A Kingpin is a hybrid dog produced by mixing the Miniature Pinscher and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It is a toy-sized dog and has managed to get perhaps the best properties of its parent breeds. It is still not recognized as an individual breed by any Kennel Club but has gained recognition from the Dog Registry of America, Inc.
These dogs are extremely cuddly and cute. They are perfect house pets and can be really good for children. This was actually the purpose of developing this kind of a dog and it has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Other names for this dog include the Cavalier Pin or the Min Cavalier Pin.
Kingpin History & Origins
The Kingpin doesn’t have a long background. It has been developed through interbreed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Pinscher. Both breeds are small types of dogs and are essentially companion dogs. The purpose of creating a hybrid between the two was probably to create another companion dog which has the best qualities of the two.
As they were mostly successful with that, the Kingpin dogs became greatly popular in the world and their used has ranged from show dogs to family and companion dogs. It is not exactly clear who came up with an idea to combine the two, nor whether it was intentional or not. The fact of the matter is that these dogs deserve their popularity and success that they have been granted now.
Characteristics & Temperament
The Kingpin is a loveable dog to keep around. But the dog probably has a Napoleon complex. Due to its small size the dog can be sometimes aggressive towards other dogs and will bark at them. He may destroy stuff around the house and do other things. But this is due to its immense courage and fearless personality. They have inherited a guardian instinct from their parents and will do anything to protect their homes and property. This makes them great guardian dogs as they will bark at any threat that appears, warning their masters in the process.
But these dogs also have great levels of energy. They love playing, running and generally being active. They will welcome the owner by snuggling with them and jumping in their lap, but they also enjoy good and vigorous physical activity. They can be good with bigger chandler, but best keep them away from smaller ones as they can get easily aggravated and tend to snap when provoked.
Training is not as easy as you think. The Kingpin has inherited a stubborn streak from its Miniature Pinscher parents and may be a little bit hard to train. They are not extremely stubborn but one will certainly spend a lot of time training this kind of dog. But the best way to start is allow it early socialization and make sure that it gets to meet other dogs and people. They can be warry with strangers due to their protective instincts. As they are also very energetic, they will most certainly require lots of exercises as well and physical activity.
Appearance, Colors, Size
Being that the Kingpin is a hybrid breed, their appearance can greatly vary from dog to dog. This may even happen in the same litter. But generally speaking, the dog is described as a small type of dog. The dog can grow up to be somewhere between 10 and 13 inches with their weight being between 8 and 18 pounds.
Generally speaking, the body of a Kingpin is much more similar to the Min Pin dog. But the head looks more like their Cavalier part of the family. You can also determined that based on the large and rounded eyes. Finally, they also have a long and thin tail. Their coats are short and smooth and they usually come in one of three colors. They can be fawn, tan or black.
As it comes with most hybrid breeds, the Kingpin takes mostly after its parent breeds. This means that they have a similar lifespan of between 10 to 14 years. But it also suffers from the some similar conditions its parents do. The most pressing and the one for most concern is when a dog has problems with Mitral Valve Disease and Syringomyelia.
There are some less concerning conditions but also ones that are not supposed to be taken lightly. These are Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia and Color Dilution Alopecia.
Grooming & Shedding
A Kingpin is not hard to maintain. They are infrequent shedders, as they have low and high shedding periods and it also depends on the genetic and the parent breeds which has affected them more. Either way, you will have to provide it with regular brushing and will need to remove some of its hair. Try to brush it more when they are shedding more. You can do so with a soft brush as their short fur will not get damaged that way.
Giving the dog a bath is necessary but should not be done frequently. They can get dirty at times and you can wash then then. But do not tend to overdo it in order not to damage its coat. Use a gentle doggy shampoo when doing so. Also important is to clean their ears and dry them off after each bath or swim. This way you avoid your dog getting infections which they are prone to due to their folded ears.
Kingpin Price and Breeders
Due to the rising popularity of a Kingpin dog, breeders have also expanded and there are more of them than there ever were. There are breeders in various places of Europe, but America still takes the number one spot when it comes to breeding quality breeds. To get one, you will have to spend between 400 and 600 dollars.
There are other fun ways to adopt and rescue a Kingpin as well. Numerous organizations have been developed just to give us an opportunity to adopt these types of dogs. It is fairly simple to do it now and the only thing that you have to do is contact such organizations like MinPinHeaven.