In 2007, the Guiness Book of World Records awarded the title of smallest dog in the world to Boo Boo, a Chihuahua that stood a mere 4 inches tall and weighed in at only 1 and a half pounds! Even without counting this micro-sized pet, Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog that there is in the entire world, averaging between 6 and 10 inches tall and weighing (as a rule) no more than 6 pounds.
The animals are considered by many to be extremely cute, and idea which becomes even more embedded with the small canine’s attitude. It seems to not realize (or at least doesn’t care) that it’s so much smaller than all other dogs, as it attempts to impose its will upon even vastly larger animals. It’s small stature, however, causes it to be prone to numerous diseases including hydrocephalus, low blood sugar, and even neurological disorders such as epilepsy and other seizure diseases.
This is one of the reasons that Chihuahuas are often bred with other breeds to make various Chihuahua mixes—to maintain the animal’s small stature and personality, but removing come of the potentially fatal flaws.
Why mix Chihuahuas with other breeds?
As previously mentioned, one reason to breed Chihuahuas with other breeds of dog is to create a dog that is of larger stature than the Chihuahua parent breed, giving it less risk of diseases that are too common in the small animals. Another reason is to create a dog that it unique from what other dog owners may have, such as a Chiweiner (a cross between a Chwawa and a Dachshund).
And then there are the shady breeders who mix Chihuahuas with other dogs for a very different reason. A Chihuahua’s litter is always small in number, usually 1 to 3 puppies, and occasionally 4. A slightly larger dog that is capable of having much larger litters while still giving birth to pups that look striking similar to newborn Chihuahuas is the Miniature Pinsher. Breeders who are more on the sneaky side will breed Chihuahuas with Mini Pinshers and claim the offspring is a purebred Chihuahua, all while having a larger litter to sell from. While these shady dealings may be somewhat unethical, it is cause for the Chihuahua mixing.
Popular Chihuahua Mixes
While the aforementioned Chihuahua Mini Pin mix is generally a disliked dog by owners (not just because they thought they were getting a purebred Chihuahua, but because Chihuahua Mini Pin mixes generally grow too large to still be considered a “toy dog”), there are a few breeds of Chihuahua mixes that are somewhat popular.
· Taco Terrier: This style of dog became extremely popular in the 1990’s after it became the mascot and primary character of numerous Taco Bell commercials. This tiny mutt is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Toy Fox Terrier.
· Chihuahua Mix Poodle: This dog is seen often as it mixes purebreds of the very popular breeds of Chihuahuas and Poodles. The outcome is a very unique looking dog that seems to have the larger body of a Poodle while having the facial features, tail, and hair type of a Chihuahua. Taking the best personality traits from each parent breed, Chihuahua Mix Poodles are friendly, intelligent and loving, making them a great companion pet. Being considered undesirable from their cross breeding, they’re not allowed to be entered into dog shows.
· Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix: This dog is another seemingly perfect hybrid in appearance with the face of a Chihuahua, a Pomeranian’s long and fine hair, and a body that seems a natural cross of the two. They have personality traits, however, that are uncharacteristic of each parent breed, making them their own unique animal.