The Chi-Poo is an adorable mix of a Chihuahua and a toy poodle. First bred in the 1970s, this hybrid, along with other designer dog mixes, has become more popular over the past decade. You may be wondering whether one would be right for you and your family. Luckily, we have a complete Chi-Poo puppies guide to help you learn more.
Where To Get Chi-Poo Puppies
Since the Chi-Poo is a hybrid breed, you’ll want to do your research before committing to a breeder. Mixed-breed dogs are more likely to show up in backyard breeding operations and puppy mills. You want to make sure your money goes towards someone who cares about the health of their dogs and their puppies, along with the health of the Chi-Poo bloodline.
Even though Chi-Poos are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, there are organizations like it which verify reputable breeders of designer dogs. These include the Designer Dog Kennel Club, the American Canine Hybrid Club, and the Designer Breed Registry. A certification from one of these organizations is a good sign you’ve found someone responsible. Englishbabe…
While there aren’t breed-specific rescue organizations for the Chi-Poo, they sometimes show up in breed-specific rescues for both Chihuahuas and poodles. One may even show up at your local animal shelter. If you’re happy to give a dog a second chance at a better life, rescuing may be for you! However, there are a couple of downsides. For one, if you’re sure you want a puppy, you’re less likely to find one at a rescue or shelter. Second, a rescue or shelter may not have complete breeding or health information for a Chi-Poo.
Whether you choose to adopt or buy, do your research!
A Chi-Poo puppy will usually cost between $500 and $950. Like with any puppy, a higher up-front cost is a good sign. Responsible breeders will usually incorporate costs related to the puppies’ birth, any important vet visits, health screenings, and even early training and socialization. If a cost for a Chi-Poo puppy seems too good to be true, it probably is.
How your Chi-Poo will look really depends on its parents. This especially applies to their color, coat type, and ear type. Chi-Poos have a range of potential coat types and colors. They may have a shorter coat like their Chihuahua parent, a curly poodle coat, or a wavy mix of the two. If the Chihuahua parent was long-haired instead of short, this also affects the coat type. Chi-Poos’ ears can be either floppy or pointy. Balichipoo…
Chi-Poos come in a variety of colors. These include black, white, fawn, chocolate, gray, silver, tricolor, blue, merle, apricot, and cream.
Chi-Poos are a small and delicate hybrid breed. They’ll only grow to weigh about 8-18 pounds. They’ll measure 7-12 inches tall at the shoulder.
Since both parent breeds of the Chi-Poo are affectionate and loyal to their family, the same is true of the hybrid. The Chihuahua parent means your Chi-Poo may be more attached to one or two members of the family than the others. Early socialization and training is important for any puppy, but especially important for a Chi-Poo.
Though Chi-Poos are good with children, it’s important to establish boundaries and supervise any interaction between kids and your dog. In addition, it’s important to teach younger children how to play gently with a Chi-Poo to prevent potential hurt to your dog. Generally, Chi-Poos do best in families with older kids or kids who are used to dogs.
Chi-Poos are an energetic breed. They’ll need daily exercise and mental stimulation. If you provide them an area with things to do, they can be left at home by themselves for a while. However, with too much time alone, they can become destructive or develop separation anxiety.
Poodle parents will give their Chi-Poo kids a lot of intelligence. This hopefully will make training easy. However, the Chihuahua parent may add some stubbornness. In any case, use fairness, patience, and positive reinforcement in training.
Chi-Poo Puppies – Veterinary Needs
A hybrid breed like the Chi-Poo can inherit a number of health issues from either parent breed. These can include cancer, luxating patellas, and some eye conditions which could lead to blindness. If you’ve gotten your Chi-Poo from a reputable breeder, they will have performed health screenings up-front for these issues. It’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for any developing symptoms of these problems, especially if you rescued your Chi-Poo. Regular vet visits will help with detection and treatment. Thetharasuras…
Immediately after bringing your puppy home, you’ll want to schedule a vet visit every three weeks. These will last until your Chi-Poo is a few months old. These visits will help your vet see whether your puppy is growing up happy and healthy. In addition, this is where your puppy will receive a series of vaccinations. These include shots against the potentially deadly parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. You can also choose to add on vaccines for kennel cough. Read our puppy vaccine schedule for more information.
A small or toy-breed dog like the Chi-Poo is more likely to suffer from hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. It’s important to feed them multiple small meals throughout the day to keep their blood sugar at appropriate levels. This is also why it’s important to pick a food with a good percentage of protein. Protein will also help with a Chi-Poo’s high energy levels. Like a Chihuahua, a Chi-Poo may become overweight if they overeat. Keeping to a feeding schedule and keeping food amounts consistent will help with any weight issues.
A Chi-Poo may also have digestive sensitivities to certain foods. If this is the case, you might want to consider a home-cooked diet for them. This way, you can control the ingredients in their meals. If you’d prefer kibble, look for dry foods without common allergens. These include corn, wheat, soy, and chicken.
In any case, you should feed a Chi-Poo a diet that’s formulated for small dog breeds. Take your dog’s age, weight, and overall health into account before choosing a dog food. Your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist will be able to help with this process.
Your Chi-Poo’s coat type, whether smooth, wavy, or curly, will depend on their parents’ genes. In any case, you should brush them at least once a week with a pin brush and comb for most of the year. During shedding seasons, you should brush them more frequently. A Chi-Poo will shed a minimal amount, making them good choices for dog lovers with allergies. Check for mats and tangles on their belly, under their tail, behind their ears, and in their armpits.
Depending on your Chi-Poo’s coat type, they may need some professional grooming help and trimming. Unless your dog is stinky and needs an emergency bath, you should bathe them every 2-3 months. Since Chi-Poos can be prone to dry skin, limiting baths will help them with this condition. Hazel…
Narrow-jawed dogs like the Chi-Poo need daily teeth brushing. This will help cut down on the potential for plaque buildup and dental disease. Unless you’re frequently walking them on hard surfaces, you should trim their nails every two weeks. Check their ears regularly for signs of wax buildup and debris.