miniature Doberman” because the Doberman came to the United States first, but that is not the case. The Doberman and Miniature Pinscher are two different breeds. Originally the Miniature Pinscher was introduced to the American Kennel Club and was named simply Pinscher.
Once the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was formed in 1929, they petitioned for the Pinschers to be placed in the Toy Group; but it wasn’t until 1972 that the name was officially changed to Miniature Pinscher.
Shih Tzu History
The origin of the Shih Tzu dates back many centuries to ancient China and Tibet. It is thought that the breed developed by crossing miniature Chinese breeds with small Tibetan breeds – in particular, Lhasa Apsos with the Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was always a favorite of the Emperors of China. During the Tang Dynasty, a pair of these dogs were said to be given to the Chinese court by the king of Vigur. More were sent later by the people of the Ho Chou. In the mid-1600s, small dogs which resembled lions were brought from Tibet to China, and these dogs were used to develop the Shih Tzu breed we know today. The Shih Tzu was popular during the Ming Dynasty as well, favored by royalty and commoners alike.
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix Size and Weight
Height: 10 - 12 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 8 - 11 lb
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
Height: 8 - 11 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 9 - 16 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 16 years
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix Personality
The Miniature Pinscher and the Shih Tzu might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix Health
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Miniature Pinscher mixed with the Shih Tzu might be prone to joint dysplasia, epilepsy, heart disease, cataracts, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix Care
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix Feeding
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."
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Minimal activity will be fine for this breed. A daily walk in a dog park or a session of fetching will keep it in a healthy physical state. These dogs do well in different agility tests. The Pin-Tzu may also love an interactive session with dogs at a dog park. These dogs are great swimmers and love hiking sports.
The texture and depth of the coat will decide the grooming needs of the dog. Some may have a dense and long coat where the owner should brush the coat on a daily basis. Bathing once in a month will keep the dog odor and dirt free. The owner should use a mild dog shampoo recommended by a Veterinarian.
A short muzzle may result in a disease called the Brachycephalic syndrome. Significant concerns such as Exposure keratopathy syndrome, Intervertebral disc disease can affect the breed. Minor matters are Entropion, Ectropion, Color dilution alopecia. Occasional tests such as cardiac examination, eye examinations, skin evaluation, Internal imaging (X-ray, CT scan, MRI’S) is advised.
It is in the record that some Pin-Tzus may develop a keen interest in some unusual stuff like playing the piano. Pin-Tzu dogs are known to get well socialized if socialization skill is taught in their early puppyhood.
The owner should make a diet chart according to the dog’s overall health and a good quality dry kibble food by far is the best choice.
|Colors:||Black, brown, fawn, black and white, brindle|
|Suitable for:||Families, singles, active owners|
|Temperament:||Energetic, alert, friendly, independent|
A mix of a Shih Tzu and Miniature Pinscher, the Pin-Tzu is a tiny ball of energy that loves to play. They usually have a short to medium-length coat, with a small muzzle and floppy ears and soft, gentle eyes. These dogs’ parent breeds have distinctly different characteristics, so they are a unique and interesting breed. Although they are an energetic and playful breed, they are most commonly kept as lapdog companions, a job in which they relish. The Pin-Tzu is a relatively new hybrid, and a quick look at their parent breeds will give us insight as to what to expect from these tiny pooches.
The name “Shih Tzu” translates as “little lion,” which may be true in appearance but not in personality, as these are mostly gentle little dogs. They were bred as lapdog companions in Tibet, mostly for royal families during the Ming Dynasty. They are also commonly known as the “Chrysanthemum Dog,” due to the way the hair on their face spirals out like a flower.
The Miniature Pinscher originated from Germany and was bred to hunt rats and other pests on farms. Many make the mistake of associating the Pinscher with Dobermans due to their similar looks, but they are actually a much older breed. They are tough, bold, and courageous dogs with a ton of attitude. They are also sleek, fast little pooches with abundant amounts of energy, considering their puny size.
If you like what you’ve read so far about this rare little hybrid, keep reading our guide below to find out more about this unique lapdog.
Pin-Tzu Puppies — Before You Buy…
These adorable lapdogs are small in size but have a massive personality busting out of their pint-sized frames. These dogs are a relatively new breed that may be difficult to find and should always be purchased from a reputable breeder. Dogs that come from backyard breeders can often have health issues due to bad breeding practices.
An important point to consider before bringing home a Pin-Tzu puppy is that although these dogs are great lap dogs and loyal companions, they do have a large amount of energy that needs to be burned. These are not dogs that can be left at home without exercise, as they will quickly develop destructive behavioral issues, including barking and chewing.
What’s the Price of Pin-Tzu Puppies?
Pin-Tzu puppies are surprisingly affordable, considering their royal and ancient heritage. You can expect to pay between $500 and $800 for a Pin-Tzu, but if their parents have a history as show dogs, they can go for up to $1,000. Of course, these prices vary depending on breeders and availability.
