The Chipin is a mongrel dog, a cross between the Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher dog breeds. Compact, lively and quick to learn, these puppies inherit some of the best qualities of their two parents. Research into the breed of the parents can provide much information about their temperament and behaviours, and the Chipin goes by several names, including Pinhuahua and Minchi. Despite their unfortunate status as a “designer” breed, you can find these mixed dogs in shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt. These adorable pups make excellent flat dogs for families and active urban dwellers, though they tend to be very happy-go-lucky. If you want an energetic, “lively” dog that will keep you on your toes, warn you of any potential danger and love you unconditionally, the Chipin may be your new best friend.


The Chipin is a mixed breed dog. The main colours of the Chipin are black, chocolate, gold and cream. The Chipin’s main colours are black, chocolate, gold and cream, and they are usually bicoloured, but can be a mixture of several colours. They may need a dog jacket in winter and a pet sunscreen in summer, and Chipin prefer to be with mostly adults or older children who know how to play gently. They can tolerate other pets, especially if socialised early, although they may prefer to be the only pet in the house.Some Chipin tend to gain weight when overfed. Although Chipin make excellent flat dogs, they need companionship and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.


The Chipin breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began to intentionally mix Chihuahuas and miniature Pinschers in the early 2000s, probably in North America. The purpose of bringing these two breeds together is not fully known, but they are cheerful, alert and intelligent watchdogs, and breeders continued to create Chipins as the demand for mixed breed puppies increased. Although the Chipin began as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. If you decide this is the breed for you, consider adoption. Check with local shelters, look for Chipin rescues, and check with breed-specific Pinscher or Chihuahua rescues, as they sometimes take mixed-breed dogs to find homes for them.