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Pitbull Chihuahua Mix
The Pitbull Chihuahua Mix is a medium cross breed the result of breeding a Chihuahua with an American Pit Bull Terrier. He is also known as a Chipit, Pithuahua or Chihuahua Pitbull Mix. He is known for having talent in agility and has a life span of 10 to 13 years. He is quite a lively and hyper dog but is very loyal to his owners and family.
This is a unique hyper mix who will need an owner able to dedicate time each day for activities, training, socialization and attention. If you have the experience, love and dedication this dog needs he will be loyal and loving in return.
|Here is the Pitbull Chihuahua Mix at a Glance|
|Average height||15 to 20 inches|
|Average weight||15 and 35 pounds|
|Coat type||Short, long, glossy, smooth|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week minimum|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate – need socialization and early training|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization – can chase them as prey|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good with enough outside time|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good but better with those with experience|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average|
|Major Health Concerns||Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, open fontanel,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, allergies, shivering|
|Life Span||10 to 13 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown – rare|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $575|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$400 to $675|
Where does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix come from?
The Pitbull Chihuahua is an example of a designer dog. In the last 30 years designer dogs have become very popular amongst celebrities as well as the public. Designer dogs refers to the mixed breeds being deliberately created now, most often using two purebreds. Some people have issues with these dogs. Because there are so many disreputable breeders and puppy mills that have sprung up making money from this trend, they view all designer dogs negatively. There are some breeders that care about their work out there breeding designer dogs, but they are not everywhere so take care when looking. As most of these dogs have no information known about who designed them first and why we look to the two parents to get a feel for where they come from. Also it is important to observe here that because of the size difference between these two dogs this mix is very rare.
The American Pit Bull Terrier
The terrier and bulls were created in England in the 1800s to take part if bear and bull baiting. This was a very popular spectator sport in those days. When it was banned dog fighting took its place. Since his purpose was to fight he was bred to be powerful, courageous, aggressive but only to other animals or later dogs. Human handlers needed to know they could approach these dogs or reach into the ring and not get hurt. When they were brought to America they were bred to be larger and were used as farm dogs. They would help hunt, guard and be a companion.
Today this is a confident, strong but gentle dog when bred responsibly. He does not care his size makes him inappropriate for your lap and will do what he can to at least get his head there when it is time to relax together! He is alert but is not aggressive unless he has to protect you from a real threat. He loves people and having company and wants to be at the center of it all as much as possible.
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 Pitbull Chihuahua is a loyal dog who will most likely bond more strongly with one person in the family, usually the one who spends the most time with him! He can be spirited and hyper loving to play, be active and have fun. He is affectionate and loving and loves to be around his family. He will expect to a part of family activities and to be the center of attention. He is smart and loves to cuddle when it is time to relax.
What does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix look like
He is a medium sized dog weighing 15 to 45 pounds and measuring 12 to 18 inches tall. His appearance can vary sometimes looking more like one parent or the other. He tends to have a broad body, looking stocky with a short neck. His tail is long and he has a thin muzzle, small feet and long ears. His coat can be short or long, smooth, close and glossy. Colors include tan, white, black and brown.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix need to be?
He is quite an active dog and will need to spend a fair amount of time running, walking and playing. He will also need to be provided with some mental stimulation too. At least one long walk a day plus some play time. That play can happen inside if they get more time outside. A yard is a bonus for him to play in. He would also like to go to the dog park now and then if well socialized.
Does he train quickly?
He is intelligent but needs firm handling when it comes to training so he is a moderately easy dog to train. Be consistent too, he will respond a lot better to a patient and positive tone and rewards using praise, treats and other options like activities or toys. Early socialization and training are important with this dog as they can sometimes have an aggressive attitude especially towards other dogs and pets.
Living with a Pitbull Chihuahua mix
How much grooming is needed?
He can have really three types of coats, a short and smooth one like the Pit Bull, a short one like the Chihuahua if the parent was a short haired version, or long hair like the long haired Chihuahua. The short versions are easier to take care of and brush and need less time with a professional groomer. The long hair will need clipping every couple of months. He can shed anywhere between a low to moderate amount and bathing should just be done when he needs one. His nails will need clipping regularly too and his teeth should be brushed two to three times a week. His ears should be checked once a week and wiped clean with a proper cleanser and a cotton ball.
What is he like with children and other animals?
With children he tends to be good, he plays and is affectionate with them, he loves to have fun so children make a great playmate. With small animals he likes to chase them as prey and he can be aggressive with other dogs. Early socialization and training will help tone these characteristics down and give you a means to control him.
He will bark occasionally and his bark is surprisingly high pitched. He will bark to alert you if an intruder is trying to break into the home. He should be fed at least 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of dry dog food daily. This amount should be divvied into a minimum of two meals. He tends to be better in warmer climates and is not good in cold ones.
Any puppy has the potential of inheriting issues his parents are more prone to. With a mixed breed that means two sets of issues. It is important to check with the breeder that both parents have been tested and cleared for any genetic problems their breed is at risk of. You should also visit the puppy to see the conditions it is coming from. Health issues the Pit and Chihuahua are more at risk of include open fontanel, Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, hip dysplasia, allergies and shivering.
Costs involved in owning a Pitbull Chihuahua mix
Unfortunately at the time of writing this article no Pitbull Chihuahua Mix puppies could be found for sale so a range was not possible to gather for you. They are as said a rare thing. Other costs to be ready for though include covering things like a collar and leash, crate, carrier, neutering, chipping, blood testing, shots and deworming. They come to $450 to $500. Medical costs each year for the basics like flea prevention, check ups, vaccinations and insurance or emergency health savings come to $460 to $575. Other costs each year for things like training, license, treats, professional grooming, food and toys come to between $400 to $675.
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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.
- Where does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix come from?
- What does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Pitbull Chihuahua mix
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Pitbull Chihuahua mix
- More Popular Pitbull Mixes