There’s a reason you don’t see any Chihuahua Great Dane mix dogs running about. Also known as the Chi-Dane-Dane, the Great Mexican Dog, and even the Impossible Dog Breed, the Chihuahua Great Dane mix is, well, just that – nearly impossible.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped breeders from doing their very best to try and create this astounding canine, and there have even been reports of breeders succeeding in breeding a Chihuahua Great Dane mix through the years.
However, we could find no evidence of this and most sources speculate that these stories are simply myths.
But let’s operate under the illusion that modern-day breeders have been able to create a Chihuahua Great Dane mix. What would that dog look like? What would his temperament be? And who would the ideal owner for a Chihuahua Great Dane mix be?
We’re covering all of that and more in today’s article. So, without further ado, let’s learn all about the Impossible Dog Breed – the Chihuahua Great Dane mix.
What Is A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix?
The Chihuahua Great Dane Mix is a hybrid dog crossed between the purebred Chihuahua and the purebred Great Dane.
Other Names: The Chi-Dane-Dane, The Chi-Dane, The Great Mexican Dog, The Impossible Dog Bred
Potential Height: 6 to 34 Inches
Potential Weight: 4 to 200 Pounds
Potential Temperament: Affectionate, Bossy, Intelligent, People-Oriented
Lifespan: 8 – 20 Years
Health Issues: Luxating Patella, Tracheal Collapse, Hypoglycemia, Dental Disease, Obesity, Spinal Injuries, Bladder and Kidney Stones, Hydrocephalus, Reverse Sneezing, Scleritis, Cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Wobbler Syndrome, Allergies, Osteosarcoma, Cataracts, Skin Issues, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and Epilepsy
Chihuahua Great Dane Mix Breed Overview:
No, those are not typos you see above listed in height range, weight range, and even lifespan range. These are the varying differences you might get if you were ever to actually get your hands on a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix.
The truth is, though they are the same species, the Chihuahua and the Great Dane’s incredible size difference means they might as well come from two different planets.
Everything from their health to appearance is on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to dog breeds, and crossing these two absurdly different dogs would lead to a very unpredictable outcome.
Of course, if we are being realistic, if you were to come across a real live Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, their height, weight and lifespan would probably be more along the middle ground.
We would estimate that a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix would likely be a medium to large size dog with an average lifespan of about 10 to 12 years and a number of unique health issues.
But that is the funny thing about crossbreeds. All crossbreeds come with their fair share of risks, especially the earlier generation hybrid dogs.
With that being said, the Chihuahua Great Dane mix is a special case that is not only controversial, but complicated.
Keep reading to learn why.
What Would It Take To Create A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix?
Great Danes and Chihuahuas would be an interesting combination. They could not be more different, as the above picture shows.
If you do a quick search on the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, you’re going to come across stories of breeders who have attempted to create this dog with sad and even bizarre outcomes. You may find other sources implying that there are a few living Chihuahua Great Dane Mixes in existence today.
However, if you can prove that these stories are more than stories, we’d love to chat with you.
Here is what we do believe; it could be entirely possible that somewhere along the way, curious breeders did attempt to create a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix.
If this occurred, these breeders most likely hit a few roadblocks thanks to the incredible size difference of the Chihuahua and the Great Dane.
Roadblock One – Breeding
Because of their incredible size difference, it’s going to be nearly impossible to naturally mate a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. We probably don’t need to elaborate on why this would be, and it’s likely you quite literally get the picture.
One of the only viable options for breeding a Chihuahua and a Great Dane would be through artificial insemination. However, this process is quite expensive and even then it is not always successful in producing viable embryos.
But let’s imagine that a lucky breeder was able to make it past this first roadblock. What would happen next?
Roadblock Two – Birthing
This is where the idea of creating a Chihuahua Great Dane mix becomes a bit horrifying, especially if you read and believe some of the stories floating around on the web.
According to these stories, breeders were able to successfully breed a Great Dane and a Chihuahua, though the outcome was disastrous.
Their first mistake was that they (supposedly) impregnated a female Chihuahua. And we’re sure you can see the problem that lies ahead with this. If this truly happened, then the result was an almost monstrous and tortious effect on the mother dog as well as her unborn puppies.
