Even when walking in the park, getting a dog isn’t a walk in the park.
There are so many factors and things that go into bringing one of these creatures into your life, and there’s a lot of things you get out of this commitment.
Dogs are known as ‘man’s best friends’ because they truly are the ultimate companion, providing love, loyalty, and kindness.
So when entering into this 10-15 year bond with a canine, it is only right that we give it back. If we are a good, dedicated friend to our dog, they are an amazingly dedicated friend to us.
So while it’s a complicated, stressful process raising a dog, it’s as simple as loving one another.
The Chipit is a particularly unusual breed. It is a hybrid of an American Pitbull Terrier and Chihuahua, which are both dogs on different sides of the waggy tailed spectrum.
The Chihuahua can be dated back to the Aztec era, where they were supposedly sacrificed to bring the dead into the afterlife.
The American Pitbull Terrier is a mix itself between a Pitbull and a Terrier and were used for fighting before the sport of dog fighting was outlawed.
It’s a peculiar history, but what we have with the Chipit is a uniquely adorable dog that is friendly, and feisty.
In this guide, I will take you on a journey throughout the fundamentals of the Chipit.
I will detail reputable breeders, behaviors, costs and other factors that you need to know before committing to this dog.
It’s a long list but is an important one that’ll help you on your way to bring an adorable dog to your household. Do you want to know more about this particularly eccentric canine?
Scroll on down to delve into the vitals of the Chipit.
Chipit: Before You Buy
As I stated before, dogs aren’t a walk in the park when it comes to purchasing one, so you need to think and contemplate your decision really.
Do you have time for a dog? Do you have the dedication for a dog? Do you have space for a dog?
These are all questions you have to ask. Getting a dog is like getting a new addition to your family or starting a whole new family altogether.
You need to make it a priority, and it needs to be on the back of your mind at all times.
Some things you should consider when getting a Chipit include:
- Your choice of gender.
- Your choice of color preference
- Your position on spaying/neutering, and whether or not this is something you want to pursue.
- Your work schedule. You need to socialize a dog; if you can’t, it may not be time for you to get a puppy just yet.
- Your household. Do you have the space to house a dog at the moment? It needs to be comfortable.
How Much Does a Chipit Cost?
Expect to pay $906 USD to obtain a Chipit from a responsible breeder. If you’re planning to adopt, the dog will cost at least $175.
Medical fees will range from $400-$600 a year annually but will help ensure that your dog’s health is intact.
How Do I Find a Reputable Chipit Breeder?
Finding a reputable breeder is one of the most anxiety-inducing components of getting a dog because there’s nothing you want less than a puppy that has not been bred professionally.
A tacky breeder can affect the life expectancy, behavioral and physical traits of a puppy, meaning you might never be able to experience your beautiful Chipit in its full form.
There are a few things you can attentively judge when visiting a breeder. These things include:
- Whether or not they actually know anything about the dog. If you’re purchasing a Chipit from a breeder that knows nothing about a Pitbull Terrier or a Chihuahua, it is most likely that you’re purchasing from an unethical breeder, and you’re getting the wrong dog.
- Ample space. The Chipit is only a medium-sized breed, so it doesn’t need a whole park to itself. However, a clean, spacious environment is needed for hygiene, comfort, and activity.
- These dogs need to be talked to and nurtured, or they’re going to fail to assimilate into society and suffer from conditions such as anxiety. If the breeder doesn’t talk to the dogs, avoid that breeder.
- Help! A breeder should help you with the equipment and knowledge you need for this dog to excel and grow!
3 Little-Known Facts About the Chipit
- It’s parent breed the American Pitbull Terrier may seem like a patriotic symbol for the U.S.A, but it originated in the United Kingdom!
- While the Chipit inherits the fighting blood of the Pitbull Terrier, it was specifically bred to be gentle with humans.
- The Chipit may look like a strong, stern soldier, but it doesn’t like being left alone!
The Physical Traits of the Chipit
The Chipit will inherit the looks of both the Chihuahua and the American Pitbull Terrier.
The results? The cuteness of a Chihuahua combined with the toughness of a Pitbull Terrier.
It usually has a short, dense coat ranging from colors that include grey, gold, black, white and tan.
It’ll have a broad, masculine back with short, stubby legs for support, along with brown eyes, a black nose, floppy ears, and a considerably small head.
How Big is A Full-Grown Chipit?
The Chipit tends to be on the smaller side of medium breeds due to its Chihuahua heritage.
Usually, they tend to grow anywhere between 12-16 inches, making it smaller than your usual Pitbull Terrier, but bigger than the Chihuahua.
The Chipit is often a stocky dog, weighing in at around 15-30 pounds with the male winning the competition regarding mass.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Chipit?
Unfortunately, dogs don’t live forever, and the Chipit is below the average of medium breeds when it comes to its lifespan.
It is said to have an expectancy of around 10-13 years, which is considerably smaller than the 12-20 of a Chihuahua and in the same ballpark as the 8-15 years of a Pitbull Terrier.
Life expectancy boils down to health at the end of the day, so make sure to watch out for any symptoms of health concerns in the Chipit.
Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Chipit
The Chipit is a friendly dog when it comes to humans, and is often gentle and caring.
However, it will need to be trained to tolerate smaller animals, which can happen throughout obedience tests and positive reinforcement.
The Chipit can get depressed if left alone too long, and its behavior can worsen when separated from its owner, so it’s vital to have someone home most of the time.
It can be protective when it comes to dogs and will try to pick fights with larger dogs, but this will fade with training.
What are the Dietary Needs of the Chipit?
The Chipit will eat a smaller amount than the average for medium-sized breeds.
It is approximated that it will need 1 and a half cups of dry dog food a day, to consume the adequate amount of nutrients it needs.
This will cost roughly around $25-$30 dollars a week, which is a total that is much cheaper than most other dogs.
It isn’t fussy with particular types of brands but will need a consistent regime of dry dog food for nutrient-based reasons.
Other foods you can feed it include pork, lamb, beef, chicken and other sliced meats.
What are the physical requirements of the Chipit?
The Chipit comes from a background of enthusiastic activity, and therefore will need a moderate amount of activity. Treat it to around 45 minutes a day, along with 8-9 miles of walking a week.
Take it to the park for games of fetch and frisbee, but be careful of other nearby dogs, as they will trigger its fighting instincts.
Make sure to keep it on a leash when walking to avoid it trying to fight with other canines, and constantly reinforce rules and discipline during obedience training, with snacks as your tool.
It’s a smaller dog and can be kept in apartments, but you will need to take it out daily. It is recommended that you have a small to a medium backyard for it to run around in.
Health Concerns and Issues of the Chipit
The Chipit inherits a moderate amount of possible health concerns, which is around the same as other medium-sized breeds.
It is due to this that you take an occasional trip to the vet for eye, hip, blood and spine check-ups, as well as other various x rays.
Health issues include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Spina Bifida
My Final Thoughts on the Chipit
Overall, the Chipit is a particularly unique dog that is great with adults and children despite its fighting blood.
It will take some strict obedience training and socialization for it to become comfortable with dogs and other pets, but if you can provide this, the Chipit will serve you as an ideal companion.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Chipit: Before You Buy
- How Much Does a Chipit Cost?
- How Do I Find a Reputable Chipit Breeder?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About the Chipit
- The Physical Traits of the Chipit
- How Big is A Full-Grown Chipit?
- What is the Life Expectancy of the Chipit?
- Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Chipit
- What are the Dietary Needs of the Chipit?
- What are the physical requirements of the Chipit?
- Health Concerns and Issues of the Chipit
- My Final Thoughts on the Chipit