Chihuahua Poodle Mix puppies: Chipoo Breed Traits and Care
The Chihuahua Poodle mix is a cross between a spirited, loyal purebred Chihuahua and an intelligent, active purebred Toy or Miniature Poodle. This small designer dog is also known as a Chipoo, Chi-poo, Chidoodle, Chipoodle, Poochi, Wapoo or Poohuahua dogs. The Chihuahua Poodle mix has a confident temperament and with proper attention, exercise, training and socialization can make a great apartment pet and family companion dog for new or experience dog owners. They weigh 3 – 20lbs, reach up to 15 inches high and have a lifespan of about 15 years.
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Chipoos are good natured with kids and other dogs, but must be handled carefully due to their small size and occasional quick temper. Grooming and shedding needs can be quite high depending on whether they have a short, long or curly coat. Today we’ll look at the breed traits, characteristics, diet, nutrition, exercise and care needs of the cute Chihuahua Poodle mix puppy.
Perhaps not as popular as other poodle hybrids like a Labradoodle or Whoodle, the Chipoo is a smaller dog with its own distinctive features. With one parent being a Chihuahua, the smallest dog breed around and one with an energetic personality, the tiny stature and diverse style of the Chipoo makes them stand out in a pool of poodle hybrids.
What is a Chipoo?
The Chipoo is the name most commonly given to the Chihuahua Poodle mix. This is a puppy with one Chihuahua parent and one Toy or Miniature Poodle parent. Or a second or third generation Chipoo mix!
- Purpose: Companion
- Popularity: Rising
- Weight: Anywhere from 3-20 pounds
- Temperament: Playful, smart, protective, loyal
Chihuahua Poodle Mix History
- The Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix has a very old and impressive parentage. Perhaps the Chipoo dog hasn’t been around all that long, but it clearly has longstanding lineage between the Chihuahua and the Poodle.
- It’s likely that the Chihuahua’s origins trace back even before the Maya people inhabited Mexico. Ancient remains of dogs very similar to Chihuahuas have been found in archeological digs that date back to the 13th century.
- The Poodle came from Germany, originating around the 15th and 16th centuries before the breed popped up in Spain in the 18th century. Smaller Poodle breeds (the Miniature and Toy Poodles) were bred from the Standard Poodle, and their purpose changed to that of a companion dog.
- Though there are three different sizes of Poodle, including Toy, Miniature, and Standard, only the first two types are usually parents of the Chihuahua Poodle mix. The size difference between the Standard Poodle and the Chihuahua makes mixing them unwise.
- Though Chihuahua Poodle mixes are still slowly growing in popularity, the parent breeds are quite famous! Celebrities such as singer Joss Stone love their Poodle pups, and actresses like Demi Moore and Reese Witherspoon adore their Chihuahuas.
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Appearance
- A mixed breed like the Chipoo offers diversity in style. As a hybrid, the Chipoo will have a mix of characteristics from each parent. But there are some things we can confidently predict!
- The head of a Chihuahua Poodle mix could be apple-shaped like the Chihuahua or rounder with a long nose like the poodle. The coat is another place where genetics like to make this hybrid a little different.
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Coat
Poodles are known for their sculpted grooming. Grooming gives them the aristocratic look that defines the breed.
A Chihuahua’s coat can be long or short and curly or smooth depending on the characteristics of the parents. Chipoo puppies, even from the same litter, can have coats that differ both in hair length and texture. Most common coat colors among Chipoos include:
- Apricot brown
These dogs may be a solid color like a Poodle or have a pattern of colors throughout the body which is a possible characteristic of the Chihuahua.
Chipoo Grooming and Shedding
- Some Chihuahua Poodle Mix puppies may inherit the Poodle’s low shedding coat, but this is not guaranteed. Long-haired versions of this dog may require regular professional grooming to keep the coat healthy, shaped and free from tangles.
- Home grooming with a soft bristled brush is recommended between trimmings for long-haired Chipoos along with a bath every few weeks to keep them tidy.
- Brush the long-haired Chipoo before bathing. Otherwise, their hair may mat. Short haired Chipoos also require regular bathing. Between baths, consider a wipe down with a wet cloth or doggie wipe.
How Big Are Chihuahua Poodle Mixes?
- The Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix full grown weighs anywhere between 3 to 20 pounds and can stand from 5 to 15 inches. Crossbreeding accounts for some of the variance in weight and height.
- On average, a Toy Poodle is around 10 to 15 inches tall. Chihuahuas, though, are celebrated for their very tiny stature. Their height doesn’t normally rise above nine inches.
Are Chihuahua Poodle Mixes Hypoallergenic?
