The Chi-Poo: A Complete Guide

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The Chi Poo is a crossbreed mixing the Chihuahua with the Poodle. The Chi Poo is the ideal family dog; it is extremely low maintenance and famously good with children.

He does not require large housing and is happy to be left alone to his own devices during work hours.

The Poodle is an impressive and regal breed, and is known for its incredible intellect and skilled in many dog sports and athletic competitions.

The Poodle passes some of its smarts down to the Chi Poo but keeps most of the physical prowess to itself.

The Chihuahua is a famous companion dog, often seen riding in the purses of famous celebrities and has a reputation as a friendly, low maintenance dog.

Most of these traits hold true and are passed down into the Chi Poo.

The Chi Poo loves to play and is quite vocal and expressive, it is highly affectionate and will shower its owners with love.

It is a known lapdog, the closer the Chi Poo can get to its owner the happier it is. The Chi Poo is a wonderful, loyal companion, and great company for anyone who needs a committed friend.

Chi Poo Puppies – Before You Buy…

A white Chi-Poo and a cherry blossom tree
The Chi Poo is a low-maintenance pet.

Welcoming a dog into your family is a big decision to make for anybody to make, there are tough decisions to be made and many personal considerations to ponder.

This guide will break down step by step whether or not the Chi Poo is the right dog for you, and hopefully, make the process a little easier.

What Price are Chi Poo Puppies?

The Chi Poo is relatively inexpensive as far as designer crossbreeds are concerned, with the average selling price going for approximately $700 to $900.

The number one priority should be finding a quality, ethical breeder of good repute.

Where to Find Reputable Chi Poo Breeders?

Finding a good breeder is the first step in bringing a new dog into your family, and it is the easiest and most important way you can ensure your new friend has the best start to life it possibly can.

It is also important for your peace of mind that you know you bought your dog from a breeder with ethical practices and that you have supported a good business.

Your Chi Poo breeder should be able to pass the following criteria:

  • A good breeder is passionate about the animals and knows many facts and care details about the breed which they should readily offer to you. Feel free to ask the breeder any questions you may have about the Chi Poo, taking on an animal into your family is a big decision and they should respect your interest.
  • The breeder should be caring and compassionate about the dogs, they should give the impression that they are true animal people.
  • The breeder’s facilities should be hygienic, clean and spacious. It is important to support breeders that house their animals humanely.
  • The breeder should carry themselves with a sense of professionalism. A dog is a big financial decision and they should be respectful of your decision making process.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chi Poo Puppies

  1. The Chihuahua is the only dog breed known to be born with a ‘molera,’ or a soft spot in its skull, not dissimilar to human children in that sense.
  2. Depending on who you ask “what is the smartest dog breed?”, you may get Poodle as your answer. These are famously intelligent dogs whose talents allow them to be successful work, therapy, and hunting dogs. All Poodles and Poodle hybrids have the capacity for creative problem-solving.
  3. The Chihuahua has an old heritage, being genetically linked to the ancient dogs which roamed Mexico many years ago, known as the Techichi dogs.

Physical Traits of the Chi Poo

A Chi-Poo looking to the side
The Chi Poo possesses many desirable traits.

The Chi Poo is a small dog typically resembling a fluffy, curly-haired chihuahua with softer Poodle features.

Though its coat is highly dependant on which of its parent breed’s DNA is more dominant.

Some Chihuahuas have shiny, longer coats while some have wiry, short coats, the Poodle also comes in many different sizes, the make of the Chi Poo’s parents will have a huge influence on the physical makeup of the Chi Poo itself.

Generally, the Chi Poo has a small, compact body and a small, upright tail.

The Chi Poo comes in a myriad of different colorations, including but not limited to black, white, gray, brown, fawn, cream, brindle, silver, and blue.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chi Poo?

The Chi Poo is a very small breed, taking after its parent the tiny Chihuahua. The male Chi Poo towers between 9 and 13 inches tall and weighs between 10 and 20 pounds.

While the female Chi Poo stands between 7 and 12 inches tall and can weigh between as little as 8 and 18 pounds.

What is the Chi Poo’s Life Expectancy?

The Chi Poo is expected to live anywhere between 12 and 15 years old, which is approximately average for dogs as small as this one.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chi Poo

The Chi Poo is a very relaxed breed, it can become hyperactive, but it is generally placid and with a calm, friendly demeanor.

It can become quite active and energetic if it has not been walked though, and can become uncharacteristically talkative during these times too.

The Chi Poo is an intelligent breed, it’s parent, the Poodle, is perhaps one of the smartest of all dog breeds, and it imparts some of this intellect into the Chi Poo.

The Chi Poo is not prone to creative problem-solving. However, it leads a simple life and is not equipped for many working or athletic roles.

The Chi Poo is a keen learner though and does not struggle to learn tricks and follow most commands.

The Chi Poo has a great memory; it will remember people and any perceived injustices that they may have slighted upon it.

The Chi Poo has been known to hold grudges and can be wary of people outside its immediate family. It is easy to warm a Chi Poo up though, as it’s love for playing and generally affectionate demeanor usually win the day.

The Chi Poo’s Diet

Three Chi-Poo puppies
The Chi Poo loves to play.

