The Chizer is a breed that developed after crossing the two well-known dog breeds – the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. Depending upon the genetic breakdown of the breed, the looks of the chizer might vary as to which of its parents the puppy will go.
The chizers are small size dogs with a round to apple-shaped heads, large ears, round, button eyes, a dark, triangular muzzle, square legs and a level back with their tails usually docked. Though they look small and feeble, they are actually stronger than they seem to be. These dogs easily adapt well in apartments, townhomes, condos, and other smaller areas, while their size makes them a great lap dog. The Chizer is not too friendly with children, and are ideal for single owners, elderly couples, or families without children.
|Also known as||Schnauchi, Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix|
|Coat||Thick, short, medium, silky|
|Colors||White, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Black and Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Brown, Golden, Gray, Tricolor|
|Type||Toy dog, Companion dog, lap dog, guard dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||4 – 15 pounds (adults)|
|Height (size)||Small; 6 – 14 inches (for full grown male and female)|
|Personality / Characteristic Traits||Intelligent, aggressive, loving, independent, gentle, loyal, playful|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR|
Like the chihuahua, they are dogs with a bold attitude, but are gentle, intelligent and sweet by temperament. They are protective and possessive of their owners and would protect them like a very loyal companion. However, they are also known to bark quite often. This is because of their keen sense of hearing because of which they are able to hear the faintest of noises. This makes them a good guard dog as well.
They love getting attention and affection and enjoy spending long hours on the laps of their family members, hugged, cuddled and kissed. These dogs are playful and would play to their hearts’ content unless they eventually get tired and fall asleep. They will spend a long time playing with the family members and children, except that, they might at times become intolerant with children who are too energetic to force them to play. They are also known to nip at kids or tend to snap at teasing children, if irritated.
These dogs are often shy, and would be scared meeting strangers or even unknown dogs. They love to chew, and would chew your shoes to your soft toy, unless they are trained otherwise. Also, owing to their small size, this breed generally does not enjoy cold weathers, and are almost inactive in cold temperatures.
Apparently chizers are not easy to train and might display stubborn behavior at times. However, the chizers are very smart dogs and can pick up training easily, if you can handle them consistently. In fact, they have the ability to quickly pick up things and learn all kinds of commands. Because they are dogs that are generally shy, socialization training is urgent at an early age from the time you adopt your puppies from the breeders or rescues. Young age can easily alleviate this issue.
Let them mix with more strangers and other dogs. Your friends and neighbors might help you in this regard. Invite them to visit you so that your dog gets used to new faces.
Housebreaking or potty training is also crucial. Since these dogs do not do well in the cold, most individuals tend to be pad or paper trained. You should also train your dog to learn to go out for walks in the winter season, since it is very difficult to take chizers out in temperatures below 10° C.
Also, give your dog proper behavioral training, and make it clear that bad behavior is something that is not acceptable. But remember not to be rude. Just follow a consistent training method. Be a firm trainer to let your dog understand who the real leader of its ‘dog pack’ is. Although, you must also keep in mind that, it is not an easy job to train the chizer to stop barking.
The recommended amount is the same as other small dogs of its level of energy. The quantity can differ depending upon the age of your dog, but you can divide the meal into two halves. You must also know that, this breed can develop food allergies easily, mostly from red meat. Though switching their food and food habits can sort out this issue. This can also save them from further gastric disturbances.