Many designer dogs are mixed and bred together from famous purebred parents. One of those mixes that are vying for a popularity spot is the Poodle Chihuahua Mix.
From stature and physical appearance alone, both parents are already remarkable. Even non-dog fans would know a Poodle and a Chihuahua.
Coupling it with their personality, it is no brainer why this breed is a sought-after one. Let’s get to know more about these two, combined.
What is a Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
The small Chihuahua, crossed with a Toy or Teacup Poodle is equal to the Poodle Chihuahua Mix!
The Toy Poodle, hailing from the toy group, is American Kennel Club’s 7th most popular breed.
The famous Chihuahua is also a toy dog at the 33rd slot.
When bred together, it creates a pooch that is energetic and full of mischief endearing this compact-bodied pooch to the world.
While small, it goes in with a lot of names:
For the sake of this article, let’s use its Chipoo monicker.
Origin of the Poodle Chihuahua Mix
When did the Poodle Chihuahua Mix grace the world, you ask? There’s no exact account of its origin but since mixing breeds like the Cockapoos became famous in the 1970s in the US, that’s our best bet.
Even so, let’s also take a look at the history of both parents.
The standard-sized Poodles are definitely of German descent from the 13th century. But the toy or the miniature ones can be credited from the UK in the 18th century.
The term Poodle originated from the German word “pudelin” referring to the splashing of water. Why? Because back in the days, they used to be duck hunters and retrievers. And what a great one at that which is amplified with their great swimming skills and water-resistant coats!
But did you know that while Poodles are German, it is also a dog loved by the French that is why it is France’s national dog?
Nowadays, Poodles have this flamboyant flair and fashionable status, quite far from how they were first used as. This ultra-smart breed was recognized by the AKC in 1887.
Meanwhile, Chihuahuas date back as far as the 9th century C.E. Historical accounts say that they descended from the Central or South American dog called Techichi. Although they are larger and heavier than the present-day Chihuahua.
This National Dog of Mexico, where its name is also a state in the country, also means “land piranha”? That is because in the days of the Aztecs, they hunt in packs of 150 and whoever blocks their path, they tear down! Wow!
It was in 1904 when the Midget, the Chihuahua, was registered at the American Kennel Club as its 54th breed.
The Appearance of a Poodle Chihuahua Mix
The toy Poodle will weigh no more than 10 inches and weigh 4 to 6 pounds. A standard one will be over 15 inches and weigh up to 70 pounds. Well, you’ve seen for sure a Poodle and you know that they have long, smooth, and thick curly coats.
Now it’s in the Chihuahua that it gets a little more exciting because the breed can either be apple-head or deer-headed. Then there’s also its coat where it can either be short and smooth or long. Regardless, its weight will not exceed 6 pounds and will grow at 5 to 8 inches only.
So it’s really hard to assume what a Chipoo will look like. Even if you say that usually, the sire is the Chihuahua and the dam is commonly the bigger one, the Toy Poodle. Yes, even puppies of the same litter can look anywhere between the Chihuahua to the Poodle or in between!
A Chipoo will be small but with a compact body that will grow at 5 to 15 inches and weigh from 5 to 20 pounds. They usually have floppy or pointy ears with almond-shaped eyes that are either black or brown. Their tails can be long or short and sometimes docked.
Abundance in color is what they are as you can practically have a pinwheel with hues to choose from:
In terms of their coat, since Chihuahuas come in two, most breeders choose the short-coated one. But if we put in all the possibilities, the Chipoo mix can either have a long or short, smooth or coarse, or wavy or curly coats. Whatever the coat it follows, it will surely be a wise option for allergy sufferers thanks to its Poodle gene.
Grooming a Poodle Chihuahua Mix
Whether your Chipoo has a long or short coat, grooming their coat is fairly easy. A good brushing once a week will do well for this mix. Just take note that during the shedding season, which happens twice yearly, increase brushing to twice weekly. It will keep their coat healthy and shiny, plus, it will remove dander and loose hair.
Grooming this cutie mix, for those with long coats, a good trim should be done once every few months. If bathing is your concern, monthly will do.
Another thing that you have to keep an eye on is tear stains. They have overactive tear glands which can cause tear stains near their eyes. Clean it often with a wet cloth to keep it under control.
Chipoo’s ears should also be checked once every 1 to 2 weeks from debris or moisture to prevent any infections. For their nail care, trim it before it gets too long or once or twice per month.
Dental health is also paramount so if you can, brush their teeth daily. But that is too taxing, make sure to do it 2-3 times a week.
Handy dandy grooming tools for your Chipoo would include a pin brush, comb, scissors, nail clippers, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.
What is the Temperament of a Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
Poodles are agile, very smart, and confident and Chihuahuas are charming, graceful but full of sass.
So how will your Chipoo fare in the attitude department? Well, this little pooch is playful, intelligent, loyal, loving, and outgoing. It craves attention and will surely give back love in abundance.
Their size would indicate them as a lap pooch, but they are very playful, they love to move around all day and probably dabble in your daily routine so much.
Chipoos are also sociable and this outgoing pooch will enjoy trips to the park. It loves companions and its family that they do not want to be left alone. When they suffer from separation anxiety, they tend to be destructive: barking and chewing around like a little ball of mayhem.
