Why Is The Chihuahua Terrier Mix Such A Popular Dog?

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One of the most common mixed breeds is the Chihuahua Terrier Mix.  These dogs have been popular for many years among those looking for a well-rounded animal.  Very small in size these dogs are often referred to as lap dogs and can often be found curled up in the lap of their owner.  Often times these dogs are a cross between the Rat Terrier and the Chihuahua.  You will find that this mix is the perfect blend for a few very good reasons.

Many people who have had one of these cute little dogs will tell you that they make perfect pets.  When you cross these two animals what you get is a very calm dog.  While many Chihuahuas are bold and sometimes aggressive this mixture produces an offspring that is very docile.  Another reason why many people prefer this cross is because of size.  While still considered small dogs these canines are larger and less fragile.  A very healthy animal, they also tend to have less health related issues as compared to either of its parents. This helps them have a very long life and many of these dogs live to be upwards of 15 years old.

Also, you will be hard pressed to find a dog smarter than this mixed breed.  At a very young age they learn the basic commands and house training them is really easy.  They learn to sit, stay, and come long before many other dog breeds do.  So if you are looking for a dog that will learn to listen to you, this is the one.  Many owners can train these dogs in the comfort of their own home without the need to take them to a professional trainer.

While these dogs are bold at times they often get along with everyone in the household.  So if you have kids and other animals in your home with a little bit of socialization these dogs will live peacefully with everyone. But be sure to always watch a new dog that you bring into your home for a few days before letting your guard down.  Any dog can become aggressive if they are stressed out and sometimes new environments can cause this to happen.  So make sure to make them feel at home and give them lots of space.

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