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15-18 lbs
Airedale Terrier

The Chidale is a hybrid breed where the Chihuahua is crossed with an Airedale Terrier. The Chidale is loyal to his family and will bark upon sensing the presence of a stranger. The Chidale is active, loves to play and is typically very affectionate. As both of his parent breeds have a tendency to be independent, it is likely your Chidale will have an independent streak as well. This spritely dog tends to be curious and will do best with both mental and physical activity to ensure that they don’t get bored.

Date of Origin
Chihuahua and Airedale Terrier

Chidale Health

Average Size
Male Chidale size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 15-18 lbs
Female Chidale size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 15-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Blood Tests
  • Heart Testing
  • Knee X-Rays

Chidale Breed History

The origin of the Airedale Terrier appears to have begun when some terriers around the River Aire in South Yorkshire were crossed with otterhounds in the mid-1800’s in an effort to improve their ability to hunt around water as well as their ability to scent. At first this new breed was known as the Bingley or Waterslide Terrier; however, in 1878 the breed was renamed after the region where it was created. Continued breeding introduced Irish and Bull Terrier traits, focusing more on appearance than ability to hunt. An Airedale named Master Briar rose to fame as a show champion in 1900 and he became the model for the modern form of Airedale terrier. The breed is more than a show dog. Airedale terriers have served with troops in World War I as a guard, messenger and hunter and can now be seen working in law enforcement. The Chihuahua has an ancient history as spiritual and healing dogs of the Aztec era. Thought to be able to heal and to also smooth the path to the journey after death, these dogs were cremated and placed with their owners at burial times. More recently seen as an actor on TV and as petite purse companions of the wealthy and chic, the Chihuahua is very popular in America today, and is listed as the 30th most popular breed.

Chidale Breed Appearance

The Chidale will often have the long body size and shape of the Airedale Terrier, though will be smaller. With large Chihuahua-like ears atop a smallish head, the Chidale typically has a longer nose than that of the Chihuahua. His eyes are dark but bright and mischievous. His smile is knowing and displays an air of knowledge. Despite his perky personality he can produce a serious look when he wants to. The tail is not overly long but is thicker than what would be seen on the Chihuahua.

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

Chidale Breed Maintenance

The Chidale will typically be a light shedding dog, though he will benefit from being brushed at least once a week. A pin brush will work best if his fur is long and if he has inherited a shorter, smooth coat the slicker brush is the appropriate choice. He only needs to be bathed as needed. Most of the time the ears are upright, but hybrids that inherit the floppy ears of the Airedale Terrier should have their ears cleaned weekly; this will prevent a buildup of debris that can result in an infection. Regular tooth brushing is important for you Chidale in order to ensure his long term dental health. Smaller dogs are known to have tartar accumulation early in life.

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

Chidale Temperament

The Chidale’s temperament will come from his parents; the Chihuahua is known for being devoted to his owner and having a sassy personality while the Airedale Terrier is adventurous, playful and sometimes headstrong. While the Chidale is typically reserved when encountering strangers and can be jealous, he is usually good with other pets in the home. Your hybrid is bright and he learns quickly, though may snap at children if being bothered by them. Early socialization is helpful to avoid aggressiveness with other dogs and being timid with strangers; early socialization is also important for the Chidale Terrier who can have a tendency toward a dominant temperament. It is likely your Chidale will be a playful, loving dog with plenty of energy.

Chidale Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Chidale are typically pretty high. Your Chidale will enjoy going on walks; while the walks don’t have to be of significant length, he will require several throughout the day. Playing outdoors is also important for the Chidale, whether catching a Frisbee, chasing a ball or spending time at the dog park. Activity will be important for the physical and mental health of your Chidale; without the chance to explore and expand his horizons, your Chidale may get bored and get into mischief.

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

Chidale Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.2
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Chidale Owner Experiences

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