Is the Chihuahua Terrier mix aggressive or a good family dog?

Last Updated on April 26, 2023

You guessed it! This breed is a mix between the Mexican Chihuahua and, ideally, one kind of Terrier.

Since there are different types of Terriers, we’re going to discuss what you may expect from the Chi Terrier mix in general, and highlight the key characteristics of some of their popular cross options.

Let’s start with the Chi-Terrier’s history and parental breeds.

How did the Chihuahua Terrier hybrid come about?

Though terriers and the Chihuahua come from different places (England and Mexico), there’s always a reason behind why dogs are crossbred.

With this designer pooch, people wanted a dog that’s alert like the terrier, while being a good companion that is suitable to live in an apartment, and voila! This fido represents the best of both worlds.

The small but feisty Chihuahua

A short-haired Deer Head Chihuahua standing in the middle of a field of grass

This vigilant, lively, and affectionate dog is one of the most loved canine companions across the world.

We’ve all seen the Chi’s big puppy dog eyes staring at us and have come to associate the breed with celebrities and designer bags.

In many ways, Chihuahuas are the definitive lapdog. The breed’s toy size makes it an ideal travel buddy, and their devotion makes them a wonderful friend.

Sure, they can also be stubborn and bossy, but Chis are well-suited for a busy metropolitan life. 

Terriers, on the other hand, are quite a different story.

The brave Terriers

A group photo of some Terrier dogs
These energetic and curious dogs are often used in all sorts of hunting (rats and foxes, to name a few) and love to keep busy.

Unlike Chihuahuas, Terriers are unlikely to be content staying curled up in your lap or carrier bag. As a hunting dog, they aren’t afraid of facing animals (and people) much bigger than them.

There are currently over 30 breeds of Terriers recognized by the American Kennel Club. So talking about Terrier mixes is a world of difference on a case-to-case basis.

What does a Chihuahua Terrier mix look like? 

This sassy crossbreed comes in a variety of looks – depending on which Terrier is bred with the Chihuahua. Even if you know who the parents are, there’s no telling which one your pup will take after because it’s not always 50/50!

You might end up with a dog inheriting the Chi’s big eyes and pointy ears paired with a Terrier’s sturdy build. Or the defining features of a particular Terrier, on a Chihuahua’s delicate body.

Make sure to check out the characteristics of the mixed breed you’re interested in to find out more about their unique looks and personalities.

When it comes to this mixed breed’s coat, they come in any color imaginable: black, black and white, black and tan, brown, grey, white and brown, black and brown, blonde, to name a few.

Since both Terriers’ and Chihuahuas’ fur also come in a range of variations, this mix can also sport a smooth, long-haired, or rough look.

For shedding, this fido’s Chihuahua parent is a moderate-shedder, so this Terrier mix is not a hypoallergenic dog.

Before we proceed, check out this Chihuahua and Terrier cross named Luna being adorable! Plus, this video will give you an idea of this designer dog’s average size and even their physical features.

Size: How big can the Chihuahua & Terrier cross get?

Chi Terriers are generally about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) in height when fully grown, while some smaller mixes can be approximately 9 to 10 inches (22 to 25 cm), like the Chorkie.

For the weight, it can range between 10 to 15 pounds (4 to 7 kg), which is reasonable since Chihuahua Terrier mixes have relatively small parents.

With that said, picking out a Chihuahua cross Terrier for you would depend on which type of earth dog you want to be included in the mix. Some terriers are miniature and recognized with their own breed standard or disposition.

Two traits you can expect in a Terrier Chi mix

If we look at some general Terrier traits, it’s fairly safe to say that your Chihuahua Terrier cross is going to be extremely energetic and very feisty.

Although Chis do enjoy human companionship and are quite comfortable adapting to our lifestyle, their hybrid offspring is not a couch potato. However, because of their fragile built, the exercise you provide ought to be on the lighter side. It doesn’t necessarily mean less intensive, just not ‘rough’ like playing with much bigger dogs. 

Terriers, on the other hand, are just as lively and vibrant, but it’s important to remember that they were often bred to hunt, kill vermin, and were sometimes used as guard dogs. They are a lot sturdier than Chihuahuas and no strangers to ‘rowdy play.’

