The Chimation, also called the Chihuahua-Dalmatian mix, is a medium-sized designer dog produced by crossing the Chihuahua and the Dalmatian purebreds. It inherits the visible characteristics of both its parent breeds including the distinctive dots on its body. It has either a round- or an apple-shaped head with round, dark brown/black eyes and large, droopy ears. Fun loving and active, the Chimation likes to be close to its owner and thus it is regarded as a wonderful companion dog.
|Coat||Short, smooth, soft, shiny; lovely to touch|
|Color||White, Silver, Cream, and Black are mostly common; deep brown or black spots and patches appear on the body, as also on the head, tail, and legs|
|Group of Breed||Toy, Non-Sporting|
|Weight||20-40 lbs (9-18 kg)|
|Size and Height||Small; about 12 inches|
|Shedding||Moderate, throughout the year|
|Temperament||Loving, affectionate, gentle, intelligent, energetic, alert|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||Unknown|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DDKC, ACHC, DRA, IDCR|
The Chimations are known to be extremely loyal to their owner, and they might be inclined to give too much protection to their family particularly around strangers. They are always watchful of their surroundings, a trait that makes them great watchdogs. They enjoy spending time with the family and want to be included in family activities. Therefore, they should not be left alone for long periods as it could make them rambunctious.
If properly managed, these dogs can get along with older children as well as other pets. Even though they become great playmates for children, they should always be kept under observation. Since the Dalmatian-Chihuahua mix dogs are very high-spirited by nature, they might knock down and injure the small kids. The children should also be taught not to approach these dogs while they are sleeping or eating.
These pets can be a little headstrong and stubborn at times, which should be dealt with strict and consistent training. Let your Chimation puppy know that you are its boss; otherwise it would grow up into an unmanageable adult. It does not respond to mistreatment or harsh training methods, but positive reinforcement like food rewards will help train your Chimation. Early socialization to adults, children, and other household pets will make it much friendlier and unsuspicious of strangers.
Since the Chimations are prone to problems of the urinary tract, foods containing high levels of purine should be avoided. These include liver, brains, kidneys, and hearts of duck, goose, and lamb; as well as sweetbreads, venison, mackerel, sardines, mushrooms, peas, spinach, and cauliflower. They should always be offered with plenty of clean and fresh drinking water. Dry dog food forms an important part of your pet’s diet, and it should be divided into small meals with the total daily amount being 0.5-1.5 cups.