Chihuahua Poodle Mix – Everything You Need To Know

Chihuahua Poodle mix is a hybrid dog between Chihuahua and Toy or Miniature Poodle. Due to the size differences, Chihuahuas are mostly crossed with Toy or Miniature Poodles rather than Standard Poodles. Also called Chipoo or Poochi, Chihuahua Poodle mixes are tiny cup size companion dogs that make a cute and cuddly companion. These dogs look like puppies all their life and are best suited for small spaces and apartments. They are adorable, playful, and surprisingly independent. 

The Chihuahua Parent breed is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua in the 1850s and is the world’s smallest dog. Chihuahuas are also the national dog of Mexico. Although a toy breed, they are aggressive and alert. They are also called “purse dogs.” 

Poodle, the other parent, is France’s national dog and has its origin in France and Germany. The  name “Poodle” was derived from the German word “Pudel” meaning “splash in the water.” Poodles have a natural tendency to love water and hence the name. The French term “Caniche” means “duck dog,” as the Poodle dogs were used for duck hunting. The name helped to identify the Poodles back in the Middle Ages. So, French or German, Poodles were named perfectly to fit their natural characteristics. 

These two parent breeds combine to bring the best from both genes. Unfortunately, the origin of these teacup crossbreeds is not much known due to poor documentation. Though Chipoos originated in the USA in the 1970s and developed over 50 years, they are not recognized by the AKC. Chihuahua Poodle mix is a small and energetic tiny teeny pup that fits in perfectly to cuddle and make you feel loved.

Chihuahua Poodle mix  Pros and Cons

IndependentLoud and yappy
PlayfulHas dietary needs
Good for first-time usersNot good with strangers
Good when left aloneBossy

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Basic Information

  • Name: Chihuahua Poodle
  • Height: 5-15 inches
  • Weight: 3-20 pounds
  • Size: Small
  • Coat: Medium length and solid.
  • Color: Cream, brown, blue, brindle, silver, gray, fawn, white, apricot, chocolate, red, tan, gold, and black.
  • Group: Mixed breed
  • Activities: Walking, dog games
  • Barking Level: Moderate
  • Shedding Level: Low
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Energy: Medium
  • Litter Size:1-3 pups
  • Life Span: 12-15 years
  • Other Names: Applehead Chihuahua Poodle Mix, Poochi, Chi-poo, Choodle, Chipoodle, Chi-Pooch, Wapoo, Poohuahua
  • Breed Recognition: Designer Dog Kennel Club, American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Breed Registry.

Chihuahua vs. Poodle: A Comparison

FeaturesChihuahuaToy Poodle

Height6 – 9 inchesupto 10 inches
Weight3 – 6 pounds6 – 9 pounds
Size SmallMini
GroupCompanion dogsNon-Sporting 
Children CompatibilityHighHigh
Family CompatibilityHighHigh
Pets CompatibilityLow Medium to High
Barking LevelLow to mediumLow to Medium
Shedding LevelLowLow
Grooming NeedsHIghHigh
Overall HealthLowLow to Medium
EnergyMediumMedium to High
Exercise NeedslowMedium to High
TrainabilityEasy Easy

Watchdogs, Companion dogsAgility, Conformation, Hunting Tests, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Tracking
Complication in breedingNoNo
Litter Size1-3 puppies3 puppies on average 
Lifespan10-18 years12 to 15 years
Other NamesNILPudel, Caniche

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Personality

Chihuahua Poodle mix is adorably energetic and makes you laugh all day. They are teacup-sized, lightweight, and can be carried around anywhere. 

Chihuahua Poodle mix grows around 5-15 inches and weighs about 3-20 pounds. The puppies that inherit the Chihuahua parent will be long and slender, whereas the pups who take the Poodle parent gene will be shorter and chunkier. They have apple-shaped heads like Chihuahuas or round heads like Poodles. The eyes can be either light or dark. The noses are black or brown. The ears are usually almond-shaped and rounded but stand erect when on alert. However, the overall appearance depends on the gene game. The coat is medium length and sheds low. They are hypoallergenic and suit people with allergies. These tiny teddy-faced lilliputs have a spring in their steps while they move and keep you busy all day.

