4-10 lbs
Chinese Crested

The Chi-Chi is a hybrid created through the combination of the Chihuahua and the Chinese Crested. Typically small (usually weighing between 4 and 10 pounds), the Chi-Chi is a smart, friendly dog who loves to play and can be seen with or without hair. Dogs of the hybrid do well with kids and are able to stay at home alone or in a yard with supervision and company for extended periods of time. If the alone time becomes excessive however, the tendency to have separation anxiety has been noted. Occasionally messy and noisy, the Chi-Chi is a good watch dog as it will bark upon encountering strangers. The Chi-Chi is often good at both climbing and jumping and is a quick learner.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Chihuahua and Chinese Crested

Chi-Chi Health

Average Size
Male Chi-Chi size stats
Height: 5-12 inches Weight: 4-10 lbs
Female Chi-Chi size stats
Height: 5-12 inches Weight: 4-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Heart Problems
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Knee

Chi-Chi Breed History

The hybrid called the Chi-Chi is a new breed of dog that does not have a detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to create the breed have long histories. Theories as to the origin of the Chihuahua vary. One theory is that the breed came from China on Spanish trading ships as cargo for trade. Once in the Americas it was bred with native canines. The most well known theory is that the breed descended from the Techichi dog who was revered by the Aztecs for his spiritual and healing properties. It was believed that this tiny dog had the ability to guide the soul to the underworld. What is confirmed is that around 1850, these dogs were discovered in Chihuahua, Mexico and a few were ultimately brought to America. They were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904. There are also multiple theories as to the origin of the Chinese Crested dog. Some say that the Aztecs had the dog and used the breed to warm their beds while others say that the Chinese Crested dog is a cross between the Mexican hairless dog and the Chihuahua. There are claims that the breed began in Africa where it was called the “African hairless terrier”. From Africa, it was said to have been taken on to Chinese trading ships in the 13th century where it was used to catch rats and for trading with merchants. Evidence of the Chinese Crested dog in Europe was first seen in the 1800’s in paintings and later in photographs. While interest in the Chinese Crested dog grew over the next century, only in 1991 was the breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Chi-Chi Breed Appearance

The appearance of the Chi-Chi can vary. A small dog, the Chi-Chi will typically weigh between 4 and 10 pounds. The Chi-Chi can be any of a variety of colors and may have a smooth, short coat, long fluffy hair, or be hairless with patches of fur on his body. Most dogs of the hybrid will have white hair on the stomach, paws or chest. This hybrid will typically have a high forehead and a nose the same color as his body. His eyes will be round or almond in shape and while most of the hybrid’s eyes do not bulge like the Chihuahua, some may. The Chi-Chi’s neck is long and his body is somewhat rectangular in shape. His tail is typically long and curved and should he be hairless, the tail will have a patch of hair at its top.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chi-Chi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chi-Chi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chi-Chi coat
white Chi-Chi coat
gray Chi-Chi coat
brown Chi-Chi coat
white Chi-Chi coat
cream Chi-Chi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Chi-Chi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chi-Chi Breed Maintenance

The grooming needs of your Chi-Chi will depend upon the coat that he inherits. For dogs with long hair, daily brushing is important. Should he have short hair, he will only need to be brushed once a week. A hairless dog will need to be wiped down with a damp cloth a few times each week; lotion and sunblock should be applied daily to prevent them from getting a sunburn. The eyes of your Chi-Chi should be cleaned regularly in order to infections developing. This is particularly important in those who inherit the large eyes of the Chihuahua. Regular dental care is important as dogs of the hybrid are prone to dental problems; his teeth should be brushed three times each week. Your Chi-Chi’s nails should be clipped regularly and he should be given a bath as needed.

Brushes for Chi-Chi
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Chi-Chi requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chi-Chi Temperament

The Chi-Chi is an energetic, bright dog who is friendly and playful. A loyal dog, he will get along well with members of his family and may find a special connection with one or several of them. Generally easy to get along with, the Chi-Chi has a big personality and may act boldly towards new animals and people, a quality that makes the breed a good watch dog. While the Chi-Chi can be left alone, should he be left for too long, he can become stressed, which can lead to hair loss, self-harm in the form of biting or scratching, rude behavior or efforts to escape. The Chi-Chi will get along well with kids though it is important that children be taught to be gentle with him. Training your Chi-Chi will require that you be firm and patient while providing positive reinforcement in the form of rewards and praise.

Chi-Chi Activity Requirements

The Chi-Chi will need regular exercise, which can include walks, trips to the dog park and both indoor and outdoor play. It is recommended that you keep an eye on his back legs when he is jumping or climbing stairs. Some Chi-Chi’s will inherit the fragile legs of the Chihuahua and as the Chi-Chi is naturally curious and wants to explore, he may jump to a place he should not jump down from. The Chi-Chi is not made for extreme temperatures so if out in the cold, make sure he has a sweater and in hot weather, do not allow him to exert himself.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Chi-Chi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chi-Chi Owner Experiences

Miss Margarita
4 Months
1 People
I find my experience with Miss Margarita is extremely pleasant. She is such a playful joy, great company, and my little companion.
5 years, 9 months ago
Speedy Gonzales
15 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Owning Speedy is great he’s a loyal , pretty obedient and eager to please me He has gotten me compliments from other owners on how well he will obey me though if he sets his mind to do something he can be a little difficult, he wanted to see my newborn granddaughter and cried to see her till I told him it’s ok you can go now he won’t leave her mom alone when they come to visit. He will go shooting with me though I keep him on his retractable leash and he does well watching me he also loves to be played with from us playing chase to just chewing on his bully stick while we watch tv My biggest mistake was sharing my food with him he is a chow hound and will help himself to food if not supervised... when he was about 15 weeks old he helped himself to my vanilla ice cream bowl on the coffee table he loves ice cream and eats it so fast he gets brain freeze
4 years, 1 month ago
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