While public perceptions may be skewed due to the media attention given to recent World’s Ugliest Dog competitions, Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix puppies can actually be rather handsome little creatures.
Chi-Chi (Mexican Crested) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and a Chinese Crested
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 4 – 8 pounds
» Average height of approximately 9 – 12 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Low
With their broad range of physical characteristics and their affable personalities, Chi-Chis can appeal to a variety of toy dog lovers.
Personality and Intelligence of a Chinese Chihuahua
Chinese Crested Chihuahua mixes are generally very sociable creatures, making them great for companionship-seeking owners of all ages. They thrive on the attention of humans, and they love to play outdoors and indoors.
Like any young dog, Chinese Crested Chihuahua puppies will benefit greatly from good socialization at any early age. They are intelligent, but they can be prone to anxiety when left alone for extended periods of time, so try to provide as much attention as time will allow if you want to keep your puppy happy and your home environment unscathed.
Physical Characteristics of Chi-Chis
Fully grown, a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix will stand under a foot in height and weigh-in anywhere from four to eight pounds.
As Chinese Cresteds fall into the two categories of hairless or “powderpuff” – that is, with a fur coat – pairings with Chihuahuas lead to a fairly diverse set of physical characteristics among Chi-Chi puppies.
A puppy can have bare skin with a few strategically-placed tufts of fur of a Chinese Crested mixed with Chihuahua ears and nose. Or, it can possess any of the other characteristics of its parent breeds, though certain features are prevalent.
The general body shape of a Chi-Chi falls between the two pure breeds, with a thin outline that is only slightly less slender than that of the Chinese Crested. Chi-Chis have pointed facial structures and a small tail with a scorpion-like shape that falls over the back and carries a plume on its top with the hairless variety.
A Chi-Chi’s fur can come in many colors and patterns, with white almost always having some presence. Puppies with coats are most often short-haired, with long hair being a recessive genetic trait. In a pairing of a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred hairless Chinese Crested, the chance of a puppy having the hairless trait is roughly fifty percent.
Health and Maintenance of a Chi-Chi
Like most small breeds, Chi-Chis can live well over a decade.
Hairless Chi-Chis can have weaker teeth than their furrier counterparts and their bare skin requires daily application of lotion. Chi-Chis that favor their Chihuahua parentage can have issues with tears, making regular eye cleaning necessary. They often inherit hairy feet from the Chinese Crested, and regular nail trimming is important to prevent them from painfully scratching themselves.
They are amazingly agile and they like to climb, but their delicate bone structure makes them vulnerable to impact on their legs; making tall surfaces climb-proof is advised for their safety. You should monitor the amount that your Chi-Chi eats, as they can have a habit of eating too much and becoming badly overweight.
Whether you want a dog with an eccentric look or a handsome toy breed to accompany you at nap time and on the town, Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix puppies are a fine choice for years of good company.
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