While a tiny dog at that, because it barks a lot especially when strangers or animals are around, it makes for a great guard dog. Don’t you worry, this little dog will bark and snarl ferociously at any threat. It is also wise to train this pooch to bark only when necessary. And when it does not bark, it can be the sweetest little fellow you will come across.
This little man has an independent streak but they are very loyal to their owners.
Is the Poodle Chihuahua Mix a Great Family Pet?
Chipoos do well in a small or large household with kids but they are best with older children. Since they are small, young kids who play rough can injure them. That said, they should also never be left unsupervised.
Exercise Needs of the Poodle Chihuahua Mix
Both the Poodles and the Chihuahua are very active and they love to run and play.
Chipoos are also energetic and will also thrive on physical activity. A good 30 to 45-minute stroll at the park or a bit of running here and there will make it happy already. Don’t let this tiny dog overexert itself and when outside, provide it with lots of water for hydration.
It’s also a smart mix so it needs plenty of mental training through puzzle and play. Toys will keep it mentally stimulated and away from boredom that can be a precursor for mischief.
If you are living in an apartment, this small mix will fit this living very well. It will turn a tiny space in your home into its playing zone.
Is the Poodle Chihuahua Mix Highly Trainable?
Poodles are very smart and they are the second smartest breed around. Just less than five repetitions, they can already follow a new command. Ask it to follow a common command and it will do well at 95% or better.
Meanwhile, Chihuahuas have fair working intelligence and they are on the 67th spot. Yes, they are smart and learn fast but they are also headstrong. It knows how cute it is and they know they can get their way.
Chipoos are also intelligent and eager to please their owners. If you are to train this pooch, positive training techniques will work well on it. That means giving it due verbal praises or physical affirmations when it does a great job.
Start training your Chipoo at puppyhood and bring with you lots of patience as they can get stubborn. Vary the intensity of your training and also mind its mood. If you see it tired, best to pick it up some other time. Watch out also that it doesn’t develop a Small Dog Syndrome. It can be evident when it gets possessive over its toys. Also when it shows it’s the leader of the pack among children or other pets.
While it might be cute, not tapering it off will be a headache in the future.
Train your little dog in areas such as obedience, discipline, agility, and socialization. To socialize your dog, exposure to other people, animals, experiences, sounds, and places will help it to grow well-rounded.
Here are also a few tips in training your Chipoo:
- Have them master the basic commands such as stop, sit, and down. This is the foundation of succeeding training.
- Crate train your Chipoo. At first, you may have to lock it up there and transport it to signal that it is theirs to sleep in.
- Potty training this pooch with small bladders can be tough. Some products attract puppies to go to the same spot to do their business
- Leash training is advised as they are so bouncy and energetic.
Food and Care Requirements of the Poodle Chihuahua Mix
One thing that you should know about the Chipoo is that they do not do well in extreme temperatures. When it’s too hot, apply sunscreen. But they can handle heat better than cold, so in extremely cold weather, wrap them up with a jacket or coat.
They are also prone to digestive issues called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). High-quality food that is broken down into small meals is recommended to prevent it. This will avoid spikes and drops in blood sugar.
Obesity is also an issue for the Chipoo. In total, it must only be fed with ½ to 1 cup of food daily. Yes, that’s all and no more.
Dry food is also recommended for them as they are prone to dental issues. Dry food will make it easier to clean their soft and tiny teeth.
What are the Common Health Issues of the Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
No dog is spared from health issues and your Chipoo may be prone to:
- Cardiovascular issues
- Dry cornea, ears, and skin
- Luxating patellas
- Overactive tear glands
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
- Skin allergies
- Slipped stifle
What to do? First, dealing with a reputable breeder that will ensure your mixed breed has all the necessary check-ups is half the game in ensuring its health. To supplement that also, regular vet visits are a must.
What is the Average Lifespan of a Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
A Poodle has a lifespan of 10 to 18 years and Chihuahuas live from 14 to 16 years. With long-lived parents, expect your Chipoo to live from 12 to 15 years.
To ensure that your Chipoo will live a healthy long life, regular visits to the vet, proper diet and grooming and lots of tender loving care all play a role.
How Much is a Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
Interested in getting a Chipoo? They normally cost $500 to $900. That is only of course the initial money that you will have to spend. If you are keen on getting one, taking care of a dog is a lifelong commitment and its daily needs are not cheap so factor that in also.
Get your Chipoo only from reputable breeders who will allow you to:
- Check the condition of the dogs in their care
- Spend time with their parents and assess their condition and temperament
It is also important to ask for health certifications of both parents and even the pup to ensure that you are buying a healthy mixed breed.
Another option is also to rescue a Chipoo in a local shelter for Poodles or Chihuahuas. They will normally take care of the mixed breed also. It is also a great option to rescue dogs. Don’t they deserve to be loved, too?
Conclusion: Ready to Get a Poodle Chihuahua Mix?
If you want an energetic dog that does not need that much exercise and a dog that will do well in an apartment setting, this cutie dog might be for you.
Research, research, research and you are on your way to homing the dog that will fit you perfectly.