The chihuahua is a high shedding breed, whatever their coat type. Although there is a chance that introducing the low shedding Poodle coat could help with this, most Chipoos do still shed fur. And remember, allergies are actually reactions to dander on skin flakes and in saliva. So if you have a dog allergy, a Chihuahua Poodle mix is probably not the best choice.
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Temperament
- Remember Mighty Mouse, the tiny little superhero with red trunks, cape and a big attitude? If Mighty Mouse were a dog, he’d be a Chipoo. It’s known for both its intelligence and its energy—a lot of energy!
- Like both parents, the Toy Poodle Chihuahua mix is usually devoted, loving, and affectionate. Its intelligence makes this dog easy to train. The Chipoo tends to bond with one family member in particular.
- The high energy level of the Chi Poo means they get bored easily, so leaving them home alone for long periods of time outside a kennel can lead to disaster.
Are Chihuahua Poodle Mix Dogs Good With Kids?
- Chipoos love to play but can get a little over excited in a way that is may be overwhelming for young children. For this reason, they are better suited to homes with children over the age of 10.
- They are also quite small and delicate sometimes, which can mean rough handling by kids is risky.
Socializing A Chipoo
- The Chihuahua Poodle mix interacts well with other dogs or different kinds of pets in the home when they are all raised in the same environment. It is more difficult to get them to accept a new dog coming into the family, though.
- Much like the Chihuahua, they can be fiercely protective of their humans and may bark and snarl at other dogs if they get too close.
- Early socialization can help them to be more accepting of strangers in the home and out at the dog park.
A Chihuahua mixed with Poodle will keep its youthful energy throughout their life.
When they want to walk or play they will bark and tear around the house until you take them out.
They will need 2-3 short walks a day – each walk should be about 10 minutes each.
Your dog should be on leash while walking. When they are tired they will wait patiently for you to pick them up.
For the rest of the day you should let them burn their energy as necessary.
You can teach them how to jump small hurdles and catch a ball. Your dog will be happy playing indoors or out, so long as they have enough space. Giving them their own play room in your house is a good idea.
- Number of Walks Per Day: 2-3.
- Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 45 minutes.
Training And Exercising Your Chipoo
With all of the intelligence of a Poodle combined with the stubborn nature of a Chihuahua, dog training can be quite a chore.
Fortunately, these dogs learn very fast once they are motivated to train.
Housebreaking is the biggest challenge as they have a very small bladder.
Take your Chihuahua Poodle mix to their potty area right after they have finished eating or playing, or right after they wake up in the morning.
Reward them when they do their business in the right spot.
It will take a lot of time and patience but your puppy will eventually be able to go to their potty spot on their own.
Nuisance barking and yapping is the second biggest challenge to tackle. This can be eliminated by simply ignoring it when it happens. Respect your dog’s need to communicate but do not validate them when they are just making noise for the sake of making noise.
They will learn better ways to get your attention.
Do not underestimate the high intelligence of these tiny dogs.
They do not need as much stimulation as other Poodle breeds but still hate to be bored.
You should give your dog their own special room or pen in your house where they can amuse themselves.
Chasing games will tap into your pup’s prey instinct while they train. Get a rope or a stick for them to chase and take them out into the yard to let loose.
While they chase the toy you can practice their basic commands.
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Health And Care
Chipoo puppies as mixed breeds are less likely to face diseases that are common in their parents based on a 2006 study conducted by the University of Sydney.
Inbreeding among purebreds can make them more prone to genetic diseases. For example, the Chihuahuas can develop conditions like patellar luxation, glaucoma or even hemophilia.
Poodles, on the other hand, inherit stomach problems and cataracts. By breeding these two together, the risk is potentially reduced and the Chipoo my gain benefits from both breeds. There is no way to predict the outcome of breeding, though.
Crossbred dogs like the Chipoo are at risk for the same conditions that affect their parents. Some health concerns that may pop up with this dog include:
- Overactive tear gland
- Loose kneecaps
- Dry skin
Dental problems are also common among small breed dogs as their tiny jaws make their teeth inherently weak. For this reason, the vet may suggest daily brushing, regular cleanings, and a dry food diet.
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Health Tests
- It is important that each parent is health checked for all the diseases relevant to their breed before they are mated. The Chihuahua parent should have a clean bill of health from the vet, including no history of dental problems, or knee problems.
- They should also have no family history of necrotizing meningoencephalitis. The Poodle parent should be PRA clear, vWF clear, and have a recent clear eye test. They should also have no family history of luxating patellas, Cushings disease or heart problems.
How Long Do Chihuahua Poodle Mixes Live?
- As small dogs, Chihuahua Poodle mixes have a decent expected lifespan.
