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8-18 lbs
United States
Wapoo, Poochi, Choodle, Chipoodle

The Chi-Poo is a hybrid breed. It is a combination of the parent breeds Chihuahua and Poodle. The Chi-Poo is a low-maintenance dog, and it has a reputation for being good with children. He is a great dog for people with a busy lifestyle. Unlike some dog breeds, he does not mind being left alone while you are at work or if you travel regularly. The Chi-Poo is energetic, but, he does not require a lot of exercise. He is playful and entertaining to his family. He is suited to live in many environments including apartments, small homes without a yard, or larger homes with a fenced-in area in which he can play.

Date of Origin
Chihuahua and Poodle

Chi-Poo Health

Average Size
Male Chi-Poo size stats
Height: 9-13 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Chi-Poo size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Overactive Tear Glands
Minor Concerns
  • Dry Skin
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work

Chi-Poo Breed History

While there is not much information on the Chi-Poo breed itself, one can still learn much about the breed by studying the parent breeds. The Chihuahua’s exact ancestry is not known, but there are two theories about his origin. One is that he descended from a Central or South American dog called the Techichi. Carvings from this area depict a small dog that resembles the Chihuahua of today. After the Aztecs conquered the Toltec people (these are the people who had made the carvings on which the Techichi was depicted), the Aztecs took the dog as their own. The dog would live in temples such as the Templo Mayor and was a part of Aztec rituals. The dog was thought to have magic powers and be able to heal the sick. Red Techichis were killed and cremated and buried with deceased individuals. He was also a source of food. There is another theory that small hairless dogs were brought to Mexico by Chinese traders and bred with native dogs. No one knows for sure which theory is accurate. However, the shorthaired Chihuahua was discovered in Mexico in the 1850s, and Americans visiting Mexico began bringing the small companion dogs into the United States with them. The Poodle was developed for hunting waterfowl. The Poodle originated in Germany, but French breeders brought him to the dog we know today. The ancestry of the Poodle is debatable; many believe the Poodle is a mixture of European water dogs, the North African Barbet, and Asian herding dogs. It is a very old breed. There are illustrations that look very much like the modern-day Poodle in Egyptian and Roman artifacts. They have also performed as circus dogs over the years. Poodles were rare in the United States until after the second World War. At one time, the Poodle was the most popular breed in the country.  

Chi-Poo Breed Appearance

The Chi-Poo’s color, type of coat, and length of coat all depend upon the immediate parentage of the Chi-Poo. The parent breeds of the Chi-Poo are different in size and in the way their coat is made up. Some Chihuahuas have longer hair, like the Poodle. Others are short-haired. This will affect exactly what the Chi-Poo will look like. The smooth-coated Chihuahua has a smooth, shiny coat that is close to the body with a ruff of thicker hair on the neck. The long-coated Chihuahua has a soft coat that may be slightly curly. The ears will have an extra fringe of hair and a plumed tail. He may also have feathering on his feet. Chihuahuas may be a variety of colors, so predicted a color for its progeny is difficult. Colors range from black, white, fawn, chocolate, gray, silver, tricolor, brindle, spotted, and merle. The Poodle comes in a variety of colors: blue, black, white, gray, silver, brown, café-au-lait, apricot, and cream. The hair is generally curly, stiff, and wiry. The Poodle often demands grooming as his hair grows in various lengths over the body. Poodles are considered mid-sized. They are slender. The Chi-Poo can often have both straight and curly hair on his body. The face can have a long straight frame and directly below on the chest will be a mass of curls.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chi-Poo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chi-Poo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Chi-Poo coat
brown Chi-Poo coat
blue Chi-Poo coat
brindle Chi-Poo coat
silver Chi-Poo coat
gray Chi-Poo coat
fawn Chi-Poo coat
white Chi-Poo coat
black Chi-Poo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chi-Poo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chi-Poo Breed Maintenance

The Chi-Poo has minimal grooming requirements. He is not difficult to maintain; grooming once a week is often more than enough to keep your Chi-Poo in tip-top shape. He is a minimal shedder, and he is actually a great dog for those with allergies. Simply brushing him once a week with a bristle brush should be sufficient to work his natural oils through his coat and remove any excess hair. Of course, during shedding season, you may need to do this more than once a week. Sometimes the curls will need to b trimmed with scissors though in order to keep the shape of the coat. Don't neglect the teeth and nails of your Chi-Poo; brush daily if possible and trim the nails bi-weekly.

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

Chi-Poo Temperament

While there is not a lot of information regarding the Chi-Poo, we can study information regarding his parent breeds in order to learn what to expect from this hybrid. The Chihuahua can be a temperamental breed. They often bond to one person in their family and may simply tolerate other humans around him. This is not always true, and socialization is important so that your dog will know how to behave and what is expected of him at all times. The Chihuahua is confident, often acting like a terrier. He is alert and does not like strangers. However, he can also be highly affectionate. The Poodle is intelligent, kind, loyal and can be mischievous if he becomes bored. He also seems to have an air of dignity about himself. He is also very playful; some owners say he has a goofy streak. He is protective of his home and his family. He is affectionate with his family but he is aloof with strangers. He will usually warn his family if strangers are around. He has a great memory. It may be difficult to break him of bad habits. Your Chi-Poo will learn quickly but may think that he can practise his commands when he feels like it. Consistency and a kind but firm tone will be needed.

Chi-Poo Activity Requirements

The Chi-Poo doesn’t have much information available regarding the breed; however, we can study the parent breeds in order to learn what their offspring might be like. The Chihuahua is an active little dog. He loves to chase small animals such as squirrels, and he will play as long as you allow. The Chihuahua is a great companion on walks, and he loves games of fetch. However, be careful not to let the Chihuahua overexert himself. The Poodle also needs regular exercise. He can be highly active, and when his energy is pent-up, he can be a little destructive. It is important to give him daily opportunities to run this energy off. Considering these facts, it is reasonable to believe that the Chi-Poo will be a fairly active dog with a need for daily exercise. When out for a walk, head to the dog park so your Chi-Poo can watch and learn as well as make new friends.

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

Chi-Poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Chi-Poo Owner Experiences

6 Weeks
6 People
House & Yard
Loving, playful, loves to cuddle and play with my other 2 dogs
1 week, 5 days ago
5 Years
4 People
Playing with toys
sleeping together
tummy rubs
visiting the outdoors
An unexpected breed for me. Never thought I’d end up buying a mixed breed but I saw her at the farm she was so frail and sickly and quiet I immediately picked her. She turned out just fine after a year or two of battling with bad skin. She had to have her fur shaved off and had to eat a ton of medication. We thought it could’ve been the parents’ genes. Nowadays she’s all happy and still playful. She looks very young and people still think she’s a puppy sometimes.
1 month ago
8 Years
7 People
House & Yard
I still have her. She is so sweet, loves being really close to you, like has to always be touching. When you’re sad she is sad too. Loves going for walks or just running around the house a little bit before getting tired. She is friendly but is more attached to me than anyone else. She gets sad when I’m not around and has to pick one other person to follow. Sleeps quite a bit, doesn’t eat too much so very cheap to take care of but lots of fun! It’s an amazing dog!!
1 month ago
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