Chipit

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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. The size ranges quite a bit because the Chihuahua is a small dog and the American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog. They 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 pet 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
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 20-35 lbs
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 a 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. Today, the breed is the 30th most popular in the United States. 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 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. This breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1936 and is the 81st most popular dog breed in the United States.

Chipit Breed Appearance

The Chipit may have either long or short hair, depending on the type of the Chihuahua. 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.

Chipit Breed Maintenance

If your Chipit has a short coat, maintenance is easy but you must brush her often to prevent excessive shedding. A daily brushing with a soft bristle brush is recommended. For long hair, you should brush your Chipit with a stiff bristle brush and comb three or four times a week. You can bathe them when needed but do not shampoo 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.

Chipit Temperament

Your Chipit is a very family oriented dog that loves to hang out with you. In fact, they do not like to be alone and can become lonely and depressed if left alone 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 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 to 90 minutes of strenuous activity per day. This breed loves to play fetch, run around the yard, and they are even good at agility training. If you have a fenced in yard, letting your Chipit play and run outside for a few hours a day is good but you should spend at least an hour with them to prevent boredom. Behavior problems can begin if your dog becomes bored 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.

Chipit Owner Experiences

Mocha
8 months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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