Chihuahua Terrier mix- the definitive buyer’s guide


The Chihuahua Terrier mix is just like what it sounds like, a cross between a Terrier and a Chihuahua.

They can come from any of the Terriers and can be:

  • Fox Terrier Chihuahua mix.
  • The Chihuahua Rat Terrier mix
  • Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier mix.
  • Jack Russell Chihuahua mix.

These are the most common of the Terrier mixes.

These dogs come in different personalities, shapes, and sizes.

If you are here right now you are interested in knowing what this designer dog has to offer.

Keep reading to learn about that and much more in this handy guide.

Let us get right into it. 

Chi terrier mix

About the Chihuahua Terrier mix

Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breeds in the world. They are also loveable, loyal, proud, and affectionate. In short, they make up for their lack of body size in their huge personalities.

Meanwhile, Terriers are feisty, intelligent, eager to work, energetic and can also be a bit stubborn.

This means that the Chihuahua terrier mix has a wide range of personalities which will also depend on the Terrier used in the breeding.

There are several terriers that the Chihuahua can be crossed with:

  • Bull Terriers
  • Rat Terriers
  • Fox Terriers
  • Jack Russell Terriers
  • Yorkshire Terriers

31 different Terrier breeds are registered under the American Kennel Club but we will only cover the main ones that have been mentioned above.

You should do research and learn about each Terrier before embarking on your journey for the perfect home pet.

As you may have guessed, the Terrier and Chihuahua Mix is not recognized by the American Kennel Club as it is not a purebred dog. However, both of the parents are recognized.

However, the International Designer Canine Registry does recognize the Chihuahua Terrier mix.


Chihuahua Terrier mix summary table
Height 10 to 28 inches
Weight 6 to 25 pounds w
Lifespan 12 to 20 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose companion dog
Suitable For adults and experienced dog owners
Grooming requirements moderate grooming
Color Variations Black, white, brown, tan and can be tri or bi-color
Health concerns canine cancer. hip dysplasia
Temperament Active, feisty, loving, courageous, energetic, tireless, stubborn, loyal and strong-willed

Chihuahua Bull Terrier mix

The Bull Terrier and Chihuahua mixes are one of the most unpredictable of all the Terrier and Chihuahua mixes.

Old Bulldog that went extinct is said to be an ancestor to the Bul terrier.

Historically Bull Terriers were used in fighting which made them strong, intimidating, and bigger. This gives this cross a spicy personality.

This mix has an insane amount of energy and is very loveable but he is not for everyone as he can be stubborn and a bit difficult to train.

They also do not get along that well with other animals and would rather fight them. Although this is a trait that you can get rid of through training this dog from an early age.


Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix

This dog has been nicknamed as Rat-Chas.

And just like his name suggests he is good at chasing and killing rats.

Rat Terriers are known for their intelligence and they are not that old of a dog breed.

These dogs first appeared in the US around the 1920s.

They are also larger than other Terriers and when mixed with Chihuahuas they could reach a weight of 20 pounds and a height of between 12 to 18 inches.

This mix is perfect for apartment living and can get enough exercise by chasing balls inside the house. However, this does not mean that you should not give him his daily dose of walks.

With the Rat-Chas mental stimulation is far more important than physical stimulation.


Chihuahua Fox Terrier mix

The fox Terrier is also called the Chitoxy or the Taco Terrier and has a long English History.

This is a dog that appeared in many paintings in the 15th and 16th centuries as he stood beside many colonels.

These dogs can be smooth or wire coated. They are also super energetic and can be independent. This is just a nice way of telling you that they can be annoying.


Jack Russel Terrier Chihuahua mix

Many people adore the Jack Russel Terrier for his tenacity and fearlessness.

He is also active and athletic and thrives in active homes.

This mix will, therefore, require you as an owner to be patient and be active. It is a mix that seems never to get tired and a lazy owner will just get frustrated by him.

He is slightly larger than the Chihuahua and smaller than the Jack Russel with a maximum height of 15 inches.

They may have a strong prey-drive that you can get rid of through consistent and proper training.


Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua mix

This might be one of the smallest of all the mixes and is also called the Chorkie.

He stands at a height of between 9-10 inches and weights up to 7 pounds.

But you should not get fooled by their small size as they can have a strong work ethic that also involves catching rats and other things to do.

