Chihuahua mixes are some of the most sought-after designer dog breeds in the world due to their small and cute size.
This article lists seven of our favorite Chihuahua mixes with pictures, breeders, prices, and sizes of these designer dogs.
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1. Chorkie – Sassy Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Chorkies are smart and sassy dogs.
These adorable little designer dogs are pocket-sized, weighing in at just 15lb, but, they have the personality of a big dog.
Chorkies are known to be stubborn and strong-willed and this cannot be emphasized enough.
Quick as a whip with the confidence to match, these dogs are not great for first-time owners as they have been known to give inexperienced owners the run around.
They are best in a calm environment which makes them not great for homes with children of any age. These little guys (and gals) much prefer adult-only homes.
However, beyond adult residents they are not fussy, doing well in homes of all sizes, and consequently do well in apartments and cities.
Challenge their intellect with games and puzzles. Although yorkie Chihuahua mixes do have a playful nature, they love nothing more than to be by your side. In a chorkie’s eyes, any activity is fun when they’re doing it by the side of their human best friend.
These dogs are known for their tendency to develop skin issues. Atopic dermatitis is common in this mixed breed. This can be environmental or genetic, but, it can be treated so owners should be vigilant in ensuring this condition does not develop.
2. Chiweenie – The Dachshund and Chihuahua Mix Hotdog
The Chiweenie is a designer cross between a Dachshund and a Chihuahua.
First seen in the 1990s, this crossbreed quickly picked up popularity for its loving nature.
These dogs are so loyal they tend to become their owners shadow. They love nothing more than to cuddle up on the couch with their owner and receive a belly rub.
This favoritism means that they are best suited to homes with one person, such as singles or seniors. Chiweenies do not do well with children.
Due to the fact that these dogs are a Chihuahua mix breed, it is very difficult to say what they look like. Most commonly they have a long body, a large head and even larger ears.
A dachshund and Chihuahua mix is commonly shorthaired and comes in a variety of colors: most commonly black, tan and/or brown.
Like the Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix, these dogs are known for their propensity to dig.
If you’re going to bring a Chiweenie into your life, make sure you have a well fenced in yard and have no emotional attachment to your flowerbeds. They are also big fans of games such as fetch and chase.
3. Terrier and Chihuahua Mix
A Chihuahua terrier mix can be any terrier breed crossed with a Chihuahua.
However, some of the most common mixes include the fox terrier and the rat terrier.
Due to the size difference between the two parents, you will usually find that the mother is the terrier and the father is the chihuahua. This is due to the associated health issues with breeding big puppies in a small dog.
As these terrier and Chihuahua mixes come from many different breeds they can all look very different – this is all down to the genetics of the parent dogs.
Typically, they can have long, flowing hair like a fox terrier or short, thin hair like a rat terrier. They come in a variety of colors including: white, tan, brown, black, and bi and tri colors.
This variety in coat can create a lot of difference between grooming routines.
Those with longer, rougher hair will need much more regular grooming (ideally every day) than those with the coat like a Chihuahua or Rat Terrier.
These small dogs have a wicked intelligence and so are fast learners. These dogs need early socialization, so introduce them to as many people, dogs and places as possible. Take them out to new sights and let them experience things first hand.
Chihuahua terrier mixes are known for their unrelenting energy, needing at least 60 minutes of exercise every day.
They are not one to laze around, much preferring instead to be active. Try playing games like fetch to channel their terrier instinct to chase.
These dogs need an active family who can keep up with their exercise needs.
4. Jack Chi – Jack Russell and Chihuahua Mix
Affectionately nicknamed the “Jack Chi”, the Jack Russell Chihuahua mix has the tenacity of no other dog.
These clever crosses are known for their feisty nature and unrelenting energy.
Contrary to popular belief they do have a softer side and are very happy, loving dogs. This is not to say they do not have a stubborn side and a cold front for strangers, it is to say that you have to get to know them to unveil a soft, gooey center.
This previously mentioned high drive makes Jack Chi’s excellent agility dogs. They also make excellent flyball contestants.
These Chihuahua mixes are short haired dogs, so have very little grooming requirements. However, they may need regular bathing as these dogs are at their happiest channeling their ratter instincts by digging in the dirt (they may get pretty muddy afterwards).
In order to get messy, these dogs should be exercised in places they can express this behavior for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day.
