What is a Chihuahua Mix? The offspring of Chihuahua crossed with another dog breed results in Chihuahua Mix breeds. Types of Chihuahua mixes include Cheagle dogs (Beagle Chihuahua Mix), Chion dogs (Chihuahua mix with Papillon), Chipin dogs (Chihuahua mix with Miniature Pinscher), Chorkie (Yorkie and Chihuahua mix) and Chiweenie (Chihuahua mix with Dachshund) and many others. Since Chihuahua is a toy breed, Chihuahua mixes inherit the smaller size and other physical and temperamental traits from the Chihuahua parent dog. When two different dog breeds are mixed, the offspring may inherit traits from each of the parent breeds in an unpredictable manner. In some cases even Chihuahua mix puppies from the same litter may be very different in appearance and in personalities due to different genetic traits that each pup inherited.
Chihuahua hybrids are popular for many reasons. Chihuahua dog breed is known for longevity as well as good health. There are very few health problems associated with Chihuahuas. People who are looking for a small dog that doesn't have too many health related issues may consider getting a Chihuahua mix. Cheagle dogs, for example, make great pets for people who want a dog that is small yet outgoing and active. Both, Beagles and Chihuahuas are relatively healthy dog breeds and crossing them results in pups that inherit many good traits.
While there are many pros to owning a Chihuahua mix dog, potential owners need to be aware of some of the less than desirable traits that this small mix may inherit. Some Chihuahua crossbreeds can be barky and have a tendency to enjoy the sound of their voice rather frequently. Cheagle dogs, for example bark more in comparison to many other Chihuahua mixes since Cheagle is a crossbreed that was developed by crossing a Chihuahua with a Beagle. Both parents of Cheagles bark a lot and Cheagles have a high possibility of inheriting the love for barking from their parents.
Chihuahuas form close attachments to their owners and often may choose their "favorite" member of the family. Chihuahua mixes also make loyal companion pets for their owners. If you are considering getting a Chihuahua mix, keep in mind that Chihuahua crossbreeds require a lot of attention and aren't suitable for people who work full-time outside their home and are unable to spend most of the day with their Chihuahua mix dog. Another con to owning a Chihuahua mix is that they may have a tendency to bark a lot. On the positive side, some Chihuahua mixes make good watchdogs because they tend to be wary of strangers and will bark when someone unfamiliar is approaching their home.
The small size of many Chihuahua mixes makes these tiny dogs vulnerable to injuries around young children as well as around larger dogs. Chihuahua cross dogs make suitable pets for retirees who have plenty of time to dedicate to a small family pet. Chihuahua crossbreeds are suitable for living in an apartment or in a private home and as long as your Chihuahua mix can spend most of the day with the family and get planty of attention, this little companion pet is a happy camper.
Most Chihuahua mix dogs have reasonable exercise needs during the day. Several walks and some playtime helps to keep your small dog in good physical and mental shape. Early socialization and obedience training are important for all Chihuahua mixes. Socialization during early puppyhood allows Chihuahua mix dog to learn to be comfortable in different social situations. From busy city streets to quiet suburban neighborhoods, a well-socialized Chihuahua mix dog will show confidence and ability to easily get along with other people and dogs. An undersocialized Chihuahua mix may be insecure and aggressive. This behavior stems from fear of unfamiliar environments or people.
Chihuahua Mixes list
List of different Chihuahua mixes
Beagle and Chihuahua Mix (Cheagle)
- Cheagle dog. Beagle Chihuahua Mix
- Chi Chon dog. Bichon Frise Chihuahua Mix
- Chion dog. Papillon Chihuahua Mix
- Chipin dog. Miniature Pinscher Chihuahua Mix
- Chiweenie dog. Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
- Chizer dog. Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
- Chorkie dog. Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
- Chipoo dog. Poodle Chihuahua Mix
- Jack Chi dog. Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua Mix
- Malchi dog. Maltese Chihuahua Mix
- Shichi dog. Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix
Cheagles are the offspring of Beagle mixed with Chihuahua. This Chihuahua Mix comes from two breeds that enjoy recreational barking and Cheagles are not shy when it comes to barking. Cheagles make suitable companion dogs for active people who want an active dog that is full of personality. Cheagle dogs are playful and depending on which parent's temperament they inherit, can be either friendly and amiable to everyone they meet or wary of unfamiliar people just like the Chihuahua side of the family. Cheagles are happiest when spending time with their family and are suitable for people who can be most of the day with the dog. Some Chihuahua mixes may have a tendency for separation anxiety and this may also be the case with Cheagle dogs. Separation anxiety may result in excessive barking and destructive behaviors when the dog is left alone frequently or for long periods of time. Beagles are scent hounds and when mixed with a Chihuahua the desire to follow a scent may still be noticed in the offspring. Cheagles should not be walked without a leash in open areas as they may be too busy following a scent and may accidentally get lost. Households with a fenced yard are ideal for Cheagle dogs since there's an opportunity for this Chihuahua Mix dog to enjoy some physical and mental stimulation while spending time in the enclosed outdoor area.
