If you live in a city apartment or simply want a smaller dog, Schnauzer Chihuahua mix puppies are a good option for you to consider.
Chizer Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Chihuahua and a Schnauzer
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 3 – 14 pounds
» Average height of approximately 6 – 12 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Low
» Exercise requirement – Medium
They are small, friendly and relatively low maintenance; making them suitable for most potential dog owners. Taking some time to learn the basics about the Chihuahua Schnauzer mix will help you determine if this is the right puppy for you.
Personality and Training of Schnauzer Chihuahuas
While the Schnauzer and the Chihuahua are both small breeds, the Chihuahua is a Toy breed and the Schnauzer is from the Terrier group. This difference means that the two breeds were originally bred for different purposes and will display different traits as a result.
The Chihuahua’s main purpose in life is to be a companion. The Schnauzer, alternatively, is highly alert, making it a good guard dog. The Terrier is also highly prey driven, and a Schnauzer or Schnauzer mix will chase and attack vermin of all types.
If you decide on a Chizer puppy, watch for these different traits to see what kind of personality will emerge in your dog. Part of the fun in choosing a mixed breed is not knowing exactly what traits your puppy will display form each breed. Both breeds are generally very smart, friendly and trainable; making a Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua mix a particularly good choice for a first time dog owner.
Appearance and Characteristics of Chizers
Mini schnauzer chihuahua mixes will grow into small dogs. Your dog will be larger than the very tiny Chihuahua, but probably slightly smaller than the Schnauzer. Chihuahuas come in both long and short coats, and the Schnauzer displays distinctive whiskers and a double coat.
If your Chizer ends up with the double coat of a Schnauzer, a bit more grooming will be required. This type of coat will require occasional clipping in addition to regular bathing and brushing. If you are inexperienced in this area, it might be best to have your dog professionally groomed, at least until you learn the proper techniques to do it yourself.
Exercising, Feeding and Caring for Mini Schnauzer Chihuahua Mixes
Your Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua mix will not require much in terms of exercise. A short daily walk will be enough to meet your puppy’s needs. Whether you live in a small apartment, a house in the suburbs or even on a farm; your dog will adapt well to most any environment.
Both breeds love to be around people and will be the happiest when they are allowed to be with the family and are being given love. Be sure to work closely with your vet when deciding on a food, feeding schedule and feeding amount. With a smaller dog it is particularly important to feed your puppy the correct amount of food so they are not overeating and becoming unhealthy.
For a first time dog owner or someone simply looking for a small, lower maintenance dog; Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix puppies fit the bill.