The Chipin is a designer breed created by crossing the Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher. These dogs are small-sized just as their parents also characterized by sharp, pointed ears and round eyes. Some of them might even have a rounded apple head or deer head, a physical trait inherited from their Chihuahua parent. Their cheerful, energetic and agile nature makes them widely preferred as a house companion.
|Other Names||Minchi, Chi-Pin|
|Coat||Silky, Smooth, Short, and Medium|
|Color||Black, White, Tan, Black and Tan, Cream, Chocolate, Golden|
|Group (of Breed)||Toy dog|
|Life expectancy||10 to 12 years|
|Size and Height||Small; 8 to 12 inches|
|Weight||5 to 18 pounds|
|Temperament||Playful, Energetic, Intelligent, Friendly, and Social|
|Good with Children||Not suitable for households having small and extremely mischievous children.|
|Barking||Barks around energetically especially when a stranger is around|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DBR (Designer Breed Registry), ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), DRA ( Dog Registry of America, Inc.), IDCR (International Design Canine Registry), DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club)|
Though the history of the development of this designer dog is unknown, it might have been created with the intention of designing an agile, swift, fearless and high-spirited canine breed that would possess the alertness and increased energy levels of both its parents also emerging as a perfect watch dog.
These intelligent dogs are gregarious and amicable in nature, loving to be in the company of their family members. In fact, leaving them alone for an extended period of time might hamper their personality to a severe extent, also making them destructive. Being immensely loyal to their masters, they are also highly protective regarding their territories just like the Chihuahua, which therefore prevents them from mingling well with other pets in the house. Although they are not aggressive towards strangers, the Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix gets careful and alert on seeing a stranger at the door. Sometimes they may also get excited at the sight of an unfamiliar face barking loudly to warn their owner about the presence of an intruder, thus resembling both their parents as far as their stranger anxiety is concerned.
Just like their parents, the Chipin also is not suitable for homes having small or rambunctious children as the little ones may end up in playing roughly with them thus injuring these fragile dogs. Adult supervision is hence essential whenever the kids are interacting with them.
These intelligent breeds are not difficult to train, requiring a firm and patient trainer who would handle him in a tactful way. It is essential to impart socialization and obedience training to the Chipin puppies so that they may develop a pleasing personality. They are also to be groomed well enough so that they can keep their protective and territorial nature under control. Proper behavioral training may help them put a check on their uncontrolled barking especially when excited.
As they have sharp brains, trainers can teach them a lot of interesting tactics or tricks, to help it channelize its physical and mental energy in a positive way. It is even essential to teach your pet how to housebreak. Rather than being harsh and commanding introduce positive reinforcement techniques in the form of praises and rewards to make your dog respond to your training in a better way. You can even seek professional help or put your puppy into kindergarten schools if you find training at home to be a hassle.
It requires half to one cup of dry dog food on a daily basis though it prefers taking kibbles in small bites as they do not have a large jaw. Provide your pet with a nutritious diet of protein, carbohydrates, vitamin and other essential minerals to keep him in sound health.