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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Chimation is a mixed or cross dog, the offspring of pairing a Chihuahua with a Dalmatian. He is a medium sized dog with a life span of 10 to 15 years. He is also known as a Chihuahua/Dalmatian Mix. He is a very loyal and adoring dog who is watchful and protective.
Here is the Chimation at a Glance
Average height Up to 12 inches
Average weight 20 to 40 pounds
Coat type Straight, short, smooth
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to good
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to very good depending on if he is more like the Dalmatian or Chihuahua. Socialization is needed
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to fairly high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good – size means he can adapt if needed
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but best with experienced owner
Trainability Moderate – smart but can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Hereditary deafness, Urolithiasis, Eye problems,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Hip dysplasia, skin allergies,
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $475

Where does the Chimation come from?

In the last two decades there has been a growing trend in breeding and owning Designer dogs, these are purposely bred mixed dogs, first generations the result of two different purebreds being crossed. Many have a blended name and the sales pitch is that you can get the best of your two favorite purebreds in one dog. But with just first generation dogs this is not a promise that can always be kept as any mix of genes could occur. Buying from a good breeder means there is more chance that the lines used in breeding have been checked. But there are a great number of bad breeders and puppy mills in the designer dog business so take care where you buy from.

As with a lot of these dogs we do not know anything about the origins of this dog, so we can take a look at the parents to get a better idea of what the Chimation’s potential is.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds. The Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds.

Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.

The Dalmatian

The Dalmatian’s origins are mostly unknown but it is known that Romanies came over with spotted dogs so this could be where he comes from. He was named Dalmatian during his time in Dalmatia in the area now called Croatia. Over a long history he has been a working dog in various roles such as guard dog, herding dog, retriever, ratter, coaching dog and circus dog. In England as a coaching dog he had to run before the horses clearing a path and guarded them when they had to rest. In America he was a firehouse dog, running with horses to fires, guarding and sometimes helping to rescue people.

Today the Dalmatian is more a companion and family dog but America’s firehouses still have them as mascots. He is a dog with a lot of energy and requires a lot of exercise. He loves attention and is happy when he pleases his owner which makes training easy. He is clever and enjoys making you laugh. He is still a great watchdog as he is very alert. Socialization and training help him to be good with children.


The Chimation is a loving and loyal companion who prefers to be close to you wherever you are. He is active and loves to play and have fun. As well as being full of energy he is intelligent and protective especially when strangers are around. He is alert and very aware of his surroundings but cannot be left alone for long periods as he can suffer from separation anxiety. He enjoys being outside but is also happy to be inside too and will happily snuggle with you on your lap when it is time.

What does the Chimation look like

He is a medium sized dog weighing 20 to 40 pounds and measuring up to 12 inches in height. He can have an apple or round shaped head and ears are usually droopy. His eyes are black or dark brown and his coat is more often short and smooth, though if the Chihuahua was a long haired version then the coat can be longer. Common colors are cream, white or silver with spots that are either dark brown or black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chimation need to be?

This is an energetic and lively dog and he will need some time outside each day, going on a couple of moderate to long walks. His size means he can adapt to apartment living but ideally he would be best in a house with more room and with access to even a small yard where he can play. He would also benefit from time at a dog park off leash playing the usual dog games and having a chance to socialize.

Does he train quickly?

The Chimation is a smart dog but he can be stubborn and bossy so training can vary in how easy it is and how quick it is to do. Be consistent and patient and keep the approach positive. He will not respond well to punishments or scoldings. Treats are a great motivator though as he loves his food. Early socialization and training are a very important aspect of being a dog owner. It will help to smooth out his bossiness and help him get on with others a lot better.

Living with a Chimation

How much grooming is needed?

There is going to be a moderate amount of shedding all year round so there will be hair on the furniture and your clothing to deal with. Brush him with a rubber curry brush three times a week to keep up with the hair and keep his coat healthy and shiny. Avoid bathing him too often, unless he gets himself into a mess keep it to every 6 to 8 weeks so that his skin does not become dry. Only use a dog shampoo when it is bath time. Brush his teeth at least twice a week and check and wipe his ears at least once a week. Dog nails can need clipping if he does not wear them down naturally. But care should be taken as they are not the same as ours. It may be something best left to a groomer or vet if you have no knowledge or experience.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He gets on well with children and is happy to play with them and be active with them. Young children though should be supervised and taught how to approach dogs and how to touch them. He also gets on well with other pets though he can shy of them. Socialization is important to help improve his interactions and may be needed when it comes to other dogs. If he leans more towards the Chihuahua he will not get along well with other dogs and needs help. However some Chimations are more like the Dalmatian side of them and are fine with other dogs.

General information

He barks occasionally and is a good watchdog as he is alert and will bark to let you know of any intruder. He will need to be fed 1½ to 2½ cups of dry dog food a day, split into two meals. Good quality has more nutrients in it and is better for your dog.

Health Concerns

Parental health issues he can inherit include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Hereditary deafness, Urolithiasis, Eye problems, Shivering, Hip dysplasia and skin allergies. While it may make your search for a pet take longer, look for a breeder who will show you health clearances for both parents so that lessen the risk of him developing issues. Visiting the puppy to see the conditions it is kept in is also a good idea.

Costs involved in owning a Chimation

As this designer dog is quite a rare one no puppy prices were available at the time of writing this article. Other costs will be between $455 to $500 for crating, carrier, blood tests, deworming, collar and leash, shots, micro chipping and neutering. Annual essentials like check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance, shots, food, treats, toys, license and training come to a total of $835 to $1035.


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If you love the look of the Dalmatian but want a smaller dog this could be a good option. There is some shedding to be ready for and he will likely need help and socialization getting along with other dogs. However he could be a great family dog for the right owners.

Featured Image Credit: Mandy Coy, 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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