Chihuahuas are an extremely popular breed of dog in many countries. In the United States they are in the top 15 most popular breeds registered with the American Kennel Club. They are small and they make good dogs for people who live in the city. For this reason, they are often chosen to crossbreed with other small dogs to produce Chihuahua mix puppies, especially if the other breed also has desirable qualities.
Chihuahua Mixed Breeds
Chihuahua mix puppies from breeding Chihuahuas to other breeds may be hybrid dogs or they may simply be mixed breeds. The difference is that hybrid dogs are deliberately bred with the idea of selecting for certain qualities in the two parents. Mixed breed dogs are often the result of an accidental or random breeding. Puppies of both kinds can be wonderful dogs, but it’s a difference in terminology.
Popular Chihuahua mixes or hybrids, which are intentionally bred, include the following (breed crossed with in parentheses):
• Chug (Pug)
• Chion (Papillon)
• Malchi (Maltese)
• Cheeks (Pekingese)
• Chiranian (Pomeranian)
• Chi-Chi (Chinese Crested)
• Chin-wa (Japanese Chin)
• Jack Chi (Jack Russell)
• Cheagle (Beagle)
• Chipin (Miniature Pinscher)
• Taco Terrier (Fox Terrier)
• Boston Huahua (Boston Terrier)
• Chussel (Brussels Griffon)
• Cheenese (Havanese)
• Chi Apso (Lhaso Apso)
• Chichon (Bichon Frise)
• Chorkie (Yorkshire Terrier)
• Shichi (Shih Tzu)
Whenever the Chihuahua is crossed with one of these breeds, there is no guarantee which traits the resulting puppies will receive. Some of them may look more like the Chihuahua parent and some of them may look more like the other parent. Some puppies may be cute and others may have deformities. It’s always possible that when breeds are mixed this way there can be serious health problems. Although many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” this is untrue in this case. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.
Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua Mix
A Jack Russell Terrier Chihuahua mix is popularly known as a Jack Chi. They can look like Chihuahuas or Jack Russells, or a combination of the two breeds. These dogs tend to have a lot of terrier qualities since Chihuahuas are already very terrier-like in some ways. You can expect high energy, intelligence, and a lot of boldness in these dogs. It may be hard to train a Jack Chi. Listening to you may not be high on their list of priorities.
Chihuahua Terrier Mix
Chihuahuas have many terrier qualities such as intelligence, being very alert and bold, and tending to think for themselves. They can be somewhat hard to train and they don’t always listen to their owners. When they are crossed with terrier breeds, who share these traits, you may get dogs that can be difficult for some owners to handle.
Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Fox Terriers are sometimes crossed with Chihuahuas, probably because of their similarity in size.
Chihuahuas are a popular dog to cross with other breeds, perhaps because of their small size. When dogs are crossed you can get puppies that look and act like either parent, or a combination of both parents. Not all mixes are successful or make good pets. Chihuahua mix puppies can be a good pet, but you should choose carefully.