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Yorkie Pin

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

Miniature Pinscher and Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkie Pin is a small cross of the Miniature Pinscher and the Yorkshire Terrier. She is talented in watchdog and agility and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is a very lively and spirited dog with a lot of confidence and a mind of her own.

Here is the Yorkie Pin at a Glance
Average height 7 to 13 inches
Average weight 6 to 10 pounds
Coat type Short and sleek like the Min Pin or medium to long and silky like the Yorkie
Hypoallergenic? If coat is like a Yorkie’s then yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Twice a week if short, daily if long
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Rare to occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Moderate to good – needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good – needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high!
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately easy but does have a stubborn side
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, PSS, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea
Other Health Concerns Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $270 to $370 could be more if frequent grooming required

Where does the Yorkie Pin come from?

The Yorkie Pin is also referred to as a designer dog. There have been an increase in the amount of different designer dogs that are now around over last ten to twenty years. These are dogs that are being created intentionally, using often two different purebreds. Many have names that blend part or all of the parent names, in this case Yorkie being the nickname Yorkshire Terriers have and Pin from the word Pinscher. Care has to be taken when looking for designer dogs as a pet because while there are some breeders that are thoughtful and skilled, there are just as many if not more out there that know nothing, or worse care nothing too. As with a lot of these first generation dogs we have no information on who first bred the Yorkie Pin so for more information and insight we have a look at the parent dogs.

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from dogs brought by the Scottish to Yorkshire during the Industrial Revolution in England. Those dogs were larger and were thought to be ratters, catching rats and other vermin in mills and places of work. They were then crossed with other terriers leading to a small dog first seen in 1861 in a bench show. In 1870 the breed he was called a Yorkshire Terrier because that is where most of the breeding was done. In the 1870s he came to America.

The Yorkie as he is often called is a great companion, small, endearing and adventurous. There are a range of personalities, some are calm and cuddly, some are are more spirited and outgoing. Yorkies should not be spoiled though as they can have a tendency to adopt bad habits quickly and then be very difficult about training them out of them. Early socialization and training are important with him to get him used to children, other pets, and other experiences.

The Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher has slightly unclear origins, experts think it is very old but actual documentation can only trace it a few hundred years or so. It is a German dog originally and he was bred for the purpose of keeping homes and stables clear of vermin like rats and mice. He was first called a Reh Pinscher as he looked like a small deer also from Germany. In 1895 the Pinscher club was formed and he was shown in his first dog show. For the start of the 1900s up to after World War I he was very popular. Breeders continued to improve him and he came to America in about 1919. They were not officially called Miniature Pinschers until 1972.

Today he is a bold, spirited dog who is very good at causing a lot of laughter and exasperation in his owners. He has a lot of curiosity and boundless energy. He is smart and alert so is a good watchdog. He needs a lot of supervision or gets himself into a lot of trouble. He is also very good at escaping yards. He is affectionate and craves attention and will act up to get it if needed.


The Yorkie Pin is an energetic and spirited dog, very playful, very curious and full of confidence in herself. She is friendly and social and loves to be around people and get attention. She is a very loving and affectionate dog too but can be stubborn with an independent nature. This can also lead to her being overly brave in situations she should have more care. She is intelligent but can get herself into trouble so will need supervision when out. Her mischievous nature can be entertaining sometimes but it can also be frustrating sometimes! She tends to be wary of strangers, she does not like being left alone for long periods and may like to follow you around the home.

What does the Yorkie Pin look like

The Yorkie Pin is a small dog weighing 6 to 10 pounds and standing 7 to 13 pounds tall. She has a compact body but can have thin and fragile legs. Her ears are erect and her coat can be like either parent, straight or wavy, silky and medium to long like a Yorkie or sleek and short like the Min Pin. Common colors are brown, white and black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Yorkie Pin need to be?

She is a slightly active dog, being small not much activity is needed to keep her calm and healthy. Her size makes her very suitable for apartment living but she will not be a lazy dog indoors. She will have a lot of play and then must get a couple of short walks outside too. If there is a yard that is a bonus place for her curious nature to explore in. She tends to run off so make sure she is leashed when out walking. A dog park is a place she can run free but she will need supervision around larger dogs.

Does she train quickly?

Training can vary between different Yorkie Pins depending on just how stubborn they are being! In general they are moderately easy to train with the odd moment of moderately hard! She is intelligent and enjoys pleasing her owners though so that helps. She will need you to be a firm pack leader, make sure you are in control and consistent with her. Being firm but fair is the best approach. Use positive techniques that encourage her and praise her for her successes. She can try to get her own way and an overly spoiled Yorkie Pin can be a very hard dog to deal with. Early socialization will help her respond better to different animals, dogs, people and places and as well as helping her be a better dog it makes life easier for you too.

Living with a Yorkie Pin

How much grooming is needed?

If she has the coat of the Min Pin she is very easy to groom and take care of. She will just need an occasional brush with a soft bristled brush. This coat though does shed a moderate amount so there will be more loose hair around. A longer coat will need more brushing and more trimming but is going to be shed less. A coat like the Yorkies may also mean she is hypoallergenic though if this is a concern always visit the dog before buying. Either way only bathe her when she really needs one so that you are drying out her skin.

Give her nails a clip or have them done for you when they get too long. Take care as you can cause pain and bleeding if you cut down too low. Check her ears once a week for infection and give them a wipe clean. Also make sure you give her teeth a brush at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

In general with socialization she can be okay with children, especially when raised with them. However she is not the best with them especially younger ones who do not take care with her. She tends to act like a larger dog and will challenge other larger dogs so supervision as well as socialization is a must. She tends to chase small animals as prey though with socialization she can live with small pets.

General information

The Yorkie Pin can be alert, some will bark to let you know of an intruder. It barks rarely to occasionally otherwise. She will need ½ to 1 cup of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are a few health issues she can inherit from either parent. They include Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Reverse Sneezing, PSS, Collapsed Trachea and Hypoglycemia.

Costs involved in owning a Yorkie Pin

The Yorkie Pin puppy will cost about $250 to $700. There will be other costs for medical concerns, an examination by a vet, blood tests, deworming, shots, micro chipping and spaying are all going to cost about $270. Other initial costs will be for items like bedding, bowls, leash and collar, carrier and crate for another $130 or so. Annual basic medical needs like pet insurance, vaccinations, flea prevention and check ups will be $435 to $535. Non-medical basics like food, treats, toys, basic training, miscellaneous costs, and license come to $270 to $370. It could be more if frequent grooming is required for a longer coat.


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The Yorkie Pin is a fun and lively little dog full of personality and happiness. She makes a great companion and while she can live with children she is best in a home that is child free. She can get bossy and hard to control if she is overly spoiled so make sure you avoid that and are the clear pack leader with her. With the right training and socialization she will bring a lot of love and smiles to the right owners home.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.