Chipit

15-30 lbs
12-16"
United States
Chihuahua
American Pit Bull Terrier
Mexican Bulldog, Pithuahua

The Chipit is an unusual mix of the Chihuahua and the American Pit Bull Terrier. They can range from small to medium at about 12 to 18 inches tall and 15 to 35 pounds. Because the Chihuahua is a small dog and the American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized dog, their size can range quite a bit. The size that your new furry addition becomes will depend on the dominant parental genes. Chipits can come in just about any color and may have short or long hair, depending on the coat of the Chihuahua because they come in short and long hair varieties. They are friendly dogs who like older children and pets but need to be socialized as puppies so they can get along with other animals.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2003
Ancestry
Chihuahua, American Pit Bull Terrier

Chipit Health

Average Size
Male Chipit size stats
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 20-35 lbs
Female Chipit size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 15-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Spine
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Chipit Breed History

The Chihuahua has a few different histories depending on who you ask. Some believe that the Chihuahua originated with the Aztecs who sacrificed them in ceremonial practices and buried them with their relatives when they passed away. This was supposedly done to help guide the dead into the afterlife. Another story claims that the Chihuahua was brought to the New World by traders in the 1500s. Yet another theory is that this breed is descendent from a native dog called the Techichi, which was a small dog in Central and South America. According to legend, the Aztecs and Toltecs may have used the Chihuahua for food, although this is not proven. The most common belief is that the Chihuahua was discovered in Mexico in a small town called Chihuahua, which is where they got their name. The American Kennel Club (AKC) first registered the Chihuahua in 1904.  The American Pit Bull Terrier is a mix of Bulldogs and Terriers that originated in the 19th century in the United Kingdom. They were originally bred to be used as bull baiters and for dog fighting until these sports were outlawed in 1835. After that, these dogs were mainly used for hunting rats and other vermin. The American Pit Bull Terrier was bred to be gentle with humans so they were easy to handle during dog fights. Sadly, their past reputation follows them today. This breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. The Chipit is a feisty pup that brings out the best of both parents.

Chipit Breed Appearance

The Chipit may have either long or short hair, depending on the type of Chihuahua parent and which genes are dominant. If the hair is short, the coat will be hard and close to the body. Long haired versions usually have a rough undercoat. The coat may be tan, brown, merle, brindle, chocolate, gray, gold, white, black, or any combination of those colors. This breed varies in size due to the size variations of the parent breeds. They are most often about 12 to 18 inches tall and can weigh about 15 to 35 pounds. The Chipit has a broad back, muscular body, strong legs, big ears, and a small head.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chipit eyes
Brown
amber Chipit eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chipit nose
Black
brown Chipit nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
white Chipit coat
White
white Chipit coat
White
gray Chipit coat
Gray
brindle Chipit coat
Brindle
brown Chipit coat
Brown
fawn Chipit coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chipit straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chipit Breed Maintenance

If your Chipit has a short coat, maintenance is easy but you must brush your companion often to prevent excessive shedding. Daily brushing with a soft bristle brush is recommended. For long hair, you should brush your dog with a stiff bristle brush and comb three or four times a week. You can bathe them when needed but do not shampoo too often or their skin will become dry. In addition, you should clean their ears with a soft cloth or cotton ball once a week and check for wax buildup and signs of infection or ear mites. Trim their nails when needed and brush their teeth a few times a week.

Brushes for Chipit
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chipit requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chipit Temperament

Your Chipit is a very family-oriented dog and will love nothing more than to hang out with you. In fact, they do not like to be alone and can become anxious and depressed if left on their own too long. Behavior problems can ensue if they are lonely as well. They are friendly with older children and pets but should be socialized as puppies to prevent issues with other animals. They can be bullies at times and will pick fights with much larger dogs if they believe their family is in danger. Training the clever Chipit is somewhat easy, but you have to be consistent with the rules and promote positive reinforcement.

Chipit Activity Requirements

The Chipit has a lot of energy and needs at least 60 minutes of strenuous activity per day. This breed loves to play fetch and run around the yard. They are also talented at agility training. If you have a securely fenced-in yard, letting your Chipit play and run outside for a few hours a day while you garden will prevent boredom. Behavior problems can begin if your dog has too much idle time or has excess energy to burn. Try going for a hike in the park or take your dog for a long walk around the neighborhood.

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

Chipit Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Chipit Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Chipit size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Chipit size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Chipit size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Chipit size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 16 lbs
18 Months
Male Chipit size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Chipit size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs

Chipit Owner Experiences

Duke & Daisy
4 Months
3 People
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They are adorable and have a lot of energy
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Diamond
6 Weeks
2 People
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I just got her yesterday but I'm just so in love with her personality and she's just as sweet as she can be but yet she's a lil diva.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Neyo-Mya (Nehemiah)
7 Weeks
2 People
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Cuddling
Surprised! Our Female Bully, Karmel, was bred with my daughter's American Blue Mix Pit. To our surprise, a neighbor's Chihuahua possibly got ahold of her as well while playing in a field. Neyo-Mya's dainty size gives us reason to believe he's a beautiful little Brindle bundle of joy! Being her only survivor he's a blessing as well!
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Dogi
2 Months
5 People
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Fetch
He's aggressive Chews alot
9 months, 1 week ago
Lady B
4 Years
4 People
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Running
Socializing with other dogs
Cuddling
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Sleeping
Hiking
Napping
Walking
I recently took in a chipit: black and white Pit coat/body features with Chihuahua tail, legs, ears, and face. She's had babies before and is 4 years old. Sweetest dog ever. Friendly with other dogs, people, even rambunctious children. She loves any attention she can get. She is stubborn at times with training and we are working on getting her not to jump on people/get in thsir face when all eyes aren't on her. Overall wonderful breed though. I absolutely love her.
1 year, 4 months ago
Princess
1 Year
2 People
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Running
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Tug-of-war
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Playing outside
My chipit is a great dog they have such great personalities and are a ball of energy sweet and loveable loves to chew everything she comes to though lol
1 year, 4 months ago
Teddy
2 Years
5 People
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Tug-of-war
Fetch
He is sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. He was potty trained very easily. He knows a couple of tricks like sit,jump,stay,stop, and go.I would say that he really loves to play a little rough if you let him. If you tell him no he understands. He is also good with children, unless you bother him a lot.
1 year, 6 months ago
Athena Rose
12 Weeks
4 People
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I love my sweet, unique Chipit. She is loving, cuddly and alot of fun. She has been the missing piece to our fur baby family!
1 year, 8 months ago
Mocha
8 months
4 People
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Playing tug of war
Such an amazing dog, her breed is so different and I love how this crossbreed is the best of both worlds.
2 years, 1 month ago
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