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Is the Chihuahua Mix right for you?

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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 Chihuahua mix may fall in the toy category, but you can't expect it to sit on a shelf and be ignored when you get busy. They may not need as much space or exercise as many breeds, but they do have firm opinions and they benefit from loving guidance. If you neglect your pet's training, you are likely to end up with a brat who loves to raise the roof when another dog or even a strange human enters its territory. On the plus side, this desire to call attention to strangers means that the Chihuahua mix can be a good choice if you need a watchdog for a small space like an apartment.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed breed dogs are individuals, if the Chihuahua traits seem to predominate, a knowledge of the basic Chihuahua traits can be helpful.

Ideally, the Chihuahua should be a tiny dog with a well rounded, or “apple domed,” skull. They have large, fully eyes that should not protrude, the ears are large and of an erect type, the muzzle is rather short and somewhat pointed, and the nose should be self-colored in the black, blond, chocolate, blue and mole colorations, although a pink nose is allowable in the blonds. The Chihuahua is known for its pert expression.

In spite of their difficulty in being able to keep up with rigorous games or, for example, an activity such as running alongside while their owner bicycles, Chihuahuas are busy little dogs. Playing will take care of most of their exercise needs, but a Chihuahua, though tiny, is still a dog and has a dog’s instinct to walk. If you don’t have a backyard for your Chihuahua, a daily walk and off-leash running in a safe area will fulfill this need.

Behavior / temperament:
Although all mixed breed dogs are individuals, if the Chihuahua traits predominate, the Chihuahua mix can be an excellent choice for a pet because of their bold spirit and high intelligence.

Chihuahuas are devoted to their people and are a very loyal, graceful and amusing little dog. Do take care to train your Chihuahua mix carefully. An apartment sized watchdog can be a good thing but an overly excitable yipper can be a problem.

wonderful

snuggling, BIG personality, tiny apartment, loving dog, Chihuahua Loves

challenging

house break, yappy dogs, loud, napoleon complexes, delicate physiology, headstrong chihuahua, picky eaters

interesting

sensitive tummy, good listener

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