Fun Chipoo Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 16, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Shray Sharma
Chipoo facts help to know about mixed breed dogs.

Are you interested to know about mixed breed dogs? Then you are at the right place to know more about the Chipoo.

They originate from poodles, a dog that originated in Germany, along with the Chihuahua, a dog that probably came from Mexico. Most of the Chipoos have a toy poodle as one of their parents.

Chipoos are extremely intelligent dog breeds that are easy to train and take care of. Chipoos are a popular part of the designer breed registry as they look exquisite.

The coat color of a Chipoo depends on their parents, and even rare colors like blue can also be found. They can either have a long or short coat, and their fur is wavy in nature.

Chipoos are predominantly found in North America, but their popularity is growing all over the world. These small dogs often get to a height of just 5-15 in (12.7-38.1 cm).

Their weight generally revolves around 5-20 lb (2.2-9 kg) making them small and fragile. So, even though they make great dogs for novice dog keepers, good care should be taken of them.

The average lifespan of the Chipoo is 12-15 years. Though these bubbly little dogs suffer from some health problems like overactive tear glands and low blood sugar, they have very few other health problems.

Keep on reading if you find Chipoo facts interesting. Check out the articles on the peekapoo and the toy poodle to know more about different dogs.

Chipoo Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Chipoo?

A Chipoo is a dog formed by cross-breeding Chihuahuas with poodles.

What class of animal does a Chipoo belong to?

Like other dogs, a Chipoo belongs to the class Mammalia and the family Canidae.

How many Chipoos are there in the world?

It is not possible to say the exact number of Chipoos that are present in the world especially for a designer breed like a Chipoo.

Where does a Chipoo live?

The Chipoo lives in human households with their pet parents and fellow human beings.

What is a Chipoo's habitat?

Chipoos are loving and affectionate to their human parents. They like a comfortable habitat with a balanced temperature. Chipoos are quite sensitive, so the dog parents should really make sure to keep them away from triggers.

Being small dogs, the poodle Chihuahua mix is perfect for small apartments. They can easily adapt to a new environment if their human parents are able to deal with their immense playfulness. Even novice owners can deal with Chipoo pups.

Who do Chipoos live with?

Chipoos usually live with their human family members. Chipoos are moderately dog-friendly if they are trained early on in life.

Chipoos are great with young children, especially when you bring in Chipoo puppies and provide them with house training. It is important to know that these small dogs aren't great with strangers. Their first impression can be a little groggy, and they do tend to bark at strangers.

How long does a Chipoo live?

12-15 years is the maximum lifespan of a Chipoo. The Chipoo lifespan is fairly long for its size. However, the dog parents should keep up with their health because Chipoos are a little sensitive to health problems.

How do they reproduce?

Well, Chipoos reproduce like all other dogs. The females have estrus (heat) cycles during the mating season. About four to five Chipoo dog puppies are born in one litter.

As a small dog, Chipoos may have a complicated pregnancy, and they may require vet attention. So, dog owners should be careful about breeding their Chipoo.

The gestation period of this dog lasts anywhere between 58-78  days. You need to understand that the outcome of two Chipoos reproducing won't be similar to that of a poodle Chihuahua mix. Also, Chipoos aren't considered to be purebred even when they mate with each other, and they are yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

What is their conservation status?

Chipoos are Not Evaluated in any conservation list.

Chipoo Fun facts

What do Chipoos look like?


The first thing that you will notice about a Chipoos is that they are really small. They can be smaller than their parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the poodle.

So, you need to be very careful about handling this little dog. You will often hear Chipoos being addressed as the 'toy Chipoo' or 'micro Chipoo' for a similar reason.

The most striking thing about this dog breed is its coat. They have a medium coat with wavy hair that looks exquisite.

You can get a Chipoo in several different colors, and they come in both solid and mixed color options. Some common colors are fawn, black, brown, white, brindle, silver, and gray. Their coat has a normal density, so no one needs to struggle with them while grooming.

All Chipoos tend to have brown eyes with a little brown nose. As it is a Chihuahua poodle mix, you can possibly see the characteristics of both the parents.

Sometimes the genes of one parent may override the other, giving the dogs a more distinct appearance. The Chipoo dogs have a feathered look to their tail, and the whispy fur on their small ears makes them look even cuter.

How cute are they?

A Chipoo is very cute because of its small size. Many people refer to them as the 'teacup Chipoo,' but they do tend to have a more upfront personality.

The black Chipoo dogs steal the show with their wavy black coat, which makes them look classy and attractive.

The best part about having a Chipoo puppy is that they maintain their innocent look even after they turn into a full-grown Chipoo. Their cuteness has also made them one of the most popular designer breed dogs available to take as pets.

How do they communicate?

Like other dogs, Chipoos like to vocalize as a way of communication. Like their parents, the Chihuahua, the Chipoo traits also include the tendency to bark. An adult Chipoo can be territorial and they do bark on seeing strangers. Chipoos also use scent as a territory marker as well as to notify their presence to the mates.

