Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Care Guide: A Feisty And Furry Friend

The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is a toy breed.

Although they are considered toy breeds, they are known for being great watch dogs as they are very alert and protective over people they consider to be a part of their pack.

They are known for their stubbornness but bold personality.

However they were bred for companionship and will love their family without limits. They can be more attention seeking than other breeds since they were bred to be lap dogs.

If you are interested in this little ball of love then keep reading to learn more about this breed…

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

What is a Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix? (Overview)

A Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix is a toy breed that is becoming increasingly popular.

This breed was bred specifically for companionship and is very fragile and can break bones easily.

Your mix will be small, have ears that tend to stand straight up and will usually have a chihuahua face.

They are lively and known for being extremely feisty. This dog will be very protective over their people and are sweet and loving to their family.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Pomeranian/Chihuahua).
  • Purpose: Small companion.
  • Weight: 5-14 pounds.
  • Size: 5-10 inches.
  • Temperament: Feisty, bold and loyal.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Can make great watchdogs.
  • Do not need lots of exercise.
  • Make great apartment dogs.
  • Are very loyal to their people.

Cons:

  • Can be yappy when bored.
  • Small bones means they are easily injured.
  • Are known for being stubborn.
  • Not ideal with small children.

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Appearance

A Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

As this is a mix breed they can look like either parent or anything in between.

They typically have perked and pointed ears and fluffy tails.

Most have long fur on their bodies while their heads can have shorter hair.

Due to their parents their coat can be short, long, or even a double coat! Most normally have have soft coats however those with more genetics from the chihuahua can have stiffer coats.

Height and Weight

  • A female Pomeranian Chihuahua mix will weigh between 5-12 pounds and stand between 5-9 inches tall.
  • Male Pomeranian Chihuahua mixes will weigh between 6-14 pounds and stand between 6-10 inches tall.

Colors and Coat

Chihuahua Pomeranian mixes can be solid or a mix of many colors.

They can be any mix of white, black, tan, blue, brown and cream. Black is the least common coat color, while brown is the most common.

You might notice white tick marks across their coat – however this is not common.

If they are a mix of colors they can have a different or lighter color on their snout or their chest.

Their can can be short and stiff or long and soft depending on which genetics carry over from the parents. If they receive more genetics from the Pomeranian half of the mix, they will have long and soft hair with a fluffy tail. However, if they have more of the chihuahua genetics, they will have short and stiff hair.

5 Fun Facts About Chihuahua Pomeranian Mixes

  1. They are also known as a Chipom, Pomchi, Pomhuahua and Chiranian.
  2. Although they are a hybrid, they should technically be a 50/50 mix of both breeds. The most common appearance tends to be a Pomeranian body with a Chihuahua head.
  3. Chihuahua Pomeranian mixes have a higher than average life expectancy for canines as they can live upwards of 18 years.
  4. This is a yappy dog and will bark when barked when alarmed.
  5. Unfortunately this dog can be aggressive towards strangers so socialization is highly needed and recommended when they are a puppy.

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Personality and Temperament

Chihuahua Pomeranian Mix

The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is best known for being stubborn and bold. However once they get attached to their people they are known for being amazing companion animals who love being lap dogs.

They will be very protective over their family from strangers and other animals.

Feisty, bold and loving are words that best describe their personality.

Even with being occasionally stubborn and very bold, they are a poplar breed because they have so much love and protection to give.

Naturally they are playful and will enjoy gentle games of tug-of-war and fetch.

They also love to play hide-and-seek because they enjoy the reward of finding their favorite person. They might not be the first one to run miles around the yard or participate in activities like hiking or hunting, but they certainly love to spend time around their family.

These mixes have a tendency to bark if they are alarmed or to alert to the sound of strangers.

They can also bark or howl if they feel they are not being given enough attention.

Proper socialization as a puppy can help to control this. If they do not get enough socialization at a young age they can become aggressive toward strangers.

Finally, although this might not be the best breed for families with smaller children, it is a great breed for older families. This mix loves to cuddle and can be a great breed for inactive people.

Is The Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix A Good Family Dog?

Yes – they make great family dogs as they are equally loving and protective.

