If you love the Chihuahua then you’re probably a fan of the Chihuahua mix. But in today’s world of crossbreed craziness, how do you decide which crossbreed Chihuahua hybrid would be best for you?
We’re here to answer your questions with 15 unbelievable Chihuahua dogs you have to see to believe.
But before we dive in, let’s talk about what a crossbreed really is, and what this might mean for your Chihuahua mix.
A Few Things You Should Know About Crossbreed Dogs
Crossbreed dogs may have the benefit of hybrid vigor, but they may also face a longer list of genetic health issues than purebreds.
Although crossbreeding has been around for ages, there still seems to be a bit of confusion and even controversy surrounding what it actually means. There has also been some debate over whether or not crossbreed dogs or purebred dogs are healthier, as well as whether or not it is fair for breeders to breed and sell these dogs as if they were purebred.
But what is a crossbreed?
Have you ever heard of a hybrid, designer dog, or mixed breed? If so, you’ve heard of a crossbreed dog.
A crossbreed dog like the Chihuahua mix dog is any dog that comes from two specific purebred parent breeds. Crossbreed dogs can come in different generations, with first generations being a dog with two different parent breeds, while a second generation comes from two first generation crossbreeds, and so on.
The farther out your crossbreed’s generation, the more predictable he will be as far as appearance, temperament and health.
In fact, careful crossbreeding is pretty much how we’ve gotten all of the purebred dogs we know and love today. Still, it takes generations for crossbreed dogs to be considered purebreds, and this has led to the crossbreed controversy.
The Low Down On The Crossbreed Controversy
Designer dogs have hit the US in a tidal wave of popularity over the past 20 years.
And while crossbreed dogs are deservedly beloved, they also come with a few pros and cons. First, there is some speculation regarding the health of hybrid dogs. Some experts point to the idea of hybrid vigor, which theorizes that dogs with two different purebred parents are more likely to have a widened gene pool, thus less likely to inherit genetic illnesses.
While this is promising, you should also be aware that crossbreed dogs tend to have a longer list of health issues to contend with as they may be susceptible to any of the same genetic health issues as both of their parent breeds.
There is also the issue of predictability. Crossbreed dogs, especially first, second and third generation crossbreed dogs, are considered less predictable than their purebred counterparts when it comes to temperament, appearance and even health.
This has led to some debate over whether or not breeders should be selling early generation hybrids for as much as purebred dogs without the same type of pedigree.
What should this mean to you? Well, we simply hope you take this information in stride and consider it when considering calling a Chihuahua mix dog your own.
Let’s Meet The Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is the smallest purebred dog in the canine kingdom.
Height: 6 to 10 Inches
Weight: 4 to 6 Pounds
Temperament: Lifely, Devoted, Affectionate, Independent, Smart, Human-Like
Lifespan: 14 to 16 Years
Best Suited For: Singles, Seniors, Couples, Families With Older Children, Single-Dog Households
The Chihuahua is considered the world’s smallest purebred dog. Hailing from Mexico and proudly reigning as Mexico’s national dog, the tiny Chihuahua packs a big punch with his human-like temperament.
Chihuahua dogs are available in two coat types including long and short, as well as a good variety of coat colors and patterns.
Chihuahua dogs are also known for being somewhat bossy and super sassy. They prefer to be raised in single dog households where they can be the apple of your eye. And speaking of apples, did you know there are two different types of Chihuahua dogs?
The official Chihuahua recognized by the American Kennel Club is known as the apple-head chihuahua. This pup is named such because his head is shaped like an apple. The other available Chihuahua is known as the the deer head chihuahua
Though they are considered different, both types of Chihuahuas come with about the same number of health issues. With a lifespan of between 14 and 16 years, Chihuahuas can be prone to suffering from:
- Luxating Patella
- Tracheal Collapse
- Dental Disease
- Spinal Injuries
- Bladder Stones
- Kidney Stones
- Reverse Sneezing
- And Scleritis
Remember, while there is the potential for crossbreed dogs to be healthier than their purebred counterparts, it’s still possible for any of the below Chihuahua mix dogs to inherit any of the same health issues as both of their parent breds. This means that any of the dogs below could be susceptible to the same health issues listed above.
