Imagine a miniature long-haired Pitbull with oversized Chihuahua ears or a large muscular Chihuahua, and you’ve just pictured two of the endless possibilities with Pitbull Chihuahua mix puppies.
Pithuahua (Chipit) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and an American Pitbull Terrier
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 12 years
» Average estimated weight of between 15 – 25 pounds
» Average height of approximately 15 – 20 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Pithuahuas, as they are also known, are considered a designer mixed breed so popular that they’ve coined their own hybrid name just like the Cockapoo.
History of Pitbull Chihuahua Mixes
When you have a puppy that is part Chihuahua mixed with Pitbull, you get a varied and colorful mixed heritage for your little guy.
Chihuahuas were originally bred so long ago that much of their history is a mystery. Some people believe they are descended from foxes and were involved in religious ceremonies of the ancient Aztecs as well as companions for the upper class. Whatever their history, today these little accompany many of Hollywood’s rich and famous as accessory dogs.
In stark contrast to Chihuahuas, American Pitbull Terriers were originally bred as working dogs. Before becoming entrenched in the dog pits, these terriers were used to bait large animals like bulls and bears.
Bringing the two dog breeds together is definitely a case of the uptown girl meeting the guy from the wrong side of the tracks to create the unique Pitbull Chihuahua mix.
Health Issues of Pitbull Chihuahua Mixed Dogs
Because of their unique combination of parentage, Pithuahua puppies can be prone to a wide range of health complications.
For starters, smaller dogs, just like smaller human babies, can have problems keeping their body temperature up and you may need to dress them in dog clothes during cool weather.
Larger dogs on the other hand can be prone to hip dysplasia and have difficulty using their hind legs as they age.
Chihuahuas are born with soft spots in their skulls (known as a molera), and if your puppy is a Pitbull and Chihuahua mix she can inherit this trait from her parent.
The soft spots will fill in as your puppy gets older, but be sure to have her checked out by a veterinarian to see if she has any. If she does, you will need to be extra careful around her head when she is young to keep her from being injured.
Chihuahuas are known for having pregnancy complications, so if you plan on breeding your Pitbull and Chihuahua mix be sure to take her to the veterinarian for regular checkups during her pregnancy.
Caring for Pitbull Chihuahuas
You will need to do very little grooming for a Pitbull Chihuahua mix. Even if your puppy has the longer coat that some Chihuahuas have, occasionally brushing him should take care of his grooming needs. If he inherits the short hair of his Pitbull parent or a short-haired Chihuahua you will need to do even less.
Remember to dress your Pithuahua in dog clothing if he is small to keep him from getting too cold.
Pitbull Chihuahua mix puppies might prefer to be the baby in the house instead of being around human children, but they are terriers through and through, and their many antics are sure to bring a smile to your face if you decide to bring one into your home.
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