So what do you get in the mix?

Usually – a bit of both. At their worst, these mixes can have the bossiness of a Chihuahua and the Terrier’s relentless energy, which can be challenging to manage.

At its best, you’ll get an affectionate, charming dog that will love being an active part of your life, whether it’s diligently playing fetch or cuddling on the sofa.

Chi Terriers have that energy and need for affection, which will require you to be quite involved in their daily life.

They won’t mind keeping you company at work or doing errands, but they will likely show their displeasure if you try to leave them alone for extended periods!

Are Chihuahua Terriers easy to train?

Chihuahua Terrier mix being trained outdoors by its owner

Yes, if you start training and socialization early on. It is crucial to do so if you opt for this adventurous mix breed.

This can prevent small dog syndrome, which can keep these feisty pups out of harm’s way around other, bigger dogs.

Remember that both parents bring a lot of attitude to the mix, so it’s vital to set clear boundaries, especially in a house with kids.

This doesn’t mean shouting and scolding.

Keeping your puppy occupied and providing it with lots of care and attention is the best way to ensure effective training and a happy dog.

One thing you should brace yourself for is barking!

Chihuahuas and many Terriers (especially Yorkies) are very vocal, and sometimes it’s hard for them to contain the excitement.

So if you’re not on the best terms with your next-door neighbor or your apartment has thin walls, this might be a problem!

Caring for a Chihuahua Terrier Mix

Despite their small size, this designer breed is not low maintenance

Even though they require time and effort when it comes to training and attention, these little furballs make up for it with good health and lower grooming requirements.

How often should you groom a Chi & Terrier cross?

This largely depends on the mix, but you can certainly expect some shedding, especially

during the summer. Dogs with a wiry coat, like the Fox Terrier, require frequent brushing.

Most Terrier mixes are recommended to be given a bath every three weeks, and its fur combed or brushed once a week. The high maintenance of them all is the Chihuahua and Yorkie mix or Chorkie.

Some Terriers require hand-pulling or hand-stripping to remove dead hair. Others call it finger-plucking, but this process can also be done using a stripping knife.

Here’s a video to help show you how to groom most Terrier mixes that are double-coated:

Don’t forget to keep those big Chihuahua ears clean and dry to avoid infection.

How much should a Terrier-Chihuahua mix eat?

Since there are different kinds of Terriers, the answer to that would vary. But as with all dogs, the amount you feed your canine friend should depend on factors such as age, size, activity level, and in some cases, health problems.

When you buy a bag of dog food, you rely on the instructed number of cups to feed your canine friend. That should not be the case.

All types of dog food – dry kibbles, wet food, and raw – have different serving recommendations and ingredients. It’s best to feed your Chihuahua and Terrier mix based on his weight. With this hybrid’s size, they can eat about 40 calories/lb of their body weight in a day.

For example, if your mixed breed weighs 15 pounds, then their daily intake is around 600 calories.

Small canines easily gain weight due to different reasons, such as eating table scraps. You can easily avoid that by choosing dog foods or treats that are low in calories, as well as paying attention to what your pet eats.

Exercising a small dog like the Terrier Chi crossbreed

Like we said – although travel-sized, these dogs are all very active and energetic. Even if it means just throwing a ball 50 times in a row across the living room, make sure you can provide them with the exercise they crave.

Since they inherited the Terrier’s genes who love being on the move, they require at least an hour of daily exercise.

Keep your pet on a regular feeding/walking schedule and do respond to his needs for affection/exercise at home. This will keep both of you happy by steering your furball away from developing undesirable behaviors.

General Health Considerations for Chi Terrier Mixes

If you’re wondering how long does a Chihuahua Terrier Mix live, we have some good news! 

Deciding on getting one of these crossbreeds, you’re probably looking at a long and fulfilling life together.

Smaller dogs generally have a longer lifespan, and mix-breeds are often healthier than purebreds. This means that your Chi Terrier Mix can easily reach the age of 15, or even up to 18 years. 

With that said, there are a few major health issues that one or two smaller dogs can bring into the mix.

Luxating Patella

This condition is common for both Chihuahuas and Terriers (and smaller dogs in general). It means that knees get dislocated from their joints. It can cause a series of different complications and eventually might require surgery to be fixed.

