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Chihuahua / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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Is the Chihuahua / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Chipit, Chihpit

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Chipit is a cross between a pure Chihuahua and a pure APBT, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. Quite frankly, the pure Chihuahua is already a fairly noisy little apartment watchdog, but toss in the APBT genes, and you will have a loyal little dog that may still fit in many apartments and families-- if you are a kind, consistent owner who knows how to socialize those protective instincts.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Chipit tends to be a small, somewhat hyper dog.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, there's a theory that the APBT calmness can chill out some of the Chihuahua's hyper-alert attitude. Alas, genetics doesn't always work that way. Be an alert, caring, and consistent owner to avoid inadvertently training your little pet to be an ankle-biter.

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