Chipin

5-12 lbs
8-11"
United States
Chihuahua
Miniature Pinscher
Pinhuahua, Minchi

The Chipin is a small dog between 8 to 12 inches tall and usually weigh about 5 to 15 pounds. They are a mix of the Chihuahua and the Miniature Pinscher, which are both toy breeds. The Chipin has a short, hard coat that can come in any color from tan to black and combinations thereof. They are very intelligent, fast learners, and easy to train. Due to their short coat, they do not need much maintenance and only require a moderate amount of exercise daily. This breed is excellent with children and pets and make great family pets. However, they can be territorial so they need to be socialized early.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2001
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher

Chipin Health

Average Size
Male Chipin size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-15 lbs
Female Chipin size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Spina Bifida
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Spine
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Chipin Breed History

The Chihuahua's history is controversial because there are so many different stories about their background. The most common belief is that they originated over 3,000 years ago, with the Aztecs. Another story is that the breed was started in China and was mixed with other small native dogs when they were brought to the New World by Spanish traders. Another theory is that the Chihuahua started in South America from the Techichi breed of dog, which was a tiny, mute dog used in sacrificial ceremonies. Some believed that the small dogs should be buried with their dead as guides to the afterlife and others believe the dog was used for food by the Aztecs and Toltecs. Another idea is that the Chihuahua was found in Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1800s, which is where it got its name. The Chihuahua was not popular in America until Xavier Cugat brought his Chihuahua to appear with him in public. They have been registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 1904 and are the 30th most popular breed of dog in the United States. The Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany in the 1600s and their name (Pinscher) means terrier in German. They are not related to Doberman Pinschers and were used for hunting rats and mice. The Miniature Pinscher is a mix of the German Pinscher, Dachshund, and the Italian Greyhound. In the 1800s, the breed became unattractive and deformed due to the breeders trying to make them smaller, but this was fixed in the early 1900s. The breed became popular in German dog shows and after World War I they became popular in the United States. In fact, the Miniature Pinscher was officially recognized by the AKC in 1925 and they are now the 68th most popular breed in America.

Chipin Breed Appearance

The Chipin is a tiny and cute dog that has a short, smooth, and hard coat that comes in many colors such as cream, chocolate, golden black, white, tan, black and tan. With a small, round head, huge ears, and a tiny pointed muzzle, they look like a miniature Miniature Pinscher. Their body is small with well-defined legs, little feet, and they usually have the dark face mask of the Miniature Pinscher. They weigh about 10 pounds and stand about 9 inches high. Their expression is often curious like she is always thinking about something and her dark brown eyes show intelligence.

Chipin Breed Maintenance

This breed does not require as much grooming as most dogs. Brushing her with a stiff bristle brush several times a week should be enough. You can bathe her when needed but only shampoo with mild dog shampoo when it is absolutely necessary. The shampoo removes the essential oils from your dog’s skin that she needs to keep her coat healthy. You should also check her ears once a week for mites, redness, dirt, and wax buildup. Clean with a mild cleanser recommended by your veterinarian and you can also clip her toenails when needed. It is also recommended that you brush her teeth at least a few times a week to prevent dental problems.

Chipin Temperament

Your Chipin likes to be with the family all the time and may become bored and yappy when left alone. They are easy to train but you have to stick to the rules so she knows who is the boss. They do have a bit of a stubborn streak so you have to make sure to be consistent. Even though she is a small dog, she does not seem to know that and will go after dogs much larger than herself if she believes they are a threat. They do like kids but small children can be a problem since your Chipin is so small and can be hurt easily. You should make sure she is socialized early so she will not become aggressive.

Chipin Activity Requirements

The Chipin needs at least 45 to 60 minutes of strenuous exercise per day such as running, walking, or hiking. You may also want to get her into agility training since this breed is good at that sort of thing and it is great exercise. If your dog does not get enough activity on a daily basis, she is likely to have behavioral problems such as chewing, jumping, digging, and excessive barking. Be sure to keep her mentally active as well by playing games with her such as fetch and discipline training. They also enjoy chasing squirrels and rabbits so do not be surprised to see her doing that in the yard.

