Mixed breed dogs in recent years keep getting more and more popular by the day, and the Chihuahua pitbull mix is no exception. In fact, the Chihuahua pitbull mix is one of the most common, yet rare choices these days.
If you are curious about the looks and behavior of Chihuahua mixed with pitbull puppies, you are not alone. And that’s because when you are selecting a dog, you have to make sure that all the right considerations and checks on every detail about the dog’s behavior, how big do they get or care needs are done.
What does the pit bull Chihuahua Mix look like?
When it comes to appearance, the mixed Chihuahua dog breed can either favor the Chihuahua parent or the pit bull parent. Their look often resembles the broad shoulder of a pitbull which is muscular in nature. In fact, it is very hard to determine how the pup will look. But there are several physical traits you could expect your Chipit to inherit from their parents.
The body of the Chipit is often broad and short, depending on their type, the coat is likely going to be short or long. The dog also appears very muscular, which makes it a little intimidating when it reaches an adult phase. Some other features that are unique to the Chihuahua side are the small feet, thin muzzle, as well as the iconic protracted ears.
On the coat, there can be distinguished variations. For the most part, these dogs can have the glossy, close, and short coats that are seen on both the short-haired Chihuahuas and Pitbulls, or they can also have a long-haired coat that are seen on long-haired Chihuahua parents.
Generally, you should expect the mix to be found in black, white, golden, brindle, tan, and brown colors.
Coming off a bit taller than the normal-sized Chihuahua pure breeds, the Chipit stands between 12 to about 18 inches in height, with an average weight ranging from 15 to as high as 30 pounds.
But, the dog is somewhat small and has a standard weight, which makes it perfect for pet owners that are living in small spaces, or anyone that prefers a much smaller dog.
What is Pitbull Chihuahua Mix
Commonly known as Pithuahuas & Chipits, the Pitbull Chihuahuas mixes are rare and playful breeds that are the result of the combination between the Chihuahua and the American Pitbull Terrier.
Since this was originally made as a designer dog, the Pit bull Chihuahua is the best little dog for any owner that is looking for a social and active addition to the family.
One main factor you have to know about the Chihuahua pitbull mix is that it is a very hype dog. I repeat, this dog is filled with lots of energy.
The Chipit likes to spend much of its time with its owners. Because of this trait, they can get very depressed if you are not around. On top of that, they are known to develop separation anxiety. If they are provided with the right attention, the Pitbull Chihuahua mix makes an ideal family pet.
You should also know that they bark quite a lot, and somewhat a bit high-pitched. If they don’t bark to seek attention, then they will bark to alert its owner of unfamiliar people or if they see something strange.
On the other hand, the chihuahua mix pitbull can be extremely sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Typically, they do well under a warmer climate, but they should never be left in the cold.
What about the training requirements?
As far as train-ability is concerned, these mixes are very trainable, mostly because they are very intelligent mixed breeds. So they pick up commands very faster than other breeds.
However, they are also known to be very stubborn during training, especially when they take on more behavioral genes from the Chihuahua side.
So you might want to call a professional dog trainer to help you through the training process. Once you get a grip on how to train your dog, you must provide this to your dog consistently.
And speaking of training, these dogs need a lot of positive reinforcement to guarantee the application of the methods of training.
Some owners have reported the dog is somewhat aggressive. This, however, can be reduced through socialization as well as consistent training at a much earlier age.
As we mentioned before, the dog is very active, so if you want to welcome an active dog into your life, you have to be prepared to be active as well, and there are no exceptions to this rule. They just generally love to be active and cam literary play all day if you can keep up with that.
If they are not playing, they can get very bored, which will lead to a destructive behavior. As such, it is always important that you give your dog something to do, just to keep them busy. For instance, Chew toys can be a great way to keep them busy.
Besides that, your dog needs a lot of exercise in order to burn away some of that extra energy. Here, you can take your dog on a walk for a couple of blocks. A run would even be a better option, followed by some 30 to 40 minutes of playtime and mind stimulation exercises.
Like all mixed breeds, the Pitbull Chihuahua mix often have the same health concerns that affect the Chihuahua and the American Pitbull Terrier parent breeds, which is obvious.
So the pups should always be checked. Before you purchase or adopt a Chihuahua mix pitbull, confirm with your chosen breeder that the two parents of your desired Pithuahua have been cleared of any genetic disorders and diseases that may have spread to the pup.
Here are the most common health problems that are faced by these mixed breed puppies
- Collapsed trachea
- Open fontanel
- Skin allergies; caused by ingestion or coming into contact with an unsafe substance
- Hip dysplasia; hip arthritis
- Pregnancy complications
- Heart issues
- Patellar luxation
Despite the fact that there are so many health complications that are involved in keeping the Chihuahua pitbull mix breeds, some dogs can live a very healthy life. The natural life of Chipit on the average is expected to be around 10 to 13 years.
The Chipit is recognized by Dog Registry of America (DRA), Inc as well as the IDCR or International Designer Canine Registry. It is yet to be recognized by other Kennel clubs.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Price
Unlike other mixed breeds, Pitbull Chihuahua mixes are very rare dogs that are only found through breeders. You would be lucky to find this breed easily.
If you are considering getting one for yourself, make sure you find a reputable breeder, who will do a background check on the health of the breeds parents to ensure that the pup has little to no health complications.
The breeder must comply with humane treatments of animals. Also, consider observing the conditions of kennels in order to find out if dogs are bred in a sanitary condition.
The dog should cost you around $2,600 to $2,800 per year on expenses as well as medical checkups- that’s according to the American Kennel Club. So, try multiplying those figures with the average lifespan of these dogs and you will find out just much you will have spent after 12 years.
Grooming and Training
Since the dog is relatively small in size, it will do very well with about 2 meals daily and dry dog foods given on a daily basis.
You can also add 1.5-2.5 cups of dry dog foods. While they might be small dogs, they are very active, so they will naturally eat a lot. Just make sure you don’t overfeed your dog.
When it comes to grooming, the frequency largely depends on the coat. But we know that the short-haired Chipit will shed very less compared to the one with the longer hair. On average, you should groom the coat about 2 to 3 times weekly.
You should also keep your dog’s teeth clean by brushing the teeth 2 to 3 times weekly as well, preferably the same time you will be grooming your dog.
While it is hard to determine the final appearance of the Chipit, you should expect a muscular-looking fellow with a broad and short body, not forgetting the small feet, thin muzzle, as well as the long ears, which simply give it an adorable look.
For the most part, the Chihuahua pit bull mixes have the glossy coats which may be long or short depending on the Chihuahua parent’s coat size. But on the color of the coat, you should expect black, white, golden, brindle, tan, and brown colors.
Also, the Chipit stands between 12 to about 18 inches in height, with an average weight ranging from 15 to as high as 30 pounds.
Overall, the Chihuahua pit bull mixes are quite unique dogs when compared to most dogs. They like to be given attention, they always want to socialize, they are easy to train, they love to play and they get along with anyone in the family, even kids and other pets. So, I don’t see a deal breaker.