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Chi-Spaniel (Chihuahua & Cocker Spaniel Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 12 – 16 inches
Weight: 6-18 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, Blue, White, Tan, Brown, Red, Golden, Silver
Suitable for: Active families with or without children, Couples, Singles
Temperament: Loyal & Loving, Smart, Friendly

The Chi Spaniel is a petite designer dog developed by intentionally breeding a Cocker Spaniel with a Chihuahua. Short and spunky, the Chi Spaniel is a sweet and smart pooch that gets along with small children and other pets. An occasional barker, the Chi Spaniel thrives in both apartments and large houses. This breed is also called a Chi Cocker, Cocker Chi, and Chispaniel.

If you’re thinking about adding a Chi Spaniel to your family, here’s everything you need to know about caring for this adorable little dog.divider-dog

Chi Spaniel Puppies – Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Chi Spaniel Puppies?

The Chi Spaniel is a small hybrid pooch with a big personality. Bringing together the best traits of his Cocker Spaniel and Chihuahua parents into one petite package, the Chi Spaniel is a confident, bold, and alert dog with a sensitive side. If not properly socialized, this dog can be shy and timid around strangers.

Designer dogs should not be confused with mutts. They are developed by careful and considerate breeding to create a happy and healthy hybrid canine. With newfound popularity and demand in designer dog breeds, there has also been an influx of bad breeding facilities. Both puppy mills and backyard breeders will breed and sell Chi Spaniel puppies at appealingly low prices to make a quick buck. While dogs from these facilities are priced to sell, you should proceed with caution. Puppy mill dogs are often afflicted with health and behavioral issues, including aggression, parasites, and even blindness.

The price of a healthy Chi Spaniel puppy from a responsible, high-quality breeder will fall between $150 and $500.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Chi Spaniels

1. Cocker Spaniels Are a Disney Favorite

The Cocker Spaniel garnered international attention in 1955 after the lovable breed was featured in the animated Disney movie, Lady and the Tramp.

2. Chihuahuas Are the World’s Smallest Dog

In fact, the smallest Chihuahua ever to exist was named Milly. She never grew to be taller than four inches.

3. Many Celebrities Owned Cocker Spaniels

Prince William, Oprah Winfrey, and George Clooney are all fans of the breed.

Chi-Spaniel - Chihuahua and Cocker Spaniel Mix
Parents of Chi-Spaniel. Left: Chihuahua, Right: Cocker Spaniel | Image Credit: Pixabay

Temperament & Intelligence of the Chi Spaniel

Before you bring a Chi Spaniel into your home, it’s important to know if this designer dog will get along with your children and other pets. Thankfully, this petite pooch does well with both! Happy-go-lucky, intelligent, and deeply devoted, the Chi Spaniel makes an excellent pet for almost everyone.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Yep! The Chi Spaniel is a great family pet. He’s patient enough to put up with tiny tots and loves to play and get pampered. Due to his highly social nature, the Chi Spaniel is prone to separation anxiety. Therefore, you should never leave this dog alone for long periods of time.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Absolutely! The Chi Spaniel does well with other dogs and even the family cat. Early socialization is key to ensure your Chi Spaniel is calm and confident around other animals.

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Things to Know When Owning a Chi Spaniel:

Here’s everything you need to know about providing your Chi Spaniel with the best care possible.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Chi Spaniel is a small dog with moderate amounts of energy. As such, he will need a high-quality kibble that caters to his age, size, and exercise levels. Feed your Chi Spaniel about one cup of dog food divided into two meals every day. Your Chi Spaniel’s food will cost around $25 per month. Give your pooch occasional treats but never overdo it. Overfeeding your dog can easily lead to obesity and other related health issues.

Exercise 🐕

The Chi Spaniel doesn’t need tons of vigorous exercise to stay happy. About 30 minutes of physical activity per day is perfect for this breed. Walk your Chi Spaniel around the block, play fetch with him in the backyard, and provide him with plenty of engaging dog toys. Taking your Chi Spaniel to the local dog park is a great way to let him play while interacting with other dogs. Always keep a close eye on your pet while at the park to ensure he stays safe.

Training 🎾

The Chi Spaniel is a relatively easy dog to train thanks to his keen intelligence and eagerness to please. While quick to learn, the Chi Spaniel can be somewhat stubborn and sensitive. Firm, positive reinforcement training methods work best for this breed. Always give your Chi Spaniel plenty of praise and treats when he listens and obeys you.

Grooming ✂️

The Chi Spaniel should be brushed a couple of times per week to remove dead and loose hair and reduce matting. If your Chi Spaniel inherited the floppy ears of his parent Cocker Spaniel breed, be sure to be vigilant about cleaning them since they are prone to infection. This is especially important after bath time. Brush your dog’s teeth daily and trim his nails as needed.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Serious Conditions:
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Overactive tear glands
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Conditions:
  • Dry skin
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies

An overall healthy dog that can live for up to 15 years, the Chi Spaniel is still prone to certain health conditions as he ages. The Cocker Spaniel’s droopy eyelids can be inherited by your Chi Spaniel, leading to various eye issues. Other conditions include cardiomyopathy, Von Willebrand’s disease, and allergies.

Ensure your Chi Spaniel stays happy by taking him to the vet for an annual wellness check, feeding him premium dog food, and providing him with plenty of exercise.

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Male vs Female

Male Chi Spaniels will be a little bigger than females. Both genders have the same personality traits.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re in the market for a fun and fabulous little designer dog, the Chi Spaniel could be the perfect pooch for you! Well-suited for apartment dwellers and homeowners, this cute little canine gets along with young children and other pets. Smart, sassy, and spirited, the Chi Spaniel is prone to separation anxiety. If you work long hours or travel often, this dog isn’t ideal for you.

If you want to add a pocket-sized dog to your family, the Chi Spaniel could be a wonderful pet for you!


Featured Image Credit: otsphoto, 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.