What does a Chi Pin dog look like?


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Chi Pin dogs look like short, small-framed canines with large, triangular, upright ears, rounded eyes and narrow muzzles. Chi Pin dogs are a designer breed that combines the Chihuahua with the Miniature Doberman Pinscher.

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The Chi Pin is not a purebred dog, but a cross between two recognized breeds. As such, its looks combine characteristics of both of its progenitor breeds.

Chi Pins may inherit from their Chihuahua parent a domed, apple-shaped head with a short snout, or a narrower, flatter, more deer-like skull. Occasionally, their heads resemble their Pinscher parents more strongly. Like the Chihuahua, Chi Pin dogs have very large eyes and pointed muzzles.

Chi Pins come in a variety of colors. Like Miniature Pinschers, they often have black and tan markings, making them look like shrunken versions of the Miniature Pinscher's big brother, the Doberman. Miniature Pinschers are a distinct breed from Doberman Pinschers, and are not a size class of Doberman.

Both the Chihuahua and the Miniature Pinscher are tiny breeds, and the Chi Pin stands about 12 inches high at the shoulder. Both breeds also have pointed, upright ears. The Chi Pin's ears are midway in size between the two breeds -- taller than a Pinscher's, but not as wide and bat-like as a Chihuahua's. In addition, both breeds have rather delicate frames, although the Miniature Pinscher is muscular for its size. Because they are fragile dogs, they are not recommended for families with small children.

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