I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
For dog lovers of all kinds, finding a good animal that you can have around the home, and around the kids, is very important.
However, with so many different kinds of dog out there, it can be increasingly hard to pick out the animal that you would want to spend the most time around.
When that happens, you have but one question: what kind of dog should I get?
With so many dog breeds around, one breed that you might wish to look into is that of the Aussie Chihuahua mix.
It’s not the perfect dog breed for everyone, but many families would love to have one of these plodding around at home!
What Exactly is a Aussie Chihuahua Cross?
The problem with choosing a dog like a Aussie Chihuahua mix is that you need to know what you are getting.
This is a mix between a classic Chihuahua and an Australian Shepherd.
That alone should tell you that this is going to be a unique, diverse dog.
Even those with a cursory knowledge of animals will know just how unique that blend is.
However, for some dog owners, it might be a good breed they find hard to get their heads around.
The mix is so disparate, so unique, that it might take more than a bit of time and planning to get your head around this particular canine.
Is it the right choice for you?
Given the totally different lifestyles and backgrounds of one animal versus the other, it would be pretty hard to say in truth.
Let’s take a look at what your cross breed might be bringing to the party.
Personality, Traits & Temperament
The mood and mentality of the Aussie Chihuahua mix is a bit of mixed bag, as well.
It can be a bit frustrating at first, as you don’t really know what is going to be waiting for you.
After a few months of getting to know the dog, though, you should begin to see that this is a loving dog that just wants to have some fun and to be part of the family.
The problem that you probably have is that their desire to feel included can lead to indiscipline and the kind of mistakes that need to be punished.
Thankfully, these dogs are an intelligent breed that learns lessons.
That means that you can pass on the message without the need for any kind of forcefulness.
These are dogs that are playful and caring, and most of their problems and frustrations stem from them just being a touch too innocent.
If you would like to get around such an issue, then we do recommend that you spend as much time as you can working with your dogs to get used to the way that they are going to act around you.
That is why, for a lot of people, such dogs can be hard to get their heads around at first.
They can be quite interesting dogs in that their desire and pursuit for knowledge will see them always sniffing around, searching for more.
That can be endearing, but just be ready for a dog that does not really know what no means.
If you are looking for a canine to join the family who is eager and engaging, then these dogs are probably one of the best places to start.
Just be prepared for a bit of back and forth in those early days living together!
Appearance, Size & Looks
First off, when you get a dog as unique as these, you know that you are getting a dog that looks very specific.
The first thing to note about a dog like the Australian Shepherd Chihuahua mix is that they tend to have a very interesting range of coat colours.
You can find mixes with all manner of shades and styles, so it really is a ‘wait and see’ approach with them.
You will also find that they tend to have good coats, with a lot of shedding meaning that you will need to be ready with the grooming tools if you want to avoid a bit of a mess getting all over the place.
One of the main reasons why we recommend that you take a look at the Aussie Chihuahua mix is that they tend to be good dogs to have around due to their size.
For example, the Australian Shepherd can be around 23”, max, in terms of height. The Chihuahua, being a much smaller dog, maxes out at around 9”.
In terms of weight, the difference is huge; an Australian Shepherd could weigh as much as 75lbs; 10x the maximum weight of the average Chihuahua!
This lets you know just what you are getting here.
You will get a dog mix that is a fair bit bigger than the average Chihuahua.
However, it will also be a fair bit smaller than the average Shepherd.
This will create a dog that can seem somewhat dainty, but in reality, they are great dogs to have around the place. Small enough to be cute, but not big enough to feel threatening.
In terms of physical appearance, though?
It’s a total mixed bag, depending on genetics.
It’s common for two to actually have next to nothing in common physically!
Feeding & Diet
Food for these types of cross breeds is a rather hard one to get right, as the two parent breeds have such differing needs.
The aim with an Aussie Chihuahua mix is probably to get it out to a professional vet as soon as you possibly can
The vet can then take a wider look at what kind of food your dog needs, and point out problems with its diet.
This can also help you to work out what kind of issues your dog has in terms of allergies, which can really limit the kind of food that you can feed to an Aussie Chihuahua mix.
That is why we recommend that you spend as much time as you can by giving your dog the help that it needs.
One thing that you should look to do is make sure that you can spend as much time as you can by looking after the dog and caring for it based on the diet plan set out for it by a vet.
We do recommend at least looking into a raw food diet, though; it might not be for every single one of them, but it will definitely suit some of them!
Potential Health Issues
Health issues these crossbreeds are actually quite common, unfortunately.
One thing that we recommend that you do is ensure that you only buy from a breeder or a seller who comes with a health guarantee.
Common problems that you can deal with will include:
- Hip and joint dysplasia, leading to issues with their ability to move around.
- Allergic reactions are common, too, especially with household cleaning products.
- This can lead to other issues, including skin problems that can be an irritant.
- Teething troubles are common with these types of hybrid dogs, too, so be ready for that.
These are not the most serious issues that a dog could face, but they are among the most common issues that you must contend with.
That is why we recommend that you only get your mix dog from a breeder that comes with a verified health check for every canine.
This helps to put an end to the problem and will ensure that you have a dog that is going to be as healthy as any other dog.
The above issues, though, should always be checked out prior to purchase.
Exercising & Fitness
With a dog as energetic and as excited as the Aussie Chihuahua, you must be prepared for lots of regular exercise.
It might be boring and it might be a bit dull, but these are certainly not a dog that you can really mess around with.
If you do not give it as much exercise as you can, it will begin to become moody and cause a bit of a stir around the place.
Naturally, you want to avoid such issues from forming.
That is why we recommend that you spend as much time as you can with them outdoors.
Long hikes and flat walks will play well on the Aussie side of the dog, so make sure you get it outdoors and into the fresh air as much as you can.
If you don’t have the time or the lifestyle to be outdoors a lot, don’t get one of these dogs.
They are not the kind of dog that enjoys living at home too long, nor are they kind of dog that wants to be indoors all day.
Expect to come home to more than a mess if you have an Aussie Chihuahua mix and you do not get it outdoors as often as you can!
Again, because it is a mix, it's hard to actually narrow down a rough estimation of their life.
The best way to do it is basically combining both the parent's lifespans.
So if we take the Australian Shepherd, it is commonly referred to having a life span of roughly between 13 and 15 years.
Whereas the Chihuahua can live for a lot longer but has a wider life span expectancy from 12 to 20 years.
So realistically it could be anywhere between that 12 and 20 years, but you can take the middle of both i.e 14 years and 16 years and that's the kind of life expectancy you could realistically be looking at for these types of dogs.
Between 14 and 16 years, potentially a lot more though if it takes more of the side of the Chihuahua in this instance.
Still got a quite a long period for most types of dogs.
Finding a Puppy For Sale
When trying to find an australian shepherd chihuahua mix for sale and some puppies, you have a lot of options on hand.
Of course, what we first permit though is that you ensure that they are a reputable breeder.
You can check if they are in a number of ways:
- Are they following breeding guidelines?
- Can you see the puppy with its mother?
- Answer your questions about the cross breed competently? (We recommend you do extensive extra research in addition to this article).
- Give further information with regards to training the puppy.
- Be there as a constant point of contact.
When it comes to finding one, there is a number of avenues online that you can seek to find one.
For instance, visit sites like lancasterpuppies.com and puppyfinder.com and browse the internet for them, they aren't the most popular mix breed, so it might take some finding initially.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen