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Country of Origin, History of Chipoos
There is no known date or person who started the ChiPoo breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1970s that designer dog breeders in the United States mixed Chihuahua and Poodles to develop ChiPoo dogs to have a small, low-maintenance, energetic, and intelligent dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, ChiPoos became more and more popular.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Chipoo is a combination of the Chihuahua breed and the Toy or Teacup or Miniature Poodle. To learn more about this breed, look up characteristics of both breeds as some will look more like a Chihuahua while others will look more like a Poodle and the same is true of how they act.
The little Chipoo can have floppy or pointed upright ears and a coat that is either wavy or curly or even more smooth and short like the Chihuahua. Its head can resemble the Poodle’s or the Chihuahua’s.
The smart, alert, eager Chipoo is a fun-loving dog who will thrive in an apartment as well as a small or large home with or without a yard. He loves an active life to use his intelligence and energy. However, he does not need a lot of exercise since playing with toys and being with his humans will give him activity. He will alert his owner to potential dangers and visitors with his barking.
Chipoos come in cream, brown, blue, brindle, silver, grey, fawn, white, and black or any combination of two or three of those colors. The coat can be short and coarse like a Chihuahua or longer and curlier like a Poodle. Some have very fuzzy coats that are a combination of traits. They can even have coats of varying lengths and types on different parts of their bodies. A weekly brushing is good for keeping the coat clean, but some will need more frequent brushing during spring and fall shedding season.
Be aware that Chipoos do not tolerate extreme cold or hot weather. They will need a sweater for cold days and if they go outdoors in hot, sunny weather, they will need sunscreen on ears, nose, and other sensitive areas.
5 – 20 pounds, depending on which size Poodle was involved in the breeding
5 – 15 inches, depending on which size Poodle was involved in the breeding-
4 – 5 puppies
Temperament of the Dog
The temperament of the Chipoo can vary, depending on whether he inherited more of the temperament of a Chihuahua or of the Poodle. If more like a Chihuahua, he will be highly bonded to a single human and may not like strangers. If more like a Poodle, he will be a better family dog and will want to know his routine and expectations. The Chipoo will be intelligent and loyal as well as playful and sometimes mischievous. He will bark to alert you of danger or strangers and may need to be taught when to quit.
The Chipoo is a playful and independent companion. They like being lap dogs, but have the energy and drive to want to be involved in their owners' lives and routines. Although the parent breeds sometimes don't like to be left alone, the Chipoo does quite well with working parents away from the house for long days.
They love walks and playtimes and going places. However, they do not do well with weather that is cold or hot, so need very short outdoor times during inclement weather.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
Chipoos are indoor dogs who enjoy walks and short outdoor playtimes.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Because the Chipoo is a small dog, they can be easily injured by overly excited children. Chipoos may prefer to be with adults or older kids who know how to play gently.
Start housetraining at 8 weeks and be consistent or they may be difficult to fully housebreak. Chipoos are intelligent and pick up commands easily, but may ignore commands if they don’t want to do them even when they know the commands. Training and socialization should be started early and continued during the Chipoo’s life.
Introduce other animals slowly and calmly. If the Chihuahua characteristics are dominant, they will want to be “in charge” of a multiple dog household.
How active is the breed?
Short walks in good weather and indoor play are sufficient for the Chipoo. They are usually very playful with toys. They also love to go with their people and be involved in the daily routine.
Be sure to groom them weekly, checking their ears (especially if they are hanging ears). They need toenail clipping once a month. Tear stains ae a major problem, especially for white or light-colored dogs. The use of Angel Eyes or a similar product can be a big help with the stains, but keeping a cloth handy to wipe the dog’s eyes frequently is also helpful. Oral health is of great concern for small dogs, so be sure to brush your dog’s teeth several times a week. Some will need a visit to a professional groomer every 6 weeks.
The Chipoo is a relatively healthy breed. However, it is predisposed to the same health issues as Poodles and Chihuahuas such as overactive tear glands, hypoglycaemia, glaucoma, and dislocating kneecaps. Chipoos can have digestive issues, so talk with your vet about the use of a probiotic or 3 – 4 small meals instead of the normal 2 meals a day.
Be sure to groom them weekly, checking their ears (especially if they are hanging ears). They need toenail clipping once a month. Tear stains ae a major problem, especially for white or light-colored dogs. The use of Angel Eyes or a similar product can be a big help with the stains, but keeping a cloth handy to wipe the dog's eyes frequently is also helpful. Oral health is of great concern for small dogs, so be sure to brush your dog’s teeth several times a week. Keep your dog on a leash when it is outside of a fenced area.
Life Span: 12 – 14 years
National Breed Clubs: none at this time
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Chi-poo)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Choodle or Wapoo)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Wapoo)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Chi Poo)
Group: Mixed Breed Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.
Also Known As: Chi Poo, Chi-Poo, Wapoo, Chi-a-poo, Chi-Poodle, Poohuahua, Chiapoo, Chidoodle, Choodle, Chihuahuadoodle, Chihuahuapoo, Fiesta Poo, Poochi, Poochie, Poo-Chi.
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