The Pitbull Chihuahua mix dog, recognized by the Dog Registry of America (DRA), is a medium sized, designer dog cross breed between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Chihuahua.
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix dog is also known as the:
- Chihuahua Pitbull Mix
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Appearance
A Pitbull and Chihuahua are as far from each other as can be when it comes to appearance and looks, but there are some physical traits you can expect your Pithuahua to inherit from both parents.
Height & Weight: The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a very muscular and broad dog just like its Pitbull parent and is a little bit taller than a normal sized Chihuahua.
On average, a Pitbull Chihuahua mix will weigh between 15-30 lbs and will stand 12-18 inches in height.
Color: The Pitbull Chihuahua mix will most often be found in white, black, brindle, golden, brown and tan colors.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Temperament & Character
You can only best determine what the temperament of a mixed breed is likely to turn out to be by getting to know about the temperament and characteristics of its parent breeds.
However, even then it’s not like reality will go hand in hand with your findings because not all cross breed dogs are bred with an equal 50% for every parent.
With that said, here are some characteristics your Pitbull Chihuahua mix is likely to have.
Watchdog: Whenever someone is at the door or if it senses an intruder that poses danger to you, any family member or your household, expect your Pitbull Chihuahua mix to bark to let you know about it.
Loyalty: The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a dog that’s very affectionate and loyal to its owner more than anybody else.
That’s not to say that this dog doesn’t love other family members or doesn’t like to be around them, it’s just that this dog’s owner has a very special place in its heart.
You’ll often notice that your Chipit likes to follow you around the house just to show you how much it loves you and wants to be around you!
Activity Levels: The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a very active dog that loves to be taken on walks and runs and playing around with its owner or other family members.
So, just in case you lead a busy life and don’t have time to do it yourself or delegate someone to do it for you, it’s better for you to know now that you’re looking at a minimum of one dog walk a day plus some activities, other games like tug-of-war/frisbee play and intellectual games as well.
Training: The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a very intelligent dog, which means this is a relatively easy dog to train.
As long as you stick to the basics of positive dog training and stick through the hard times without giving up on it, training this dog to become a master in something like “using the potty” be a relatively easy task.
Also, the earlier the Pitbull Chihuahua mix is trained and socialized in life, the easier it will be to modify their behavior later on, and the later this dog is socialized and trained in life, the harder training them will be.
So, make sure you get a Pitbull Chihuahua mix that was socialized and trained from an early age to avoid any potential difficulties later on when they grow up!
Socializing: Unless your Pitbull Chihuahua mix has been properly socialized at a young age, there’s a good chance that it won’t get along very well with other animals at home or outside.
So, be careful when having it play with other dogs if it hasn’t been properly socialized and hasn’t been introduced to other animals when it was still a young puppy, because things might get a bit aggressive and out of hand!
As for playing around with your kids, the Pithuahua is an excellent option if you want to bring it into a home with kids around, because this dog is loves to play with kids and is amazing around them.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Health Issues
The first thing you have to do before getting a new Pitbull Chihuahua mix home is ask your breeder for tests or papers that prove that its parents don’t have any genetic problems that could be passed on to your puppy.
As for some health issues your Pitbull Chihuahua could face in its lifetime, here are some of the most common ones that its parents suffer from during their lives, which means that your Pitbull Chihuahua mix could very well suffer from as well:
- Open fontanel
- Patellar luxation
- Heart problems
- Collapsed trachea
- Hip dysplasia
- Difficulty using hind legs with age
- Skin allergies
- Molera (Soft spots on skull)
- Pregnancy complications, so make sure to consult with your veterinarian if you plan to let your female Pitbull Chihuahua mix get pregnant
On average, the life expectancy of a Pitbull Chihuahua mix is estimated to be anywhere around 10-13 years.
Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Care
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix isn’t exactly a heavy shedder, thanks to its short and smooth coat, which means you’ll only have to give it a bath and brush its hair around just once every month.
Even if your Pitbull Chihuahua mix has a longer coat than usual (which is taken from the Chihuahua parent), you don’t have to worry about very frequent brushing.
Other than that, you should clip your Pitbull Chihuahua’s nails on a regular basis whenever you notice that its time to, and brush its teeth around 2-3 times a week.
You should also make sure to clean its ears from any excess wax that might form their and cause problems.
During times of cold weather, make sure to keep your Pitbull Chihuahua mix all warm and cozy by dressing it with adequate clothing so it doesn’t get too cold.
You and I hate the cold when it gets to our bones, and so does your Chipit!
And as far as your Pitbull Chihuahua’s diet goes, you should definitely ask your veterinarian about all the ideal diet you could give this cross breed, but generally speaking you should be feeding it high quality dog food that ‘s high in protein content and very low in grain content because it will get allergic to them.