What’s a Pitbull Chihuahua Mix Like?
Aptly called the Pithuahua or more hilariously, the Chitpit, there is nothing more desirable than having a Pitbull Chihuahua mix in your life. Not only are they simply adorable, they also boast the tendencies of the more aggressive Pitbull and people-loving Chihuahua, creating a stunning hybrid of dog whose qualities merge to make them the perfect fun-loving companion.
Important things that you should know before owning a Pithuahua:
When raising a dog, many people make the mistake of assuming that they can learn as they go. The problem with this is that by the time they discover their mistakes, it will be too late or too difficult to change their dog’s mindset. Sure, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks but at the end of the day, it is always best to fully prepare yourself before welcoming a dog into your life. Everything from deciding what to feed it based on its breed to the best way to train it, there are a myriad of things to figure out beforehand. Adopting a Pithuahua is no different. It is recommended that you do your research before bringing one home. Here are five things to ask yourself if you are thinking of owning a Pitbull Chihuahua mix.
What do Pithuahuas look like?
It is hard to envision just what a Pithuhua will look like as both the Pitbull and Chihuahua are supremely different in every aspect. The possibilities are pretty much endless when it comes to determining just what this hybrid will look like although you can be sure that it will exhibit a wonderful mix of its parents’ looks. They usually have a short neck, small feet, long ears, a long tail and a relatively broad and stout body. As for their color, you can expect everything from solid black puppies to brown and white ones, to brown ones with black muzzles. The possibilities are endless when it comes to its coloring but you can be sure that your dog will have a short and smooth coat. As for its size, you can expect your dog to weigh between 15 to 25 pounds and boast a height of between 15-20 inches.
What characteristics do they possess?
If you have a family, you can be sure that this dog is the perfect one for you. The Pithuahua adores being around people and is especially great with kids. This can be attributed to their fun loving nature, not to mention their bursts of hyperactivity. As they posses quite a bit of energy, they make the perfect playmates for kids or owners who enjoy spending time outdoors. Although they love playtime, they are also huge fans of cuddle time so if you are someone who enjoys curling up to a book and relaxing, your Pithuahua will be happy being right there next to you.
As this is a mixed breed dog, the best way to determine its characteristics is to find out more about its parents. Just like humans, dogs take on specific personality traits from their parents. For example if its Pitbull father and Chihuahua mother are relatively mild mannered, you can expect your dog to feature the same characteristic. With that being said, you have to keep in mind that nurture is just as important as nature so be sure to train your Pithuahua starting from a very young age. This is the best way for you to assert you authority and ensure that it respects you and abides by your house rules.
How should I go about grooming them?
The great thing about this hybrid dog is that is has a short coat. You need not worry too much about excess shedding, tangles and knots. All you need to be sure of is that you treat it to regular grooming sessions and to always brush its fur. Ear cleaning and nail trimming is also very important so be sure to never neglect them.
What are some health problems I should take note of?
In general, Pitbulls and Chihuahuas are prone to a relatively wide range of health problems so do not be surprised if your little hybrid encounters some issues. Asthma and skin allergies are two of the biggest ones to pay attention to. Be sure to head over the vet as soon as your dog starts showing symptoms that are out of the norm. Another thing to pay attention to is molera, soft spots on your dog’s skull. Although not all Pithuahuas have this problem, they may inherit it from their Chihuahua parent. Although these soft spots will fill in as the dog ages, you still have to know if it has it and the only way to find out is by asking your vet to check it out. You can then take the necessary steps to be sure that you are careful during playtime in order to avoid head injuries.
Is the Pithuahua the right companion for me?
It is always a good idea to ask yourself this question before welcoming a pet into your life. Deciding whether to own a Pithuahua is no different. You have to be able to dedicate enough outdoor time to this animal as it does not do too well cooped up indoors for long periods at a time. Although it does not require as much exercise as some other breeds, you still have to dedicate the time to take it out on walks on a daily basis. You also have to make the time to shower it with plenty of attention as this mixed breed is a very social creature. So if you have a family, then this dog will be perfect for you. Also remember that just like its Chihuahua parent, this mixed breed dog will have a high pitched bark so if yappy sounds annoy you, then be sure to steer clear.