The Chihuahua is one of the smallest purebred dog breeds, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in pluckiness! As a cross breed, the Whippet Chihuahua mix results in a fun loving, high-energy dog with bags of personality.
We know much about the characteristics of the Chihuahua and Whippet dog breeds, but what about “Chi Whips”?
The following article is a detailed guide to the Whippet Chihuahua mix, examining the following characteristics you might want to know about as a potential owner:
Table of Contents
- Whippet Chihuahua Mix Appearance
- Exercise & Care
- Chi Whip Images from Instagram
Whippet Chihuahua Mix Appearance
I’ve referenced the small stature of Chihuahuas above. As a general rule, Chihuahuas measure between 6″ and 9″ (15cm to 22cm). Consequently, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed recognised by some kennel clubs.
Since Whippets are medium sized dogs (17.5″ to 22″ / 45m to 56cm depending upon sex), a Whippet Chihuahua mix will likely fall in the 8″ to 18″ range (20cm to 46cm) with a weight of anything between 6lbs to 40lbs (2.7kg to 18.1kg).
Whippets are low shedders: they’re single coated with short fine fur and they require little grooming. As such they’re good dogs for allergy sufferers, though no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic.
Chihuahuas on the other hand can be short or long-coated, and they require grooming at least once a week (especially if they’re a long-coated variety).
Chi Whippet mixes then may have slightly longer fur than traditional purebred Whippets, depending upon the coat of the Chihuahua parent. That said, it’s likely that a Chi Whip will not enjoy colder periods and will need to wrap up warm in winter.
Chi Whippet Temperament
Whippets are very sweet natured dogs. They’re gentle and loving and not at all aggressive in my experience… they very rarely even bark!
Though small, Chihuahuas are bold and quite sure of themselves! They tend to be very close to (and protective of) their families so they make great watchdogs… albeit tiny ones.
It’s likely that Whippet Chihuahua mixes will also be a gentle, loving and happy home companion as long as their exercise needs are met.
Both Whippets and Chihuahuas need socialising with other dogs and people as pups and this is something that you’ll need to factor with a Chi Whippet. As with many breeds, they can be a little reserved with new people / dogs so encouraging them to meet others early i their lives is essential.
Remember… the temperament of any dog is not guaranteed. All breeds have a generally recognised personality, but an individual dog’s temperament can be different from what’s normally expected. The way in which you raise and train your Whippet Chihuahua mix puppy will have a significant bearing on its personality.
Whippet Chihuahua Mix Health
As with temperament, each dog breed tends to be susceptible to certain health conditions and illnesses. As a result, it’s possible that a Whippet Chihuahua mix will be prone to the same health problems associated with its parents.
The following are some of the health problems that Whippets and Chihuahuas can face.
- Canine von Willebrand’s Disease
- Sinus problems
- Mitral Valve Degeneration
With proper appropriate exercise, diet and a good home, Whippet Chihuahuas have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Exercise & Care for a Whippet Chihuahua Mix
As with any puppy, a Chi Whip pup will not have the same exercise needs as an adult dog. Care should be taken not to over-exercise puppies, especially on hot days.
Adult whippets need to exercise for around an hour each day, whereas adult Chihuahuas require around 20 to 30 minutes. Adult Whippet Chihuahua mixes will likely need up to 40 minutes each day.
Both Whippets and Chihuahuas can become destructive if they don’t receive sufficient exercise, especially if they are also left alone for long periods.
All dogs enjoy playing games and unleashed exercise out in the open. Whippets needs short, intense bursts of running and Chihuahuas too like to chase things. Both breeds are also happy to walk around the neighbourhood on the leash.
Variety is the spice of life and Chi Whippets too will enjoy a mix of different types of exercise. If you have a walled / fenced garden they can play in as an addition to more formal exercise, this will provide another safe area for mental and physical stimulation.
Whippets can be stubborn and require training to curb naughtiness. Chihuahuas are perhaps a little easier to train than Whippets, but like all dogs it’s wise to train them early.
Chi Whip mixes may present slightly more of a challenge than purebred Chihuahuas but will likely adapt more readily to training than purebred Whippet puppies.
Chi Whip Images from Instagram
The Whippet Chihuahua mix results in a small dog, though probably not as petite as a pure Chihuahua. If you have very small children who are still finding their feet, you may need to take care with smaller Chi Whips.
Chi Whippets don’t shed much but probably require grooming once a week, especially if the Chihuahua parent is a long-hared variety.
A Whippet Chihuahua cross will more than likely be a loving, caring and protective family member, but you’ll need to avoid leaving them alone for long periods in the daytime.
If you have a small home or live in an apartment, Chi Whips will probably be an ideal dog breed for you. Just be sure to give them the exercise they need and lots of love!
Whippets come in a wide variety of gorgeous cross breeds. Find out more about Whippet mixes in my super detailed guide!
Do you own a Whippet Chihuahua mix? Or perhaps you simply love Chi Whips? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or question about Whippet Chihuahua crosses in the comment section below.