By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 17th November 2022



Avatar photo Shiloh Nevada
Last updated: 17th November 2022

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.

Chizer Dog Pictures

Quick Information

Also known asSchnauchi, Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
CoatThick, short, medium, silky
ColorsWhite, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Black and Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Brown, Golden, Gray, Tricolor
TypeToy dog, Companion dog, lap dog, guard dog
Group (of Breed)Crossbreed
Life Span/Expectancy12 to 15 years
Weight4 – 15 pounds (adults)
Height (size)Small; 6 – 14 inches (for full grown male and female)
Personality / Characteristic TraitsIntelligent, aggressive, loving, independent, gentle, loyal, playful
Good with ChildrenNo
Good with PetsNo
Country of OriginUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR

Temperament and Behavior

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.



These are active dogs, as also small, and hence do not need excessive training. Take your dog out for a short walk or jog, or at times to the dog park for a change. But be sure your dog doesn’t shy away from other people’s dogs and learn to mix with them properly. Allow your dog to play in a safe, enclosed yard, where it won’t be a problem to untie its leash.


These dogs are low to average shedder, and you must groom them every alternate day. Brush them thoroughly to help them get rid of dead hairs, and to retain the gloss of the coat. Keep an eye on the length of its hair around the eyes, ears, and nose, since their hair grows fast, and require frequent trimming. Bathing them once a month is enough, but during winter months, bathe them only when they are actually dirty.

Health Problems

These dogs might have seasonal allergies. Keep an eye for ear infections, as they are quite prone to it. Because of their small nose, the chizer tend to snore and wheeze. They are also susceptible to von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, liver ailments, colds, pancreatitis, cysts, kidney stones, liver diseases, skin disorders, slipped stifle, gum problems, and rheumatism.


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.

Interesting Facts

  • The ears of the chizers are capable of standing erect when they are at attention.
  • These dogs can either have a long snout or a short one, giving the dogs the look of either its Chihuahua or its Miniature Schnauzer parent. 

9 responses to “Chizer”

  1. Kathryn Love says:

    My puppy is 10 weeks old. His name is Lovey. I’d love to receive information and training for Chizer’s. He nearly fully potty trained. I got him from Mobile Animal Shelter in Mobile, Alabama. He is a bit higher/full of energy and loves to be hugged/snuggled.

  2. Cathy Lynn Gibson says:

    I bought my Chizer and was told he was a Morkie. I received his wisdom panel and found he is a Chizer. Absolutely adorable and loves his family and home. I am having such issues though with his aggressiveness and protective nature. He will chase down anyone/anything passing by the fenced yard with a vengeance. He doesn’t like visitors no matter how often they visit or how familiar he is with them. Also attacks anything that moves, vacuum, shovel, rake, garden tools, broom. He has learned how to pull the plug from the socket to stop the vacuum. Very smart!!! Luckily he adores me and will let me trim, pet and pamper him. I have bought calming treats, hired a behavioral trainer, and almost at the point of some type of calming medication. Can someone help me?!!

  3. Terry Mahaney says:

    I’m looking for a schnauzer chihuahua mix ( chizer)
    Where are you located?

    • Tiffany Cotto says:

      I have a Chizer he is 3 months. I live in Connecticut.

      • Heidi says:

        How much

        • LarryVenable says:

          If you look they can be found for very economical amounts, ours was free…but she was a pill to train, she’s been with us going on two years and it took 12 to15 months to acclimate her to the cats..who were already used to and well tolerated by our mini schnauzers..who allure up together. We decided she was more like three when we got five she weighs 12 lbs and has 14.5” legs..she runs like a suggest looking at various schnauzer rescue shelters, I’ve seen chives there for minimal contributions. They are absolutely wonderful Mattie Mae sleeps under my chin every night and is on our heels wherever we go.She likes riding in the car and has socialized well, considering two to three formative years with pit bulls.

    • Jimmy Dinscore says:

      I got 2 males one female in Silsbee Texas
      You can reach me at
      My name is Jimmy

  4. Debra Pye says:

    Someone gave me a Chizer puppy! She is adorable. She is wonderful with my two year old dog(a terrier/malteze mix). She is five months and already nine pounds. Do you know how much she will weigh? Sweet and only shy for a second then very friendly to all! I love her!

    • Larry Venable says:

      We have a five year old that we rescued,she weighed 10.5 lbs when we got her, but has put on a pound in the last month. Great dog, big personality; shes learning from our two female mini schnauzers. She doesnt bark ; just like our mini’s don’t (Great!), and she doesn’t ever want to leave my side, or my wife’s side as she’s always on mine or her heel. Perhaps since we rescued her she’ll turn into a 2 person dog, but at night I’ve got her and the two mini’s around me. Good luck!

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