Chihuahuas, weighing between 3 and 6 pounds, are in no way capable of carrying Great Dane mix puppies to term. Not only do giant dog breeds develop at an expedited rate in the womb, but they would be competing for any of the very limited resources the mother dog would have both before and after birth.
In these supposed stories, C-sections were attempted but to no avail. The mother and the puppies were lost, as you might have expected.
Other stories tell of breeders attempting to impregnate a female Great Dane, which seems like the more obvious road to take if you ask us, but that’s neither here nor there.
However, again due to the size difference and complications, carrying these puppies to term was very rare, and having them live past birth was even rarer.
But let’s pretend this experiment worked, and there really are Chihuahua Great Dane Mix puppies running around today.
What kind of pet would one of these dogs make? To help us find out, we’re going to take a deeper dive into the Chihuahua and the Great Dane individually.
Introducing The Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is considered the world’s smallest purebred dog.
Meet the Chihuahua!
This tiny dog stands at a teensy 9 inches tall at his tallest and weighs up to 12 pounds at his heaviest, though most of these dogs average between three and six pounds. This makes the Chihuahua the smallest purebred dog in the entire world.
However, for what this tiny dog lacks in size he makes up for in personality. Chihuahuas are known for their temperament and famous for being almost human-like in their bossy nature.
These quirky dogs come in two varieties including the Apple Head Chihuahua and the Deer Head Chihuahua. They also come in two coat types including long and short and a variety of coat colors and patterns.
Chihuahua dogs are incredibly popular, so it’s no wonder you might be looking into a Chihuahua mix of any kind. These dogs are intelligent, affectionate, people-oriented dogs with a sassy flair and irresistible charm.
Of course, that isn’t to say this is the right dog for everyone. Chihuahuas also have a reputation of not being the ideal dog for households with small children.
They can be prone to easy injury if handled too roughly and often are impatient with youngsters handling them at all. Furthermore, Chihuahuas often prefer to be the only dog in the house.
They like being the center of attention and the apple of their human’s eye. The national dog of Mexico, Chihuahuas were made famous thanks to a number of Hollywood films and TV shows, and who could forget the famous Taco Bell Chihuahua?
One of the most unique things about the Chihuahua is his incredible lifespan. This dog is a relatively healthy dog and he has been known to commonly live up to and even past 20 years of age. Wow!
Meet The Great Dane
The Great Dane, standing up to 34 inches tall, is the largest purebred dog in the world.
The Great Dane is an impossible dog to miss. Standing at a staggering 34 inches at his tallest and weighing up to 200 pounds, the Great Dane easily lands the spot for the world’s largest purebred dog.
His head alone is often larger than that of his Chihuahua counterpart, though this gentle giant is anything but fearsome.
Great Danes are much more laid back than you might realize, with calm, mild-mannered dispositions and affectionate personalities. They adore their people and become very bonded with their human family.
These big boys do well with other dogs and children, though they are quite clumsy and are best suited for owners with the space to handle them.
When it comes to exercise, Great Danes require daily, light walks that are around 40 minutes in length. It’s best they don’t do too much running or climbing or jumping, as their bones, joints and ligaments are prone to suffering injury due to their incredible stature.
In other words, the Great Dane and the Chihuahua are the exact opposite physically and temperamentally.
So what might you get if you combined this duo? We can only speculate.
What Would A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix Dog’s Temperament Be?
Depending on which parent he takes after most, the Great Dane Chihuahua mix could have varying personality traits.
If you were to come across a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, you’d be in for a wild ride when it comes to predicting temperament.
First and foremost, we should point out that all crossbreed dogs come with their share of pros and cons, and one of the cons is that predicting a number of traits including physical appearance, health and temperament will be left up to chance.
This is especially true for early generation hybrid dogs like the potential Chihuahua Great Dane mix.
There is a chance that this dog could be a perfect mix of his two different parent breeds both physically and temperamentally, but it’s more likely than not that the hybrid offspring of a Great Dane and Chihuahua is going to take after one parent more strongly than the other.
If your Chihuahua Great Dane Mix dog is more like his Chihuahua parent, he may not be the ideal dog to have in homes with children. Though he’ll certainly be larger than a Chihuahua, he may still maintain his impatience and intolerance for youngsters.
