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10-17 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua mix, Chi Cocker, Cocker Chi

The Chi-Spaniel is a hybrid breed. It is a combination of the parent breeds Chihuahua and Cocker Spaniel. He is a sweet and highly intelligent dog. He loves his family, and he is good with children as well as other pets. He rarely barks. He is rather friendly, and in addition to the fact that he doesn’t bark often, he does not make a good watchdog. Depending upon his direct parentage, he may be a variety of colors and coat lengths. 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 Cocker Spaniel

Chi-Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male Chi-Spaniel size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Female Chi-Spaniel size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 10-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Overactive Tear Glands
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dry Skin
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Lab Tests
  • Allergy Testing

Chi-Spaniel Breed History

While there is not much information on the Chi-Spaniel breed itself, one can still learn much about the breed by studying the parent breeds. The most common theory about the origins of the Chihuahua is that he descended from the Techichi, a tiny dog from South or Central America. History points out that this particular dog was prized by the Aztecs who believed the Chihuahua's ancestor had magical healing powers. Often cremated and buried with their owners when they died, the Techichi lived in temples and were in fact, treated royally before death. Another theory is that the dog was transported to Mexico by traders from China. First seen in Mexico in the 1950s, the Chihuahua made its way to the United States and was entered into the American Kennel Club in 1904. The modern Cocker Spaniel is a descendant of an ancient dog family, the Spaniel. It is believed that the dog originated in Spain. The Cocker Spaniel was given his name due to his excellence at hunting woodcock. In the late 1870s, Americans began bringing the Cocker Spaniel to America (and at that time they were known as English Cocker Spaniels). Eventually, this dog was bred to be smaller in size, with restrictions in breeding. English Cocker Spaniels were not to be bred to American Cocker Spaniels. Eventually, the two became distinct breeds, with the smaller Cocker Spaniel becoming more popular among Americans.

Chi-Spaniel Breed Appearance

The Chi-Spaniel’s color, type of coat, and length of coat all depend upon the immediate parentage of the Chi-Spaniel.The parent breeds of the Chi-Spaniel are different in size and in the way their coat is made up. Some Chihuahuas have longer hair, like the Cocker Spaniel. Others are short-haired. This will affect exactly what the Chi-Spaniel 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 and the long-coated Chihuahua has a curly, soft coat. The Cocker Spaniel has a wavy coat that is thick. The ears of your Chi-Spaniel may be fringed and he may have longer fur on the legs, belly, chest, and feet. His tail will most likely be plumed and furry.  Colors of this hybrid may include black, cream, red, white, fawn, chocolate, gray, silver, tricolor, brindle, spotted, and merle.

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

Chi-Spaniel Breed Maintenance

The Chi-Spaniel has minimal grooming requirements. He is not difficult to maintain; grooming once a week is often more than enough to keep your Chi-Spaniel in tip-top shape. He is a minimal shedder and 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. During shedding season, you may want to use a deshedding comb once a week. He will only need a bath when he gets dirty. If your Chi-Spaniel has a longer coat, you may choose to keep him clipped so that you do not have to groom him as much. The teeth and nails should not be negelcted; brush the teeth a few times a week and trim the nails every few weeks.

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

Chi-Spaniel Temperament

Your Chi-Spaniel will be very affectionate. Often a confident dog in the home, he needs mental stimulation in order to be content. Though friendly, this hybrid may become a one person dog if you allow it. He can be sensitive and will need positive reinforcement when being reprimanded and also during training. Early socialization is always best as both of the parent breeds may be hesitant when meeting new people or other canines. Obedience classes and trips to the dog park will enable him to show off his intelligence and learn how to interact in all situations.

Chi-Spaniel Activity Requirements

Owners of the Chi-Spaniel say he is an active little dog who loves to chase small animals such as squirrels, and he will play as long as you allow. The Chi-Spaniel is well-adaptable to living in either an apartment or a large home with a fenced-in yard. He will enjoy a 30 minute brisk walk with you, or you can allow him to play in a fenced-in area. This hybrid should not be left outside, however. Regular activity is a must if you do not want to see the Cocker Spaniel side exhibited in chewing and digging.

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

Chi-Spaniel Food Consumption

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

Chi-Spaniel Owner Experiences

Haven and Ruby
1 Year
6 People
Haven and Ruby always know and let us know when someone is here. One is long haired and one is short haired. They get along well although Ruby gets easily jealous of Haven. They are both excellent with our kids, however, it takes them a little while to get used to new people.
1 day, 23 hours ago
7 Years
2 People
I have had my chi-spaniel since she was 8 weeks old. My only concern with your post is that she is 26 pounds! Her vet says she is healthy, maybe she is a bigger chi-spaniel. She has short hair like a chihuha but the body, ears and eyes of a spaniel. She does shed excesively and has a lot of anxiety. Ex: Shakes and hides under blankets when our neighbor drops his weights on the ground when he works out. :( She barks when people are at our door but will kiss them the secind they walk in. All in all a perfect breed, peopel always thinsk shes a baby lab that never grows up haha. But she has not dog frineds. :(
3 weeks, 1 day ago
8 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Watching tv
He’s a great dog and very caring but sometimes can be a little too forceful and energetic. He gets very lonely and is always excited when someone comes home. He loves car rides and always sticks his head out the window. He’s around 26 pounds. I always keep an eye on him when he is loose because he likes to chew.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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