But we can leave this for another article. Are you ready for the fun stuff? Here are 15 totally unbelievable Chihuahua mix dogs!
1. The Chi-Poo (The Chihuahua x Poodle)
Chipoo dogs come in a few different sizes and are known for their intelligence.
Height: 5 to 15 Inches
Weight: 5 to 20 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Athletic, Playful, Affectionate
Lifespan: 14 to 18 Years
We are starting with perhaps one of the most popular Chihuahua mix dogs on our list, the Chi-poo. A cross between the purebred Poodle and the Chihuahua, the Chi-poo is a dog that can come in a variety of sizes and colors.
For the most part, these guys are smaller dogs and can be ideal for older families and those who suffer from allergies.
Chi-poo dogs are highly intelligent, friendly, energetic and playful. They can still have all that sass of their Chihuahua parent with lots of affectionate playfulness of their Poodle side.
The Chi-poo may have a high prey drive, however, so be sure you walk this dog on a proper leash and harness. Remember that smaller Chi-poo dogs can be susceptible to tracheal collapse, so avoid walking this Chihuahua mix on a leash and collar alone.
2. The Chizer (Chihuahua x Miniature Schnauzer)
Depending on their generation, the Chizer may or may not be hypoallergenic.
Height: 6 to 14 Inches
Weight: 4 to 15 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Affectionate, Playful
Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years
You may not have heard of the Chizer, but he’ll quickly become one of your favorite Chihuahua mix dogs once you learn more about him. Adorable, affectionate and very intelligent, the Chizer is a combination of courage, attitude and devotion.
Chizers, or Chihuahua x Miniature Schnauzer mix dogs, can be eager to please and quick to learn, and they’ll do best in homes with older, more gentle children who want to participate in their upbringing.
Remember to train your Chizer using positive reinforcement techniques like treats and praise and avoid punishments or scolding, as this could cause your Chihuahua mix to shut down.
3. The French Bullhauhau (Chihuahua x French Bulldog)
The French Bulluahua is a unique combination between the Chihuahua and the popular French Bulldog.
Height: No More Than 12 Inches
Weight: 7 to 25 Pounds
Temperament: Affectionate, Sassy, Playful
Lifespan: 11 to 16 Years
This name sounds like something totally made up, but the French Bullhuahua is totally a Chihuahua mix that exists. Not only that, but he’s a cute and family-friendly Chihuahua mix to boot!
The French Bullhauhua can be a more sturdy canine companion option for anyone with children, though it’s still important to monitor youngsters around this family dog.
The French Bullhuahua is an outgoing and comedic little mix, though he should be properly trained and socialized at an early age to ensure he develops good manners.
Unfortunately, French Bullhuahua dogs can be prone to some serious health issues, especially if they inherit quite a bit of their Frenchie parent’s DNA.
4.Chi-Spaniel (Chihuahua x Cocker Spaniel)
Beautiful and sweet natured, the Chihuahua Cocker Spaniel has the potential to be a family favorite.
Height: 12 to 16 Inches
Weight: 10 to 18 Pounds
Temperament: Clever, Affectionate, Intelligent
Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years
The Cocker Spaniel is known for being sweet and adorable, so it’s no wonder we’d list this precious pup as one of our combos to make the Chihuahua mix. Alas, introducing the Chi-Spaniel!
This hybrid dog mixes sweet and sassy to give you the perfect combination of attitude and affection. Chi-Spaniel dogs can get along well with children when well trained, though they may not tolerate younger children who play with them too roughly.
Chi-Spaniel dogs are sweet at heart and want to be with you, so they can be prone to suffering from separation anxiety if left on their own.
Be sure to keep your Chi-Spaniel on a leash and harness when out and about, as this dog may be prone to taking off after smaller animals.
5. The Chipit (Chihuahua x Pitbull)
The Chipit is the chipper sounding mix between a Pitbull and a Chihuahua.
Height: 14 to 18 Inches
Weight: 20 to 35 Pounds
Temperament: Energetic, Devoted, Affectionate
Lifespan: 10 to 13 Years
It’s relatively rare to come across a Chipit, as these Chihuahua mix dogs haven’t yet quite caught on. However, those who have been around them or raised them say these dogs are intelligent, family oriented, friendly and athletic.
