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Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Chihuahua Mix): Pictures, Guide, Info, & Care!

A black Chilier looking up
Height: 8 – 10 inches
Weight: 6 – 12 pounds
Lifespan: 10 – 16 years
Colors: Silver, brown, cream, black, tan, white, golden
Suitable for: Beginning pet owners, families, apartment living
Temperament: Outgoing, affectionate, loyal, intelligent, stubborn

This adorable pup is a relatively new designer breed. A mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Chihuahua, the Chilier is outgoing, super social, affectionate, and intelligent. However, according to which parent your pup takes after, he might be a bit stubborn, willful, and not so easy to train.

This breed is an extroverted puppy but will need to be socialized and trained from a young age. If you’re considering adopting or purchasing a Chilier but need to know more about these little fellows first, you can find everything you need in our guide below.

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Chilier Puppies – Before You Welcome One Into Your Family…


The Chilier puppy is one of the many breeds of designer puppies that seem to be taking the world by storm. However, it’s important to note before you adopt or purchase your very own Chilier puppy that this breed can be a bit stubborn, but they are loveable, intelligent, and eager to please.

If you’re still considering purchasing one of these adorable pets, then know they are a huge responsibility. Keep reading for more information to help you make up your mind.


3 Little-Known Facts About Chilier

1. Chiliers Are Adaptable but Don’t Like Cold Weather

Since Chiliers are so small, they can live almost anywhere. However, they don’t like the cold weather at all. They don’t do well with temperature extremes, so it’s best to keep them inside on hot, humid days. During the cold weather, they will need a doggie coat, especially when going outside.

2. Chiliers Live Longer than Most Small Breeds

If you’re looking for a small breed dog you can grow old with, then the Chilier is the pet for you. For the most part, these dogs are healthy and live longer than most small breeds do.

3. Chiliers Gain Weight Easily

Since this is a sort of new designer dog breed, the size standard really hasn’t been set yet. However, it has been noted that they tend to gain weight easily, so this is something you’ll want to watch for as your puppy grows into adulthood.

Chihuahua and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Parent breeds of Chilier: Left – Chihuahua (ClaudiaWollesen, Pixabay); Right – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Anja Kiefer, Pixabay)


Temperament & Intelligence of the Chilier

The Chilier is a very outgoing dog, so you won’t have a problem with him in social situations. However, he does need to be socialized as a young puppy and into adulthood.

Your Chilier pup is intelligent and loves to be the center of activity in everything going on around him. If your family is curled up on the couch watching TV, expect him to be in the middle. If you’re outside playing, expect him to want to play as well.

Some Chiliers can be timid, while others can be protective of their families. Unfortunately, it is possible that your pup will inherit the stubbornness and willfulness of one of his parents, so training needs to begin early.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Being social pups, the Chilier does well living with families. They’re loving, so they enjoy playing with and being around children. However, you do want to be careful with your pup around small children because of his small size. Also, Chiliers may take after their parents and be bossy and obstinate even with children, as well as being unpredictable at times.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

While the Chilier breed gets along well with other pets in a household, she might tend to chase smaller animals. Making sure to socialize and train your Chilier pup as a puppy will help with her interactions with other animals. Make sure that you’re careful with your pet around larger dogs, as she is tiny and can be hurt easily if one knocks her over when trying to play.

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Things to Know When Owning a Chilier:

Now that you know about the personality of your Chilier and how well she’ll get along with others, it’s time to move into the food, diet, exercise, and training requirements for your furry friend. We’ll also talk about the amount of grooming your pet might need, any health conditions to watch for, and the differences between male and female Chiliers you might want to consider.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The first thing you need to know about your little Chilier puppy is that free feeding is a really bad idea. Your pup will continue to eat, even though she might be full. The Chilier breed is prone to gaining weights, and since they’re so tiny, that weight shows easily.

It’s best to feed him ½-1 cup of dry kibble per day. Then, break that into two separate meals, and always make sure that the food is a high-quality brand. If you aren’t sure of what the best food is for your pet or how much to feed him, it’s best to consult your vet for help.

Exercise 🐕

This breed is moderately active, so she needs a moderate amount of activity every day to keep her happy and healthy. A walk or two a day will suffice since she’s little and can get a lot of her exercise indoors. Taking her to the dog park where she can play is recommended, but you need to be careful due to her size.

Training 🎾

As previously stated, the Chilier breed can be obstinate, stubborn, and willful, so training your pup could be a task if you’re not training early. Early socialization and training are key if you want your Chilier to behave as a puppy and as an adult. Not all Chiliers are stubborn and willful; however, it’s according to which parent they take after.

Grooming ✂️

Your Chilier will shed a moderate amount and is a low to medium maintenance breed. Make sure to brush her every couple of days and shampoo with a high-quality shampoo when needed. In addition, of course, you should keep an eye on her nails and trim them when needed, and of course, brush her teeth twice weekly.

Health and Conditions 🏥

As with any designer dog breed, there are health conditions you should be on the lookout for. Some of these are serious conditions, some are minor conditions. While the Chilier is a healthy breed, it’s still something to look out for. We’ll discuss those conditions in our next section.

Minor Conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Open fontanel
  • Glaucoma
  • Patellar luxation
  • Heart problems
  • Collapsed trachea

Serious Conditions:

Open fontanel, glaucoma, and patellar luxation are common serious conditions that your Chilier might inherit from her parents. It’s best to talk to your vet about any symptoms you see in your pet when it comes to these conditions. Heart problems and a collapsed trachea are also known in this breed.

Minor Conditions:

Minor conditions to watch for include shivering and hip dysplasia. Many of these issues can be avoided by talking to your vet and going with a reputable breeder when you purchase your Chilier puppy.


Male vs. Female

The female of the breed can sometimes be quite a bit smaller than the male of the species. Other than that, there’s not that much of a difference between the two, which will only be more true if you have your Chilier spayed or neutered.


Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the Chilier breed of dog. If you’re considering adopting one of these adorable animals, please make sure to do so through a reputable breeder. These pets are lovable, affectionate, social, and quite intelligent, but they can be obstinate and willful at the same time. Take all this into consideration before deciding to adopt one of these dogs as you own because they’ll want to stay with you forever.

There are lots more Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mixes and Chihuahua Mixes for you to explore!

Featured Image Credit: Claudiu Alin, Shutterstock

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