Hybrid dogs are great for a multitude of reasons. Especially for anyone (like me) who is horribly indecisive.
Can’t decide between a Miniature Pinscher and a Chihuahua?
No problem, have both!
Only have the energy for one pupster of the house?
Look no further than the Min Pin Chihuahua mix.
What is a Chi Pin?
So what exactly is this glorious hybrid creature I’m speaking of?
The Min Pin Chihuahua mix, also known as the ChiPin or MinChi—I imagine this to be like the difference between people who say toe-may-toe and toe-mah-toe—is as I mentioned earlier, a mix between a Chihuahua and a Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin).
When it comes to hybrid dogs, in order to best understand them, it’s important to first become familiar with the characteristics of their parent breeds. So before we get too far into ChiPin territory, let’s take a quick look at Chihuahuas and Min Pins separately.
Min Pin Magic
Due to their similarities in appearance, many people are under the impression that Min Pins were bred down from the Doberman. This is not the case at all. The Min Pin is it’s own distinct breed originally developed in Germany to hunt rats. In fact, the Min Pin is actually an older breed than the Doberman.
These marvelous minis only weigh around 8-11 pounds and stand at a maximum of 10 inches when fully grown. However, don’t let their small stature fool you. The Dogtime breed breakdown describes Min Pins as the King of the Toys due to their bold and confident personalities.
They bond deeply with their families and are extremely protective, making great watchdogs (even if they’re too small to thwart an intruder any larger than a mouse).
Min Pins have a short and smooth coat that requires very little maintenance. A quick brush every now and then is plenty. They are also a generally healthy breed with a life expectancy of 10-14 years.
The other half of this dynamic duo, the Chihuahua, is actually one of the oldest dog breeds. It has been estimated that they originated in Mexico as early as 9th century AD according to Totally Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas share a striking number of similarities with the Min Pin. They have the same larger than life personality and protective nature despite their size. They are typically a little smaller than Min Pins, however, weighing in at an average three to six pounds and only standing around six inches tall.
The Dogtime breed breakdown explains that this makes them a less than ideal buddy for small children as their tiny frames can easily be injured if they aren’t handled properly.
Unlike the Min Pin who is only a short-haired breed, the Chihuahua can sport either a short or a long coat. Their eyes also have a much rounder appearance than that of the Min Pin who has a more almond shaped eye.
The Dogtime breed breakdown goes on to detail that Chihuahuas are also commonly healthy with few complications. They are one of the longest living breeds and can live to an excess of 18 years.
Big Dog in a Small Package
Now that you know a little about their lineage, it should come to no surprise that the Min Pin Chihuahua mix has a great big personality in a small package.
They are affectionate and loving towards their owners, but can become aggressive towards other animals if they aren’t properly socialized. For this reason it is a good idea to consider some form of training for your ChiPin.
This pint-sized pooch is slightly larger than the Chihuahua and slightly smaller than the Min Pin at 8-12 inches tall and an average of 5-11 pounds. The ChiPin comes in a variety of colors ranging between black, tan and white, chocolate and tan, and cream.
A Lazy Paw-rent’s Best Friend
Like its parents, the ChiPin is a pretty low maintenance dog. Grooming seriously couldn’t get much easier.
Their coats tend to be extremely short and coarse and only require a quick brush every so often.
The website Spock the Dog explains that bathing doesn’t need to be done frequently as their skin easily dries out, and some owners will opt to just do a quick rub down with a damp cloth every few days starting with the face and working back to the tail.
A ChiPin A Day Keeps the Vet Away
The Min Pin Chihuahua mix is typically a healthy breed with only a few potential health issues and a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
Weight management and dental problems (check out our article on doggie dental hygiene for some tips) are a couple of common concerns to keep an eye out for.
According to Pupvana, ChiPins are also prone to something known as sub-luxating patella which is a condition that causes their kneecaps to dislocate.
These happy hybrids do great in apartments since they don’t take up much space. However, you’ll want to make sure to walk them for at least 30 minutes a day to get their excess energy out.
You’ll also need to do some light childproofing as this breed is very curious and will try to eat almost anything they find.
To recap, the Min Pin Chihuahua mix is low maintenance, low risk for health issues, affectionate, and apartment friendly. It’s not hard to see that the ChiPin would make a great addition to most any pack.