Fun Chilier Facts For Kids

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 31, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
Fact-checked by Kidadl Team
Learn some amazing Chilier facts and get to know about this mixed breed dog!
Age: 3-18
Read time: 9.3 Min

Have you ever imagined what a Chihuahua with a long coat and long ears would look like? Then a Chilier is sure to pique your curiosity! The Chilier is a mixed breed dog and is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. It has many names, mostly based on the names of its parent breeds, such as Cavachi, Cavahuahua, Chevalier, or Cavalier Chihuahua. Although it is not known when it was first bred, the Chilier breed has quickly become one of the most popular mixed-breed dogs for families to adopt. This dog is known for taking on the best characteristics of both its parent breeds. It is a very high-energy, friendly dog that loves to be around people and is a perfect fit for a family dog. It can vary in color and its coat can either be short or long and wavy. Its small size and low to moderate maintenance in terms of grooming and exercise make it suitable for a lot of homes looking for a pet dog. The Chilier can be a little stubborn at times, a trait familiar with one of its parent breeds, the Chihuahua. However, it is also a very loyal and affectionate dog, taking after the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which is known to be an eager-to-please and playful breed, as it was bred to be a companion dog in the first place. Here are some interesting facts about this wonderful mix between the Chihuahua and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Chilier Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Chilier?

The Chilier is a type of dog that is a cross between the Chihuahua dog and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog.

What class of animal does a Chilier belong to?

The Chilier belongs to the class of mammals. Like all other dogs, female Chilier births live young and nurses them for a certain period of time.

How many Chiliers are there in the world?

These dogs are highly popular as family pets and can be commonly found in dog shelters, but there is no information about exactly how many Chilier dogs there are in the world.

Where does a Chilier live?

The Chilier is a highly adaptable dog and is suitable for all types of houses. Being a small-sized dog, it can also adapt to living in an apartment, but it is always better to have an outdoor space for these high-energy dogs to run around and play in. This will also help them with their daily requirement of exercise, and keep them healthy and strong to be a good pet to your family.

What is a Chilier's habitat?

For a domestic pet dog such as a Chilier, the habitat can be a house. They will thrive in a loving family, regardless of the size or type of house, that includes their dog in all activities and plays with them regularly.

Who do Chiliers live with?

Chiliers, like most domestic dogs, need a good family to take care of them. These dogs are said to do very well with others dogs if introduced properly from the very beginning. Although one of its parent breeds, the Chihuahua, can become snappy and aggressive around children who often tend to play rough with dogs or annoy them, the Chiliers are even considered to be friendly with little kids and can be extremely tolerant towards them. But it is always best to supervise playtime between children and pets to avoid any accidents.

How long does a Chilier live?

This mixed dog breed can live a very long and healthy life of up to 12-16 years. These dogs have a high energy level and need to get their required amount of daily exercise of at least 30 minutes every day. They will also need to be fed a healthy and balanced diet, with regular trips to the vet for routine checkups to avoid the health problems that this breed is prone to.

How do they reproduce?

After mating is complete, female Chilier dogs go through a gestation period of 58-68 days, during which they need the most care and attention. As they are small dogs, they may have a smaller litter size of two to five puppies at most. This can be compared with a relatively bigger litter size of six to eight puppies of the Golden Retriever.

What is their conservation status?

Since these dogs are commonly found as domestic pets and are one of the most popular dog breeds, their population is not at risk at all, and their conservation status is Least Concern. Even the parent dog breeds of the Chilier, the Chihuahua, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are not under any threat.

Chilier Fun Facts

What do Chiliers look like?

Like in most mixed dog breeds, the appearance of the Chilier will depend on the appearance of its parent dog breed. While the Chihuahua can have a short to medium-length coat, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel usually has a medium to long coat. Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Chihuahua have bulging eyes, something a Chilier dog is sure to have. They can be of various colors like black, white, fawn, brown, as seen in Chihuahuas, or chestnut and white, and black, white, and tan, as seen in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The ears of a Chilier will probably be long, with feathered hair, and an overall soft and silky coat of shot to medium length hair.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

*Please note that this is an image of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, one of the parent breeds of the Chilier. If you have an image of the Chilier, please let us know at

How cute are they?

It is safe to say that the Chiliers get the best characteristics of both their parent breeds, along with their cuteness. Thus, they can certainly be considered twice as cute as any dog!

How do they communicate?