A Chi Poo is not a greedy eater; many Chi Poo is reported to sometimes be somewhat indifferent come feeding time, preferring to stay by their owner’s side rather than be apart and present at the food bowl.

A Chi Poo enjoys the standard diet for small dogs, high-quality food with plenty of protein is essential for growing strong dogs.

A Chi Poo puppy should be allowed to eat as much as it wants, feed it small meals regularly to establish regular, good eating habits into the Chi Poo’s daily routine.

How Much Exercise Does the Chi Poo Need?

The Chi Poo is not an overly energetic or active dog. It is low maintenance and doesn’t require excessive walking.

The Chi Poo does, however, love a good run, and if possible, it’s a good idea to take him to the park daily and let him off the leash, at the park, the Chi Poo will chase after unassuming small animals and birds and will enjoy socializing with other animals.

Making sure your Chi Poo is well exercised goes a long way to dissuading any destructive habits that may arise in a disgruntled, cooped up Chi Poo.

Chi Poo Health and Conditions

The Chi Poo is blessed, being generally healthy. It does, however, suffer from one or two serious and minor issues occasionally, some of them being eye-related issues.

Serious Issues

  • Some Chi Poo are sadly prone to a glaucoma diagnosis, a serious eye issue which generally leads to impaired vision and eventually blindness.
  • The Chi Poo is also susceptible to the buildup of excessive eye gunk due to an overactive tear gland. If your Chi Poo suffers from this condition then its eyes must be cleaned and treated regularly or risk serious infection which could lead to further eye complications further down the line. Consult with your veterinarian for treatment options and directions on how to maintain the hygiene of your Chi Poo’s eyes.

Minor Issues

  • The Chi Poo can be afflicted by a number of skin infections and various rashes, it can be prone to dry skin and flaking. If this occurs the Chi Poo can be massaged with dog moisturizer and given special antiseptic shampoo to treat damaged skin. In these cases, it is prudent to speak with your veterinarian who will point you in the right direction and set your Chi Poo on the path to recovery.

Grooming Advice

Due to the variety in the ChiPoo breed, it can be slightly confusing to groom your pet properly.

Though none of the varieties of the coat require extensive maintenance, the longer coats, which are more Poodle-like in shape, are likely to tangle and mess up often.

Depending on the coat length of your pet, brushing one to four times per week is necessary to keep your dog in good shape.

Since this dog does not like to get dirty and loves staying clean, you will only need to bath it once every two to three months.

If your pet has long hair, a haircut is recommended several times a year (around 3-5 times).

You also do not need to worry about excessive hair falling all over the place as ChiPoo shed very less fur.

To brush the coat of your ChiPoo, you can use a slick brush and if there are any knots or matted hair, use a 2-in-1 comb.

The process of brushing will be made much easier by first wetting the coat with a spray bottle and gently running your fingers through it.

For the bathing purpose, use a canine shampoo instead of the ones humans use as it can irritate the skin of the dog.

Afterward, brush the coat once, blow-dry or towel-dry the coat, and brush the coat once again to give a very neat and finished look to the dog’s coat.

The easier kinds of haircuts can be given at home easily but make sure you do not attempt any professional haircuts yourself.

Take your dog to a professional for styling its hair, especially if you want to color its coat.

But if you are confident about your own skills, you can use Kool-Aid, the juice from fruits such as blackberries, or food coloring to dye the coat of your ChiPoo to your desired hue.

Special Treats

No matter how well-balanced of a diet your Chi Poo consumes, it is important for you to occasionally give it special treats.

These home-cooked or store-bought treats will help you strengthen your bond with your pet, train it through positive reinforcement techniques, and simply make its day.

Also, these delicious treats are necessary once in a while to break the monotony and give your dog something it genuinely loves to eat.

Moreover, the Chi Poo is not an easy breed of dogs to feed since it becomes indifferent at the time of eating which is why you often need to give it something different.

Since the Chi Poo is a very calm, relaxed, small, and lightweight dog breed, make sure the treat is not too heavy or high in its protein content to avoid digestion problems.

Despite how much of a picky eater this dog is, a Chi Poo is bound to love beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, or veal.

Another healthy and equally tantalizing option for a treat is fish, such as cod, salmon, or flounder.

Once in a while, you can treat your Chi Poo to fresh vegetables, including lima beans, zucchini, or sweet potatoes.

However, make sure the vegetables are given in a low quantity and are nicely diced up.

You can also add cheese to the regular food your dog eats to make it more flavorful, but make sure that it has low levels of lactose like Swiss cheese or cottage cheese.

Additionally, fresh fruits, eggs, or extra virgin olive oil can give your Chi Poo that extra flavor and taste it craves and deserves.

Also, steer clear of any treats consisting of artificial coloring or chemical preservatives.

Lastly, if you are getting a treat from the store and are confused due to the array of ingredients in it, focus on the first three or four ingredients because the food will primarily be made of those.

My Final Thoughts on the Chi PooA black Chi-Poo dog

The Chi Poo is an all-round dependable companion dog, it fits perfectly on laps and is low maintenance, making it perfect for families and young children.

It is also inexpensive for its pedigree and is happy to live in a small accommodation.

Overall, the Chi Poo possesses many desirable traits and is a fine choice of dog for anybody.


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