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Chi-Chi:Dog Breed Profile

These are adorable little pooches, have an immense attachment to the owner, and a very smart and alert. The most striking feature of this breed is the rectangular body and a wedge or an apple-shaped head resembling their Chihuahua or Chinese Crested parents respectively. Their eyes are bright and round, sometimes almond-shaped. Their neck is to some extent arched making it look long and thin. Some other characteristics are slim shoulders, slender legs, and a curved C-shaped tail. These are super-active cute little beings, often excited wagging their tails unnecessarily.

These hybrid dogs behave very well with the kids and can be left alone at home or in a yard for a longer duration. Some may also suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for an extended period of time (say weeks or months). Chi-Chi is a quick learner and is good at climbing and jumping walls. They also considered being a good watchdog and immediately barked at seeing any stranger.

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Chi-Chi Breed Characteristics

  • About Chi-Chi Breed

    Name: Chi-Chi

    Height: 10-12 inches

    Weight: 6-10 lb

    Lifespan: 12-15 inches

    Group: Not Applicable

    The Chi-Chi is known by other names such as Chinese Crested Chihuahua, or the Mexican Crested. They are a designer non-sporting breed, resulting from the cross-breeding of a Chihuahua with a Chinese Crested. They are a small-sized dog who takes an active part in competitive obedience and agility based sports. Their average lifespan is between 10 to 15 years. They are bold little dogs, very sweet and emotional, and have a strong need to be with their owners at all times. Chi-Chi gets very upset when left alone for long periods.

    The appearance of Chi Chi may be different. As a puppy, Chi Chi usually weighs between 4 and 10 pounds. Chi Chi can be any of a variety of colors, can have a smooth jacket, long and fluffy hair, or hairless, with pieces of fur on the body. Most Chi Chi have white hairs on the abdomen, claws or chest. This hybrid will usually have a high forehead and nose of the same color as his body. Chi Chi's eyes will be round or almond shaped, while most hybrid eyes won't bulge like Chihuahua's, some may. The pool has a long neck and a little rectangular body. Chi Chi's tail is typically long and curved. If he is hairless, there will be a piece of hair on the top of his tail.

Chi-Chi Breed Daily Care

Ears: You will be required to wipe their ears every week, to clear off pests and other infection-causing germs.

Eyes: Those button-like eyes need to be taken care of! You might want to check for soreness, redness, and debris almost every day to avoid infections and other eye problems.

Teeth: Chi-Chi needs to be brushed at least 3 times a week.

Nails: You will be required to trim down their nails once in a week or fortnight to avoid scratching and injuries thereupon, especially for the hairless ones.

Hair: If your Chi-Chi is long-haired, you will be required to brush his hair once a day. For short-haired ones, just once a week brushing is enough. For the hairless variety, all you need to do is to wipe them down with a wet cloth a couple of times a week. Remember to apply lotion for the hairless ones, as they tend to get sunburns very easily during summers.

Overall, Chi Chi is a low to no shedding dog who needs at least combing - brushing his teeth 1 to 2 times, if his hair is short, wipe him in hairless with a soft, moist towel every week.

Even if Chi Chi inherits the "hairless" body of Chinese Crested hair, he will maintain a unique hair cluster of head, tail and feet, which needs constant attention. Like most small breeds, Chi Chi's dental disease may be a problem, so brushing teeth should be an important part of his groom program.

If Chi Chi has long hair, Chi Chi needs to brush his teeth once a day. If he has short hair, once a week is enough. If Chi Chi is hairless, wipe with a wet rag several times a week. If he is hairless, remember to put sunscreen on him when he goes out, so Chi Chi won't get sunburned! If Chi Chi is hairless, the possibility of causing someone's allergy is very small, although it is still very small. Bathing can be done when he needs it.

Recommended daily amount: These small dogs need half or maximum one cup of dry dog food daily, coupled with some nutritious diet. Overfeeding should be strictly avoided, as they tend to gain weight very easily.

What food to choose: You will be required to feed a good quality and nutritious kibble to your Chi-Chi, specially formulated for his age and size.

How to keep good shape: These are small energetic pups, which need moderate levels of exercise. They also tend to gain weight if overfed. So the trick is to feed right and exercise right to keep them in good shape. Since they love to play around, it also forms a part of their daily exercise regime.

How many times to feed your dog: You will be required to feed 2 to 3 times a day.

Speaking of the general issues, Chi-Chi can be predisposed to obesity as he a food-lover. You will be required to protect your hairless variety from the sun and cold. They are prone to dental issues, eye disorders, and cardiac problems, kidney stones, hydrocephalus, and spinal injuries. Let’s look at some of the other problems faced by Chi-Chi.

Luxating Patella:

Condition - A luxating patella (also called patellar luxation) is the scientific term for dislocation of the knee-cap. It is a genetic disease, starting to show symptoms when a puppy is four months old. An affected Chihuahua may limp while walking, or avoid the use of the affected leg.

Treatment – for acute cases, surgery is the only option. Most of the time, the vet would just observe the condition to keep track of future problems.


Conditions –Just like humans, dogs also suffer from low blood sugar which is also known as Hypoglycemia. The symptoms are similar to those in humans - weakness, dizziness, confusion, unusual drowsiness, or even fainting. When encountered with such symptoms, you must ensure to take them to a vet who might suggest a new diet plan or other methods to keep them healthy. Sometimes, Hypoglycemia could also be a symptom of other diseases, such as diabetes or liver failure, hence cannot be taken lightly.

