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Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Comparison - Dog breed selector: Chihuahueño or Yorkie or Min Pin? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher" Compare Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier. Which is better: Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier or Miniature Pinscher?
Name Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier Miniature Pinscher
OriginsMexico England Germany
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank32971
Reviews731
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Other Names Chihuahueño, Csivava Yorkie Min Pin, King Of The Toys, Reh Pinscher, Zwergpinsc
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $600-$1000 $400-$600

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher General Appearance Comparison

Size Small Small Small
Weight 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 8-9 pounds (about 4 kg)
Avg. Weight 4 pounds (2 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8.5 pounds (about 4 kg)
Height 6-9 inches (15-23 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Avg. Height 7.5 inches (19 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Fine Fine Rough
Colors Chocolate
Fawn
Tan
Cream
Red
Black
Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
Rust
Chocolate
Red
Tan
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Miniature Pinscher requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Miniature Pinschers shed moderately.

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Alert
Devoted
Intelligent
Courageous
Lively
Quick
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Clever
Friendly
Playful
Intelligent
Energetic
Outgoing
Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Miniature Pinscher's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Miniature Pinschers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Miniature Pinscher is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Miniature Pinschers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Pinschers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Pinschers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
High: The Miniature Pinscher is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Miniature Pinschers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Miniature Pinschers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Pinscher has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Yorkshire Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Pinschers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Pinschers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Chihuahuas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Yorkshire Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Miniature Pinschers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Chihuahuas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Pinschers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Yorkshire Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Miniature Pinschers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Yorkshire Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Pinschers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Pinschers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Yorkshire Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Pinscher is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.
Yorkshire Terriers are not recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Pinschers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Miniature Pinschers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Chihuahuas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Yorkshire Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Pinschers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Chihuahua breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Yorkshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Pinscher breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Miniature Pinschers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea
Heart Murmurs
Hydrocephalus
Hypoglycemia
Open Fontanel
Patellar Luxation
Pulmonic Stenosis
Shivering
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
Epilepsy
Hypothyroidism
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 14-18 years 12-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Miniature Pinschers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Miniature Pinschers exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Pinschers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
High: The Miniature Pinscher breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness High
The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature Pinscher has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Chihuahua is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Pinscher is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Miniature Pinscher Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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