The Chipoo (this breed is also referred to as the Poo-Chi) was created by crossing two breeds: The Chihuahua with a Toy Poodle. This is a designer dog, which has not received the same popularity as other species belonging to the same group.

Height: 5-15 inches  Weight: 5-20 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


Usually, the Chipoo is a small, agile and very lively dog. Representatives of this breed can have either large erect ears (like a Chihuahua) or, on the contrary, long hanging ears (like a Poodle). The Chipoo is well-built dog proportionate, strong and quite hardy.


Affectionate, loving, and loyal dog breed, the Chipoo usually chooses one member of the family to be his one master. Chipoos are extremely sensitive and if left alone for a long time, they will behave destructively and will try to spoil the surrounding objects. Therefore, do not lock your dog in the room for long. This dog breed is not suitable for people who have young children, but it can find a common ground with other dog breeds and small pets within the family. The Chipoo makes good guard because he is very suspicious of strangers and furthermore, will bark loudly to warn the family about possible danger.

Coat / Care:

The Chipoo’s hair tends to be very diverse. Hence, this dog breed can be covered with a curly, short, long coat, or a combination of these three options. Depending on the coat type, Chipoos may need frequent cleaning with a stiff brush or a professional trimming from time to time. If truly necessary, you can bathe your dog. Typical diseases for this breed are dislocated knee, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, ear inflammation, and several skin diseases.


It is recommended to carry out early socialization and obedience training at puppyhood. Like all small breeds, the Chipoo can hardly accustom to observe cleanliness in the house. Rough or heavy-handed methods are completely ineffective. In fact, education should be based on firmness, fairness, patience and consistency.


The Chipoo is a perfect pet for keeping in an apartment, provided that you spend enough time with him. This breed likes to accompany its owner on a leash, to participate in all family activities and to play in a fenced and secure place.

Photo credit: Carissa Bonham/Flickr

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