- Chihuahuas live an average of about twelve and a half years, while Toy and Miniature Poodles live an average of about fifteen. So you can expect your Chipoo to live to somewhere in his mid teens.
Feeding Your Chihuahua Poodle Mix
The Chihuahua Poodle Mix does well with the standard diets unless otherwise directed by the veterinarian. We recommend high-quality food made for small dogs to avoid common digestive issues and dental problems.
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Tracheal collapse
- Joint damage
Do Chihuahua Poodle Mixes Make Good Family Pets?
- The small size of the Chipoo allows them to thrive in apartments and houses. They do well as a family dog but are better suited to older children or homes with no kids.
- They’re social animals and will want attention. Leaving them alone for long periods of time may result in destructive behavior.
- Since the Chipoo is crossbred, they can have different temperaments and be somewhat unpredictable. But if you love both Chihuahua and Poodle temperaments and don’t mind which combination you end up with, then you should be happy with the outcome.
Pros And Cons Of Getting A Chihuahua Poodle Mix
- Intelligent and playful
- Great for small-space living
- A great companion animal
- Small dogs need greater care and caution when handling and playing
- Doesn’t like to be left alone for long periods of time
- May be excitable and overprotective
- May be harder to potty train
Finding A Chihuahua Poodle Mix Puppy
- Due to the small size of this breed, newborn puppies require a lot of care, so reputable breeders can be difficult to find. You also may need to travel to get your puppy.
- Before purchasing a dog, insist on health screening for issues that commonly impact Chihuahuas and Poodles to ensure the puppy is healthy. Ask the breeder to see certifications of these screening tests.
- You should also meet the mother, and the father too if possible. Make sure that they are both friendly and confident, and have an obvious bond with their owner.
- They should also have a purpose in life beyond producing puppies, whether that’s as a show dog, agility dog, or an adored family pet.
- A good breeder will ask you lots of questions, and happily answer all of yours too. They will show you evidence of the parents health checks and have had all their puppies flea treated, wormed and checked by the vet.
- It isn’t always easy to find the cross you’re interested in. At times it’s much more difficult than finding a purebred from a reputable breeder! But if you can find a puppy or adult Chihuahua Poodle mix, it’ll surely warm your heart to be able to adopt a dog in need of a good home.
- Adopting a rescue dog also often has the added advantage of enabling you to know what the dog will be like, since dogs in need of adoption are frequently a little bit older. The cost of adoption will also be lower than getting a puppy from a breeder.
- For some suggestions as to where to look for a Chipoo adoptee, take a look at the list of rescues found here.
Chipoo Puppy Price
- Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,400 dollars for a Chipoo puppy. The average price falls in the $950 dollar range but may vary depending on the location and breeder.
- Look locally first for a breeder to reduce the cost. When you locate one with a puppy, ask for references to check out the breeder before buying.
Where to Avoid
- It’s incredibly important that potential owners avoid buying from pet stores and puppy mills. These irresponsible and at times cruel businesses are simply out to make a profit, often at the expense of the health and happiness of their puppies.
- For more information on finding a puppy from a reputable breeder, check out our step by step puppy search guide.
- It isn’t always easy to find the mix you want, but as crossbreeds (also known as “designer dogs”) are growing in popularity, it isn’t impossible either!
Chipoo Products And Accessories
Choosing the best products for a mixed breed can be tough! So we’ve put together some great guides to help you decide what will suit your Chipoo best. Check them out below.
- The Best Beds For Chihuahuas
- Best Food For Chihuahuas
- Best Shampoo For Poodles
Raising A Chihuahua Poodle Mix Puppy
- Caring for a vulnerable Chipoo puppy is a big responsibility. There are some great guides to help you with all aspects of puppy care and training.
- You’ll find them listed on our Chihuahua Poodle mix puppy page.
Comparing The Chihuahua Poodle Mix With Other Breeds
The Chi Poo has a lot to recommend it—but it also has some things in common with some other mix breed dogs!
Take a look at the guides to these other mixes for comparisons and similarities.
The Chihuahua Poodle mix isn’t for everyone, of course.
If you like certain features of this mix but aren’t sure about others, take a look at these suggested mixes that may more closely fit what you’re looking for.
In addition to the mixes found in the section above, one of these may be a better option for you and your situation.
- Mini Labradoodle
- Bich Poo
Chihuahua Poodle Mix Breed Rescues
These rescue centers are located in various places around the world, so you can search for your local area.
- Rescue Me
- Carolina Poodle Rescue
- Poo Mix Rescue
- Chihuahua Rescue
- Mid-Atlantic Poodle Rescue
Do you know of any other rescues for this mix or the parent breeds? Leave us a comment below!