The Muggin or Carlin Pinscher is a crossbreed between the Miniature pinscher and the Pug. Mostly they have drooping ears with an athletic physique and borrow characteristics from their parent breeds. Prominent attributes from the Pug’s side are the curly tails and short muzzle. Some dogs can also develop a shorter tail and a more prolonged snout from the Min Pinscher’s side.
Temperament & Personality
The Muggin loves the company of humans and frequently curls up to its owner. They also like to lick their owner which can be irritating at times. They bark whenever they see a stranger or hear an unusual noise but also calms down soon after concluding that there is no threat to them or the owner.
This Min-pin and Pug mix has separation anxiety and may get nervous when it sees its owner leaving the house. The owner can arrange a dog creche for where it can relax and unwind whenever the owner is away. They are also good with kids and the elderlies.
Most Carlin Pinscher are active and energetic which they inherit from their Miniature pinscher parents. They enjoy regular long walks in the parks once or twice a day. They would appreciate both indoor and outdoor play sessions with other dogs. The dog may become aggressive if it gets boring and regular exercise is crucial for them as they grow overweight quickly. The dog will stay healthy in apartment life if the owner provides it with proper play sessions.
The Muggin sheds every day and needs special grooming during winters and springs when they shed heavily. Pet groomers say that this breed requires regular brushing to keep its coat matt free. The owner should avoid bathing the dog regularly unless it gets muddy and dirty.
Wiping the dog with a damp cloth is suggested and its teeth need cleaning only once a week. Their tail needs clipping, and their nails need trimming once a week. It is also advised not to insert anything into their ears.
They might suffer from health issues like Hip dysplasia, Epilepsy, Megaesophagus, Von Willebrand's disease, liver problems, etc. Occasional tests for their well-being are Blood tests, Knee joint tests, Hips, Liver ultrasound, X-rays, etc.
The Pug and Miniature pinscher mix breeds are quite easy to train. The trainer should be patient, firm and intelligent to teach them. The trainer should also give food rewards to the dog which will accelerate its training.
As they are prone to overeating and gaining excessive weight, the owner should measure and provide an exact amount of food to the dog on a daily basis. Their regular meal should be divided into 2-3 servings according to a dog’s need. One and a half cup of good quality dry kibble is enough for them.