Cheagle pros and cons
Bichon Frise and Chihuahua Mix (Chi Chon)
Chi Chon dog is a mix between Chihuahua and Bichon Frise. Both of the parent breeds are excellent small companion dogs and are suitable for people who have plenty of time to spend with a four-legged friend every day. Chi Chon dogs are affectionate, cheerful and they are suitable for older adults and for families with older kids. Chi Chons that inherit Bichon's fluffy coat will require more extensive grooming than Chi Chon dogs with shorter coat. Regular brushing is important to maintain healthy coat and skin and to prevent mats and tangles from forming. Chi Chons are prone to barking since Chihuahuas as well as Bichon Frise dogs tend to enjoy barking and that trait gets inherited by the offspring.
Papillon and Chihuahua Mix (Chion)
Different types of Chihuahua mixes include Chion, which is a mix between a Papillon and Chihuahua. This small Chihuahua mix is intelligent, sociable and easily trainable. Chion dogs often feature larger ears and longer coat that is reasonably easy to care for. Chion dogs are affectionate and people-oriented. Chihuahua Papillon mix dogs are adaptable and can live in an apartment setting or in a larger suburban home. Despite the small size, this little Chihuahua mix dog needs mental and physical exercise during the day. Indoor playtime as well as several daily walks will keep your pet happy. Like many Chihuahua mixes, Chions dislike being left alone and they are suitable for people who can spend lots of time with the dog every day.
Chion pros and cons
Miniature Pinscher and Chihuahua Mix (Chipin)
Chipin is another Chihuahua crossbreed that is tiny in size yet big in personality. Chipin dogs are developed by crossing a Chihuahua with a Miniature Pinscher. Convenient size and low coat maintenance requirements make this hybrid dog suitable for people who live in an apartment. This Chihuahua mix dog has average exercise requirements. Chihuahuas and Miniature Pinschers are affectionate and playful by nature and these traits are inherited by Chipin dogs. Chipins may also be stubborn and independent, making them more challenging to train. As with any other dog breeds, Chipins need early socialization and obedience training.
Dachshund and Chihuahua Mix (Chiweenie)
Chiweenie dogs are mixes between Chihuahua and Dachshund breeds. Chiweenies may vary in size since Dachshunds come in two sizes - the larger standard size and smaller miniature size. Depending on which Dachshund type went into the Chihuahua mix, Chiweenies may be either small or larger. Chiweenies often feature elongated bodies and shorter legs - traits that are inherited from their Dachshund side of family. Keep in mind that Chiweenies, much like Dachshunds may have sensitive backs. Chiweenie puppies should avoid climbing stairs, jumping and doing any high-impact exercises to prevent potential back injuries that this mix is prone to. Since both, Dachshunds and Chihuahua dogs enjoy barking, you can count on your Chihuahua mix to let you enjoy the sound of his or her voice rather frequently. Chiweenies are intelligent but don't count on this Chihuahua mix if you are looking for a dog that is eager to quickly learn obedience commands. While Chiweenies are very smart, they may also inherit the stubborn temperament from their Dachshund parent. Obedience training may take more effort and consistency on the part of the owner of this Chihuahua mix breed.
Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua Mix (Chizer)
Chizer dogs are developed by crossing a Chihuahua and Mini Schnauzer. This Chihuahua mix is full of energy and zest for life. Active seniors, single adults and families with older children may find this Chihuahua mix to be a great addition to their families. Keep in mind that Chizer dogs are not suitable for families with little kids as this dog has low tolerance for being teased and may be snappy. Chizers make good watchdogs as they tend to be territorial and will bark at approaching strangers. This energetic Chihuahua mix needs at least an hour of walking and exercise per day to burn off the excess energy. Are Chizer dogs easy to train? Both parent breeds of this Chihuahua mix are very trainable and Chizers respond well to training as well.