Most Chipit dogs are medium sized and require plenty of routine exercise. They should also be properly socialized and trained at an early age to ensure they grow up happy, healthy and well mannered.
6. The Chorkie (Chihuahua x Yorkshire Terrier)
The Chorkie is a very small Chihuahua mix, sometimes weighing no more than 6 pounds.
Height: 6 to 9 Inches
Weight: 8 to 15 Pounds
Temperament: Active, Playful, Bright, Excitable
Lifespan: 10 to 15 Years
If you’re a big fan of little dogs, you’ll love the Chorkie. A mix between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua, the Chorkie is a lap dog dream! Best suited for singles, seniores, or couples without children, the Chorki is an independent, outgoing little pup who is not afraid to tell you how he feels.
Depending on his generation, your Chorkie may even be hypoallergenic, which is great if you suffer from allergies!
Chorkies are quite small, however, and they can be prone to serious injury if handled too roughly. They are playful and fun, but these tiny tots are best suited for homes without small children or larger, more rambunctious dogs.
7. The Huskyuahua (Chihuahua x Husky)
The Husky x Chihuahua is a stunning combination of beauty, brains and brawn.
Height: 6 to 15 Inches
Weight: 7 to 15 Pounds
Temperament: Active, Athletic, Friendly, Affectionate
Lifespan: 12 to 16 Years
If you thought that the Pitbull Chihuahua mix was strange, buckle up for the Huskyuahua! This gorgeous Chihuahua mix is a combination of the energetic, outgoing Husky and the spirited Chihuahua.
Huskies and Chihuahuas are pretty different temperamentally, so your Chihuahua mix dog’s personality will vary depending on which parent breed he takes after most. That said, we can say for sure that the Huskyuahua will require plenty of routine exercise, training and socialization.
He also tends to become very bonded with his family, so this is a hybrid dog that is best suited for homes with people who have a flexible schedule.
8. The Chi Chi (Chihuahua x Chinese Crested)
Some Chi Chi dogs are born hairless, especially if they inherit their Chinese Crested parent breed’s genetic traits.
Height: 5 to 12 Inches
Weight: 4 to 11 Pounds
Temperament: Friendly, Sweet-Natured, Vocal, Active
Lifespan: 15 to 17 Years
The Chinese Crested and the Chihuahua share a bit of the same lineage, with Cresteds hailing from China, Mexico and even Africa!
Hardly bigger than the Chihuahua, the Chinese Crested is a sweet natured and very unique looking dog to say the least. Coming in both hairless and furry varieties, a Chinese Crested dog mixed with a Chihuahua can lead to a dog with an interesting coat.
For the most part, however, it’s likely your Chi Chi dog will have hair, as this gene is carried in both hairless and (dare we say) hairy Chinese Crested dogs.
Temperamentally, this is a Chihuahua mix whose personality could vary. Chinese Crested dogs are generally very sweet natured, gentle and affectionate. The Chihuahua, on the other hand, has much more sass and may be less eager to please or tolerant of youngsters.
A mix of this dog could do well in households with children, though these children should be older and taught how to gently and respectfully interact with the family dog.
9. The Chi Chon (Chihuahua x Bichon Frise)
The Chi Chon is the adorable mix between a Bichon Frise and a Chihuahua.
Height: 8 to 10 Inches
Weight: 4 to 10 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Outgoing, Family-Oriented
Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years
Another dog that has the potential to be hypoallergenic is the Chi Chon. This Chihuahua mix comes from the spunky Chihuahua and the adoring Bichon Frise. A Chi Chon mix can provide you with a dog that’s a bit smaller than the standard Bichon Frise, but still loaded with the same sweet and affectionate temperament.
Bichon Frise dogs are known for their cloud-like fur which could easily be inherited by your Chihuahua mix dog. However, remember that genetics are genetics and your Chi Chon’s appearance could be left up to chance, especially if you have a newer generation Chihuahua mix.
We do like the Chi Chon for homes with older children, as they are sweet natured, playful and feisty. They may also be hypoallergenic, which is great for those who suffer from allergies.
