Are you looking for a canine companion that is loyal, fun, and doesn’t get too big? Are you being torn for your love for both the Chihuahua and the Terrier? Then here’s good news for you: the Chihuahua Terrier mix has arrived and any one of them can be your great, suitable soul-buddy!
As living in an apartment has been becoming the trend these days, dog parents want a pooch that should be a package of being a good alert dog and a devoting lapdog. Ideally, this dog should be small in size, fun, and maybe need as low maintenance as possible, especially if the owner is a busy person – as is the case of today citizens. And the Chihuahua Terrier mix is this kind of dog!
What Is Chihuahua Terrier Mix?
A Chihuahua Terrier Mix is a successful result of crossbreeding a Chihuahua and a Terrier. The former is a dog breed of Mexican origin, developed as companion dogs for centuries. Meanwhile, Terrier dogs are of the working group (used to hunt rodents and small games); their originated homelands were Ireland and Great Britain.
The Terrier contains various kinds of dog, but when it comes to crossbreeding one of this kind with a Chihuahua, usually the chosen type of Terrier will be: Fox, Rat, Yorkshire, Jack Russell, and Boston Bull.
So, the accordingly five varieties of Chihuahua Terrier Mix dogs will be:
Fox Terrier Chihuahua mix (a.k.a. Taco Terriers, Chitoxy)
Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix (a.k.a. Rat-Cha, Ratchi)
Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua mix (a.k.a. Chorkie)
Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix (a.k.a. Jackchi, Jackhuahua, Jackahuaha)
Boston Bull Terrier Chihuahua mix (a.k.a. Bullhuahua, Bo-chi)
In which, the Chorkies are most popular whereas its least seen counterpart is the Bo-chi. This is due to the differences in size of these two Terrier breeds in comparison with that of the Chihuahua (though such difference is still very small compared to the Husky Chihuahua Mix).
Also, friendliness is decidedly not the Bo-chi’s strength, so people don’t often want a companion dog that can’t be companionable to their children or other pets.
Prominent Traits of Chihuahua Terrier Mix
Both the Chihuahua and the Terrier are of the healthiest dog breeds. So, naturally, their mixed pups can live very well into their teen. The average lifespan of a Chihuahua Terrier mix is 13-17 years.
Usually, a puppy’s size when it’s full grown can be anywhere between the average sizes of their parents. In most cases, it’ll be in the middle range, but it’s not uncommon to see puppies who take strongly after one of their parent’s look and, by extension, their figures in height and weight.
The exact digits are impossible to speculate. However, since your crossbreed baby inherits the title of toy dog, you can expect him to be rather small – depending on what kind of Terrier you choose to be mating with the Chi.
The smallest mixed pups are those whose Terrier parent is the Yorkshire Terrier, while the largest hybrids have Bull Terrier for a parent. Specifically, a Bo-chi can be ten times heavier than a Chorkie – which can be about 4 pounds.
Mixed breeds aren’t recognized worldwide as “true breeds”, that’s why people don’t keep track of them and their development. Their records are, therefore, rather few. So if you want to know more about your Chihuahua Terrier Mix, it’s best to look into their parents’ respective information and listen to what other owners of these hybrid pups say.
Chihuahuas are littlest dogs that are most famous due to just that specific feature: being little. So any kind of crossbreed puppies issued from one Chihuahua parent will surely share this stature.
Other than that, the mixed pup may look like one parent entirely, or share some bits and parts with either parent. The expected features are round, alert (sometimes watery) eyes, erected or drooping ears, long tail, short or long hair, smooth or rough coat, etc.
You can no more predict a mixed dog’s disposition than speculate its outer features. All you can do is to wait and see whether it’ll wind up to be a great combination, in which the parents’ respective virtues may complement or clash each other.
Active and Outgoing
They are lively little dogs that love to play (with you or with their favorite toys). So you need to make sure that your dynamic pup is getting his daily dose of game and exercise, or he can be naughty.
The Chihuahua Terrier mix dogs are curious (like a Chi) and always alert (like a Terrier). This is why your crossbreed pup will make an excellent watchdog, for he’ll go checking even the slightest, strange sound out and will loudly bark to alert you.
However, this can sometimes annoy you and your family. In this case, you will need to learn how to train your Chihuahua Terrier mix not to bark.
This hybrid is worthy of being the descendant of the hardy Terrier breed. Despite the petite body, they’re by no means shy. They can be cautious of strangers and larger animals – yes. But they definitely won’t hesitate to attack that which they deem a threat to their family.
Association of Choice
Most Terrier-and-Chihuahua-mixed pups can associate and get along well with other dogs and pets of their size, even cats if they are socialized properly as a puppy.
However, in the case of households with youngsters, these aren’t ideal dogs for families with under-8 children, who don’t know how to handle small dogs yet and still have the tendency to throw stuff at them.
Faithful and Affectionate
Though they still love everyone in the house, this mix often picks one family member as their chosen, one-and-only true master.
So once your Chihuahua Terrier mix develops a strong bond with you and is attached to you, he can be very possessive and protective. He’ll be your shadow, follow you everywhere in the house to “watch over” you.
Note that they’re capable of being jealous and become intolerant towards the supposed rivals.
Without proper socializing at an early age, small dogs such as this hybrid can develop SDS, which can make them more aggressive with strangers and other dogs – especially the bigger ones. However, once your pooch gets to mix with other beings, he can be very approachable.
Even so, don’t forget that one of this hybrid’s traits is suspicious. So don’t worry if your well-socialized buddy doesn’t warm up to strangers at first. Just give him some time (with maybe some treats), and all will be well.
Note also that Chihuahuas are curious dogs that like to wander around, and Terriers are hunting dogs that can give chase to moving things. These worrisome traits may be passed on to your mixed pup as well. So fit your fences and keep an eye on your pup.
For those reasons, training courses are in order. Luckily these mixed breed dogs are unquestionably bright, so they are generally easy to train.
As such, your pup will be quick to pick up on the instructions reasonably fast. But he can be stubborn at times, so you must be patient, firm, and persistent in training him.
General Care for a Chihuahua Terrier Mix
Bathing and Grooming
With those types of short-haired Chihuahua Terrier mix, the coat itself has a natural sleekness that makes it look clean. So a wash each month, or whenever the dog gets dirty, is all this low-maintenance hybrid needs.
Longhair dogs will need more grooming than those with shorter hair. But note that both types of crossbreed will shed, especially more so during summer, and so need grooming regularly.
One type of this mix that needs to be brushed more often is the Chorkie.
Boston Bull Terrier Chihuahua mix