5-10 lbs
North America
West Highland White Terrier
Chiwestie, Chi-Westie

The Chestie is a small scruffy faced looking dog that is a cross between the Chihuahua and West Highland White Terrier. These playful, energetic hybrids tend to make great companions for owners who live busy lives as they often are low maintenance and require little exercise. They can be a bit demanding and want your attention most of the time - this can be an endearing characteristic if you have the availability. Owners of the Chestie say they are an affectionate dog that provides wonderful companionship.

Date of Origin
Chihuahua and West Highland White Terrier

Chestie Health

Average Size
Male Chestie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Female Chestie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Collapsed Trachea
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Fluorescein Test
  • Blood Tests
  • General Physical Examination
  • Blood Chemistry

Chestie Breed History

Commonly known as the Westie, the West Highland White Terrier originates from Poltalloch, Scotland and is thought to have originated during the 17th century. The Westie back then was bred to hunt rats, badgers and foxes, however, today they are regarded mostly as companion pets. Bred by Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch, the once wheaten colored dog owned by this hunter was mistakenly taken for a fox and thereby met his demise. To avoid another sad event such as this, Colonel Malcolm furthermore bred only a white terrier with which to hunt. This feisty breed joined the American Kennel Club in 1908. The Chihuahua is a small toy breed dog that shares its ancestry with another desert dwelling dog known as the Techichi, which was a breed that dates back to ancient Mayan times. A dog thought to be a healer and a spiritual being, he was revered, yet also cremated when his owner passed so that he could assist the person as he travelled to the other side. He was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1904 and at one point was the 30th most popular dog on their roster. This combination of dogs makes for a fun and spritely addition to any home.

Chestie Breed Appearance

The Chestie is a small breed dog that is considered to be quite fine-boned. These hybrids tend to have dark, round eyes that may bulge a bit as is seen in the Chihuahua parent, and short to medium length muzzles with a black or brown nose. They often stand no more than 10 inches in height and will have short legs that can be small in form or somewhat more stocky like the Westie parent. Depending on the dominant parental genes, Chesties can  have coats that are medium to long in length that will be fawn, cream, white, black or brown in color. The ears are often upright with a rounded tip, however, sometimes Chesties will have slightly flopped down ears. Generally, you may find feathering of the fur to be distributed on the muzzle area, ears, and chest. The tail may be upright or hang down and will not be overly thick.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chestie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chestie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Chestie coat
brown Chestie coat
black Chestie coat
fawn Chestie coat
white Chestie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chestie wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chestie Breed Maintenance

Chesties are low maintenance dogs as they are pretty small in size and don’t have excessively long coats. Brushing on a weekly basis with the pin brush should be sufficient in keeping the coat of this cute hybrid looking sharp and neat. If his fur is short and smooth, the slicker brush will do a good job as well. In general, he is a clean little dog and should not require bathing often, unless he tends to like to roll in the mud. Always use a veterinarian approved shampoo when he does need a clean-up. His nails will need a trim every few weeks and because he is small and has tiny teeth, there could be a chance he will have dentition problems or tartar accumulation. Daily brushing is recommended if at all possible.

Brushes for Chestie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chestie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chestie Temperament

The Chestie is a fairly active dog that is quite devoted and loyal to their owners. Your Chestie may have the tendency to be clingy and demanding and follow you everywhere you go. The downfall to the characteristic is that Chesties do not like being left alone, so separation anxiety might be common. If you are someone who is not home that often, or who works outside the home all day, you may want to shop around for another type of hybrid. Doggy daycare is an option as long as your dog is socialized early in life. A lonely dog can develop the habit of excessive barking, a common trait seen in this hybrid. In regards to children and other pets, Chesties are often quite friendly and playful, however, they may nip if a child is too rough with them.

Chestie Activity Requirements

As the Chestie is a small hybrid he does not need a lot of exercise but will be happiest if you walk him two or three times a day. These can be short walks, just a quick promenade around the block to see what is going on in the neighborhood. Obedience training, playing with toys, going to small dog play groups, and visits to the dog park are other options that he will enjoy. However, it is important to be careful when going to dog parks as Chesties may get hurt when playing with larger dog breeds. Your hybrid will be comfortable in any living environment as long as he has your company.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Chestie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Chestie Owner Experiences

3 Years
1 People
Road trip
Dunkin is the most affectionate dog I've ever had. I didn't think I was much of a small dog person after having labs all my life but he has all their friendliness and playfulness with way less maintenance. He has major separation anxiety and cries every time I leave, but rather than let this be a hindrance, I got him certified as a therapy dog and he now joins me at work several days a week. He's so well behaved at work and sweet toward people and other dogs alike. He was found as a stray before I adopted him and there's no evidence anyone owned him before but I find it so hard to believe based on his manners. I am not big on exercise so the only activity he gets is running back and forth for toys, but this seems to be adequate, as he's in great health. The only health issue we've had so far are hard stools and that's because he doesn't like to drink water when I'm gone. I haven't gone swimming with him yet, but he does get pretty anxious around the hose and sprinklers, so that'll be an interesting adventure.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
2 People
Since we adopted Jonas three years ago, he has traveled cross country twice. He has lived in SoCal, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Washington DC. He has adapted well to all locations. As long as he knows he has us, he is fine.
6 months ago
Capone Gates
3 Months
3 People
House & Yard
He is the most loving, sweet, feisty, cute little buddy. He is never left alone, he will destroy anything and everything in his line of sight if he gets locked out of a room while cleaning is going on. He loves to sleep with us. He has yet to get the potty training down yet. He is making progress. He loves car rides, walks, being the center of attention and he likes an occasional kitty treat from the liter box.(we have since placed the litter box in a puppy free zone) His favorite food is chicken and gravy. But he loves and occasional French fry as well :) We love him and could not be any happier with our choice.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
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