Pitbull Chihuahua mix- The ultimate “Chipit” guide


The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a sturdy and small cross between the powerful but friendly Pitbull and the Chihuahua which is the smallest dog breed in the world. This mix between the Chi and Pit is also known as the Chipit or Pihuahua. 

The Chihuahua Pitbull mix is a great pet for families that are looking for a compact and loving dog.

But there is much to learn about this mixed dog, most of which am going to cover in this breed guide.

We are going to look at the traits that make this pooch exception, his appearance, and even tell you how you can take care of him once you get him as your next family addition.

Let us get right into it. 

About the Pitbull Chihuahua mix

To start with Pitbull is not a breed but a term that is used to describe several dog breeds with similar traits and appearance.

These dogs include the following;

  • The American Pitbull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • The American Staffordshire Terrier

This means that the Chihuahua Pitbull mix can be a cross between a Chihuahua and any of the 4 breeds.

How can two breeds with a significant size difference be crossed?

To get a Chipit mix you need to cross a male Chihuahua and a female Pitbull. Mating a female Chihuahua and a male Pitbull is impossible due to their size difference. Doing it could also cause devastating birth complications. 

In most cases, the Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a perfect blend of both worlds.

However, sometimes this mix can be more of one breed more than the other meaning that is not always a 50-50 blend.

All in all, you should expect this canine to be social, intelligent, loving courageous, and protective of his family members.

So where did the Pithuahua come from?

The Chihuahua Pitbull mix was first seen in the US in the early 2000s.

Other than this not much is known about the origin of this designer dog because not much has been documented.

But it would not be worth talking about this dog’s origin without looking at a brief history of parent breeds.

However, because Pitbull is a broad term for several dog breed you can visit our dog breed guides below to learn about these dogs.

Chihuahua brief history

The Chihuahua origin is unclear but it is believed that this canine comes from the Telchichi ancestry.

It is believed that this breed existed back in the Toltec and Aztec civilization in Mexico.

However, some theories claim the Chihuahua had existed earlier than this in the Mayan civilization.

Other Chihuahua mixes

  • Chipaniel (Chihuahua x Cocker Spaniel)
  • Chibeagle (Chihuahua x Beagle)
  • Chion (Chihuahua x Papillon)
  • Chimeranian (Chihuahua x Pomeranian)

Other Pitbull mixes

  • Pitador (Pitbull x Labrador)
  • Golden Pit (Pitbull x Golden Retriever)
  • Hit Pei (Pitbull x Shar Pei)
  • Shepherd Pit (German Shepherd x Pitbull)

Pithuahua pros and cons

Chihuahua-Pitbull-Mixes guide


They are intelligent and very trainable.

✔ These dogs are great additions for active individuals and families.

Chipits are playful, loving, and loyal dogs.


✗ They may show signs of aggression towards other dogs.

✘ Requires an active lifestyle.

✗ May have an unpredictable temperament.

Pitbull Chihuahua mix general characteristics

Chihuahua Pitbull mix summary table
Height Females: 12-16 inches, Males: 14-18 inches
Weight Female: 15-30 pounds, Males: 20 to 35 pounds
Lifespan 10-14 years 
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose Companion dog
Suitable For Active families
Grooming requirements Moderate
Color Variations Black, White, Tan, Brindle, Chocolate, Golden, Gray, Brown
Health concerns Hypothyroidism, Heart problems, Hypoglycemia, Canine allergies
Temperament Loyal, Loving, Intelligent, Playful, Affectionate and can be destructive when bored
Other names Pithuahua, Chipit

Height and weight

The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a small to medium-sized dog.

  • Females stand at between 12 and 16 inches and weigh between 15 and pounds.
  • Males stand between 14 and 18 inches and weigh between 20 and 35 pounds.


The Physical appearance

The Chipit’s appearance can vary depending on the dominant parent.

Some offsprings are born looking like their Chihuahua parents while others are born looking like the Pitbull mother depending on the Pitbull breed used.

Generally, this canine should have a powerful, muscular, and stocky body.

In some cases, this dog may have a head that is unproportional (either bigger or smaller) to the body with a short but snubbed snout. 

The neck may also be short with a long tail and long ears.

Pitbull Chihuahua mix coat appearance and shedding

The coat of a Chipit can be short and glossy to long depending on the dominant parent and the type of coat that the Chihuahua parent has. If a long-haired Chihuahua father is used during breeding the coat is most likely going to be long and vice-versa. Pitbulls have short coats.

Learn more about the Long-haired Chihuahua.

And although in most instances the Chihuahua Pitbull will have a short coat, he is a moderate shedder. He is not hypoallergenic and may not be suited for allergy sufferers.


Both Pitbull can Chihuahuas have a wide variety of colors that can be inherited by the Pithuahua offspring.

These colors include;

Chocolate Black White
Golden Gray Brindle
Tan Brown Silver
Black and white White and tan Fawn

Temperament and personality traits of the Chipit

Traits Rating
exercise needs
Ease of care

The Chipit is a combination of the quite confident Chihuahua and the super friend Pitbull and they, therefore, complement each other.

However, the temperament of the Pitbull Chihuahua mix can be quite unpredictable. But contrary to what many people may believe, this is not due to the Pitbull parent but mostly due to the Chihuahua parents.

Pitbulls are even-tempered dogs but Chis easily develop the big-dog mentality and can are not as friendly as Pits.

These dogs can be quite protective mainly due to the Chihuahua parent.

