Chihuahua / Japanese Chin Mix

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Is the Chihuahua / Japanese Chin Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Chin-wa

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 Chin-wa is a cross between a pure Chihuahua and a pure Japanese Chin, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer hybrid is all kinds of cute, but be sure you are ready for the sometimes diva-ish personality.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the Chihuahua or the Japanese Chin traits dominate. Some of these little toys are truly beautiful. Others are just cute. Either way, it's easy to be sold on this mix by its appearance.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, you can expect some challenges, and you need to be a kind, consistent owner who knows how to train using positive reinforcement. Properly socialized, this mix can result in a fine lapdog who loves to snuggle and be the center of attention by the hour. They may not do as well if left alone for long hours during the day.

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