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However, crossbreeds have their pros and cons, and in this article, I’m going to explain to you more about this unique dog, about what makes her so special, and what she needs to thrive.
Health issues of the Chihuahua Pitbull Mix
When getting a new Chihuahua and Pitbull mix, make sure to confirm with your breeder that the parents were cleared of any genetic issues or irregularities that your puppy may inherit.
Here are some of the significant and potential health concerns that your Pitbull & Chihuahua mix may suffer from:
Minor health concerns include cataracts, brachycephalic syndrome, and spina bifida.
Occasional tests of the eye, hip, and blood, as well as spine x-rays and a physical examination, should be done on your Chihuahua Pitbull as he ages and matures.
The average lifespan of a Pitbull Chihuahua mix is around 10 to 13 years.
You’ll find a great companion in a Pitbull Chihuahua Mix
These dogs love their owners, and when living with a family they tend to create a special bond with one of the members, usually the one who spends the most time with them. This makes them suitable for both people living alone and families.
They’re loyal, affectionate, and playful, and are generally great with children of all ages. However, if you have small kids you should watch them closely, as many of them don’t understand how to behave around dogs, and may harm your pet.
The problem with this dog is that you’ll have to spend a lot of time with her. She hates being alone, and when left by herself for too long she can develop separation anxiety and depression. Crate training can be useful, but don’t use the dog cage for more than four hours a day.
Where does the Pitbull Chihuahua mix come from?
We can trace back the roots of the American Pit Bull Terrier to England, Ireland, and Scotland, where dog breeders started crossing terriers with bull-baiting dogs during the 1800s.
Some of these crossbreeds were brought by immigrants to the United States where further interbreeding occurred mostly for hunting and herding purposes. A few were also bred for companionship.
The product of this interbreeding would later become the ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The United Kennel Club accepted the registration of the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1898. On the other hand, the American Kennel Club has declined to acknowledge the ‘Pitbull’ as a specific breed.
On the other hand, the origin of the Chihuahua is unclear. Early civilizations such as the Aztecs and Toltecs had dogs similar to Chihuahuas, which they used for food, religious purposes, and companionship.
These claims were uncertain, although, around the 1800s, tourists began bringing Chihuahuas back from Mexico.
These tiny dogs were later spotted during the 1890s, participating in dog shows. In 1908, recognition as a breed was granted to these furballs by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Not long after that, the United Kennel Club followed in the AKC’s footsteps and recognized this breed in 1948.
Like most crossbreeds, the Chipit is not officially recognized by the AKC. However, the Pitbull Chihuahua mix is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
How big does a Chihuahua pit mix get?
How much is a pitbull mix with Chihuahua?
The Chipit typically grows up to 20 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing in at up to 20 pounds. The body of Chipits is often short, broad, and muscular with the characteristic short neck of the pitbull parent. Many Chipits inherit the small feet, long ears, and thin muzzle of the Chihuahua.