Chizer

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4-15 lbs
6-14"
United States
Chihuahua
Miniature Schnauzer
Schnauchi, Schnauhuahua, Schnizer

The Chizer hybrid is a result of breeding a Chihuahua (originating in Mexico) and a Miniature Schnauzer (originating in Germany). This hybrid originated most likely in the United States sometime prior to 2009, when it was officially recognized by the Designer Canine Registry. This hybrid was bred primarily for companionship purposes and is popular due to its size and appearance. The Chihuahua parent brings low tolerance to small children to the gene pool so care should be taken when he is in the presence of small children who don’t understand how to play with him. Early socialization can reduce the intensity of this trait but will not likely totally eliminate it. It is best to introduce him to small children as a puppy and allow them to grow up together. He is a moderate shedder who may need brushing several times a week.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Miniature Schnauzer

Chizer Health

Average Size
Male Chizer size stats
Height: 6-14 inches Weight: 4-15 lbs
Female Chizer size stats
Height: 6-14 inches Weight: 4-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Liver Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Problems
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Pancreatitis
  • Arthritis
  • Skin Diseases
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Reverse Sneezing
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Blood Tests for Organ Function
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations

Chizer Breed History

Your Chizer hybrid is the result of the breeding of two purebred canine breeds, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. The Chihuahua is a purebred which originated in Mexico and can be traced back to at least the 9th century. It is believed by some that the current breed was originally a crossing of the Mexican “Techichi” and a tiny hairless breed brought by the Aztecs which originated in China. This was a mute breed at that time. There is, however, not enough evidence to support these beliefs, which brings us to the current belief that the Chihuahua is basically a dwarf pet dog which developed in ancient Mexico. The Miniature Schnauzer originates in Germany and is believed to be a combination of the larger Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and Poodle, with perhaps a bit of Miniature Pinscher, Wire Fox Terrier and Zwergspitz contributing to the bio mix as well. The Miniature Schnauzer was utilized as a farm dog, specially as a ratter, a task at which he excelled. Evidences of the Miniature Schnauzer can be traced back to at least the 1400’s. The Chizer hybrid was bred in the United States as a companion and pet. The actual date of origin is unknown but we know that it was officially recognized by the Designer Canine Registry in 2009. This hybrid is also recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Dog Registry of America and Designer Breed Registry. It is recognized by the names of Chizer and Schnauzi in these registries.

Chizer Breed Appearance

Your Chizer hybrid pet can take on the appearance traits of either or both of the parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. Your pet will likely be a tiny dog with big ears, with a docked tail most likely and a long or short coat. He is more robust than he may appear, however, gaining an adult height of 6 to 14 inches tall and an adult weight of 2 to 15 pounds, depending on which parent breed had dominance in the gene pool. His head can be round, long or apple-shaped, with a black, well-developed nose and large round eyes on a short, pointed or square muzzle with a scissors or slight underbite. His ears can be large, pointed, erect or longer and floppy. Your Chizer will likely have a short neck on a slender body with either long or short legs and a tail which may be a natural longer length or have been docked. The coat will likely be short but can be longer, with softer hair on the head and slightly more coarse hair on the body. The colors of your pet might be white, black, black and brown, black and white, black and tan, brown, chocolate, cream, dark brown, golden, gray and tricolor.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chizer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chizer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chizer coat
Black
brown Chizer coat
Brown
white Chizer coat
White
cream Chizer coat
Cream
gray Chizer coat
Gray
pied Chizer coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chizer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chizer Breed Maintenance

The parent breeds of the Chizer, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer, both are low to moderate shedders and will likely require brushing several times weekly with more frequently brushings during the natural shedding periods. This will be important for those homes having family members who are asthmatic or who have other breathing problems. Bathing is required only when needed. Ear checks and cleaning should be done once weekly to avoid infections. Teeth cleaning and dental checkups are also areas to be given more attention as with many canine breeds. Appropriate dental follow up and care will help to avoid periodontal disease and the resulting tooth loss.