Chipin Owner Experiences

Raquelle
10 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Walking
Chase
Rocky is a couch potato most of the time. She likes to sleep the whole day away but as soon as she sees you have her favourite toy in her hand, she will zoom around the whole house! She absolutely loves going out for a walk and exploring but will get tired and come to me for us to pack up and go on home. She a mini shadow of the family and will follow you around just to watch what you are doing. This isnt her invitation to play though because as soon as you acknowledge her she runs to find the next person to follow. She was a rescue pup. We got her when she was just 2 mo. old and just the tiniest little thing scared of everything. Now she barks whenever she hears the slightest noise, runs to greet new people, and wants to play with every dog she sees!
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Dude
4 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
chasing squirells
playing with toy
Walking in the park
My chipin is very exitable when he sees other dogs, he is very alet and will bark any time he feels a threat, even if that threat is his friend human he was cuddling with the other day. He has that alertness and agression from a miniature pincher. From chihuahua he has the friendliness, the joy of following you everywhere and be stuck to your face 24/7.
4 weeks ago
Zack
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Dog Parks
Road trip
Zack is the sweetest dog ever, he’s very energetic and playful and gets along with everybody, he loves to eat and run. He doesn’t need much brushing and barely sheds, he loves the beach and altogether he’s a great dog.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Kiba
1 Year
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
We adopted Kiba thinking he was an adult, but he's definitely a puppy! Expect this mixed breed to have TONS and TONS of energy. And it is true, if they aren't exercied enough, they will exhibit bad behaviors. They are notoriously hard to house train, but we've found that he's picking up the routine of when it's time to go potty. His accidents inside are becoming fewer and fewer. He is very curious, friendly, comical, and definitely territorial. He gives our 8 yr old Chug a run for her money! One bit of advice: invest in a Himalayan churpi chew!
1 month, 1 week ago
Oreo
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Very energetic, playful and friendly
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Zoe
6 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This is my first Chipin. I took her in as a rescue when she was 9 months old. She had her first dental cleaning today. Her 1st time to go under anesthesia. 1 tooth extracted. At end of procedure, her breathing became labored & then her heart stopped for 3 minutes. Fortunately, the vet was able to revive her. She's doing fine after coming home. I'm wondering if this breed typically has issues with bad reactions to anesthesia.
2 months, 1 week ago
kiki
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
every thing togeethere
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Polillo
6 Years
2 People
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Friendliness
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It a friendly clever dog. He fits perfect in a appartment. He likes to learn and do tricks. He loves to run on a field with obstacles. he protects his boss, nobody have to beat me. But I can not be angry to him because than he becomes scared and that we don`t want. So always positief.
3 months ago
Molly
3 Years
5 People
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Friendliness
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Molly is a loving beautiful little dog with a huge heart she's funny and thinks she's the boss of our pitbull and 2 cats and she only weighs 3 pounds
3 months, 1 week ago
Roscoe
5 Years
5 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He's a very enthusiastic dog and he loves to play. He's never tired so it's important to be active. He craves plenty of attention. Roscoe learned very quickly how to potty outside. I'm teaching him currently how to handshake.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Sassy
4 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Fetch
She is very active and loves to run.She is going through her puppy biting and chewing stage but is starting on her training.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Lil B
3 Months
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
basic commands
Jumping
Fetch
Only thing that I have noticed and am not used to is that she eats her... poop
4 months ago
King
3 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Fetch
My Chipin is very energetic so I have to ensure he gets enough exercise and walks to keep him from getting bored. Grooming is easy and no serious or major health problems.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Mimi
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Walk
Sweetest most loyal dog I have ever had! She forgets she’s tiny and can sometimes annoy her big boxer sister, Stella! Luckily Stella is very sweet and just wants to play with tiny Mimi!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Little Miss
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase each other
