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Chipin (Chihuahua & Miniature Pinscher Mix)

Ed Malaker

Height: 8-12 inches
Weight: 5-15 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Colors: Black, chocolate, gold, cream
Suitable for: Companions, families, watchdogs, small apartments
Temperament: Attention-loving, active, sociable, stubborn

The Chipin is a mixed breed created by combining the Miniature Pinscher with the Chihuahua. It’s a small dog in the toy breed category. It has a short coat that can be any color between tan and black and is usually a combination of the two. It’s a low-maintenance dog that’s great with children and suitable for small apartments. If you are thinking about owning one of these designer breeds, keep reading while we take a deep dive to learn its temperament, as well as its grooming needs, health concerns, and more.

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Chipin Puppies – Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Chipin Puppies?

Your Chipin can range in price from $150 to $600 depending on your location, the breeder you choose, demand, and availability of the parents. The Chihuahua is extremely popular in the United States and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a breeder specializing in them. Miniature Pinschers are not quite as popular but are usually easy to find within the toy breed community.

You will also likely need to get the dog spayed or neutered and make sure it is up to date on all its vaccines. Also take into consideration recurring expenses like regular check-ups, flea and tick medication, food, treats, accessories, and more. You might also want to get health insurance for your pet since the best time to do so is when you first get your puppy and it’s still healthy.

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3 Little-Known Facts About Chipins

1. The Chihuahua prefers to live in a pack of several dogs, explaining why the Chipin is so friendly with other animals.

2. The Miniature Pinscher parent breed is often employed as a watchdog despite its small size.

3. The Miniature Pinscher is one of the most popular breeds in England.

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Parents of Chipin. Left: Chihuahua, Right: Miniature Pinscher | Image Credit: Pixabay

Temperament & Intelligence of the Chipin

You can expect your Chipin to be extremely intelligent as both parent breeds have high marks in this category. However, you might find your pet more interested in advancing its own agenda than learning new tricks or following your commands as the Chihuahua in it can be extremely stubborn. The Chipin enjoys being with family members and will demand plenty of attention, so it’s perfect for families with children that can help keep it entertained. If left alone too long, it can become bold and start barking, tearing apart furniture, and might even break house training, so it’s not a great choice for someone that needs to spend a lot of time away from home.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, the Chipin will make a great family pet and is great with children. As we mentioned earlier, it loves to be the center of attention and will play and entertain the children for as long as they will allow it. It has a high energy level so it can keep going all day long and will seem to be everywhere at once. It’s also very curious and will often be rummaging through clothes baskets and open drawers, but it will also keep an eye on what’s going on outside, so it makes a great watchdog. Its small size makes it safe to have around toddlers and is perfect for a small apartment. However, all playtime between dogs and kids should be supervised.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Yes, the Chihuahua parent is a pack dog that prefers the company of other Chihuahuas, but any company is good company and it passes that trait on to your Chipin. Your pet will make fast friends with most other dogs it encounters, especially if you socialize them early. You should have no trouble keeping this breed with other dogs or even cats as they rarely become aggressive.

When walking your Chipin on a trail with other dogs, it will show great courage standing up to much larger dogs without fear, but won’t be aggressive towards them and will be friends as soon as the bigger dog stops barking.

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Image Credit: Mary Swift, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Chipin:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your small Chipin won’t eat nearly as much food as some of the much larger breeds, but it’s still extremely active and requires high-quality dog food with plenty of protein. Protein supplies your pet with the building blocks for strong muscle and also the energy it needs to stay active, so we recommend choosing a brand with real meat like chicken or beef listed as the first ingredient. Avoid foods with corn as the first ingredient because it’s mostly empty calories that will leave your dog feeling hungry and sluggish in a short time. Corn and meat byproducts are suitable for the occasional treat, but we recommend avoiding them in your pet’s dinners.

We also recommend looking for brands that contain omega fats, as these benefit your pet in countless ways, including building a stronger, shinier coat and reducing inflammation associated with arthritis in older dogs. Prebiotics is another good ingredient that can help balance your dog’s digestive system, reducing the risk of constipation and diarrhea.

Exercise 🐕

Your Chipin is an extremely active dog that will need an hour or more of exercise per day. Luckily, your dog will get much of this during the day as it runs around the house entertaining family members, especially if you have children. If you don’t have children, we recommend setting 30–45 minutes aside per day to go for a walk or throw a ball and make sure your dog gets the activity it needs to stay healthy and happy. Not enough activity can result in obesity and misbehavior, as bored Chipins tend to start barking or tearing up furniture when they have nothing to keep them busy.

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Image Credit: Mary Swift, Shutterstock

Training 🎾

The Chipin is a dog breed that can refuse to get the ball for seemingly no good reason. This kind of stubborn behavior can make it difficult to teach new tricks to them, so you will need to have plenty of patience and expect to have many unsuccessful training sessions before your dog is performing tricks on command. The good news is that your dog is smart enough to learn even complex tasks, so it is worth the effort.

We recommend holding regular training sessions at the same time each day for the best chance of success. Keep the sessions short and fun. We recommend only 5–10 minutes per day with plenty of praise and treats to get your dog into a routine that it can look forward to and arrive ready to focus on learning.

Grooming ✂️

The short coat of your Chipin will require minimal grooming, and you will only need to brush it about once per week to keep the dirt off. During the shedding seasons of spring and fall, you will need to increase the brushing to two or three times a week to minimize the hair on your furniture and floor. We also recommend regularly brushing your pet’s teeth with a pet-safe toothpaste to help slow the progression of dental disease, and if your dog spends a lot of time indoors, you may need to trim the nails every few weeks if you hear them clicking on the floor.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Being a hybrid, the Chipin will likely suffer from fewer health issues than its purebred parents, but keep an eye out for the following:

Minor Conditions
  • Spina BifidaSpina Bifida is a genetic disorder that affects the backbone and causes the improper formation of the bones. The lower back is the most common area affected, but it can occur anywhere along the spine. It’s not easy to breed out because scientists aren’t yet sure which genes pass it. Mild cases of spina bifida may cause no significant problems for the dog, while more severe cases can cause deformation. This disease is noticed right at birth and is not something that happens later in life.
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar LuxationPatellar luxation is a condition that affects your dog’s kneecap, or more accurately, the ligament that holds it in place, and it’s common in active dogs like the Chipin. Patellar luxation is when the ligament allows the kneecap to slide out of place, temporarily affecting your pet’s ability to use the leg. You may notice your dog lifting it off the ground or swinging the leg to put the kneecap back in place. As the condition progresses, the cap will slide out of place more often. In some cases, surgery can help slow the progression.

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Male vs Female

Because the Chipin is a mixed breed, there is no predictable difference between the male and female in size, weight, or temperament, and all these traits will be affected more by what parent they take after than their sex.

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Final Thoughts

The Chipin makes a great pet for anyone with a large family or a small apartment as long as you can devote plenty of time to it. This dog thrives on attention and quickly becomes bored and starts misbehaving if it doesn’t get enough. However, it’s affectionate, enjoys children and other pets, requires little grooming, and lives a long time without many health issues. It’s also well suited to city life, unlike most other breeds.

We hope you have enjoyed our look into this interesting mixed breed, and it has helped answer your questions. If we have convinced you to get one, please share this guide to the Chipin dog breed on Facebook and Twitter.

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Featured Image Credit: Enirehtacess, Pixabay

Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.