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Chihuahua Mix Puppies

Thursday, December 8, 2011 @ 08:12 PM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

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.

Conclusion

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.

Long Haired Chihuahua

Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 08:12 PM  posted by Mr.Ekachai

The Chihuahua comes in both a smooth-coat and Long haired version. They are the same breed and all other characteristics are the same. Long haired Chihuahuas usually have smoother hair than the smooth-coated dogs, who can have hair that is anything from hard and dense to almost wiry in feeling. The Long haired Chihuahua has a soft undercoat that feels like down to keep the dog warm. It also has an outer, Long haired coat that is soft and fine, making them fluffy and soft to the touch.

The Long haired Chihuahua doesn’t need to be trimmed and they only need to have a slight amount of grooming done. It is very easy to care for their coats. In fact, the Long haired Chihuahua sheds less than the smooth-coated Chihuahua. It can take as long as two years, or even longer, before a Long haired Chihuahua’s long coat fully grows out.

The coat can be any solid color or it can be marked or have white splashings mixed with the color. All colors are equally desirable.

You should brush your Long haired Chihuahua at least once a week. They usually need a bath about once a month, unless they get into something and get dirty or smelly. You should clean their ears and trim their nails once a week. You should also brush their teeth regularly.

Chihuahuas should not weigh more than six pounds, especially if they are going to be shown at dog shows. However, normal Chihuahuas can weigh as little as about three pounds. Some pet Chihuahuas may weigh up to 10 pounds. It is not uncommon for pet breeders to sometimes have larger Chihuahuas. Pet owners may have dogs that are larger if they overfeed their dogs and the dogs don’t get any exercise.

The Chihuahua typically lives a long life. They can live up to 18 years with good care.

Long haired Chihuahua Puppies for Sale

You should always buy Long haired Chihuahua puppies from a reputable breeder. Good breeders usually belong to breed clubs and many of them show their dogs to get objective opinions about their dogs before they are bred. Look for breeders who take the trouble to health test their Chihuahuas for problems that can occur in the breed. OFA Cardiac, OFA Patella and CERF eye testing are all recommended for Chihuahuas so ask a breeder if he or she has had these tests done on the dogs they use for breeding.

You should also talk to a breeder about what, if any, kind of health guarantees they offer on the puppies they sell. Will they take a puppy back within a reasonable amount of time if the puppy becomes sick or develops a genetic problem? Or, will they refund any of the purchase price if you still wish to keep the puppy? Ask if they provide a contract for the puppy. A good contract will spell things out and protect both you and the breeder, as well as the puppy. It should be fair to everyone.

Long haired Chihuahua puppies are quite popular and there are lots of them for sale on the Internet. There are both good breeders and bad ones selling online. Check out anyone you intend to buy from carefully. Buying a puppy is like buying anything else. It’s buyer beware. You can’t always find the puppy or dog you want locally, so sometimes you have to buy from someone far away. Just be sure you are dealing with someone reputable. Ask questions. Ask to see pedigrees and health certificates. If you want a puppy that is registered with the AKC or another particular registry, ask to see the registration paper (or a scan of it). Ask for references. Do your homework. Many good show breeders also advertise online. Just be sure you know who you’re dealing with.

You should also be aware that terms like “teacup” Chihuahuas are a marketing gimmick. There are some very tiny Chihuahuas being sold that are around two pounds or less as adults, but these dogs will usually have some severe health problems when they are adults and they may have shortened lifespans.

Conclusion

Long haired Chihuahuas make great pets. They are the same breed as smooth-coated Chihuahuas but they have longer, fluffier hair that needs to be brushed regularly. If you are buying a Long haired Chihuahua puppy you should talk to the breeder and ask about health testing, health guarantees, and contracts. Be careful when buying online so you buy from a reputable breeder.

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