The carlin pinscher is a developing toy breed created by crossing the miniature pinscher and the pug. The carlin pinscher is not yet considered a purebred dog because it has too few documented generations.
The carlin pinscher requires daily walks but does not need a great deal of exercise. They must be watched carefully when outdoors due to a tendency to wander off and explore. The breed has no chronic health problems and does not appear to have inherited the respiratory difficulties to which Pugs are prone. Carlin pinschers have the thick legs of the pug and the short, smooth coat of the miniature pinscher. Their black and tan coloring gives them the appearance of a miniature rottweiler. The breed does not handle cold weather very well and is best suited to an indoor lifestyle.