Just remember they struggle with small children as they have very fragile bones and can get hurt easily.

Caring for a Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

Pomeranian And Chihuahua Mix

The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix does not require a heavy amount of care.

They will need multiple brushing sessions each week to ensure that their hair is not matted and does not collect any dirt.

This pup will thrive in single person homes or homes that do not have any other animals. Since they are so small they can do very well in apartments.

Exercise Requirements

This breed works best if they walk for around 20-30 minutes per day.

You can split this up into multiple small walks per day.

They do not require lots of exercise each day as they are small and can burn their energy quickly. However they still need a small amount per day to ensure they remain healthy and do not gain weight.

Games can be used as a type of mind stimulation that challenges them and lets them gain physical activity. The best types of exercise for this dog include obstacle courses, tug of war, fetch and hide and seek.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 1-2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 30 Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Pomchi

This breed can have short or long hair.

If they have short hair they won’t need any heavy grooming.

However if the mix results in a pup with long hair they will definitely need more frequent brushing – this helps to stop that hair from matting and keeps it clean.

The Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is know for shedding lots each year when they drop their winter coat.

Feeding and Diet

As this mix is a toy breed you should only give them food meant for small dogs.

This breed should consume around 40 calories per pound of body weight each day to ensure they are getting enough nutrients.

It is best to provide them with hard, dry food as this can assist in keeping their teeth and gums cleaner and healthy. If wet or canned food is provided, it should be in very small amounts.

Each food and brand can provide different amounts of nutrients due to different recipes and ingredients. So make sure to check the ingredients as your mix will need around 18% protein in their diet.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
200-560 0.5-1.2

Known Health Problems

A Pomeranian Chihuahua mix is a relatively healthy breed however they can still suffer from a handful of genetic issues:

These three issues occur because this mix is such a small dog. With regular vet visits these health concerns can be prevented or treated before they become too serious.

How Long Does A Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Live?

A healthy Chihuahua Pomeranian mix can live between 13-18 years.

How Much Does A Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Cost?

A Chihuahua Pomeranian mix puppy can cost anywhere between $150-$1,000 – the higher price tags are reserved for more reputable breeders.

How To Train A Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

Chi Pomeranian

You should use positive reinforcement to train a Pomeranian Chihuahua mix.

This includes using small treats, positive words of praise, and positive interactions when attempting to teach them a command or a house rule.

You should be consistent with the words you use in training.

For example if you want them to sit, only use sit or down and not a mixture.

This breed normally takes slightly longer to train, but they are not untrainable!

Remember they can be stubborn so training them as young as possible is recommended.

The best game to train a Chihuahua Pomeranian mix is to build a small indoor obstacle course that can stimulate their mind and be useful for teaching them general commands. They might be stubborn at first, but this type of game can encourage the owner to become more in-tune with them and teach their dog right from wrong.

Finally, you need to pay attention to socialization.

It is common for them to be hostile toward strangers. As a puppy make sure to socialize them as much as possible to ensure they have skills for dealing with strangers.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 5-10 inches.
Weight: 5-14lb.
Lifespan: 13-18 years.
Coat: Long and soft or short and stiff.
Color: Can be solid or a mix of brown, black, white, blue, tan or cream.
Do They Shed: Yes.
Temperament: Kind, loyal, stubborn, bold and loving.
Intelligence: High – but they need repetition and praise to learn.
Socialization: Needs a lot of socialization as a puppy.
Destructive Behavior: If they are jealous or alarmed they might yap to get attention.
People Skills: Good with families and kids over the age of 10.
Good with Children: Yes (aged 10+).
Activity Levels: Moderate.

Summary

This breed is best suited for families who have children over the age of 10, the elderly, or single family homes.

They are also a great breed for apartment living since they are so small.

A Pomeranian Chihuahua mix has an energetic personality but they are also very laid back and are prepared to be a lap dog at any time.

Just make sure to give them the mental stimulation they need and you will have a very loyal dog.

The Chihuahua Pomeranian mix is the perfect hybrid for those who want a small companion that comes with a large side of sass.

Is this the perfect breed for you? Let us know in the comments section below…

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Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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