Chiwoxy

6-9 lbs
7-8"
United States
Chihuahua
Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Chiwoxy

The Chiwoxy is a wonderful blend of the Chihuahua and the Wire Fox Terrier. This is a very small or toy-sized dog that was bred to be a family pet. The size of the breed and their spirited personality is not always suitable for small children. The Chiwoxy is about eight or nine inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds with big ears and eyes, a round head, and can have a short to medium length thick double coat of any color. Due to their small size, this feisty dog tends to be proud and will take over the household if you let them. Take your time to train your pup properly and be consistent so they know who is the boss of the house.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2009
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Wire Fox Terrier

Chiwoxy Health

Average Size
Male Chiwoxy size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Female Chiwoxy size stats
Height: 7-8 inches Weight: 6-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Chiwoxy Breed History

The Chihuahua has different histories, depending on who you talk to. Some believe they were first seen around 3,000 years ago in Egypt while others believe the breed started in China in the 1500s. Another theory is that the Chihuahua originated in South and Central America from a native breed called Techichi, which was a tiny dog that was sometimes sacrificed by those of the Toltec religion. At the time, the Aztecs believed that the small red dog would guide your soul to the underworld, and every wealthy family had one so the little dog could be cremated with the dead. Nobody knows for sure what the true story is, but the most common is that these dogs were abandoned after the Aztecs were conquered in the 16th century and found again 300 years later in Chihuahua, Mexico, which is where they got their name. The Chihuahua was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904. Coincidentally, the Wire Fox Terrier’s past is also a bit of a mystery. While some believe the breed came from the Rough-Coated Terrier of Durham, Derbyshire, and Wales; others say they also include Beagle and came from Shropshire and Cheshire in England. Either way, they were used for fox and vermin hunting during the 1800s and were not distinguished from Smooth Fox Terriers until 1984. It is thought that they were bred together with the Smooth Fox Terriers to decrease their size and whiten their coat. The Wire Fox Terrier joined the roster of the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Chiwoxy is a cute mix of these unique breeds.

Chiwoxy Breed Appearance

The Chiwoxy is a tiny dog of about 10 pounds and is usually about 8 to 10 inches tall. They have a large, round head, big ears, short legs, a long tail, and a short muzzle. Their big eyes are dark and they generally have an eager expression. Their double coat is usually short but may be of medium length with a soft undercoat and tough, wiry outer coat. They can come in almost any color such as tan, yellow, black, brown, white, and red. However, they are most often reddish-gold. This little go-getter has small feet and legs and if they stay active they are usually well-muscled. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chiwoxy eyes
Brown
amber Chiwoxy eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chiwoxy nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Chiwoxy coat
Red
white Chiwoxy coat
White
brown Chiwoxy coat
Brown
fawn Chiwoxy coat
Fawn
black Chiwoxy coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chiwoxy wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chiwoxy Breed Maintenance

The Chiwoxy needs quite a bit of maintenance due to their wiry coat and should be brushed at least three times a week and hand-stripped. To hand-strip your dog, hold a few hairs between your thumb and index finger and then pull them straight out from the root. You can also use a stripping knife but hand-stripping is recommended. This is done every six months to keep their hair shiny, colorful, and doing so prevents shedding. You should also check your dog’s ears once a week for a buildup of wax or dirt and clean them as needed. Trim her toenails when necessary and brush her teeth a couple of times a week to prevent tooth decay.

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

Chiwoxy Temperament

This breed is not really suitable for families with young children because the Chiwoxy can have a short temper to go along with their short stature. Some call this the small dog syndrome. If they are not socialized while young, they can be skittish and snap at other pets and strangers. In fact, if you do something they do not like, they may be snappy with you too. It is best to be firm and fairly strict with your Chiwoxy but use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. Affection goes a long way with this little canine, who will bond and learn to keep their feisty temperature in check if treated with kindness while still showing that you are the leader. This breed can be difficult to house train and many people choose to use mat-training until their pup gets it right.