If possible, make sure that both dog parents have a document confirming that their knees have been recently examined by a vet and found clear of problems


A proportionally large brain is hidden behind a Chihuahua’s small head, and this condition, also known as water on the brain, is common in small, toy breeds.

Sadly, Chis are particularly prone to this condition, and it usually becomes apparent after birth. It results in increased pressure within the skull, causing brain damage and is often fatal.

Heart disease

Smaller breeds mean smaller hearts, which in turn results in the heart having to work much harder. It is often inherited to make sure to check for any hereditary heart conditions with the parents, if possible. Especially if your Chi is a Bull or Rat Terrier mix.

Buying your own Chihuahua-Terrier cross

So you think you’re ready to embark on the adventure that is a Chihuahua Terrier Mix? Congratulations!

Chihuahuas are super high in demand, so make sure to do your research on reputable breeders and steer clear of pet stores and puppy mills! A lower price of your new pet simply isn’t worth the potential health/psychological risks which might ensue.

For a Chihuahua Terrier mix puppy, you can expect a price range of $400 to $800. The cost would depend on different factors such as the location of the breeder, and the type of Terrier the Chi was crossed with.

Chihuahua Terrier Mix for sale and adoption

It’s always a great idea to request from the breeder to meet both parents. If the breeder lets you meet the mom. Make sure to come prepared with questions on feeding/routine/socialization that the puppy has had so far. 

Also, remember that you will be bringing home a very gentle creature, so don’t adopt or buy too early. Small dogs need to be kept with parents until at least eight weeks old.

As of now, there seems to be no available breeder who sells Chihuahua and Terrier mixes, but you can adopt for an average price of $300.

Open your heart and your home to a Chihuahua or Terrier mix by adopting one of these little fur angels: 

  • Texas Chihuahua Rescue (San Antonio, TX)
  • Posh Pets Rescue (Long Island, NY)

Most Popular Chihuahua Terrier Mixes

The Chi and each type of Terrier have their own set of characteristics in terms of physical traits and personality.

Before deciding on the best designer dog to fit your lifestyle, we took the time to give you an overview of the popular mixes that are commonly available. They all have different sets of pros and cons, so take a look and decide if one of them sounds like a good match for you! 

Jack Russell Chihuahua Mix (Jack Chi)

A close-up photo of a brown Jack Russell Terrier-Chihuahua mix
Source: @cinnamon_doggirl / IG

The Jack Chi is a small-sized dog that’s usually a little bigger than a Chihuahua and a bit smaller than a Jack Russell). They can grow up to about 15 inches (38 cm) tall.

It’s certainly not for someone who isn’t ready to take time and provide some serious training. Jack Russells are restless and stubborn, with a powerful drive to chase prey. These instincts may be passed on to their hybrid offspring.

Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier mixes can have a range of coats, too. It can either be smooth, broken, or rough, which can lead to some exotic looks when these two dogs mix.

It’s important to note that Jack Russells (like many Terriers) are prone to Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD). But all canines are prone to a few ailments that are common with their breed. Other than that, they’re generally healthy and can live up to 18 years.

Rat Terrier Chihuahua Mix (Rat Cha)

A cute and alert Rat Terrier-Chihuahua mix on a white background
Chihuahua & Rat Terrier mix

A favorite American working-class breed and a lapdog of the rich and famous? It’s a better combo than you think!

Rat Terriers, as you may have guessed, are bred for the purpose of hunting and killing rats.

But they are also friendly and eager to please, which makes them trainable and very good with kids. Pair that with the Chi’s intelligence and affection, and you’d end up with a great family dog.

Also known as Chirat or Ratchie, the Rat Cha is about 12 to 18 inches (30.5 to 45.7 cm) tall.

They’re a tad bigger than Chis, which makes this Chihuahua mix suitable to live in an apartment.

You can throw your dog’s favorite ball around and give her other toys to keep her working breed genes satisfied, but mental stimulation is more important. 

Fox Terrier Chihuahua Mix (Taco Terrier, Chitoxy)

A Fox Terrier-Chihuahua mix with perky ears
Source: @toshi.higa / IG

This adorable mix comes in a very small size, which is between 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) tall.

