What happens when you mix the world’s smallest dog with a large and confident breed?
You get a Pitbull Chihuahua Mix known as the Chipit.
This rare breed is intelligent, confident, courageous and loving.
They make the perfect choice for families who want both a small and sturdy dog.
In this guide we share everything you should know about this unique mix so you can decide if this is the right dog for you…
What Is A Pitbull Chihuahua Mix?
This dog is a Pitbull and Chihuahua mix and first emerged in the United States. The Chipit is a designer dog that was first bred to be small, loyal and strong.
Some people ask is it possible for a Pitbull and the world’s smallest dog to mate?
The answer is yes! With some exceptions.
This mix can only occur when a female Pitbull mates with a male Chihuahua.
A male Pitbull cannot mate with a female Chihuahua. It is biologically impossible due to their size difference!
In order to get to know this unique mixed breed, we will first introduce his parents.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the “Pitbull” as a separate dog breed. The name Pitbull is a term used as a classification of dogs.
This classification includes breeds with similar appearance and traits:
- American Pitbull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This means your Chihuahua mix with Pitbull is a cross between a Chihuahua and any of the four breeds above.
All of these dogs are strong, powerful, confident and carry a zest for life.
This dog hails from the state of “Chihuahua” in Mexico.
It is believed that they are an ancestor of the Telchichi breed.
This breed was first domesticated by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. However, some believe domestication occurred earlier by the Mayan civilizations.
Both civilisations believed this dog had a great connection to the afterlife.
They are now known for being the world’s smallest dog with an alert and spicy temperament.
Why We Love The Pitbull Chihuahua Mix
- The Chihuahua Pitbull mix can make a great addition to active families.
- This mix is a loyal and loving dog with a playful personality.
- They are very easy to train.
- This dog is very healthy and has a lifespan of between 10 to 14 years.
15 to 35 pounds
12 – 18 inches
$200 – $500
10 to 13 years
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Puppy
This Pitbull mix can vary in appearance and size.
Some puppies are larger with flat heads and others are smaller with apple-like heads.
Generally they mature in size and appearance at 12 to 18 months.
What you can know for sure is that any combination will be cute and playful.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Price
Their price will vary anywhere from $200 to $500.
They are more difficult to find than purebred Chihuahuas because there is not an official breed club or list of registered breeders.
Typically each litter has two to three puppies. This is a rough estimate and can vary due to the difference in the breed sizes.
Pitbulls are a larger dog and biologically more capable of carrying more puppies.
What Does a Chihuahua and Pitbull Mix Look Like?
The appearance of the Pitbull Chihuahua mix varies based on their parents.
Some puppies are born looking more like their Chihuahua father.
Others bear a closer resemblance to their Pitbull mother – it also depends on the type of Pitbull their mother is!
This dog is stockier and more powerful looking than a Chihuahua and has a lot more muscle mass.
Facial features of this mix include: short necks, slightly elongated muzzles, and long ears (although sometime their ears are short).
Many of these dogs inherit the Pitbull’s long tail that hangs down low.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Full Grown
On average a fully grown male adult will be 20 to 35lb and females are smaller at 15 to 30lb.
Females also stand smaller at 12 – 16 inches compared to 14 – 18 inches for males.
This Pitbull mix is classified as a small to medium dog.
You can get a good idea of their potential adult size by looking at both parents. Take both of their weight and divide by two – or use a weight calculator.
The coat of your Pitbull and Chihuahua mix can be long or short and will depend on their Chihuahua parent’s coat. The Chihuahua dog comes in either a short or long coat. Pitbulls always has a short coat.
This mix has a single smooth coat and sheds moderately.
The color of their coat can be any one of eight:
The most common colors are tan, chocolate and brown.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Temperament
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix has a good temperament.
However, any dog is only as good as their socialization training is.
This dog will naturally be very protective of you because of their Chihuahua-like personality. Sometimes this can be a bit much.
Early socialization is key in ensuring your mix grows up to be a well-mannered dog.
They are not known for unnecessary howling.
However, they may develop unwanted barking habits if they are left alone for long periods of time.
Barking is not always a negative trait – especially if you want a watchdog. Your Chihuahua Pitbull mix will alert you of any intruders or strangers in their surroundings.