Some Chilier dogs can be noisy with a snappy temperament and may bark at anything that scares them or annoys them. However, this is not the case with most Chilier dogs as they are considered pretty relaxed around other humans as well as pets. Constant barking can turn out to be a nuisance and cause problems for the dog as well as the owner. This can usually be avoided by giving your dog proper behavior training and socializing them with people and animals early on in their life to ensure an overall calm and tolerant temperament.

How big is a Chilier?

Dogs of this crossbreed are considered to be fairly small-sized and only grow up to the height of 8-12 in (20-30 cm). Thus, these mix-breed dogs are about three to four times smaller than a purebred German Shepherd and twice as small as a Victorian Bulldog.

How fast can a Chilier run?

Although the speed with which a Chilier dog can run is not known, a Chihuahua is known to run at a maximum speed of 15 mph (24 kph), and a Cavalier dog, being a very slow dog, has the highest speed of 10 mph (16 kph). However, these dogs are very energetic and need lots of exercise for maintaining good health.

How much does a Chilier weigh?

The Chilier dog breed, being very small-sized, can have its weight in the range of 6-12 lb (2.7-5.4 kg). These dogs are a whopping 10-20 times lighter than a mastiff dog.

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male and female dogs can be called a dog and a bitch, respectively.

What would you call a baby Chilier?

A baby of this dog breed can be called a Chilier puppy and is one of the most adorable puppies on the planet.

What do they eat?

Chilier dogs need to have a nutrient-rich diet that is suitable for high-energy dogs. They should have a balanced meal of both meat and vegetables to maintain good health as well as avoid health problems that can arise from unhealthy food. It is important that they are fed an appropriate amount and not overfed, as dogs of this breed are vulnerable to weight gain that can joint and mobility issues. Along with proper food, it is essential that they are given suitable exercise of at least half an hour a day.

Are they slobbery?

A Chilier dog can be expected to drool a moderate amount as all dogs do when they are excited. If you are looking to get a Chilier dog for your home, you might as well get used to some amount of slobber on your clothes and furniture.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, these dogs have all the characteristics of a perfect pet. They are affectionate, loving, and have a calm temperament most of the time. They require some level of exercise that is suitable for their energy level but can adapt to all types of houses, be it an apartment or a house with a big outdoor space. Grooming for these dogs does not require much effort as they do not shed much, and only need to be brushed once or twice a week. Grooming should be done at suitable intervals to ensure a smooth coat that is free of matted hair.

Training should be given to dogs of this breed early on or there is a chance that they might become stubborn, owing to the streak of stubbornness that is common in one of their parent breeds, the Chihuahua. They should be treated with patience while training. This is also why they might not be suitable as a first-time dog, as it might be frustrating for the owner to have a dog that is a bit more difficult to train than other easy-going dogs.

Did you know...

Chilier dogs are not hypoallergenic. So even if they do not shed much, people vulnerable to allergies should always be careful and check if the breed they want to adopt is hypoallergenic or not.

Characteristics and health problems

These dogs have both loving and stubborn characteristics, both of which add to the personality of these dogs, no matter which one comes on top. Despite being a generally healthy dog breed, the dogs are susceptible to a number of health issues such as glaucoma, patellar luxation, and hip dysplasia. These can be genetic, so care should be taken before adopting them. You should always ask about the history of disease in the parents of a puppy you are about to adopt. Their teeth should also be brushed twice or thrice a week for their oral health.

Comparisons with their parent breeds

Both the Chilier's parent breeds have provided it with their best traits. They can have the stubborn behavior of a Chihuahua as well as be a loving and loyal companion-dog to their owners, which is a trait of the Cavalier dogs. They can be aggressive towards other dogs if not socialized in the beginning and may not follow your commands if not given proper training. However, if you want the energy of a Chihuahua and the affection of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a single dog, these are the perfect dogs for you.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! If you want to know more about other dogs, check out our Irish terrier facts and Afghan hound facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable cute Samoyed puppy coloring pages.

*Please note that the main image is of a Chihuahua, one of the parent breeds of the Chilier. If you have an image of the Chilier, please let us know at

Chilier Facts

What Did They Prey On?


What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?

6-12 lb (2.7-5.4 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

homes and dog shelters

Where Do They Live?

all over the world

How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?

8-12 in (20-30 cm)







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Black, cream, white, golden, and tan

Skin Type


What Are Their Main Threats?

health problems

What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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