The last thing this dog will want is an inactive or even lazy owner.

They have thick coats that need regular grooming and perform much better in the cold.


Chihuahua and Pitbull Terrier mix

This mix might be a bit weird to some of you because the size difference might seem ridiculous but it exists.

It is a dog with a small body but with the muscles of a Pitbull.

You can also refer to him as the Chitpit and is protective, courageous, and has a lot of energy.

They are much easier to train when compared to the other Chihuahua Terrier mix but this might not always be the case.

Besides, they have moderate grooming requirements and will get along well with children.


General characteristics and appearance of the Chihuahua Terrier mix


This is a small mixed dog and it is mainly due to the genes of the Chihuahua which makes him small.

Their size will mainly depend on the Terrier types that are used in breeding with the smallest ones being the Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua mix and the largest being the Chihuahua and Pitbull Terrier cross.

Coat appearance

Just like the size, the coat appearance will also depend on the parent breeds.

  • Bull Terriers have short and smooth coats.
  • Yorkshire Terriers have double coats.
  • Rat terriers have smooth and short coats.
  • Jack Russel Terriers have coarse and short coats.
  • Fox Terriers have wire-haired coats.


The colors can also vary greatly and may include black, white, brown, and even tan. They can also be either bi or tri-colored.

You should look at the parent breed for you to be able to get an idea of how your pup is going to turn out.

A reputable breeder should also be able to give you a prediction of how your puppy is going to look in terms of size and even the color.

Personality and temperament of the Terrier and Chihuahua mix

Just like the appearance, you can never be able to accurately predict the personality that this dog is going to have.

Despite the range of Terriers that can be used in breeding, their personalities are more or less the same.

Generally, they are alert, feisty, and intelligent dogs.

The mix is, therefore, highly likely to be intelligent, alert, athletic, and energetic. They can also be stubborn a trait that they get from the Chihuahua and if this trait is retained they can be hard to train.

Knowing all these, the mix will be best suited for active adult owners.

They may not tolerate rough play and can even nip them due to the Terrier genes.

If you are ready to have this dog as an addition to your family you should be patient and have time for the training and socialization that is needed to have a pooch with the best personality.

Failure to do this may lead to your doggie developing the small dog syndrome.

When well socialized and trained the Chihuahua Terrier mix can tolerate other dogs but would rather have human company.


Below are other Chihuahua mixes that you may consider by any chance you figure out that this hybrid doggo is not one for you. 

Other Chihuahua mixes

  • The Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua mix is also known as Chizer and is one of the most adorable Chihuahua mixes.
  • Chion is a cross that combines the genes of a Papillon dog and a Chihuahua.
  • The Chihuahua and French Bulldog cross is a family-friendly dog that is also known as the French Bullhuahua.
  • Chimeranians are super cute crosses between the Chi and a Pomeranian.
  • Chipaniel is a hybrid dog that results from the mixing of a Cocker spaniel and a Chihuahua.
  • You may be asking yourself what you get when you mix a Beagle and Chihuahua. Well, it is a Chibeagle of course.
  • Chiweenies are handsome crosses between Chis and Dachshunds.
  • Chi Chi is what you get when you combine the genes of a Chinese Crested and a Chihuahua.
  • The Jack Chi is another extremely cute mix of a Chihuahua and a Jack Russel Terrier.
  • Corhuahua is a hybrid dog that combines the genes of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Chihuahua.
  • Min-Chis are great family pets that result from the mixing of Chihuahuas and Miniature pinschers.
  • The Chihuahua and pug mix is a very good companion dog that is also known as the Chug.
  • Chi Chons are hybrid dogs from the crossing of Bichon Frises and Chis.


Its now time to find a Chihuahua and Terrier mix.


For a puppy, this dog could cost anywhere from $400 to $800 depending on the breeder and your location.

This high cost is mostly associated with how difficult it may be to breed this dog and the litters are usually small.

And it does not matter which of the mixes you are going to buy, you should always make sure that you are getting him from a responsible and reputable breeder.

You will need to be very careful of puppy mills as most of them are after the profits that come with selling puppies.

Another thing that you need to remember is that these puppies can be extremely fragile and once you get one you will have to have him with a lot of care.

You should let the pup stay with the mom until he is at least 10 months old.