On the flip side, a well trained and socialized Chihuahua Great Dane Mix may be able to get along well with older, more mild-mannered children, especially if this hybrid takes after his Great Dane parent breed.
Remember, Great Danes are very affectionate and people-oriented. They do well in homes with children and other pets, though they are not the most active of dogs.
Let’s pretend that your Chihuahua Great Dane mix is a perfect combination between these two wildly different canines.
If this were the case, you would likely wind up with a large sized dog that is spirited, friendly, affectionate, comedic, and perhaps even a little bit bossy.
What About Exercise Requirements For A Chihuahua Great Dane?
Like all dogs, a Chihuahua Great Dane mix would require routine exercise every day.
Because the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix is such a vastly unique hybrid dog, his exercise needs could vary greatly.
If your dog takes after his Chihuahua parent, he will likely be more active and require brisk walks each and every day. Depending on his build and size, romps in the backyard could do him well as could light hikes.
However, if your Chihuahua Great Dane Mix takes after his Great Dane parent breed physically, you’ll want to be extra careful during exercise.
Great Danes are more prone than most to exercise-induced injury. In fact, it is recommended that you even keep this giant breed from climbing stairs or jumping from furniture. Running may also be prohibited, as this could lead to bone and joint problems.
Seeing as a potential Chihuahua Great Dane Mix is likely to be a larger sized dog, you would also want to invest in the proper walking equipment that will give you plenty of control when out and about.
The Easy Walk Front Clip Dog Harness
The Easy Walk Front Clip Dog Harness above is a dog harness we like to recommend for a variety of dogs regardless of their breed, mix or size. This harness is designed to reduce pulling without causing pressure on a dog’s throat or trachea, which can lead to tracheal collapse and other injuries.
We also like that this is a front clip harness, which redirects your dog gently back to you if he gets ahead, which can actually help teach him better walking manners in the long run.
This harness comes in a variety of sizes and colors, and it’s simple to customize to your unique dog. While it’s unlikely you’ll be looking to get this harness for a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, we do recommend you consider the size of any dog you have and do your measurements before purchasing a harness of any kind.
Remember that most harnesses should fit snugly to keep the dog from slipping free and to ensure it is comfortable for your dog during walks.
Along with routine exercise for a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, it will also be important to implement mental stimulation. Chihuahuas are especially clever dogs, and any Chihuahua mix can be prone to destructive and naughty behaviors if left to their own devices.
In fact, mental stimulation is an important part of ensuring any dog of any size and age is happy and healthy.
We like to recommend puzzle toys or KONGS for dogs who suffer from boredom during the day, as these toys use food or treats to hold a dog’s attention while challenging them and keeping them busy.
Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toy
Some of our favorite puzzle toys for any type of dog are the Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toys. These puzzle toys come in a multitude of designs and levels to help challenge dogs and keep them motivated, busy and happy.
Not only do puzzle toys like these help reduce destructive behaviours in dogs, but they also increase a dog’s mental soundness and encourage dogs to think, which can help overall when it comes to training.
And speaking of training, let’s talk more about how you might go about training a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix.
How Would You Train A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix?
There could be extreme size variations in a Chihuahua and Great Dane Mix, and this could lead to some health complications down the road.
Training a Chihuahua Great Dane mix would be no different from training most other dogs, and this is a hybrid that would likely be food motivated and eager to please.
All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement training techniques that utilize treats and praise. It’s best to avoid scolding and punishments, as this will generally cause a dog to shut down. Worse, aversive training techniques can deteriorate the bond built between you and your dog.
If you ever did obtain a chihuahua Great Dane Mix, we would suggest starting training as early as possible. Most dogs do best when training begins in puppyhood. Try to keep training sessions short, gamelike and fun.
It’s also important to be consistent and patient.
Along with training, all dogs will need to be properly socialized at an early age. Proper socialization can help reduce a number of behavioral issues like fear based anxiety and aggressive tendencies.
To properly socialize any dog, it’s a good idea to introduce them to as many new sights, sounds, people, places, and other animals as possible as early as possible.
It’s also important to try and ensure these first impressions are positive for your dog. Of course, we don’t recommend forcing a dog into a situation that is clearly stressful for him in the name of socialization.
This approach could actually exasperate the fear and lead to worsened behavioral issues down the road.
