When a Chihuahua Crosses With a Poodle: Dealing with a Chipoo

Known for being energetic and loving dogs, Chipoos … or a cross between a Chihuahua and a Poodle … are known for their easy going Chipoo temperament.

What Does a Chipoo Look Like?

They’re tiny versions of the best of a Chihuahua and a Poodle, averaging about 5 to 15 inches high and about 3 to 20 pounds in weight. The size of your Chipoo will depend on the sizes of the parents and which traits she has inherited.

Chipoos tend to have small bodies. The ears can either stand up straight or the tips can fold down. Either way, they’re nothing but cute.

A Little History about This Little Dog

A Chipoo is considered a hybrid dog and was created by mating a Chihuahua and a Toy Miniature Poodle. This designer dog breed was undertaken to create a poodle mix that would retain the best characteristics of each breed.

Training and Personality

The Chipoo temperament is sweet and friendly yet they can be very independent creatures. This independence can lead them to become bossy at times but early and consistent training can help work through any of those issues.

A hallmark trait of the Chipoo temperament is their love of snuggling with their humans, happy to just be connected.

They are clever little bundles of fun who love sitting in your lap and can also be very entertaining to watch. However, they can be possessive when it comes to their toys and won’t want to share. Again, training can help with this which includes early socialization with other dogs.

Chipoos tend to fall in love with one person … they get this from their Chihuahua side … and because they are tiny, aren’t well suited for families with young children.

Chipoo Living

Chipoos are perfectly suited to apartment living. Give them a little room to run around and play and they will be happy.

Of course, a house with a yard is ideal too.

A Hypoallergenic Crossbred Dog Who Loves to be Groomed

One of the best qualities of this crossbreed is it’s the fact that it’s a perfect hypoallergenic dog. Known for almost no shedding, people who have allergies will find this to be a breed they will enjoy for years.

This isn’t to say that your Chipoo’s coat doesn’t need regular brushing. They love that. It not only stimulates their skin it prevents their coats from matting. Try using a soft bristle brush rather than one with metal teeth. A good practice is to brush your Chipoo before and after her bath to remove loose hair. A bath at least every 4 to 8 weeks is recommended.


Your Chipoo may live anywhere from 12 to 15 years and can inherit any disease the parents are prone to. However, the thought is by crossbreeding the Chihuahua and the Poodle, the Chipoo will get the best immunity possible by inheriting the strongest traits of each dog. That gives your Chipoo a strong immune system to go along with that wonderful Chipoo temperament.

A regular brushing of their teeth is also highly recommended as Chipoos have a tendency toward gum disease.

They’re also prone to wheeze or snore and can suffer from respiratory issues and ear infections. Just as you do with her gums, check her ears regularly and keep them clean to avoid infection.

If you live in a colder climate, be sure to put a sweater on her to prevent any respiratory illnesses.

A Chipoo Loves the Sound of Her Own Voice

This means that she loves to bark, especially at play. People may walk be her and she’ll call out to them as well. Protective of their owners, the Chipoo temperament will make her bark at anything she dislikes or doesn’t trust. They’re not yappy little dogs, though.

If barking is an issue in your home, early training is a good work around to minimize the noise. But if she continues to bark, it may be a threat she perceives.

Ready to Make a Chipoo Your BFF?

A Chipoo – and their wonderful Chipoo temperament – may be a perfect match for your family. Loving, energetic and playful, a Chipoo will be your loyal friend all her life.

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