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Everything you need to know about a Chi-Poo: Chihuahua cross Poodle

Chihuahua cross poodle advice
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The Chihuahua cross Poodle mix dog is sometimes known as a “Choodle”, a Wapoo or a Chipoo, as well as a Chi-Poo. It’s a popular crossbreed between the parent dogs, the Poodle and a Chihuahua.

By Dawn Parrish

Who can resist a cute Chi-Poo?

This tiny pooch with an average height of around 13 inches, has not only irresistible, cute looks but also a very strong personality. Just like its parents, the Chihuahua and the Poodle, the resulting pup is certainly loving and intelligent with absolute loyalty towards its owner.

Like most other small breed dogs, he is very friendly and loves nothing more than to curl up on your lap. He is also quite portable due to its small stature so no problem taking him along with you in the car.


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Origins and history

Although it’s not officially documented, the Chi-Poos most likely originated during the 1970’s in the United States. This was around 10 years after the Cockapoo, the first crossbreed Poodle and Cocker Spaniel arrived on the designer dog scene.

As for the parent dogs, the Poodle arrived in Germany during the 13th century. Consequently, the Toy Poodle variety is believed to have originated around the 18th century in the United Kingdom. In contrast, the Chihuahua breed was initiated during the 10th and 12th centuries, in Mexico so is a much longer established strain.

The Chihuahua cross Poodle is a mix between the Chihuahua and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. In most cases of breeding, the Chihuahua is normally the sire, and the Poodle is the dam. Certainly, this approach to breeding results in a safer pregnancy with fewer complications.

As a general rule, a Poodle will have a lot less issues while pregnant and giving birth. Almost all Chihuahua pregnancies, end in a C-section. Although the resulting Chi-Poo offspring of this cross breeding is not officially recognised by the American Kennel Club, they are by the American Canine Hybrid Club. Some alternative, recognised names used by different canine groups are the Poo-Chi, Chipoo, Choodle and the Wapoo.

Physical Characteristics

First of all, when cross-breeding takes place, it’s never really known what the offspring will look like. However, in some reported findings, it appears that more often than not, the pups will be the stature and size of the Chihuahua with the Poodle’s colour and coat.

Even so, this is no guarantee and the Chi-Poo puppies are not certain to be identical in looks to each other. Just like its Chihuahua parent, its head is either flat or round and he will almost certainly, have tiny feet.


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His tail is either short or long. With brown or black, almond-shaped eyes depending on the parents’ genes.

The ears of the Chihuahua cross Poodle can be either upright, dropped or even with just the tips of the ears dropped.  Likewise, the coats can be either soft haired or long or even a mixture of both. Colours can vary between tan, black, white or cream or again, a combination.

  • Height:  Average height anywhere between 6 to 13 inches -depends on the parent, either a Toy or Miniature Poodle
  • Weight: Average weight between 3 to 12 lbs – likewise, dependant on the parent breed Lifespan: Usually between 12 and 15 years


These Chihuahua cross Poodle pups are playful and fun-loving characters that not only thrive on attention but also make fantastic pets. While they are fiercely loyal many also tend to have an independent streak. Likewise, when meeting anyone for the first time, they can be slightly suspicious and even bark. They are, however, very loving dogs and usually crave one-to-one attention and cuddles.


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Common health issues

As a general rule, the Chihuahua cross Poodle is a healthy breed. Many Chi-Poos go on to old age without any major health issues. As a result of crossbreeding, there are several more common conditions that can originate from their parents. ·         

  • Heart disease       
  • Vision problems      
  • Dental issues       
  • Overactive tear glands        
  • Hypoglycaemia      
  • Brittle bones

Grooming the Chihuahua cross Poodle

As a general rule, these Chi-Poo’s don’t shed their hair, which is brilliant news for any owners that suffer allergic reactions. Brushing your Chi-Poo twice a week will remove any loose hair and dander and as a result, keep the dog’s coat tangle-free and smooth.

Healthcare of the Chi-Poo

These small, crossbreed dogs tend not to have enormous appetites. For this reason, it’s better to feed your dog a high-quality food variety that is specifically tailored for small dog breeds. Above all, if your pup has a tendency towards low blood sugar, feed smaller meals spaced throughout the day. Certainly, this will help to avoid drops and spikes in blood sugar levels.


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As with other toy and small dogs, lots of praise and positive reinforcement help enormously when training. Likewise, with other small dogs, house training the Chihuahua cross poodle can be quite challenging. Possessiveness is also a trait of the Chi-Poo so your pup probably won’t want to share his toys.

Even more obvious in this crossbreed, is the stubbornness that can appear at a young age. Sometimes tending to bark a lot for no obvious reason, but with early coaching, this should be manageable.

Owning a Chihuahua cross Poodle puppy

Although the Chipoo, Choodle, Chi-Poo or whatever name you give your pup, is an intelligent little chap, if he’s not challenged he can easily become quite bored. He will love plenty of daily walks, enthusiastic playtimes and family fun-days.

He is a fantastic choice if you don’t have much house space or a large garden for him to run around in. You will probably have to keep him mentally stimulated with several different toys and activities.

If you don’t, his mischievous nature will show through, which can include lots of chewing and howling.

Overall, a cute little dog that will make anyone a fantastic, loyal pet.

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