3 Little-Known Facts About Pin-Tzus
1. Miniature Pinschers are not related to Doberman Pinschers
It is a common misconception that Miniature Pinschers are a smaller form of Dobermans, but they are an entirely separate breed. Miniature Pinschers are also a far older breed than Dobermans, originating almost 2,000 years ago. They can be seen depicted in paintings from the time and were bred as small and agile ratters. You’d be forgiven for mistaking the two, though, as they are similar in appearance.
2. Pin-Tzus are highly athletic
Although the Shih Tzu has a long flowing coat with a reputation for pampering and show dog competitions, they are also highly athletic dogs. Underneath that manicured coat is a strong and agile body that often competes in and wins agility contests.
Miniature Pinschers are powerhouses, and owners will attest to the fact of their seemingly never-ending reserves of energy. They have a common nickname, the “king of toys,” which points to their courageous, playful, and athletic nature among toy breeds. Pin-Tzus are usually just as athletic and energetic as their parent breeds.
3. Pin-Tzus love to bark
Miniature Pinschers have a high tendency for barking and will alert you to every tiny change in environment, every barely audible sound, and even the slightest of movements. In short, they’ll bark at everything. You’d think that this would make them great guard dog — and with the correct training, it might — but this incessant barking causes the “cry wolf” syndrome among owners, and you’d be forgiven for ignoring their “warnings.”
Shih Tzus are much the same when it comes to barking, but they can be easily reigned in with the correct training. These calm dogs have almost no breed-specific behavioral issues, but persistent barking is the one thing they have an abundance of.
You can be sure that this propensity for barking will come through in your Pin-Tzu, but consistent training will usually calm the tendency down significantly.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Pin-Tzu
Pin-Tzus are courageous, energetic, friendly, and independent little dogs that have an abundance of personality flowing from their pint-sized frames. Their confident and headstrong natures can sometimes get them into trouble, though, as they may pick fights that they simply cannot win.
These dogs will often be assertive and want to assume the leadership role in the household. They will need training that is equally assertive to let them know that you are the one in charge. They will quickly dominate the family household if not kept in check, and this trait can sometimes lead to aggressive behavior.
They can be independently minded at times — even aloof — and this can cause trouble during training. But with persistence and consistency, they can become obedient and well-behaved dogs. This independent nature has a plus side in that it makes them somewhat unattached from their owners, so they won’t suffer from separation anxiety when left alone at home. This makes them ideal pets for owners who are frequently away from home. You can be sure they’ll be good watchdogs when trained properly, with their alert temperament and high propensity for barking.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Pin-Tzus can be snappy and easily frightened, and this can be a problem with children. They also have an independent and assertive nature that may not go well with small kids wanting to play. Consequently, we don’t recommend these dogs for households with young children.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
Pin-Tzus usually get along well with other pets, but their dominant nature may cause issues when they try to assert their leadership with larger dogs. That said, correct and consistent training will make them calmer and more amenable to other pets, and their independent nature may eventually lead them to do their own thing and pick their battles wisely.
Things to Know When Owning a Pin-Tzu
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Pin-Tzus are tiny little dogs that don’t need much food, but they do have a great deal of energy and fast metabolism and will thus require more food than most other breeds their size. This is why they should be fed the best quality, nutrient-packed dry kibble possible, to keep their tiny motors running effectively.
They’ll need about 1 cup of quality dry food a day, and we recommend substituting this occasionally with canned food and lean meats. This will ensure that these energy-balls get the sufficient protein needed to keep up with their constant movement.
They are best fed twice daily — in the morning and evening — as this will aid their fast metabolism in functioning correctly.
These dogs are high-energy little pooches that have a surprising amount of stamina considering their size. Thus, we recommend two 45-minute sessions of exercise a day. One session should consist of vigorous and high-intensity exercise like running, jogging, or cycling. The second session can be more laidback, with more mentally-stimulating exercises like fetch, catch, and other stick or ball activities.
Daily exercise is essential with these dogs, as they have so much excess energy to burn off. Regular exercise will help prevent some of the common behavioral issues in these dogs, like barking, aggression, and chewing. Regular exercise will lead to a happy and healthy dog, and a happy and healthy owner too!
Pin-Tzus can be a challenge to train, as they have a stubborn and independent nature that makes them averse to taking orders. Basic obedience training should be started as early as possible to promote good habits and prevent bad ones. They will need to be trained assertively, as they need to know who is in charge or they will swiftly take that role on for themselves.
Due to their occasional bouts of aggression when asserting their authority, regular training is essential, especially if these dogs live with other dogs or children. It will take a great deal of hard work and patience to train these obstinate dogs, but consistency is key. If kept on a regular schedule, you’ll have a well-trained Pin-Tzu in no time. Just don’t expect to enter these dogs into any obedience competitions, as basic command training is all you’re likely to get from these independent pooches.