With that out of the way, you have to keep in mind that this dog will need early socialization and training for him to have a great temperament. This is key to having a well mannered and friendly Chipit.

The Chihuahua Pit can be quite vocal and can be prone to howling and barking. This is especially when they get bored or are left alone for extended periods.

Always keep this dog busy and avoid living him for long periods to prevent destructive behavior.

After all, there is nothing that this dog values more than human attention and affection. He will always find a way to make you happy and loves to cuddle.

However, he is not one to sleep next to you all day as he is a fairly active dog that will need exercise and lots of play.


Is the Pitbull Chihuahua mix a good family dog?

This dog makes a great family addition, especially for active families.

He is a very patient and playful pooch that gets along well with kids but the same cannot be said for other dogs.

This Chihuahua cross can be quite unfriendly towards other dogs, especially of the same sex. But with early socialization, this dog aggression can be greatly reduced.

Frequently asked questions

How long does Pitbull Chihuahua live?

Pitbull Chihuahuas can live for between 10 and 14 years.

What is a Chihuahua Pitbull called?

The Chihuahua Pitbull mix is also commonly known as the Chipit or Pithuahua.

How big does a Chipit get?

The Chipit or Chihuahua Pitbull is a small to medium-sized dog. Males Chipits stand at between 14 and 18 inches and can weigh as much as 35 pounds. Female Chpits on the other hand can get as big as 30 pounds as stand at between 12 and 16 inches. How big this cross gets depends on the dominant parent.

Can a Pitbull get a Chihuahua pregnant?

Yes, a Pitbull can get a Chihuahua pregnant but a male Pitbull should not mate with a female Chihuahua. This can have devastating effects on the Chihuahua as these dogs can not be compared in terms of their body size. The puppies can also be too large for the Chihuahua causing dystopia and cause dangerous birth complications.

Never mate a Male Pit with a Female Pit. 

Pithuahua puppies

Litter size:

2 to 6 puppies.

These puppies will take around 12 months to reach their full height and weight.

Chihuahua Pitbull puppies are very playful and can retain this puppy playfulness even after maturity and take up to 3 years to settle down.

How much does a Pitbull Chihuahua mix cost?

A Pitbull Chihuahua mix puppy will cost anywhere between $300 and $800 with an average cost of $500.

Other costs that you may incur once you get this dog are the medical expenses that can vary between $500 and $1000 annually.

Because this is not an officially recognized breed it may be difficult to find specialized and reputable breeders. You should do proper research on the best breeder when you are starting your search for this cross.

Avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills that may try to sell you a Chipit puppy for super cheap.

These puppies may be poorly bred and may, later on, have a lot of health issues which will cost you a lot to treat if at all they are treatable.

Here is a guide on how you can search and find a reputable breeder and some of the red flags that you should look out for.

Chipit mix

How to groom a Pitbull Chihuahua

This designer dog is not high maintenance is very easy to groom.

In most cases, the coat is short and will not need a lot of work to keep it looking shiny and healthy.

Brushing the coat twice a week is recommended but bathing should only be done once a month at most. Overbathing this dog would strip him of essential coat oils which will cause the skin to dry out. 

This dog will also need ear care, especially if he has long ears to reduce the risk of ear infections. Regular dental care is also crucial for the dog’s hygiene and health.

Also, clip the nails after every two weeks.

Exercise requirements

This is an active and high energy dog that will need regular exercise to burn out most of his energy.

He will need between 30 and 60 minutes of daily exercise to meet his physical stimulation needs.

This can be divided into 2 daily walks, playtime sessions, agility training, and simple brain games.

Number of walks 2 (15 minutes each)
Exercise needs upwards of 3o minutes

Failure to meet this dog’s mental and physical stimulation needs may make him destructive as he looks for a way to burn out energy and entertain himself.

Daily exercise will also prevent him from becoming obese which can cause serious health complications.

Also, during walks, you should make sure that you leash this dog but use a harness instead of a dog collar.

Pitbull Chihuahua mix feeding and dietary guide

The amount of food that you give to this dog will depend on;

  • Size
  • Metabolism
  • Level of activity

A super active Chipit will need more calories than a less active Chi and Pit mix.

When it comes to the dog’s size, a general rule of thumb is to give this pooch 30 calories for every pound that he weighs.

Chipit Daily Food Consumption
Guide 600 to 1100 calories
Cups of Kibble ~2

How to train a Chihuahua Pitbull mix

These dogs are intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train, that is most cases. If this dog is more like the Chihuahua parent he may have a stubborn streak that may make training him challenging.

Positive reinforcements and reward-based training are the best way to achieve the best result when it comes to teaching this dog new tricks and commands.

Make training a rewarding process for his and his best side will come to light.

Avoid using any aversive training methods such as punishment or shouting at this dog as it does more harm.

Be creative with your training methods and socialize this dog from an early age for the best behavior.

Chihuahua Pitbull mix health concerns

Although this dog has one of the longest lifespans he can be prone to several health issues such as;

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Canine allergies

Visit your veterinarian if you notice any sudden changes in the dog’s health or his vigor and playfulness suddenly go down.

You can also get this cross health insurance which will cut your vet bills by a great deal.

But to get a Chipit that is generally healthy you must get one from a good and reputable breeder.

Breed summary

The Pitbull Chihuahua mix is a cross that will always make sure that you are entertained.

This dog is loving and loyal and is best suited for active families.

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