Friendliness Overview

Affection levelHigh

Adaptability Overview

Good for apartment livingHigh
Good for new ownersHigh
Sensitivity levelHigh
Tolerates being alonehigh
Cold toleranceLow
Heat toleranceMedium

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Temperament

Chihuahua Poodle mix is an energetic, loving, and affectionate family dog. They are loyal, intelligent, friendly, and independent. They are kid-friendly but should be supervised as they may get injured while being playful. With proper socialization, they do well with other pets and animals. They are yappy, vocal, and bark a lot. Their bark can alert you about strangers or a threat that lurks nearby and are protective of their owners. They are always curious and may wander off anytime. They are good when left alone and best suited for working parents. They get mischievous when bored. This high-energy furball will follow your feet the whole day and love to cuddle on your laps. 

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Training

Chihuahua Poodle mixes are intelligent and easy to train. They get quickly excited and jump around anywhere. Chihuahua Poodle pups need to be socialized at an early age. They need to be obedience trained and prepared to learn how to avoid any endangering situation. They respond to positive reinforcement and sweet talks; Small treats and praises work wonders. They enjoy activities and puzzle games, which keep up their mental stimulation.

Trainability Overview

Easy to trainhigh
Prey drivemedium
Mouthiness tendencieshigh
Barking and Howling tendenciesMedium
Wanderlust tendenciesMedium 

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Exercise Needs

Chihuahua Poodle mix dogs are small but need many exercises to burn out their energy level. Their small size makes exercising easier. One step of ours is many steps to them. They love walking, and a 30 minutes walk per day will be ideal. Apart from walking,  they can be given a lot of playtime. An assortment of toys will make these little puppies happy and healthy. With no proper exercise, they are prone to obesity. A good amount of exercise and physical stimulation will keep them healthy and happy.

Exercise Needs Overview

Energy levelHigh
Exercise needslow

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Grooming

Chihuahua Poodle mix dogs are low-maintenance dogs and shed less than the average dog. They are hypoallergenic and suit best for owners with allergies. These tiny dogs have a medium-length coat and are easy to groom. They can be brushed and bathed once a week. However, daily brushing helps to keep the fur from knots and tangles. Ears should be cleaned and regularly checked as they are prone to ear problems. Brush their teeth daily to prevent plaque and other dental problems. Dental chews are recommended for good oral health. Also, clean their eyes and trim their nails as a part of everyday grooming needs.

Grooming Overview

Easy to groomHigh
Drooling tendenciesLow
Amount of sheddingLow

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Health

Chihuahua Poodle mix are healthy dogs and may not develop any health concerns. But it always helps to know when to take your pup to the vet.

General healthMedium
Weight gain tendenciesMedium to high

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is a disorder that can affect several tiny dog breeds, including Chihuahuas. When a dog’s blood sugar level drops too low, hypoglycemia occurs. This occurs most frequently after an exercise session, when the dog skips a meal, or when the dog witnesses an exciting occurrence. If you suspect your dog is suffering from hypoglycemia, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Glaucoma: It is caused by increased pressure in the eye and is found in two forms: primary, which is hereditary, and secondary, which is caused by the decreased fluid in the eye. Symptoms include pain and loss of vision. Treatment includes surgery or eye drops.  

Patellar Luxation: It is also known as “slipped stifles,” a common problem in small dog breeds that is caused when the patella, which has three parts-the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and tibia (calf) — is not correctly bounded. This leads to lameness in the leg or an abnormal gait, like a hop or a skip. This condition is caused by birth, although the misalignment or luxation does not always occur much later. In addition, the rubbing caused by patellar luxation leads to arthritis. There are four patellar luxation grades, ranging from phase I, an occasional luxation causing unstable lameness in the joint, to grade IV, where the turning of the tibia is heavy, and you cannot realign the patella manually. This gives your dog a bow-legged appearance. Uphill grades of patellar luxation may require surgery.

Eye Diseases: They can be prone to the following eye diseases and disorders:  

  • Corneal damage 
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) 
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis) 
  • Eyelid mass 
  • Cataracts 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Cherry eye 
  • Entropion

Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Many eye infections involve the retina’s slow deterioration. In the initial phases, puppies become night-blind. As it progresses, they lose their eyesight during the daytime as well. However, most canines slowly adapt to their slight or complete sight loss as long as their home surroundings remain the same. 