Brushes for Chizer
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chizer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chizer Temperament

Your Chizer pet can have the temperament traits of either or both breed parents, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. He will likely be happy, sweet, playful, alert, gentle, tolerant, intelligent and bold. He can be a bit snappy with small children who tend to tease him and may not get along well with other animals and strangers. To moderate these traits, it is important to socialize him early in life. This hybrid will make a great addition to families without small children or in families who can train him as a pup to get along with small children. He can be shy of strangers but this also can be moderated with appropriate and early socialization. He will be a great watchdog, most likely following and watching every move when strangers are about and whose energy levels are seemingly endless. They will bond closely with their human family, being a giver of a multitude of “kisses” and desiring to be at your side at all times.

Chizer Activity Requirements

This cute and loving hybrid has seemingly endless energy but can do well in an apartment or condo living situation as long as they are exercised appropriately. They will also do well in a home with or without a fenced yard and can live in urban or rural environments. They can live in most warm climates but will shiver in the cold. Daily walks and physically and mentally challenging games of fetch and frisbee will provide your Chizer with his daily need for exercise. Daily exercise is very important as he has a tendency to gain weight which is unhealthy for him.

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

Chizer Food Consumption

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

Chizer Owner Experiences

Jude
1 Year
2 People
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She's super fast, loves people but is not so good with meeting new dogs, very submissive to new dogs but she is the best dog I've ever had!
1 month ago
Flash
4 Years
3 People
Studio
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Being with him all the time.
Playing, running at the park dog.
He's a very sweet boy. He's so lovely with children except for other dogs. He just wants to fight with them.But other than that he's a cutie pie.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
twilight
7 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walking
I love my chizer twilight so much
2 months, 1 week ago
Toby
10 Months
1 People
Apartment
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Toby is a joy to have. I adopted him 6 weeks ago and he's now 10 months. He's 11 lbs, he has the chihuahua head with big pointy ears, a long snout with a black nose and round brown eyes. His coat is very different. He is mostly black with white, silver and a little brown mixed in. His head and legs have short fur that doesn't grow much and his body has longer wiry fur. He doesn't shed and it appears that he should be groomed about every 8 weeks or so. His paws are small and his tail is long. He has a cute little white stripe that goes from between his eyes down his nose. He likes to take his naps, but he's also very playful when he wants to be. He looks mostly chihuahua, but he has a longer schnauzer snout and body with silver wiry fur. He was very timid and nervous when I first met him, but now I have his trust and he loves to cuddle and hang out with me. There is also a very confident and independent side to him as well. He will go off on his own to another room and take a nap and have alone time. He has a deep bark for a small dog and people always do a double take and laugh when they see his size. He does love to bark at people and animals. He is a barker when I'm with him, but when he's home alone he's pretty quiet. He loves to socialize with other dogs and he even attends doggie day camp. He's my new bff and I'm so glad he chose me.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Izzy
4 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Shake
Brushing
Nap
Catch treats
Learn a new trick
Road trip
Walk
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Simply, she is my best friend. Super chill, loves sleeping, but also LONG walks. I adore her!!!!
5 months, 1 week ago
Gizmo
1 Year
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hide & Seek
Running
Find the treat under the cup
Fetch
He was shy at first, very outgoing personality and funny! he loves kids but can be aggressive at times. Never nips or bites, he is stingy with toys lol. I love him he’s my first dog he’s also HYPOALLERGENIC!!!! so that’s a plus, he was a pleasure to teach he knows 15 commands. And loves to learn. awesome dog!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Reggie
1 year
2 People
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Found him on side of the road @ 8 weeks old, first lap dog, absolutely adore him and him us, is very social as lots of family and other pets are around him a lot since day one. He's the sweetest, smartest dog I've had and was potty trained quickly. His energy is through the roof.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
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