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Bochi (Boston Terrier & Chihuahua Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

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Height 9-15 inches
Weight 4 – 10 pounds
Lifespan 11-16 years
Colors Black, brown, tan, and silver
Suitable for Apartments, families, companion
Temperament Playful, intelligent,

The Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix is a small dog with a big personality. This mix is called several shortened names like Bochi, Chibo, and Bohuahua. It rarely stands taller than 15-inches or weighs more than 10 pounds and is often much smaller. Its appearance will be heavily dependent on which parent it takes after more, but you can expect it to have a stout and muscular build with a large head. It will also have a small tail or no tail at all, and it will have a short shiny coat that’s available in several colors, including black, brown, tan, and silver.

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Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Shedding
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix Puppies?

You should expect to pay $500 – $1000 for your Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix, depending on which breeder you choose and what tests they run. Both the Boston Terrier and Chihuahua are popular pets in America, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a breeder near you to help keep costs down. There are other costs to consider as well, like vet visits, food, treats, toys, and more. These extra costs can add up and significantly increase the total cost of the dog.

3 Little-Known Facts About Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix

  • The Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix only barks when necessary and is not a yapper.
  • The Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix is one of the longest living breeds, with most dogs living 15 years or more.
  • The Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix coat does not protect it very well from extreme weather.

Temperament & Intelligence of the Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix

The Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix is an active breed. It’s eager to play with family members and loves to learn new tricks. It’s not a suspicious dog and enjoys meeting new people, so it’s not the best choice as a watchdog. It likes to follow owners around and forms a strong bond with family members it spends time around.

With patience and plenty of positive reinforcement, your Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix will learn a new trick quickly. It enjoys being the center of attention and will look forward to your training sessions.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yes, the Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix makes a great family pet that doesn’t bark a lot like many other small breeds, including the Chihuahua parent breed. Its small size is well suited for small apartments as well as large homes, and it has plenty of energy for playing with children. It loves attention and will often be right under your feet or in your lap when you sit down. It enjoys meeting new people, so it’s a great choice if you like to entertain guests.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, the Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix gets along very well with other pets and will be quick to play games and pal around. The downside is that its small size makes it vulnerable to other pets that might be aggressive. Even a cat can present a very real danger to this breed, so you need to be careful when introducing them to other animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix:

 

Food & Diet Requirements

Your Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix will need the same high-quality diet that most other breeds need. Crunchy kibble can help clean the teeth by scraping away the tarter, while wet food helps add moisture to its diet and can relieve constipation. We recommend looking for brands with chicken, turkey, beef, or salmon listed as a first ingredient. Brands that contain omega-3 fats can help the dog have a shinier, healthy coat, and it will also help reduce inflammation.

Exercise

Your Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix requires plenty of exercises, but the good news is that it will get most of it running around your home night and day. It also likes to jump and can get quite high. You will only need to set aside 15 – 30 minutes per day to throw a ball or play some games. Frisbee is a great game because it incorporates jumping, which burns lots of calories and will help your dog settle down at night.

Training

As we mentioned earlier, the Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix loves to learn new tricks to get attention.  Set aside 5 – 10 minutes each day for training and be consistent to get your dog into a routine. Motion to your dog what you want it to do, and when it complies, give it a treat and some praise. Your Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix will catch on quickly and start learning tricks in a few tries. This breed can get stubborn from time to time, so you’ll have to try the next day again. Try not to let the dog see disappointment, or it might not be willing to carry on with the training sessions.

Grooming

The Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mix is a moderate shedder, but the short coat is easy to maintain. We recommend weekly brushing to help remove hair before it winds up on your furniture, clothes, and floor. It doesn’t smell, so it will rarely need a bath unless it gets into something, but you will need to trim the nails when you hear them clicking on the floor. We also recommend manually brushing the teeth as frequently as the dog will allow using a safe dog toothpaste to help reduce the progression of dental decay.

Health and Conditions

Serious Conditions:
  • Luxating Patellas

Both the Boston Terrier and the Chihuahua suffer from luxating patella’s, so it is a danger to your dog too. This condition causes the kneecap to temporarily pop out of place due to a malformation of the patella ligament. Over time the ligament will wear down more, allowing the kneecap to fall out of place more frequently. It can affect one or both knees, and there are several degrees of progression.  Symptoms include difficulty bearing weight, and your dog may swing out its let to put the knee back in place.

  • Cataracts

Cataracts are another condition that can affect your Boston Terrier and Chihuahua mix, and dogs with this condition will experience increasingly cloudy lenses covering the pupil in one or both eyes. If left untreated, it can make it hard for your dog to see clearly and can lead to glaucoma, an even more serious condition that can lead to permanent blindness. We recommend taking your pet to the vet if you notice one or both eyes getting clouding.

 

Minor Conditions:
  • Dental Problems

Dental problems are not only a problem for the Boston Terrier and Chihuahua mix. They are a problem for all dog breeds in America. Periodontal disease, a disease affecting the gums, affects up to 90% of dogs by two years old. As the disease progresses, it will damage the teeth, gums, and supporting structures in the mouth. Regular brushing with a dog-safe toothpaste can help slow the progression of the disease, and frequent checkups can inform you of any problems early so you can treat them.

Male vs Female

The female Boston Terrier and Chihuahua mix is a little more playful than the male but is more cautious of strangers. The male is friendlier to new people and enjoys learning new tricks but isn’t quite as fun-loving as the female. Otherwise, both sexes are similar in temperament, size, and weight.

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Final Thoughts

The Boston Terrier and Chihuahua mix is a fantastic family pet that is well suited to small city apartments, especially since it’s not a heavy barker. It doesn’t require much maintenance and gets along with children and other pets. Its long lifespan is a huge bonus, and it has very few health problems.

We hope you have enjoyed our look into this mixed breed and learned some interesting facts. If we have convinced you to get one for your family, please share this review of the Boston Terrier Chihuahua mixed breed on Facebook and Twitter.


Featured Image Credit: Alyssa Culpepper, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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