Health Issues And Lifespan Of A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix
The Chihuahua Great Dane Mix could have a number of unique health issues..
Two things that are extremely important to consider when considering any dog is going to be health and lifespan.
There is some controversy surrounding crossbreeds when it comes to their health, and an idea that hybrid vigor leads to crossbreeds potentially being healthier than purebred dogs. What this theory suggests is that mixed breed dogs are less likely to inherit certain genetic health issues as they have a widened gene pool since they have two different purebred parents.
With that in mind, it’s still important to note that even a crossbreed dog can be susceptible to any and all of the same health issues as both of his purebred parents.
When it comes to the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, an owner should consider all of the health issues relevant to both the Chihuahua and the Great Dane.
These health issues include:
- Luxating Patella
- Tracheal Collapse
- Dental Disease
- Spinal Injuries
- Bladder and Kidney Stones
- Reverse Sneezing
- Hip Dysplasia
- Wobbler Syndrome
- Skin Issues
- And von Willebrand’s Disease
Because the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix has yet to be established, it can be difficult to know exactly which of the above health issues he would be most prone to. It is also difficult to estimate his potential lifespan.
Great Danes have a shorter lifespan of between 8 and 10 years, while Chihuahuas can live up to 20 years. However, chances are if you do obtain a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, you would be looking at a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years.
While it can be difficult to prevent health issues, especially if they are genetic, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your dog is as healthy as possible throughout his lifetime, including:
- Keeping your dog on a quality dog food specified for his age, weight and activity level
- Keeping up with yearly or bi-yearly vet visits based on your dog’s age and size
- Ensuring your dog is properly exercised and kept mentlly stimulated each day
- Keeping up with a routine grooming schedule
- Potentially having your dog health screened at an early age
- And making sure you get your dog from a reputable source including a licensed breeder or a trusted shelter or rescue
The Impossible Dog Breed – Alternatives To A Chihuahua Great Dane Mix
It’s likely you won’t be able to obtain a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, but there are alternatives to this unique hybrid..
If you had your heart set on obtaining a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix, we’re sorry to inform you that this is very, very unlikely under the current circumstances that you’ll be able to find one. Even doing a mock search looking for Chihuahua Great Dane Mix puppies for sale or Chihuahua Great Dane Mix dogs for adoption brought up zero results, though we did stumble across quite a few stories of people who claimed to have “seen” one of these hybrids at some point.
However, if what you love about the idea of this designer dog is that it combines two quirky temperaments and physical appearances, you’re in luck.
There are some dog mixes you can obtain that may be similar to the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix. Most importantly, these dogs are less risky, more healthy, and easier to come by.
Some of these canine alternatives to a Chihuahua Great Dane Mix are listed below.
The Doberdane – The Doberman x Great Dane Mix
The Doberman Pinscher is clever and devoted, and he even looks somewhat like a giant Chihuahua when his ears have been cropped. However, personality-wise the Doberman is less bossy than his Chihuahua counterpart.
Still, there’s plenty of personality to go around when it comes to this dog, and we like the idea of a Doberdane taking the place of the Chihuahua when it comes to the super controversial (and likely improbable) Chihuahua Great Dane Mix.
The Great Dane x Basenji Mix
Basenjis are the silent dog of Africa, and they have a multitude of unique characteristics that make them stand out. Just like the Chihuahua, they are smooth coated, prick-eared, and bright eyed.
The Basenji is fastidious when it comes to his grooming and quite intelligent, and he is somewhat Chihuahua-like in his proud temperament.
So, if you’re looking for the best alternative to the Chihuahua Great Dane mix, this hybrid dog is pretty high up there on our list.
And, For A Fun Little Twist, The Great Danoodle – The Poodle x Great Dane Mix
We couldn’t resist this one, mostly because of the fun sounding name. But aside from his moniker, the Great Danoodle, (the Poodle x Great Dane Mix) is a cross between a very intelligent and athletic Poodle and the giant, clumsy, friendly Great Dane.
Though Poodles are quite different from Chihuahua dogs, they do have a few things in common. They are people oriented, comedic and entertaining. This could translate into a temperament that is similar to what you might get if you crossed a Chihuahua and a Great Dane, so it’s certainly something to consider.
Because, alas, it will be quite an amazing event if you ever do truly come across one of these impossible hybrid dogs!