Facts & Origin
Aussie-Chi - Australian Shepherd and Chihuahua Mix
The Aussie-Chi is a mix of the Australian Shepherd and the Chihuahua, two breeds with vastly different backgrounds. While the Australian Shepherd is known for its herding abilities and excellent working ability, the Chihuahua, the world's smallest dog breed, is more popular as a companion dog. This mixed breed dog brings together the best qualities of both breeds.
Suitability and attitude
The Aussie Chi can do well in a variety of living environments, from apartments to homes with large yards. They are suitable for families with older children, couples and individuals. Their active nature means they fit well with an active lifestyle and enjoy going for walks, playing and learning new tricks.
|Origin||USA - Mexico|
|Life expectancy||10 - 20 years|
|Care requirements||high-maintenance - low-maintenance|
|Activity level||high - low|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
The Aussie Chi is known for its intelligence, energy and loving nature. These dogs have a tendency to develop a strong bond with their family and are known to be loyal and protective. They often inherit the Australian Shepherd's will to work, combined with the Chihuahua's feistiness and courage.
They are usually active dogs that need daily exercise and mental stimulation. They are usually easy to train and have a quick wit, although their stubbornness can sometimes be a challenge.
The Aussie Chi is an energetic, intelligent and loving dog that makes an excellent companion. With proper care and training, these dogs can thrive in both active and quiet households. Their loyalty and protective instincts make them a great family dog, while their intelligence and eagerness to please make them a pleasure to work and train with.
Grooming and health
An Aussie Chi's coat care can range from moderate to intense, depending on the length and density of the coat. They should be brushed regularly to prevent matting and skin problems.
Health-wise, Aussie Chis can be prone to the same conditions that are common in their parent breeds. These include hip dysplasia, eye problems and patellar luxation. Regular veterinary examination is important to detect and treat these problems early.
What does this mixed breed look like?
An Aussie Chi is typically a small to medium sized dog that weighs between 5 and 18 kilograms, depending on the size of the parent dogs. Its coat is typically medium to long, soft and dense, and can come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, white, blue, red and merle. Their ears can be either erect (as in the Chihuahua) or drooping (as in the Australian Shepherd).
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
Often occurs in old age.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
If an insulin dose was overdosed or accidentally administered twice, the dog may experience hypoglycemia.
If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
The character is generally lively, affectionate and loyal. They are very energetic but at the same time cuddly.
The Aussie Chi is a small to medium sized dog.
Yes, because most are sociable and you can teach them the education they need.
It is recommended that you bathe them every 3-4 months.
It is recommended to provide the dog with a balanced and complete diet containing the right mix of nutrients on a daily basis.