The Chihuahua dog is the tiniest dog breed worldwide. These small dogs have an outsize personality and are courageous, intelligent and loyal. It’s no wonder that many people cross breed them with other varieties.
Origins and history
The Chihuahua breed is understood to initially stemming from Mexico, and later from Texas, America. Originating from a wild dog and then trained in domesticity by the Toltec culture. First of all, they were bred for companionship at the latter end of the 1800s, but have since become very popular, especially with many celebrities. Today, the Chihuahua is bred in a variety of different colours, either longhaired or smooth. This popular dog, preferred, not only due to their small size but also for their bold and charming personality. They make wonderful pets as they love nothing better than spending time with their owners.
Of course, although the Chihuahua is a purebred dog, there are many wonderful mixed breeds too. If you love the pocket size, tiny Chihuahua, you will probably want to discover what their cross breeds are like.
Popular crossbreeds when crossed with a Chihuahua
- Boston Huahua – when crossed with a Boston terrier
- Cheagle – when crossed with a Beagle
- Chi-Chi – a Chinese Crested mix
- Chi-Chon – the resulting dog when bred with a Bichon frise
- Chiweeni – cross with a Dachshund
- Chi-Spaniel – the obvious name when crossed with a Cocker Spaniel
- Jack-Chi – when bred with a Jack Russell terrier
- Chatterdale - a Patterdale terrier mix
- Chi-Poo – when bred with a Poodle
There are also several other Chihuahua cross breeds that are also very popular as companion pets. When crossed with a Cairn terrier produces a Toxirn; a Chihuahua mix Corgi gives you a Chigi; with a Pug, it’s a Chug. Finally, when bred with an Italian Greyhound, quite an unlikely match, the resulting dog is known as an Italian Greyhuahua.
Of course, it’s rather difficult to list the physical characteristics of each Chihuahua cross breed as they are all so different, according to the parent dog’s genes. To help with your choice of pet, we will give you some details on the Chihuahua parent, known as the smallest dog in the world.
The Chihuahua is a great choice for a family pet as they are certainly very friendly around children. With big ears that are normally erect and wide eyes, they have a unique make-up. Their coats appear in many colours and be either smooth or long-haired. Different shades that appear in these pups are either a mix of two colours or a solid one coloured coat. Common colours are red and chocolate, blue, white, cream, fawn, tan and black.
Height: 5 to 8 inches
Weight: Normally not more than 6 lbs
Lifespan: Average between 14 and 16 years
The Personality of the Chihuahua
These small, sensitive dogs are sometimes described as being like terriers. Due to their observant and suspicious nature, they make brilliant watchdogs. Thriving on companionship and affection yet normally bonding with a single owner. You will often find your Chihuahua pet following you around and he loves being carried around in a handbag. Hence the nickname of a “handbag dog”. This breed of dog needs early socialisation as puppies. Therefore, if you want your pet to grow into a well-rounded pet, exposure to different experiences and people is necessary.
Common health issues
The Chihuahua breed doesn’t report any serious health issues, but as you would expect, they are inclined to illnesses that sometimes affect small dogs. Tracheal collapse, luxating patella, hypoglycaemia and dental problems are all a probability.
Obviously, it depends on the size of your pet as to how much food he will require. If your dog is quite active, he will require more food than a dog who lazes on the sofa for much of the day. With Chihuahua cross breeds, likewise, their dietary requirements will depend on activity levels and size.
These dogs, although very tiny, are intelligent and quick learners. Because of these skills, they are quite happy and capable of competing in obedience and agility trials. Remember though, that your Chihuahua is a wilful breed who won’t respond to harsh words.
The Chihuahua’s loving and affectionate character make it a cuddly pet that enjoys being pampered and carried around. When bought as a pup, handled and socialised correctly, he can make a fantastic companion. Even more important, to recognise, is that not all Chihuahuas get along with tiny children, who can often be rough when playing. If you are looking to share your life with these adorable dogs, or with Chihuahua cross puppies, first do your research. Speak to reputable breeders, rescue groups or other owners to find out more.
The best news is that these tiny dogs are friendly, sociable pets that can live quite happily around children. Certainly, you will have to allocate some time to teach both your kids and the Chihuahua how to get along with each other. With plenty of persistence, dedication and patience, you can provide a loving, family environment that all the family and the dog, will enjoy!