Yorkie and Chihuahua Mix (Chorkie)
Chihuahua mixes include Chorkies. Chorkies are mix between Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua. This tiny Chihuahua mix dog is lively and playful. Chorkies that inherited the Yorkshire Terrier's coat type will require more frequent grooming sessions since the longer coat needs more care to stay healthy and beautiful. Yorkshire Terriers are low-shedding dogs but that doesn't mean that a Chihuahua mix will also be low shedding. Chihuahuas produce an average amount of shedding but because of the small size of the dog, there is not that much dog hair on a tiny body of the dog to produce a very noticeable amount of shedding. Daily brushing will help to keep this Chihuahua mix dog's coat free of tangles. Chorkies are active companion dogs and need several walks during the day to use all that energy. Yorkie and Chihuahua mix dogs make good watchdogs and will bark at strangers that are approaching their home. Chorkies can be happy living in a large home or in a small city apartment and they are happy dogs as long as they get to spend a lot of time with their owners.
Chorkie pros and cons
Poodle and Chihuahua Mix (Chipoo)
Chipoo dogs are created by crossing a Chihuahua and Toy Poodle. Chipoos are intelligent, easily trainable and are suitable for adults and families with older kids. The reason why Chipoos are not recommended for families with very young kids is because this Chihuahua mix is tiny in size and can be vulnerable around younger kids. Chipoo dogs are playful, affectionate and sociable. This Chihuahua mix makes a wonderful dog companion for seniors. Keep in mind that some Chipoos, just like their Chihuahua relatives have a tendency to choose one family member as a favorite.
Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua Mix (Jack Chi)
Jack Chi dog is a cross between a Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier. This Chihuahua Mix is high energy and is most suitable for active owners who can dedicate a lot of time to exercising and keeping their little ball of fire busy during the day. Jack Chi dogs combine the bold and independent temperament of Jack Russell Terrier with a playful and affectionate Chihuahua. Jack Chi dogs just like other Chihuahua mixes are difficult to predict in terms of temperament as well as appearance when full-grown. Learning more about both parents of Jack Chi can give you a good estimation of the size and personality traits that Chihuahua mix pups may inherit from their parents.
Maltese and Chihuahua Mix (Malchi)
Malchi is a mix between a Maltese and Chihuahua breeds. This tiny Chihuahua mix dog combines traits from both, the Maltese and Chihuahua dogs. Malchi dogs are ideal companion pets for older people and for adults of all ages who can spend a lot of time with the four-legged family member. Chihuahua mixes tend to be very attached to their owners and dislike being left alone frequently. That is one of the reasons why this dog is very suitable for retirees who can share their life with the small pet. Malchi dogs like to bark. Are Malchi easy to groom? Depending the type of coat that this Chihuahua mix inherits, dogs with shorter coat are easier to groom while Malchi dogs with longer coats may require more extensive grooming and more frequent brushing to keep the coat free from mats and tangles. If you live in a cooler climate, be sure to dress your Malchi dog in appropriate outfit during the colder months of the year as Chihuahua mixes are sensitive to cold weather. A warm dog jacket will help to protect your pet during colder weather.
Shih Tzu and Chihuahua Mix (Shichi)
A mix between a Shih Tzu and Chihuahua is called Shichi. Shichi dogs are playful and easygoing. In size many Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix dogs are slightly larger than Chihuahuas and are more sturdy, making them more suitable for families with kids than more fragile Chihuahua dogs. Shichi may be among the quieter Chihuahua Mixes, making them more suitable for apartment living. When it comes to grooming, Shichi with shorter coat are easier to groom than Shichi dogs with longer coat. Shichis are ideal pet companions for older people as well as for adults of all ages. Are Shichis easy to train? That depends on the inherited temperament traits. Shih Tzu dogs are are not easily trainable while Chihuahuas respond well to obedience training. If your Shichi inherited the stubborn temperament from the Shih Tzu side of the family then training may require more patience and time. How active is this Chihuahua mix? Shichi dogs do not require miles of walking every day. A couple of walks around the block and some playtime are necessary to keep your pet healthy and happy.
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