However, keep in mind that some Bichon Frise and Chihuahua mix dogs can be quite small, with many staying around 6 pounds. Smaller dogs can be especially prone to serious injury if dropped or handled too roughly, so be sure to monitor youngsters and other pets around very small Chihuahua mix dogs such as this.
10. The Chiweenie (Chihuahua x Dachshund)
The Chiweenie is adorable, but he can be prone to a number of serious health issues.
Height: 6 to 10 Inches
Weight: 5 to 12 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Stubborn, Lively
Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years
The Chiweenie is a comedic little dog with so much personality in that elongated body it’s not even funny! Coming in two size varieties, the Chiweenie is the ideal companion for active singles or couples, and may do best in single doggy households.
A mix between the feisty Chihuahua and the courageous Dachshund, you can expect your Chiweenie dog to be a confident, no-nonsense Chihuahua mix with lots to say.
It’s important that you remember Dachshunds specifically were bred badger dogs, so they could be prone to digging. Your Chihuahua mix could inherit these traits, especially if he takes after his Dachshund parent breed.
Chiweenie dogs may also be prone to some unique health issues due to their elongated spine, which could be exasperated, considering the Chihuahua breed is already predisposed to some spinal issues.
You can help combat these issues by ensuring your Chiweenie is on a proper diet for his age, weight and activity level to reduce potential obesity, as well as ensuring you keep your Chiweenie properly exercised.
11. The Chigi (Chihuahua x Corgi)
If you’re looking for an adorable mix of personality and energy, look no further than the Chigi.
Height: 6 to 12 Inches
Weight: 5 and 31 pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Affectionate, Friendly
Lifespan: 12 to 16 Years
We are trying not to pick favorites, but it’s hard to ignore the adorableness that is the Chigi. A combination of the intelligent Corgi and the small Chihuahua, a Chigi is certainly not a Chihuahua mix that you run into every day.
Corgis in particular are famous for their connection to the queen. These highly intelligent herding dogs are bred with tenacity, and they are very energetic and playful. If your Chihuahua mix inherits these traits, you might prepare for a Chigi that is energetic, athletic, outgoing and affectionate.
Because this is a Chihuahua mix that is so brainy, it’s important that you’re ready to ensure your Chigi is kept both mentally and physically stimulated!
Unfortunately, just as with the Chiweenie, the Chigi can be prone to a number of serious health issues due to his elongated spine and shorter legs.
It’s important to keep this Chihuahua mix on a quality dog food specified for his age, weight and activity level to reduce potential obesity from occurring. It’s also wise to stick with a proper exercise routine and keep up with annual vet visits.
12. The Min Chin (Chihuahua x Miniature Pinscher)
The Min Chin may look like he means business, but mostly this is a sweet natured and affectionate hybrid.
Height: 7 to 12 Inches
Weight: 5 and 11 Pounds
Temperament: Comedic, Sassy, Devoted
Lifespan: 10 to 12 Years
The Min Chin is as charming as he sounds! That’s right – this dog is a mix between the Miniature Pinscher and the Chihuahua.
Miniature Pinschers and Chihuahuas have many of the same characteristics both temperamentally and physically, though the Chihuahua is notably smaller and perhaps a bit more bossy.
Min Pins are eager to please, adaptable, and can do well with youngsters and other pets when properly trained and socialized to help ensure your dog grows up with lots of confidence in the world around him.
Although the Min Chin dog can get along well with children and other pets, it’s important to remember that this is a very small breed of dog that can easily be injured if accidently played with too roughly.
With that noted, we would recommend the Min Chin for seniors, singles, couples, or those with older children.
13. The Chibo Terrier (Chihuahua x Boston Terrier)
The Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix can range in size, going from very small to a more sturdy little companion.
Height: 9 to 15 Inches
Weight: 4 to 10 Pounds
Temperament: Playful, Clever, Sweet
Lifespan: 10 to 15 Years
Boston Terrier dogs are considered “America’s Gentleman” thanks to the natural tuxedo-like markings on their coat. You may lose those markings when combining a Boston Terrier with a Chihuahua, but you certainly won’t lose any of that devilish charm, lively personality and affectionate spirit.