Play keep away
We have known our baby since the day she was born. My husband's cousins dog got pregnant and we got her from him when his dog gave birth. My Little Miss is such a joy. She really is my best friend in the world. She cuddles with me all of the time. There's not a time when I'm at home and she's not continuously attached at my side. She loves to run and chase after toys. She has so many toys, a favorite being a long snake with six squekers in it. She always goes so crazy. I love this dog with everything I have, even when she gets into the trash and shreds it all over my house!
5 months ago
Odie
9 Months
2 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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He is a proper baby, loves people but not that keen on dogs, he does live with another dog but he is definitely boss. He loves cuddles and sleeping. Very funny little dog with funny ways.
5 months ago
COOKIE
4 Years
2 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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EASY TO TRAIN, EASY TO SPOIL, LOVING GREAT WITH CHILDREN CRAVES ATTENTION, ALWAYS UNDER FOOT LOVES TO BE CLOSE TO YOU, STRONG WILLED VERY SWEET LOW MAINTENANCE A LOT OF FUN LIKES TO CUDDLE GOES EVERYWHERE WITH US LOVES TO CHASE DOGS CATS ANY ANIMAL BIG OR SMALL AND VERY FAST! VERY GOOD BREED WOULDNT TRADE FOR THE WORLD AWSOME! SHE'S OUR BABY
5 months, 1 week ago
Bandit
9 Months
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
naps
Shopping
Walking
Playing fetch
My ChiPin is a very smart dog, who lets me know when I am home, he has to go potty. He will whine and go to the door and stand up & look at his leash, to let me know he has to go out. He loves walking, running and loves fetching. He loves attention & craves it every day that I am home. The best part of coming home to my Bandit, is that he greats you excitedly every day, even if I have been gone only 10 minutes away from the house
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Ryder
1 Year
6 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He is very hyper he loves playing but he hate when we give him tummy scratches
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Hazel Grace
1 Year
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playing fetch, running with, hanging out with her
she was supposed to be a teacup chihuahua but then i seen how long her legs were getting. so i just knew that she wasn't straight chihuahua so i did some research so i think she is chipin. she definetly has the characteristics of them so nosy, shes to tall for her own good, but i love her and i wouldn't change a thing about her.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Honey
3 Years
1 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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She's very smart and super sweet to me but she's very barky, territorial and aggressive to strangers, been trying to change this since I first got her at age 1 and its not getting better :(
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Binks
6 Weeks
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Cuddling hes just a baby
My mom got him for my 19month old son and hes only 6weeks old so for now we just love on him and play with him. We will start training little Binks when hes about 10-12 weeks old. Hes so loving but kinda whiny but overall sweet and adorable!
6 months ago
sundance
10 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He loves to go on car rides
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Chip
2 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Watching him play with the cat
New to this breed! I lost my jackhuahua just before thanksgiving and Chip looks a lot like him! He's ornery and cute! I hope he will howl I love you like Pepee did!!!
7 months, 1 week ago
Voo- doo
4 Months
3 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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My chipin.he does not like children. He is very loyal and is my shadow.he plays outside but mostly indoors.sleeps in the bed very spolied .eats the best did food and has plenty of chew toys and loves to play and I really enjoy him
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Coffee
5 Months
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play keep away
Chase
very great dog in my opinion. Very energetic. i suggest to do more research on the breed before buying or adopting. OKAY with other dogs
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Peanut
1 Year
5 People
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Peanut is the sweetest dog I've ever owned but she is very territorial and is loyal to her family
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Ranger
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Playdate
Perfect dog!!!! Adopted him 11/11/17 from a shelter
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Lucky
12 Months
5 People
Condo
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Friendliness
Energy
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My experience is awesome he is a great dog really fast and when I howl he howl but when he does it.it sounds like I love you
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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