Chiwoxy Activity Requirements

The sprightly Chiwoxy has a lot of nervous energy and a high metabolism so they need at least 45 to 60 minutes of exercise every day. If they do not get enough activity, they tend to become destructive and can be more touchy than usual. They do like to curl up on the couch with you or sit in your lap but they definitely need exercise daily to prevent too much built up energy. The Chiwoxy gets bored easily and needs to be supervised around other animals because they are fearless enough to start a fight with a dog much bigger than themselves. A brisk walk, long game of fetch, or a hike at the park can prevent boredom and provide exercise.

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

Chiwoxy Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Chiwoxy Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Chiwoxy size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Chiwoxy size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Chiwoxy size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Chiwoxy size stats at 12 months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Chiwoxy size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Chiwoxy size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Chiwoxy Owner Experiences

Tucker
7 Months
4 People
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Running
Playing
Cuddling
She loves to play but is very picky with treats. Won't attack but she's very protective of me, will bite playfully
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Tinker
9 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play keep away
Playdate
One person dog, great anxiety when that person leaves.
3 months ago
Yoda
8 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Speak
Walk
Chase
We rescued Yoda from the Humane Society. We didn't know much about him but he reminded us of a dog we used to have. He is such a pumpkin! He does very well with our kids, who are 4 and 6. Yoda is very protective of our family and gets grumpy when new people come around. But apart from that, he is incredibly smart and receptive to training. We have been crate training him and he does such a good job! We love him so much!
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Scruffy
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch, chase, etc.
Fetch,
Scruffy just appeared at our house, we have no clue where she came from, none of our neighbors claimed her so we are assuming she was dropped off by her owners who, evidently, didn't want her. She is a very sweet girl but she is also kind of skittish. She is playful with us and our other dogs. She has adapted pretty well. She can be a bit snappy if things don't go her way!!! We've only had her for a few months but she has already captured our hearts. Not sure of her age, but guessing her to be around a year old. We have a male Chiweeny that she really likes, he is her favorite playmate. We have two female Deer Chihuahuas that she enjoys playing with and she loves playing chase with our Akbash all around the yard. She has given us so much entertainment. Hubby is her favorite person, she follows him everywhere and prefers his lap but she likes to play with me more than him and does get in my lap (when he's not around)!!!
8 months ago
Sunshine
3 Years
2 People
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I rescued my Chiwoxy when she was almost 2 years old, so I have had her nearly a year and a half. She is almost perfect - so smart, docile, quiet, non-destructive, low-shedding/maintenance, and well-mannered. The only complaint I have (though she is getting so much better) is that she is very shy with strangers - not aggressive, just skittish. We have 2 people in our household and she loves both of us, but it is readily apparent that I'm her favorite as she follows me from room-to-room (unless food is in the equation). She's the best!
8 months, 1 week ago
Bella
2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Throwing her stuff
She is very very loyal. I don't know what I would do without her.
10 months, 1 week ago
LadyLove
6 Years
1 People
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She thinks i left her alone a year the way she barks when i come in. I actually had to buy her a thundershirt when i first got her from the humane society. She was to go home with an older couple, no pets or young children. Found her for my friends, time they got their she bonded with me & i had 3 other dogs. Friends didn't want her. Manager told me to go home & get my other dogs. I was the first person in her 2 months at the pound that she bonded with! She is submissive to them. She loves VERY big boy dogs !
1 year ago
Alfie
6 Years
1 People
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spins
lounge
Play
Walk
Rescued Alfie 2 yrs ago. He was pretty much house trained & knew to use a pad when indoors. Very sweet & affectionate to me, but very skidish of other ppl & dogs.
1 year, 5 months ago
Harvey
2 Years
4 People
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Pretty good little dog. High energy, almost overly affectionate, loves his people, loyal. Everyone that meets Harvey loves him, and he takes full advantage of that fact.
1 year, 7 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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