Adoption is also a better option that is also way cheaper.

But when you are about to adopt a dog you should be very patient. Make sure the pup is old enough for you to take him and that his health has been cleared.

terrier Chi mix

Grooming requirements

The coat type is going to influence how much grooming your dog will need.

Overall, most of the coats will need brushing 2 to 3 times a week. You will need to brush the coat even more in case he has thicker fur.

This promotes natural oils to flow allowing your dog to have healthy and shiny coats. It also enhances the bond between you and your pup.

Brush the coat more during fall and spring when it significantly sheds more to remove dead hair and loose fur.

You should note that mixes with more wiry coats will also need more grooming.

Bath them only when it is necessary like when they get smelly or dirty. This should not be hard to do.

Apart from taking care of the coat, you will also need to take care of the ears and brush the teeth weekly.

The nails will also need a trim every time they get long.

Feeding requirements

These doggos have a pretty low food intake because they are small dogs.

Most of them will need about 500 calories if the food in a day which is about 1 or one and a half cups of kibble in a day.

You should always take the dog’s weight in pounds and multiply it by 30 calories and get to know how many calories your pooch will need every day.

This will, however, depend on how active your dog is and his level of metabolism.

Feeding them should nonetheless be easy for you to do.

If your dog is more Chihuahua than he is Terrier you should try to feed him on more calories when the weather is cold for him to be able to maintain some warmth. Chis are known to struggle with the cold and you should always make sure that they are warm.

A good diet should be able to meet their daily nutritional requirements which include fats and proteins.

The protein should be more meat protein which is their favorite. Proteins are very essential in the development of a pup and should make up about 25% of their diet.

They also need oils and fats like amino-3 to give them energy and to make their coats as healthy as possible.

What you feed your dog is a personal choice but you should always make sure that he gets a balanced and healthy diet.

Small doggies are known to easily gain weight and you should watch the diet and avoid giving them too many treats so that they do not get obese.

Anytime you want to give your Chihuahua Terrier mix treats choose treats that are formulated for small dogs.


Exercising a Terrier Chihuahua mix

If these dogs take more of the Terrier they may seem like they have endless amounts of energy. They are super energetic dogs.

Don’t be fooled by the small size of this pooch, he loves being busy.

He will need about 60 minutes of exercise every day.

From daily walks to playing games like hiding and seek or fetch, anything that is not too extreme.

However, when you are taking this doggo for a walk always make sure that you have a leash and a harness or else he decides to go on a chasing spree.

If he is not well trained and socialized you may have a harder trying to control them from chasing other animals in the dog park. You should socialize him to be happy when he sees other dogs other than chasing them.

Mental stimulation is also something that you should pay close attention to. This can be playing games likes puzzles for the dog to solve.

Training requirements

The Chihuahua Terrier is a smart dog but that does not make him easy to train.

You may have an issue with his stubbornness which comes from the Chihuahua parent which makes training challenging.

This one reason that you need to have patience during training.

The best way to train this doggie is through reward-based training and positive reinforcement.

Some of the rewards you can use are:

  • Treats for small dogs.
  • Praises.
  • Toys

Reward them every time they follow a command and just ignore them every time that they do not. Never use punishment during as it may end up doing more harm than good.

But always make sure that they do not get away with bad behaviors such as nipping and excessive barking as they may end up developing the “small dog syndrome”.

Housebreaking and obedience training is very important when he is still young so that he may not have issues growing up.

He a relatively healthy and should be able to have a lifespan of between 12 to 20 years which is pretty impressive.

Known Health concerns

Some health issues may occur in this hybrid dog that includes:

Patellar luxation which is very common in small dog breeds where there is a dislocation of the kneecap from their normal position.

Heart diseases can often be inherited causing an inability of the heart to pump blood well to other parts of the body.


The Chihuahua Terrier mix might be a sweet dog but he is not for everyone. Some people may have a bit of a rough time handling this dog.

He is a doggo that is better suited for more active adult owners.

Early training and socialization is a very important part of bringing this pup up and reducing any chances of him developing some bad behaviors.

Your best shots are positive reinforcement and reward-based training with a lot of patience with his stubbornness.

If you are going to bring this doggo home you first make sure that you understand his character and be ready to have patience with him.

Would you keep this dog? Give us your comment and feedback or question in the comment section below. 

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