Pinny Poo: Miniature Pinscher Poodle Mix

Pinny Poo: Miniature Pinscher Poodle Mix

Height: 12 – 14 inches
Weight: 6 – 10 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Colors: Black, Brindle, Brown, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Pied, Red, Sable, Silver, White
Suitable for: Families without young children, Apartment Dwellers, Owner
Temperament: Friendly, Loving, Loyal, Gentle

What is a Pinny Poo?

The Pinny Poo is as adorable as his name suggests! This spunky little guy is the perfect combination of his parent breeds. With the protective and devoted traits of the Miniature Pinscher (Min-Pin) and the intelligent, fun-loving characteristics of the Miniature Poodle, the Pinny Poo is a great companion wrapped up in a very tiny package.

Pinny-Poo (Miniature Pinscher & Miniature Poodle Mix)
Pinny-Poo (Miniature Pinscher & Miniature Poodle Mix)

Available in a wide variety of colors, the Pinny Poo is a hybrid pooch that was first available on the market in the 1980s or 1990s. Let’s explore this petite pup to see if one is right for you and your family.

Pinny-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures
Pinny-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures

Are Piny Poos Hypoallergenic?

The Pinny Poo is extremely easy to groom and only requires occasional brushing. While not entirely hypoallergenic, it sheds very little and should only trigger allergies in the most sensitive people. We recommend manually brushing your dog’s teeth as frequently as possible with a pet-safe toothpaste to slow the progression of dental disease. You will also need to trim the nails if you hear them clicking on the floor, which is common with indoor breeds.

How would you describe the temperament of Pinny Poo?

The Pinny Poo is an extremely intelligent breed that likes to learn new tricks. It’s an agile breed that likes to sneak into places it shouldn’t be, so you will need to spend plenty of time training it where it’s allowed to go and refocusing its energy on tasks in permitted areas of your home. It’s a loyal, protective, and sweet dog that enjoys being around people. It’s an extremely playful breed that enjoys playing with children but doesn’t like rough play.

Are Piny Poos Good For Families?

Due to the protective nature of his Min-Pin parent breed, the Pinny Poo is an alert little guard dog. While his demeanor is typically on the quiet side, he will certainly bark to let you know that there are strangers approaching.

While the Pinny Poo is a great dog for families with older children, his willful nature means that he might get possessive over toys or people. This could lead to snapping or snarling. So, we don’t recommend getting a Pinny Poo if you have very young children.

However, if you do have older kids, it’s always best to keep a watchful eye over them when they play with the pup.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

As with any dog, it’s always best to socialize your Pinny Poo puppy with people and other animals from a young age. If socialized properly, your Pinny Poo will get along with just about any dog, big or small!

If you have larger dogs, it’s best to keep a lookout during their playtime. Due to the Pinny Poo’s petite height, he could easily get injured during rough-housing.

Diet and Nutrition

Your Pinny Poo is small but active, so it needs high-protein food.  We recommend checking the ingredients list and choosing a brand that features real meat as its first ingredient. Brands that have Chicken, turkey, lamb, or other meats listed first are preferable to brands that contain corn, soy, or meat byproducts. We also recommend looking for brands that provide your pet with omega fatty acids that can help with brain and eye development when your puppy is small and reduce swelling associated with arthritis as your pet ages. Probiotics and prebiotics can help balance your pet’s sensitive gastrointestinal tract.

How long will Pinny Poo live?

Pinny Poos are a healthy little dog that will typically live between 10 and 15 years.

How active are Pinny Poo?

For a small dog, the Pinny Poo loves to be active and will need enough space to run, play and burn off energy throughout the day. A fenced yard with lots of interactive playtime is an ideal addition to his daily walks, as is a gated off-leash park where he can interact with other dogs. He is very quick and does have a high tendency to wander so ensure any dog park is secure.

The willful Pinny Poo’s protective nature makes him a great potential watchdog.

How easy are Pinny Poo to train?

The Pinny Poo is a very intelligent designer dog. In fact, their parent breed, the Poodle, is the second most intelligent breed out of 138 breeds when it comes to obedience. This means that your Pinny Poo will easily learn the basics and even excel in harder, more complex tricks.

While positive reinforcement training is the best type of training for a Miniature Pinscher Poodle Mix, you also need to take a consistent and firm approach.


The Pinny Poo can inherit the short, curly coat of the Poodle or the flat, smooth coat of the MinPin and either way, he will be a low- to non-shedding dog. Brushing just 1 to 2 times per week should be sufficient to keep him looking his best. If he does lean more towards the Poodle, infrequent visits to the groomers may be required to maintain his coat shape. Because small breed dogs can be prone to dental issues, brush his teeth twice weekly and plan to inspect and clean his ears weekly to avoid infection that can occur in floppy eared breeds.

How healthy are Pinny Poo?

As with most hybrid dogs, your Pinny Poo will suffer from a lot of the issues that afflict his parent breeds. These include:

Addison’s Disease: This is a rare disorder where your dog’s body doesn’t produce an adequate number of hormones.

Color Dilution Alopecia: This is a genetic recessive inherited condition that leads to patches of fur loss or thinning hair. It is more common in Miniature Pinscher Poodle Mixes with fawn-colored fur.

Ectropion: This is a medical condition where the dog’s eyelids turn outward.

Entropion: This medical issue turns your dog’s eyelids (typically the lower ones) inwards.

Serious Conditions
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
Minor Conditions
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion

Male Vs. Female

Female Pinny Poo can be significantly smaller than male Pinny Poo, and can weigh as little as 5 pounds. While the female Pinny Poo tends to be more trainable, the males are more outgoing. Both genders make great pets for families, couples, and individuals.

Related Questions

What’s the Price of Pinny Poo Puppies?

We recommend setting aside between $200 and $600 for your Pinny Poo puppy, which is a fairly low price for a designer toy breed. Both parent breeds are popular in the United States but not so popular that you might need to get on a long waiting list. If you need to travel for your puppy, it can add to your expenses, but some breeders will ship it right to your door. Besides the cost of your puppy, there are other expenses to consider, like food, treats, vaccinations, and vet visits. It’s also a good idea to get your pet spayed or neutered.

Final Thoughts

Pinny Poos are pint-sized pets that make great dogs for all types of families and people. While tiny in stature, they have loads of personality and can be loyal, protective, and caring towards their people.

It’s important to get a Miniature Pinscher Poodle Mix puppy from a high-quality and reputable breeder so you know he’s a happy and healthy dog from the get-go.

Pinny Poos can be protective over their food and toys, so always keep a watchful eye when your children are around them and teach your kids to never take away the dog’s meals while he is eating.

Pinny Poos are wonderful dogs and will give you many years of unconditional love and companionship.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.