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.
|Other names||American Pit Bull Terrier-Chihuahua Mix, Chi-Pit, Pithuahua|
|Coat||Long/short, soft, smooth, glossy, close-fitting|
|Color||Brindle, brown & white, chocolate, brown, dark brown, speckled, merle, gray, golden, black & tan, black|
|Group of Breed||Toy|
|Lifespan (Life Expectancy)||10-13 years|
|Weight||15-45 lbs (6.8-20.4 kg)|
|Size and Height||Small, 12-18 inches (30.5-45.7 cm)|
|Temperament||Gentle, intelligent, loyal, lively; can become unfriendly if bored|
|Good with Children||Yes but interactions with toddlers and young children should be supervised to avoid any harm|
|Country Originated in||Unknown|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR|
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.
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.
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