The Pitbull Chihuahua dog is a designer breed that results from breeding an American Pitbull with a Chihuahua. It may seem like an odd combination, but they have been becoming more popular due to the unique combination and look of the breed. These dogs are typically a well mix of both breeds and both breed characteristics are represented. They are small to medium in size, weighing up to 45 pounds, but are most often, on the short, stout side, and longer in length, with a Pitbull head and look to the facial features. Even though this is the norm for this breed, anything is possible depending on how strong the genetics are with each side of the puppy’s families. This is a strong, confident, yet gentle breed of dog, especially if bred by responsible breeders with a good lineage of each breed on either side. You might be familiar with this unique designer breed, but here are seven things you didn’t know about the Pitbull Chihuahua breed.
1. Intelligent but stubborn
This breed of dog is smart, but does have a stubborn streak from the Chihuahua side of the family and will need consistency with training. They are capable of learning but it is important that you start training early, have patience and stay consistent. Reward training works much better for this breed as opposed to harsh, forceful training techniques. Socializing your dog at a young age is important in early training to help him learn good dog behaviors for his adulthood, especially because they are known to be aloof and possibly aggressive towards other dogs and animals.
2. Health issues
All dogs have the potential to develop health issues and Pitbull Chihuahuas are no different. Because this breed descends from two separate breeds, the risks of developing health issues from both sides are possible. The most common health issues seen in this breed include, open fontanel, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, allergies, hypoglycemia and shivering. Regular check-ups can help prevent heath issues, and early treatment can be started if a health issue arises, when regular care is provided.
3. Very active and borderline, hyper
This is a dog that requires a lot of exercise in order to keep him happy, both physically and mentally. He is even sometimes referred to as a hyper breed, but they are very agile and sporty, and a great fit for owners who like to spend a lot of time outdoors, or being active. This breed has an average lifespan of 10-13 years, and keeping your dog properly exercised and in its normal weight category can help ensure a long, healthy life.
4. Can have one of three coats
Depending on which side of the family your Pitbull Chihuahua takes after, and what type of Chihuahua your dog hails from, he can be born with one of three coat-types. The Pitbulls typically have short, smooth coats, which is one type of coat you may see grow in on your pup. Or there is a possibility of the typical short-haired Chihuahua coat, or the long-haired Chihuahua coat, if he is from the long-haired version of the breed.
5. Good with children, may not be with other dogs
Because these little dogs love to run and play and have fun, children can be a great source of fun for these dogs. They typically make great pets for families with children, however, Pitbull Chihuahuas have a natural instinct to want to chase what they perceive as prey, which include other animals, such as cats and even other dogs. They can also be aggressive towards other dogs, which means that this breed needs to be very well socialized starting from an early age, if you plan to have this breed around other dogs, especially others in the family.
6. Not a big barker
If you are looking for a dog that is not a big barker or yipper, this is a dog that is fairly quiet. Like most dogs, this breed does bark to alert you when there is someone approaching the home, but he does not bark excessively, however, the bark of a Pitbull Chihuahua is unexpectedly high pitched, which might annoy some people.
7. Very loyal dog
This is a very loyal and loving breed of dog. The Pitbull Chihuahua loves to be with its owner, no matter what you are doing, and they develop close bonds with them. They are considered to be very loyal dogs, since both full breeds they hail from, are both considered very loyal breeds. If you want a dog who will not leave your side and is dedicated to you, this is one breed that will fulfill that need.
Before you purchase any breed of dog, it is always a good idea to research the breed and find out all the information so that you are aware of all of its good qualities and not-so-good. Knowing all about a particular breed will help you make an informed decision as to whether this will be a good breed for you and your family.