“Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher Mix”
The Chipin is a gorgeous cross between the playful Miniature Pinscher and the ever-so-charming and wonderful Chihuahua. They are also often referred to as MinChi, Chi-Pin, or just basically a Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua Mix.
These furry babies are very smart and energetic, and with proper love and care, they can live up to 12 years. They are amusingly playful and affectionate in their own little ways, and that just makes them so adorable.
The Mom and the Dad
A Chipin is a result of mixed breeding, in other words, their parents are from two distinct breeds, the Mini Pinscher and the Chihuahua. It is also possible that both or either one of the parents is a mixed breed, descending from the same two breed lines.
For a Chipin, though, their parents are of unclear origins since both are well-known domestic breeds that has been around and in our homes for as long as canine history can remember. So here’s a quick information about this awesome mix:
The Miniature Pinscher
Also known as Zwergpinscher or MinPin, the Miniature Pinscher is a small breed of dog that came from Germany and was originally bred as watchdogs. They came from the family of Dachshunds, Italian Greyhounds, and more dominantly of German Pinschers. They now belong to the Toy Group and Companion Group of dogs because of their naturally positive demeanor and playful attitude.
They are brave little dogs that enjoy making everyone around them laugh their hearts out. One of the traits that the Chipin has fortunately acquired from them is their constant need for attention and their being affectionate, which is just so sweet.
They also have the tendency to be very stubborn that they often sneak out in the yards and sometimes that causes them to get into a trouble. They can grow as tall as 10 to 12 inches for males and 10 to 11 inches for females.
This sweet little thing is probably one of the most popular pets, there is no arguing about that, right? I mean, come on! Who wouldn’t fall in love with them at first sight? They are the smallest breed of dogs, only 5.9 – 9.1 inches tall, and is named after a Mexican State, Chihuahua.
They have the tendency to be quite snappy and they are a bit untrusting. These little dogs are very courageous, attentive, and vigilant of their surroundings. Chihuahuas have an estimated life span of 12 to 20 years and the length of their fur depends on their variety as well as their appearance, colors and head shapes.
You might say that they are just too brave for their size, but yeah, looks can be very deceiving and even pets are not an exception to this. Let us just be glad that Chipins didn’t inherit their unfriendly traits (HA!). But nevertheless, there is no doubt that Chihuahuas are still one of the loveliest creatures on Earth!
Their Sweet Appearance
A Chipin can grow up to 8 to 12 inches, thanks to their moms and dads, and weighs up to an average of 5 to 18 pounds as they grow. This appearance is complemented by their smooth fur, which ranges from short to medium that just makes them extra cuddly and while still looking neat.
Hey, wouldn’t it be lovely to see them walking around the house or even just nibbling at something in the corner? Yeah, right. I thought so, too.
A Chipin’s Personality
It is very interesting and intriguing to know what will be the characteristics of a mixed breed, especially when they are from parents that has totally opposite traits. Well, for Chipins, most of their characteristics are from their MinPin ancestors.
They are very sensitive and responsive whenever you touch them, and most of the time they would want to have your full attention or just chill out while they’re on your lap. With the shortness of their fur, they might only require a hairbrush twice every month. They do not usually bark since they are not grumpy in nature and they enjoy a quiet, but fun-filled playtime.
They are affirmatively recommended to be welcomed in your homes and be a part of your family as they so love kids and may also want to play with other dogs that they can often interact with. If you’re living in an apartment, a Chipin is the perfect choice of company since they do not really need a lot of space because they’re literally cute.
But surely, they will appreciate it if they can have an outside-time every day so they can exhaust themselves by simply running around and playing. They love to wander off, though, so just make sure to keep an eye on them or make sure to stay close to them whenever you’re outside together.
This energetic dog can also be trained but they would prefer playing so it’s really up to you on how you can inject fun while you train them just so they won’t get bored. They can also get a little fat, but with their active lifestyle they can easily maintain their health. A Chipin has a tendency to shiver whenever it’s cold so that means more cuddle time (yey!), but it’s advisable to keep them warm as much as possible.
They can also tolerate a bit of a heat because of their short coat. Still, occasional visits to a vet is advised to make sure that they are always at their best and that they are comfortable.
Trips to the vet will also help avoid the risks of having Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Legg-Calve-Perches, Epilepsy and Hypothyroidism that they could have inherited from their folks. These diseases are not unusual among ANY mixed breed dogs. All in all, Chipins are simply irresistible.
How much does it cost to have a Chipin puppy?
Most designer dogs are usually expensive and are very costly to maintain, especially the ones with thick coats and those that have genetic or acquired health issues.
Nowadays, even some common breeds comes a bit more expensive and requires a lot of treatments. Luckily, you can get your hands on a Chipin puppy at around $150 to $600, and it would be definitely worth it.
To start with, they might need an initial checkup including shots and deworming, and it may cost about $230 to $280. The estimated cost of annual medical expenses ranges from $435 to $535, but the risks of major illness is very low. All other expenses are estimated to be around $350 to $500 per year, and that already includes their food, toys, license, treats, accessories and everything else that they’re going to need.
They are very affordable and convenient to maintain since their neat appearance doesn’t require them to be groomed from time to time. So that’s less expense and less trouble, a happy pet and a happy owner.
Simply a Wonderful Pet
To sum it up, A Chipin is the best choice for a pet, and a new member of your family. With their interesting character, their positive attitude, and just for being everything that they are, they really are deserving of your love and affection.
They are very energetic and amusing at the same time. Good thing is, they love being around people and instantly connects with us to the extent of having the tendency to be very protective of their owners. Rest assured, you can never get enough of them.