Treatment – Proper diet is the prerequisite to keeping Hypoglycemia at bay. Being a small-sized breed, missing even a couple of meals may also lead to a drop in blood sugar levels, leading to severe concerns such as seizures and fits.

Tracheal Collapse:

Condition - The trachea is a tube meant to carry oxygen through breathing from the mouths and noses to the lungs. If the tube collapses, the Chi-Chi will experience trouble in breathing, leading to a chronic hooting cough. When the tracheal collapse is acute, the Chi-Chi may develop blue gums, may even faint as they cannot breathe. This situation needs immediate assistance from a vet.

Treatment – Ideally, cough suppressants or asteroids are administered to open the dog’s airway to enable breathing.

Chi Chi can often avoid health problems. Chi Chi's purebred parents can know about it, but it's always important to know that your little ones may inherit it. When using chi chi, it may be patellar dislocation, skin allergy and dental problems. Please note that if your dog is a hairless breed, Chi Chi has no typical protection against cuts and abrasions. Pay attention to this when playing and walking, and often do a quick check to find any damage.

Training a Chi-Chi would require you to be firm and persistent. It is a must to provide positive reinforcement supported with rewards and appreciation. They are very quick learners and love to be cuddled and hugged, which may give you very good results. Since they tend to get attached to one person in general, it will be required to impart socialization training from the early days. Other pieces of training include obedience and agility training.

Your Chi Chi comes from two smart breeds. Although Chi Chi is a fairly fast research, a stubborn tendency can make Chi Chi a challenge training. A firm, consistent approach is necessary to play the best in this dog. Considering Chihuahua's aggressiveness to other animals, Chi Chi's early socialization is highly recommended. Like any dog, reward based strategies will get you the best results.

Chi-Chi is an energetic, smart, cute, and bright dog who is friendly and lively. They are very loyal and get along with members of their family pretty well. Though they may find a special bonding with one of the members, they mingle with all or several of the family members. They love playing with small toys. They cannot tolerate being left alone for long periods. The Chi-Chi needs a consistent regime of exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes a day, including trips to the parks, small walks, and indoor and outdoor playtime. You need to keep an eye on his hind legs while he is jumping or climbing, as they may have inherited the delicate legs of the Chihuahua. The Chi-Chi is naturally inquisitive and exploring. You can provide them with dental chew toys to help them keep their teeth clean between brushes.

Other care needs for Chi Chi include wiping ears once a week, checking eyes, brushing teeth at least three times a week, and then trimming Chi Chi's nails. This last one needs to be careful because there are live blood vessels in the dog's fingernails, which means that if you clip too low or too close quickly, there will be bleeding and pain in your dog. It is very important to trim Chi Chi's nails, especially if Chi Chi is hairless, otherwise he may hurt himself when he scratches himself.

Chi-Chi Breed History

The Chi-Chi is a relatively new breed of cross-breeds; hence not much evidence is available in this regard. They are a cross-breed, arising from the combination of Chihuahua and Chinese Crested. Some people say that Chihuahua originated in Africa where it is known as the “African hairless terrier”, from where it was brought to China 2`1through ships and cargo for various purposes. It is also said that the Chinese Crested dog was first discovered in Europe in the 1800s. The Chi-Chi is a present-day Designer Dog believed to have originated in the United States.

Dogs have been raised with other breeds for many years, so while Chi Chi and cute names have been new ideas over the past decade or so, mixing breeds together is nothing new. The details of how, why, who and when the pool first bred are unknown. Usually, the intentions of respected breeders are good, and when the best of the two breeds are bred into puppies, it's a great thing. However, it's not something that can be controlled. There's always a bit of luck in this kind of thing. For example, even in the same nest, the appearance of Chi Chi is very different. Chi Chi may be hairless, with long hair and swollen or short hair. He may be a cute little thing, or he doesn't look so impressive. One example is poor Elwood who won the world's ugliest dog competition in 2007! Here is a look at the parent's breed to understand where he came from.

The Chinese Crested

This dog's name is a bit misleading, because they are not actually from China, but originated in Mexico or Africa, but it is the Chinese who have reduced their size in the process of breeding, so they are called Chinese Crested dogs. The brave dogs are believed to have been taken aboard by Chinese sailors to catch mice and other pests. By the 19th century, they were very popular in Europe, although at that time their names were varied, including royal Chinese hairless dog, Chinese food dog and Chinese boat dog. When this breed came to the United States, it was not clear that the first breed club was founded in 1974. Today, this species is rare in China. He is a happy and alert dog who will spoil his master and want to have a lot of lap time and hugs. He's very careful with strangers. He's a smart man. However, he may be stubborn and a little in need of help.

Chihuahua dog

Like many varieties today, the history of Chihuahua is not entirely clear. There is a saying that she comes from Chinese dogs brought to Mexico by Spaniards. These dogs are raised with native Mexican dogs. Another theory is that she comes from techichi, a South and Central American dog discovered as early as the 9th century. Either way, Chihuahua with short hair was discovered in Chihuahua state of Mexico in the middle of the 19th century, hence its name. The poodle was later developed by breeding with a Pomeranian or mastoid dog. He is a popular breed and is still a bold and alert dog who is alert to strangers. He is very confident, maybe a little too much! He likes emotion and attention, but he's also sensitive. He tends to be associated with one person rather than many people, and needs proper socialization and training to achieve good results in a family with children.