How big is a Chipoo?

Well, let us see how small these dogs can get. The average height of a Chipoo is around 5-15 in (12.7-38.1 cm).

The size can vary according to the dominating genes as they are a Chihuahua poodle mix. They are almost half the size of a standard poodle that can grow up to have a height of (43.1-58.4 cm). The Chipoo can become a great companion dog because of its small size.

How fast can a Chipoo run?

Not much information is available about the speed at which a Chipoo runs.

But, as they are a Chihuahua poodle mix dog we can assume that a Chi-poo puppy is able to run as fast as a Chihuahua which is close to 15 mph (24 kph). If they inherit the genes of a standard poodle, they can even get the running speed of up to 30 mph (48.2 kph).

However, most Chihuahua poodle mix dogs are produced by breeding small dog breeds like a toy poodle with a Chihuahua to retain a tiny size.

How much does a Chipoo weigh?

The average weight for a dog from the Chipoo breed is about 5-20 lb (2.2-9 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

The male is known as a dog whereas the female is known as a bitch.

What would you call a baby Chipoo?

Baby Chipoos are known as puppies.

What do they eat?

Chipoos require good dog food as they are prone to health issues like low blood sugar. Their food should be free from huge amounts of carbohydrates or simple starch, which can take a toll on their issue with low blood sugar.

Make sure to check with the vet to have the perfect food for your dog. Good food also helps to maintain the weight of a Chipoo and keeps their coat healthy.

As they are small dogs, make sure that the food is specifically made for their proportion. Chipoos eat a mix of wet and dry food, but it should be of high quality.

Make sure to give them clean and fresh water along with dry food. The ideal diet of a Chipoo includes lots of protein from beef, pork, chicken, mutton, and complex carbs, and it should have lots of fibers that help them with their digestion issues.

Are they hypoallergenic?

It is a myth that a dog can be hypoallergenic. Most people are allergic to the dry and dead skin shed by a dog rather than their coat or hair. As the Chipoo is a Chihuahua poodle mix, they have a fairly low shedding rate.

So, allergy sufferers may get respite from poor health by getting a Chipoo puppy. Make sure to confirm with a doctor before you adopt a puppy. Also, you may look for short-haired Chipoos if you have a problem with them shedding.

Would they make a good pet?

One Chipoo information that everyone should have is that they are great dogs. They have both the personalities of a poodle and a Chihuahua.

Due to their sweet parents, the Chipoo has a nice temperament, and they are quite affectionate to their family. They are fairly easy to train, but the trainer needs to spend time with them.

Also, these dogs just love to cuddle. They are not over-energetic but have quite a bit of playfulness. They become a good companion dog for anybody who wants a small and cute dog breed.

Chipoos are also great at adjusting to apartment life. These dogs can be a little mischievous at times, but it adds to their personality.

One of the best Chipoo characteristics is a great memory, so learning tricks is never an issue for them. As they have fairly low exercise needs and extremely high intelligence, Chipoos make great dogs for a novice pet keeper.

Did you know...

Chipoos can face several health issues like overactive tear glands, low blood sugar, glaucoma, and luxating patellas. So, make sure to get them checked with a good vet apart from feeding them high-quality food.

Chipoos are called by various names, including Choodle, poochi, and poohuahua.

Having your own Chipoo

Chipoo puppies are great companion dogs, and you can buy or adopt them at the rate of $500 - 950. Though the breed is often found with good breeders, you can even find them in shelters if you are quite lucky.

Make sure to check with a vet before you adopt a Chipoo puppy.

When you get a Chipoo, you need to prepare for a dog that can live for 15 years. They do have a tendency to bark, but they are great family dogs.

They may want to attach themselves to a particular family member and become territorial to them.

As they have a weight of around 20 lb (9 kg) and a size of 5-15 in (12.7-38.1 cm), you should be very careful about handling the dog. It is better to keep a Chipoo away from children before it has been fully trained, and they are quite easy to train.

You can take them to a dog park to get their required exercise, but make sure not to overtire them.

Chipoos shouldn't be left alone for long periods as they get bored quite easily and can grow separation anxiety if left for too long. A pro tip is to give your Chipoo positive reinforcement and lots of love if they are feeling down.

How to groom a chipoo?

Grooming a Chipoo is a fairly easy task. You need to brush their coat weekly so that it is free from any knots.

Regular shedding also helps to control the amount of shedding that you see around the house. As a low-maintenance dog, you do not need a lot of products for a Chipoo. A Chipoo full-grown dog may either have a long or short coat, according to its parent breeds.

Chipoos do suffer from dry skin, so talk to a vet about keeping their skin moisturized. During the shedding season, they will need frequent grooming. However, you do need to use a soft-bristled comb or brush so that it doesn't irritate their dry skin.

Take care of the teeth of Chipoos as they can have some dental issues. Giving them a bath once a month works well for their coat.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the pocket pitbull and the corgi chihuahua.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one of our Chipoo coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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