10 Facts You Should Know About The Chihuahua Mix (with Pictures)


Taylor A Ritz Chihuahua mixes are not purebred dogs; they are crosses between Chihuahuas and any other breed or breeds. A 50-50 cross of two different pure breeds is often called a “designer dog” while a dog that exhibits the genetics of multiple breeds is called a mutt.

1. Where does the Chihuahua come from?

There are many stories surrounding the origin of the Chihuahua. The most common theory, however, is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog popular in the Toltec civilization in Mexico.

2. What are the characteristics of Chihuahua mixes?

Chihuahuas have been mixed with almost any breed you can think of, but many of these crosses share similar traits. Most Chihuahua mixes retain the small stature of their Chihuahua parents. Chihuahua mixes can sport an apple-shaped or deer-shaped head depending on which their Chihuahua parent had.  Chihuahua mixes have large, round eyes and long, erect ears. Chihuahuas come in a smooth coat or a long coat, and can easily pass this trait onto their offspring.

3. What is a Chihuahua mix’s temperament?

Chihuahua mixes are typically nervous, but loving and playful. They are dedicated to their families and may focus on one family member in particular. Your Chihuahua mix will often be like a shadow, following you from room to room as you go about your day or even demanding to be held. They want nothing more than to hang out on your lap. The temperament of a Chihuahua mix can vary depending on what other breed or breeds they are mixed with. Like any dog, early exposure to as many people, places, and other animals as possible can only help create a more well-rounded dog. Chihuahua mixes are not recommended for households with young children, as their small size makes them prone to injury and their nervous personality can lead to nipping. Chihuahua mixes have a long life expectancy, which is typical for a dog their size. From 13 to 16 years is a normal life span.

4. What are the Chihuahua mix’s nutritional requirements?

Chihuahua mixes thrive on high-quality dog food that provides a balanced diet. Whether manually or commercially prepared, diets should be tailored appropriately for an individual based on their age (puppy, senior, etc.) and activity level. Many dog foods have serving suggestions on their packaging, but monitoring food intake and body condition, as well as consulting with your veterinarian, are all simple ways to make sure your dog is receiving the nutrition he or she requires. Chihuahua mixes are prone to obesity, so feeding them a measured amount each day is critical to maintaining their health.

5. How much exercise does a Chihuahua mix need?

Despite their small size, Chihuahua mixes have plenty of energy. Thankfully, their small size means they don’t need a ton of room to burn all that energy. They also tire relatively quickly. Thirty minutes of exercise each day, inside or outside, should be enough to keep your Chihuahua mix happy. Tiring out your pup will not only help you maintain their weight, but a tired dog is also a more well-behaved dog. If playing in an outdoor yard, do not leave your Chihuahua mix unsupervised. Their small size means they are prone to escaping yards, even if the yard is fenced. In addition, smaller Chihuahua mixes can be carried off by larger birds of prey.

6. What is the most popular Chihuahua mix?

Arguably one of the most popular Chihuahua mixes, the Rat-Cha, is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Rat Terrier mix. The designer breed was first launched in the 1990s. Rat-Chas are cute, playful, and confident. These dogs come in various color combinations that include tricolor, black, sand, and white markings. Their ears are erect and their expression is alert. Rat-Chas are intelligent and observant, making note of everything going on around them. 

7. What Chihuahua mix won World’s Ugliest Dog?

In 2007, a Chinese-Crested Chihuahua mix, or Chi-Chi, was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog. Like the Chihuahua, Chinese Cresteds are also quite small but have long hair on the head, tail, and feet: a trait they pass on to their Chi-Chi offspring. The mixed-breed has a rectangular body and an apple or wedge-shaped head. Their eyes are bright and usually round or almond-shaped. A Chi-Chi’s neck is long and slim, with a slight arch. Their tail is C-shaped and curves over their backs.

8. Who bred the first Chorkie?

A Chorkie is a Chihuahua-Yorkshire terrier mix. Like many “designer dogs,” it is almost impossible to pinpoint the first breeder to cross these two particular breeds. Chorkies can be grey, tan, blue, white, or brown. They have a rounded head, large eyes, and a short muzzle. Their ears can be long or short, as can their coats. They are loyal, playful, friendly, and alert dogs. Mixing a confident terrier with the shyer Chihuahua creates a mild-mannered mix that usually falls somewhere in the middle. Major health concerns for this mix include dental problems and eye issues, patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee), and hip dysplasia.

9. What is a French Bullhuahua?

Though the name sounds made up, a French Bullhuahua is a French Bulldog/Chihuahua mix. Since both breeds are rather short, their mixed offspring is also small in stature. French Bullhuahuas tend to be stocky and wide-chested, with muscular little bodies on long legs. Their neck is short but their head is proportionally large with big eyes, large ears, and a short, broad muzzle. Their overall appearance is fairly comical. Though they are active and energetic, even excelling in agility competitions, they can also live comfortably in an apartment. 

10. What makes Chihuahua mixes so popular?

Chihuahua mixes are the perfect lap dogs. Bred as a companion animal centuries ago, they mesh well with a small family. Alert and curious, with big personalities, Chihuahua mixes make a fantastic family pet. These mixes, especially those that inherit a short, smooth coat, don’t need regular grooming. These low-maintenance pets require only a little brushing during the summer months when they are shedding. Chihuahua mixes also have a long lifespan, easily living longer than 15 years. 

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Taylor Ritz

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She is a former zookeeper and animal trainer. She has her own dog, Dobby, with whom she has bicycled across the U.S. and thru-hiked the Long Trail.

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