Jack Russells and Chihuahuas are both relatively healthy dogs, so they will pass on their healthy genes to any offspring that they may have. In fact, most of these mixes live to be 14 years old.
5. Chug or Pughuahua – Chihuahua Pug Mix
The Chug dog is an adorable and sassy Pug and Chihuahua mix!
They are also known as the pughuahua, which is as fun to say as it is to own one.
This puppy combines the goofy spirit of the pug with the free-spirited attitude of the Chihuahua. Though initially wary (especially with strangers) once these little dogs warm up to you, they’ll show you their heart of gold.
Chug dogs usually stand between 6 and 12 inches, and weigh in between 10 and 20lb.
Though clumsy and accident prone, these little dogs are more fragile than they would have you believe so it is especially important to teach young children how to correctly behave around them.
As long as the play is gentle, these loving dogs are more than happy to spend time with children.
These adorable little dogs come in a full rainbow of colors including: black, fawn, white, tan and cream.
Like the chiweenie dog, these dogs are also described as a “canine shadow”, loving to be near their owners. This shadowing tendency does not leave them in the shade, Chugs are known for their goofball personalities and adore being the center of attention.
Chugs are not without their health problems. Their brachycephalic faces mean that they have breathing issues and cannot spend extended periods of time exercising.
It also makes chug dogs much more likely to overheat as they struggle to regulate their temperature. They are also prone to eye issues as their bulging eyes makes them more susceptible to diseases.
6. Pomchi – Courageous Pomeranian and Chihuahua Mix
These smart and sassy dogs sprung into popularity with the designer crossbreed movement.
Beloved by all that meet them, these adorable pups are known for their curiosity and loyalty.
Like most Chihuahua mix dogs, they will more than likely inherit stubbornness from their Chihuahua parent.
This can make training a fun challenge, but, these dogs love to please at heart, and consequently patience is key.
Although they love to push your boundaries, these little dogs ultimately do want to learn so finding a way to overcome their resistance is imperative. Take small steps and try clicker training to harness their intelligence.
Due to their unwavering loyalty, physical correction or punishment will have a detrimental emotional impact on your pomchi and ultimately result in feelings of betrayal with your dog.
As previously mentioned, pomchis are incredibly loyal dogs and so can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods of time. This may be something to consider if looking to get one of these loving little pups.
7. Standard Chihuahua
The standard Chihuahua (or “Chi” for short) is a dog of humble origins.
Its ancestors, the Techichi dog, were first seen as far back as the 9th century in Mexico, owned by the Toltec civilization in what we now know as Mexico.
Modern Chis have come a very long way since then.
Now, there is very little genetically in common with techichi dog, suggesting the influence of modern dog breeding on this vivacious little breed.
There are two types of Chihuahua:
- The apple head Chihuahua
- The dear head Chihuahua
The apple headed Chihuahua’s have that distinctive “L” shape between their forehead and snout, creating a 90-degree angle. They also have much more prominent, “bulging” eyes.
This is different to the deer headed Chihuahua, who has a softer 45-degree angle. Deer headed Chihuahuas also have bigger ears and a longer neck than their apple headed cousins.
Though little in size (only 5lb) chis are known for their huge personalities.
Bold and bright, these dogs make their presence in the room known. Though they are fun, vibrant dogs, a Chihuahua’s saucy nature can quickly evolve into a grumpy, snappy dog.
Due to these big personalities, these dogs are known to be rowdy and are therefore not suitable for homes with younger children, instead preferring the company of teenagers and adults.
These dogs do well with a lot of training and socialization when young.
Chihuahua type dogs do not require a lot of grooming, but, they do need extra special attention in their teeth and jaws, as their smaller jaw size means that they may be weaker than other dog breeds.
On top of this, young apple headed Chihuahuas are born with a molera, which is a soft spot on the skull.
Interestingly, they are the only dog breed known to have this condition. The molera usually heals within the first six months of life, so special care should be taken when handling puppies of this breed type.
There you have it, seven loveable Chihuahua mixes. Though they all have Chi heritage, they are all very different dogs.
If you are thinking about getting one of these dogs and have younger children at home, then you may want to consider:
If you are an adult only household or have older children then these dogs may be suitable for you:
Do you have one of these dogs at home? Are you thinking about getting one? Do you just love them? Feel free to leave us a comment telling us about your favorite Chihuahua mix.