Make sure whenever you leave your dog that you give them something interesting and stimulating (e.g. frozen kong or chew).
Leaving your dog alone for long periods may lead to separation anxiety.
Pitbulls are commonly labelled as “dangerous” and “aggressive”. However, this is completely false.
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix has an affectionate, active and playful personality.
Like Chihuahuas they are very affectionate towards their owners and loved ones.
They make great companions. However, because of their Pitbull parent they are fairly active.
If you want a dog who will patiently sleep next to you all day, this is not the right breed.
With great parents this mix can thrive and be an extremely loving companion.
Are They Good Family Dogs?
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix can make a great addition to active families.
They are a very playful breed that gets along very well with children.
Pitbulls were historically known as nanny dogs and this trait has been passed down to this mix.
Unfortunately the Pitbull and Chihuahua mix can be aggressive towards other dogs and animals.
Unwanted aggression can be reduced through early socialization and training. Introduce your puppy to a range of dogs and animals from an early age and use rewards during introductions too.
This breed makes an excellent family dog for active families without other pets.
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is an affectionate, loving and caring breed and they will let you know this.
Known Health Issues
The Chihuahua Pitbull mix has a lifespan of between 10 to 14 years.
Unfortunately, they are predisposed to two inherited conditions from their parents:
- Patellar Luxation
Hypothyroidism is an abnormally low production of the thyroid hormone. This effects your dog’s metabolism and dogs with hypothyroidism usually show signs of lethargy, hair loss and weight gain.
If you notice any sudden or notable changes in your dog’s health it is best to visit your local vet.
Patellar luxation is commonly seen in Chihuahuas and occurs when your dog’s knee dislocates.
Pain and discomfort should be noticeable in your dog and it is usually caused by genetic malformation.
Care Guide (Grooming, Feeding & Exercise)
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The amount a Pitbull Chihuahua mix eats per day will depends on their size.
Your dog’s ideal calorie intake is their weight in pounds multiplied by 30:
- If your puppy weighs 20 pounds then they will require 600 calories per day.
- If your puppy weighs 35 pounds they require 1050 calories.
Ideally split up feeding to two times per day.
We recommend feeding a well-balanced diet that is high in protein. Following any AAFCO approved diet works well.
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This mix does well with active owners.
They can be very active and have a lot of personality to release.
We recommend exercising your Pitbull Chihuahua mix daily for 30 to 60 minutes.
Exercising is simple and can involve daily walks, trips to the dog park, and play time or agility!
It is important that your dog is exercised daily to keep them fit and healthy. It will also help to prevent them from displaying boredom behaviors such as barking or chewing.
Your Pitbull Chihuahua mix can get excited. Their active personality can cause them to pull so don’t forget to practice leash training.
Pitbulls love to please and are great listeners.
They are usually very easy to train – thanks to their Pitbull parent.
With early and reward based training this dog’s obedient personality will come to light.
Reward based training techniques have been shown to be the most successful dog training methods.
Keep training sessions light and entertaining to keep your dog interested.
Your mix will require mental stimulation. An intelligent breed requires mental entertainment and enrichment to keep them out of trouble.
Interactive games are an excellent way to increase bonding time with your puppy.
You can also use rope toys. They are great for teething puppies and are fun for interactive games such as tug-of-war.
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix does not usually have high grooming requirements. They normally have a very easy-to-care for coat, especially a short haired mix.
We recommend brushing twice per week.
Bathing your dog is not necessary and may strip their coat of their natural oils. Ideally only bath them once every couple of months.
Regular dental care is also important because they may be prone to naturally poor dental health.
Chihuahuas are known to suffer from many dental issues.
Brushing their teeth daily is the best option. However, if your dog doesn’t tolerate this we recommend using dental treats.
Finally, clip or grind their nails once a month. You can try touching your puppy’s paws and feet repetitively when they are young so they are used to being handled.
The Chihuahua Pitbull mix provides lots of entertainment for active families.
They are a loyal and loving companion with an active and playful personality.
Because of their Pitbull parent’s intelligence they are very easy to train and are great with kids.
Their Chihuahua parent’s personality makes them alert and kindhearted.
What is your favorite trait about this unique and very rare mix? Let us know below!