Overactive Tear Glands: This causes tear stains near the dog’s eyes. Due to genetics, eye infections, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, inflammation, or swelling, dog’s tears are not drained or blocked correctly. Dogs with shallow eye sockets, eyelids turned inward, hair growth around eyes, and blocked tear drainage holes are more susceptible to this. In addition, short-nosed breeds such as Poodle, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and their mixed breeds are prone to this disorder. You can have a cotton cloth handy to wipe the tear stains off your dog’s eyes.

Allergies: Chipoos can be allergic to various substances, ranging from food to pollen. If your dog licks his paws or rubs his face a great deal, get him checked by your veterinarian. 

Obesity: Chihuahuas and their mixed breeds are prone to obesity, exacerbating hip and elbow dysplasia. This disorder negatively hits a dog’s health and durability. Obese canines exhibit an increased risk of heart disease, digestive disorders, diabetes, joint problems, and hypertension. 

Heart Disease: This causes irregular heart murmurs and heartbeat. It can be identified through an X-ray, ECG, and in addition, dental care, medications, and weight control can aid in controlling this disease.  

Dental Issues: Dental issues like bleeding gums, gum inflammation, cavities are common in Chipoos. 

Chihuahua Poodle Mix  Diet and Nutrition

Chihuahua Poodle mix dogs are prone to digestive issues and hypoglycemia. The diet should include high-quality protein-rich food formulated for small breed dogs and be fed small meals several times a day. Their dietary needs will change as they grow from puppyhood to adulthood. Never hesitate to consult a vet to meet your Doodle’s nutritional requirements to keep them happy and healthy.

Chihuahua Poodle Mix Living Condition

Chihuahua Poodle mix dogs are playful, energetic, and adaptable dogs. They are lightweight and can be carried around anywhere. They can live in an apartment with urban settings and play and romp around in a big country yard. They love to be with caring families and require minimal exercise to keep them happy and healthy. 

Chi-Poos can be left alone and are best suited for working parents. However, they cannot tolerate extreme weather conditions. 

Adding a Chihuahua Poodle Mix to Your Family

Things to remember before adding a Chihuahua Poodle Mix  to your family

It is best to get a Chihuahua Poodle breed from a reputable breeder to prevent unavoidable circumstances like health disorders and provide you with vaccination certificates. It is best to check with the puppy’s parents to ensure his health and happiness. Always remember the following red flags to avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills.

  • Puppies are available round the year.
  • You can choose from a variety of litter that is always available. 
  • You can make payment online without looking at the puppy.
  • The breeder does not invite you to visit the puppy and its parents but promises to do door delivery.

Rescue Groups

  • Chihuahua Rescue & Transport
  • Carolina Poodle Rescue

The cost of a Chihuahua Poodle Puppy

Chihuahua Poodle puppy cost ranges from $500 to $1400.

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Other Chihuahua Mixes

  • Cheeks
  • Affenhuahua
  • Chimation
  • Chispaniel
  • BoChi
  • Cheagle
  • Jack Chi
  • Chiweenie
  • Chigi or Corgi
  • Cheenese
  • Chipoo or Poochi
  • Chorkie
  • Chug
  • Pomchu
  • Rat-Cha
  • Shi-Chi
  • Labrahuahua
  • Malchi
  • Chipin
  • Chion
  • Boxachi
  • Golden Chi
  • Italian Greyhuahua
  • Taco Terrier
  • French Bullhuahua
  • Toxirn
  • Chi Apso
  • Wire Chioxy
  • ChiChon
  • Eskimo Chi
  • Scotchi
  • American Bullhuahua
  • Chidale
  • Bolo-Chi
  • Chussel
  • Chi Chi
  • Chin-Wa
  • Chatterdale
  • Shiba-Chi
  • Chestie
  • Silkyhuahua
  • Chi Staffy Bull
  • Smooth Chisoxy

Other Poodle Mixes

  • Cockapoo – Poodle Cocker Spaniel mix
  • Maltipoo – Maltese Poodle 
  • Labradoodle – Labrador Poodle 
  • Goldendoodle – Poodle cross Golden Retriever 
  • Schnoodle – Schnauzer cross Poodle
  • Yorkipoo – Yorkshire Terrier Poodle 
  • Pomapoo – Pomeranian Poodle
  • Shihpoo – Poodle Shih Tzu
  • Poochon – Poodle Bichon Frise
  • Bernedoodle – Bernese Poodle mix
  • Bassetoodle – Basset Hound Poodle
  • Dalmadoodle – Dalmatian Poodle
  • Bloodhound-Poodle mix

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