The Chinese Crested Chihuahua, also known as the Chi-Chi, is a cross between the Chinese Crested dog and the Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua mixed with the Chinese Crested dog generally makes a very attractive animal. They may be slightly smaller than the Chinese Crested dog and have a somewhat stockier frame. This of course depends on the mix, oftentimes mixes are not necessarily a 50/50 split between the two so it becomes important to note which of the physical and personality traits are dominant within your Chi-Chi.
Simply put, it is necessary for a Chi-Chi to be near its owners. Even though they are perfectly capable of entertaining themselves for quite some time in the apartment or in the yard, they do not like being away from people for an extended period of time. Some owners may suggest that this is “high maintenance” but like most Chihuahua breeds, they are extremely loyal and loving. If the owner plans to spend most of the day away from their dog, they may want to look for other Chihuahua mixes or a different breed altogether. Again like other Chihuahua mixes, they are very playful, open, personable, and friendly. When meeting new animals or people they can be quite bold despite their tiny stature.
The most important thing to remember for most people is that when someone is allergic to dogs, it is generally the saliva and dander that causes the allergic reaction – not the hair. Having said that, the hairless Chihuahua breeds do not shed much if anything and have much less dander. That makes the hairless a Chi-Chi a good alternative for most. If you want to keep potential issues to a minimum, it is important to keep these designer dogs out of the affected person's room and off the furniture.
The coat of the Chi-Chi can be hairless, powderpuff, long, or short. A true hairless Chihuahua mix will have hair solely on its tail, lower legs, feet, and head. It is usually possible to tell the difference right after birth. Both the hairless and powderpuff variety can be found in the same litter. There is a 50/50 chance of a hairless puppy if one parent is hairless.
The great thing about the Chinese Crested Chihuahua is that it adapts to their owner. While they would ultimately prefer to play inside or go for a daily walk, they can be as active as their owners are.
Most Chihuahua mixes have fragile legs, and the Chinese Crested Chihuahua is no different, both as pups and as adults. It is important to keep them away from stairs or at the very least supervise them once they are near stairs. As mentioned before, they can be very active and love to explore. This is something to take into account. Unfortunately, your dog would not be the first Chi-Chi to jump on a dresser and fall off. It is important to note that if you have the hairless variety, sun block is applied daily. Finally, they have a tendency to be obese considering that they never stop eating – this means that their diet must be maintained.
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