Pin-Tzus usually have a shaggy and medium-length coat that doesn’t require much regular grooming. That said, their coat is fairly wiry, and if it does get matted, it can be difficult to brush out, so brushing once a week is a good idea. Other than that, these dogs are fairly low maintenance, and the occasional teeth brushing and nail clipping are all that’s needed.
Health Conditions 🏥
Miniature Pinschers are a healthy breed and relatively free from breed-specific issues. If your Pin-Tzu inherits their genetics mostly from this breed, they will likely enjoy a long and disease-free life. While Shih Tzus are also a healthy breed, they have several possible genetic issues that could be inherited by your Pin-Tzu.
Shih Tzus have a few eye disorders that they can commonly suffer from. Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea, which can lead to ulcers and even blindness if left unchecked. Proptosis is another eye-related condition in which the eyeball becomes dislodged from its socket, but there are surgeries that can resolve the issue. Progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts are also common eye-related issues in Shih Tzus.
Hip dysplasia and patella luxation are musculoskeletal issues that are relatively common among Shih Tzus, caused by them landing too hard when jumping off high places. These disorders can differ widely in severity, and they will usually live a happy life, albeit with mild joint pain.
They can also suffer from mild food allergies, ear infections, and skin infections, all of which can be largely prevented with a good diet and proper hygiene.
- Skin infections
- Food allergies
- Skin allergies
- Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome
- Hip dysplasia
- Patella luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy
Male vs Female
The final decision to make if you feel that the Pin-Tzu is the dog for you is whether to get a male or female. Bear in mind that upbringing and environment are much more accurate predictors of personality than gender. However, male and female Pin-Tzus do have small differences.
Female Pin-Tzus are generally more assertive than males and will want to rule the household. They are also more independent than males and will tire quickly of games and training. Males are usually more playful and easy-going and will display more affection than females.
Spaying females and neutering males will mostly mitigate most of these differences and make for a calmer, gentler, and all-round happier dog with a far more even temperament.
The Pin-Tzu is surely a force to be reckoned with — a courageous, assertive, and personality-packed pooch with no shortage of charisma and character. They are tiny dogs that will shock you with their massive amount of energy reserves, a seemingly never-ending well that requires a ton of exercise to burn out. They can be stubborn, strong-willed, and obstinate little dogs that may provide a real challenge to train. But if you have the patience and the time, the investment will certainly be worth-while, and you’ll soon fall in love with this charismatic little dog.
Featured Image: Mary Swift, Shutterstock
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Miniature Pinscher / Shih Tzu Mixed Breed Dogs
Information and Pictures
"Alfie is a cross-breed dog, half Shih Tzu and half Miniature Pinscher. He is full of character and has lots of energy, he likes to run and my, can he jump high! I have not seen another like him except for his three other siblings when born. People always stop and ask what kind of dog is he and how cute he is and believe he should be in the movies!!"
The Pin-Tzu is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Miniature Pinscher and the Shih Tzu. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breedmulti-generation crosses.
- ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
- DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Chuck the Pin-Tzu as a puppy at 9 weeks old—"Chuck is an adorable puppy. His parents are Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu. Everybody thinks he is a very very small Golden Retriever but nope, he's an incredibly cute and gorgeous Pin Tzu. He's immediately loved by every person he meets."
Chuck the Pin-Tzu as a puppy at 9 weeks old
Chuck the Pin-Tzu as a puppy at 9 weeks old
Chuck the Pin-Tzu as a puppy at 6 months old
"My Shih Tzu had a litter of 7 puppies after mating with a Miniature Pinscher. This pic is of all 7 puppies together at 5 weeks old. I was fortunate that all the puppies survived and have been healthy with good temperament (lots of people told me so including their vet). My Shih Tzu has a severe underbite and 6 of the 7 had underbites as well. I'm not sure if it has to do anything with mixing the breeds, but one pup was born with six toes on a rear foot. I have kept 2 puppies and they are well behaved and listen to commands. The one that looks most like a Min Pin is more dominant and is less trusting of strangers but we are working on better socialization now that their puppy shots are complete. One puppy that my mom has kept is a bit of a brat, with possessive tendencies but I know that comes from the lack of discipline from the owner."
Pin-Tzu (Min Pin / Shih Tzu mix breed) puppy at about 7 weeks old
Pin-Tzu (Min Pin / Shih Tzu mix breed) puppy at about 7 weeks old chewing on a shoe
Pin-Tzu (Min Pin / Shih Tzu mix breed) puppy at about 7 weeks old
Pin-Tzu (Min Pin / Shih Tzu mix breed) puppy at about 7 weeks old
Pin-Tzu (Min Pin / Shih Tzu mix breed) puppy at about 7 weeks old
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