In fact, you’ll probably see a lot more of it in a Chihuahua mix! The Chibo Terrier is an adorable combination of fun and attitude, and this is a dog that can do well in a variety of homes so long as he is properly trained and socialized.
Chibo Terrier dogs are a bit more sturdy than some of the other Chihuahua mix dogs on this list, which can make larger versions of this mix great for homes with children and other pets. They also enjoy active families who will take them out on adventures often.
Unfortunately, the Chibo Terrier can be prone to a few serious health issues including brachycephalic airway syndrome, heart issues and deafness, as well as a number of eye issues like cherry eye and cataracts.
14. The Jack Chi (Chihuahua x Jack Russell Terrier)
The Jack Chi makes for an energetic, outgoing companion for the right family.
Height: 10 to 15 Inches
Weight: 8 to 18 Pounds
Temperament: Energetic, Affectionate
Lifespan: 13 to 18 Years
Jack Russel Terriers are known for their comedic personalities and hard headedness, but so are Chihuahuas! Put them together, and you get double trouble. This Chihuahua mix is not for the faint of heart but he will certainly steal your heart so long as you raise and train him correctly.
In general, the Jack Chi is said to be a friendly, lively, spirited and somewhat mischievous hybrid dog best suited for families with older children or active singles or couples.
Training should begin early with a Jack Chi. Like all dogs, the Jack Russel Chihuahua mix does best with positive reinforcement training utilizing treats and praise. Avoid punishment, as this could cause your Jack Russel Chihuahua mix to shut down and could even hinder his learning process.
Jack Russel Terriers are Terriers, and this Terrier temperament could be inherited by your already head-strong Chihuahua. Remember to exercise patience and consistency with this mix and you’ll be sure to have a best buddy for life.
15. The Chug (Chihuahua x Pug)
The Chug is a sweet, sassy and outgoing little hybrid, though sadly he can be riddled with health issues.
Height: 10 to 14 Inches
Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
Temperament: Family-Oriented, Spirited, Affectionate
Lifespan: 12 to 15 Years
Last we have the hilariously dubbed Chug. Small, adoring and absolutely adorable, we love the Chug for all he is from his curly tail to squished nose. Sadly, the Chug can be prone to a number of health issues that any potential owner should be aware of.
These include the ever prevalent brachycephalic airway syndrome from his Pug parentage, which can lead to breathing difficulties in flatter faced breeds.
This could mean that your Chug mix could be more sensitive to weather conditions and intensive exercise routines. Chugs can also be prone to obesity, which can cause bone and joint issues in your Chihuahua mix.
To ensure you raise the healthiest Pug Chihuahua mix possible, it’s important to go through reputable sources when looking to obtain this mix. You might also consider having your Chug health screened at an early age to see which of the named health issues he may be predisposed to.
Health aside, the Chug can make a wonderful companion for families with older children and singles, seniores or adults with a flexible schedule. They become very bonded with their families and will adore having someone to cuddle with, though they do have an independent streak from time to time.
Is A Chihuahua Mix Dog Right For You?
Chihuahua mix dogs, like all dogs, require a good amount of commitment.
Chihuahua mix dogs are certainly cute, but it’s important to remember that not all of the above mixes are going to be right for every person or household.
It’s especially important to keep in mind that very small Chihuahua mix dogs are typically not the ideal family dog for homes with small children.
Chihuahuas in general prefer older children, though many of these mixes can get along well with youngsters when properly trained and socialized.
Like all dogs, a Chihuahua mix is going to do best on a quality dog food specified for his age, weight and activity level. This dog food should be rich in real meat protein and contain fatty acids, carbs, vitamins, minerals, and a good source of water.
We also recommend brushing your Chihuahua mix dogs teeth daily with a dog safe toothbrush and toothpaste, as a Chihuahua mix can be so prone to dental disease.
Last, make sure you do plenty of research before deciding if a Chihuahua mix is right for you. While our above overviews are fun and briefly informative, they are not in-depth depictions of what each Chihuahua mix dog entails.
If you’re not sure which of the above Chihuahua mix dogs would be best for you, we recommend doing a bit more digging on the specific mix that has caught your eye.
And of course, we always encourage you to leave us your thoughts about any Chihuahua mix dogs we may have missed in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading!
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.