By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Chipit (also called Chihpit) is a crossbred dog produced from the American Pit Bull Terrier and Chihuahua parents. This toy dog, known for being an affectionate housemate, has a big personality inside a tiny body. Few visible traits including its long ears, round eyes, and broad body with a narrow muzzle are all inherited from its parent breeds. The Chipit is quite agile for its size and can participate in dog sports if trained.

Chipit Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesAmerican Pit Bull Terrier-Chihuahua Mix, Chi-Pit, Pithuahua
CoatLong/short, soft, smooth, glossy, close-fitting
ColorBrindle, brown & white, chocolate, brown, dark brown, speckled, merle, gray, golden, black & tan, black
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedToy
Lifespan (Life Expectancy)10-13 years
Weight15-45 lbs (6.8-20.4 kg)
Size and HeightSmall, 12-18 inches (30.5-45.7 cm)
TemperamentGentle, intelligent, loyal, lively; can become unfriendly if bored
Good with ChildrenYes but interactions with toddlers and young children should be supervised to avoid any harm
Country Originated inUnknown
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationDRA, IDCR

Video: Chipit Puppy Training

Temperament and Behavior

The busy, fun loving, and devoted Chipits like to remain close to their family, often following their people throughout the house. It is quite usual for them to attach with only one member in the family though they are always ready to meet new people and make friends with them. Initially the puppies are a little timid and might be slow in revealing their emotions, a common behavior that can be overcome with early socialization.

Even though these dogs enjoy the company of kids, they are ideal for families with older children who know how to approach and treat their pets. They are also tolerant with other pets, but an introduction to other animals is needed early in their life. They have a terrier-like instinct as well as a characteristic boldness that may urge them to chase smaller animals.



Your little Chipit is surprisingly energetic and will need a walk as well as short playing sessions on a regular basis. Take your pet outdoors for a game of fetch or you can just let it run freely in a fenced yard. It is always willing to run and play endlessly, so make sure that it does not tire out on hot summer days. Always keep it under supervision when outside to prevent any accidental injuries caused by larger dogs.


A few minutes of weekly grooming will help keep your Chipit in top condition. Apart from brushing its coat with a stiff-bristled brush, an occasional bathing is needed to maintain its coat’s shine. You can use a plastic flea comb to remove its dead hair. If its ears have wax or a bad odor, a cotton ball dipped in an ear cleanser can be used. Long toenails should be trimmed every month to prevent potential injuries caused by torn and broken nails.

Health Problems

This is a hardy crossbreed and has fewer chances of suffering from genetic issues. However, some health issues like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, low blood sugar, pulmonary disorders, allergies, and heart diseases may appear in your pet.


Even though the Chihuahua Pit Bull Terrier mix is calm and loving by nature, it needs to learn the basic manners and etiquettes of a family pet. Starting obedience training in its puppyhood as well as continuing it throughout its life is important for building a close connection with your pet. You may opt for a puppy kindergarten that will reinforce good behaviors in your Chipit. This will also contribute to its socialization since your pet will be introduced to other dogs and new people in the class. Housetraining the puppies by taking them out consistently after and before bedtime, after meals, as also after playing sessions is recommended.


A high-quality commercial dog food that is rich in protein but has low grain content should be provided to your pet. If you are offering dry kibble, make sure that you divide it into 2 meals with the daily amount being 1.5-2.5 cups. Avoid feeding dog foods containing wheat, corn and potatoes since these ingredients are known to cause allergic reactions in some dogs.

9 responses to “Chipit”

  1. Donna Marie Pothier says:

    I fostered one from our we think she was abused at some point. She was afraid of everything. We have had her since End of March. We fell in love and we now have a failed foster. Very gentle, loves my lap, knows some basic obedience. Still working on getting along with the mini Dashound, and the other old, adopted chihuahua. Love this funny dog.

  2. JC Hyde says:

    We have two four y.o. sisters. Coloration is brown and white. They are wonderful loving members of the family. One looks more like a Chihuahua. The other is very muscular with a more pointed nose. Both have golden eyes and pinkish noses. Their names are Coda and Cadence. They love laps and tummy rubs. They both get along well with our 16 y.o. Rat Terrier. They are very alert and protective, but make friends easily.

  3. Eric L Harmel says:

    I want one

  4. phyllis e lammers says:

    They are part st and should all be put down

  5. Kelly says:

    I have a chipit. He is 11mo old . Very energetic and very loving. But does have the pit chewing everything going on , even with bones and toys available to him. His name is Jack . Any idea on how to break this habit?

  6. Mary says:

    I just found out that my dog is this breed, Chipit. She is a beautiful white, short haired with some light tan spots. She has about 100 people who love her to pieces! Great with all ages and extremely smart! Glad to finally know her breeds

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