Fox Terriers are famous for their wiry coat, which may look like a suitable winter attire.

If your Chitoxy inherited this type of hair, remember that this is a single coat, so make sure you keep your Taco properly wrapped when the weather’s cold.

You may or may not know that Fox Terriers can also have smooth hair. While the wiry version is hypoallergenic, smooth Fox Terriers are prone to some shedding (just like Chihuahuas), so expect this mix to be one of the low shedders.

Like Chihuahuas, Fox Terriers tend to get very attached to one person, so they make a great companion for energetic, active adults.

However, Fox Terriers also thrives when they’re part of a group, so with proper socialization, this designer pooch can be a good fit for families as well.

Bull Terrier Chihuahua Mix (Bullhuahua Terrier)

A pure white Bull Terrier-Chihuahua mix on a grooming table
Source: @alohak9kuts / IG

This choice is not an excellent option for first-time dog owners. The considerable difference between the parental breeds personal qualities makes them quite unpredictable.

Bull Terriers can be quite stubborn and very difficult to train. They are powerful dogs that often need supervision whenever there are children and strangers around.

This crossbreed’s size is somewhat bigger. They weigh around 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 13 kg) and 10 to 14 inches (25 to 35 cm) tall.

If you are an experienced dog owner, you might enjoy this kind of challenge.

You may also like Bullhuahuas for their striking appearance – imagine the Bull’s strong muscles on the compact body of a Chihuahua!

Pitbull Chihuahua Mix (Chitpit)

A Pitbull or American Staffordshire Terrier-Chihuahua mix
Source: @flyking45 / IG

Despite their muscular, ‘tough-guy’ appearance, Pitbulls are sweet-natured and make great family dogs. These are adorable traits that they can pass on to their mixed offspring with the Chihuahua.

With regards to training a Chitpit, it’s usually straightforward, but of course, remember that the stubborn Chihuahua can make this cross just a little more challenging to manage.

The Chihuahua-Pittie cross is courageous, protective, and energetic. You won’t have any trouble introducing this pooch to children, other pets, and strangers. They love getting along with everyone!

Both Chis and Pitbulls have minimal grooming requirements as they shed moderately.

So, if you’re looking for a dog to fit into your busy schedule, this mixed breed might be the right choice.

Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua Mix (Chorkie)

If you came here searching for an adorable looking lap dog – you’ve found it!

The smallest, and probably the cutest, among our list is the Chorkie. With a height that ranges from 6 to 9 inches (15 to 22 cm), this doggo is a great indoor pet. Their beautiful appearance is often characterized by the Yorkies’ long, silky hair and the Chi’s round head and big eyes.

Yorkshire Terrier-Chihuahua mix puppy sitting down
Chihuahua & Yorkshire Terrier mix

They come in a variety of colors, too, so get ready for some tough decisions when it comes to picking your favorite-looking pup!

But don’t let their dreamy eyes and silky coat fool you! Chorkies are posh canines and are very vibrant. They’re not an excellent match for young kids.

So before you get swept off your feet by their looks, make sure you can give them enough attention and care, especially in terms of training.

The Chihuahua & Terrier mix is not only intelligent but also has a lot of attitude from both parents. While they will always be eager to play, they tend to get bossy, so make sure you approach them with both patience and assertiveness.

As far as grooming is concerned, Chorkies shed lightly. They do require daily brushing due to the coat’s thickness and length. On the plus side, it will make your mini fur angel pretty!

Is a Chihuahua-Terrier mix the designer dog for you?

A close-up photo of a tricolor Chihuahua Terrier mix
Source: @thewizardpup / IG

Terrier Chis are adorable, manageable in terms of size, and often have little grooming requirements. In many ways, they are a perfect dog for a busy city life. But before you succumb to the urge to make this adorable puppy a gift for yourself or your family, think very clearly if you are the right fit for each other.

They are by no means a perfect family dog. Even with the right training, this crossbreed can fit in well in any home, but they are not ideal for small kids (first and foremost because of their gentle build).

Remember that this pup is looking for an active, devoted companion – before you decide on getting one, make sure you can meet their expectations!

Let us know about your favorite Chihuahua Terrier Mix and your experiences with these exciting, unique dogs!

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