Our Family Dog (Cocker Spaniel and Chihuahua mix)

Ever wonder what a mix between a cocker spaniel and a chihuahua looks like? Well this is it, her name is Mushu (moo-shoo). Yes like Mushu pork hahaha! But more like Mushu the dragon character from the Disney movie Mulan, which is where my daughter chose the name from. We joke around that our next dog will have to be Master Shifu, from Kung Fu Panda lol!

Our first choice of dogs if we were ever gonna have one was a lab. A good sized nice lookin dog. Though, how could we resist the cuteness of this one? Mushu's a small dog, but she's no chihuahua. More like a smaller version of a cocker spaniel. Did I mention she was probably a crack baby? (lol!) As a puppy this gal generated so much energy, if could bottle and sell it, I'd be a millionaire! Which made her a perfect matched playmate for my daughter, Janessa. She used to jump up at me like crazy every single time I'd step out in the backyard. To the point to where I almost couldn't enjoy her due to being so caught up with constantly trying to get her to quit jumping up on my legs. Surprisingly, after learning a tip from an episode of The Dog Whisperer, that annoyance soon stopped.

Otherwise, she is the best dog ever! A little rough around the edges, because we keep her outside. (I just can't see having animals in the house) but great none the less. I've yet to meet any other dogs the same mix as her, for us she is truly unique.

 

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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

I have a cocker spaniel mix ( cockinese ) His nickname is falcor , which is the dragon from neverending story!


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Falcor, that's cute! He sounds adorable. Now that you've mentioned Neverending Story, that dragon's face looked more like a dog's than a dragons...LOL!


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hey _cheryl_, welcome to hubpages. Our family dog is a cocker/king charles, she is gorgeous too just like Mushu although I bet Mushu is a little smaller than Sassie.


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Hi MPG Narratives, you're right she's like a smaller version of a cocker spaniel! Such pretty dogs and great family pets! =)


James75 6 years ago

Hey, We may be getting the same breed.


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Hi James75, if so you're gonna love her/him!


Andersen 6 years ago

i have a chi spaniel too, but he has chihuahua hair and a cocker spaniel body...his name is Bob BTW ahaha You can watch him and me on youtube :)


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

I'll have to check out Bob...wonder if he's a little ball of energy like Mushu! =)


fAndrea 6 years ago

Our Cocker Spaniel Lillie is due to have puppies in 2 weeks...the father is a purebred chihuahua...I am excited to see what they will look like...haha we call them cockawawas. Your dog looks very cute...hope that is somewhat what ours will look like.


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Aw, how exciting! "Cockawawas", cute. I'm sure they will be beautiful. Thanks for checking out my Mushu! =)


Christina 6 years ago

My husband and I have a baby (6 weeks old) cocker spaniel -chihuahua mix named Cali! We were wondering what she may look like when she gets older and I hope she is half as cute as yours! So adorable! :)


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Christina, thanks. Cocker Spaniel and Chihuahua mix puppies are super cute aren't they?! I have yet to run into anyone who has this same mix. I'd love to see pics of anyone willing to share theirs! They are so full of energy at first, but surprisingly not so loud as I thought she was going to be with barking. The best family dog and great with kids!


BeesKneesSong 6 years ago

Your baby is SUPER cute!! I just found a cocker/chihuahua mix on Craigslist and she is such a little love! She looks like a photo negative of yours! Black and white. :)


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Thanks BeeKneesSong, awesome that you found one on craigslist. I wish we would've kept two of them now. She is such a great dog. I bet your black and white is a cutie! I would totally take in another one just like her. =)


Emily 6 years ago

If you're wanting another; and a black & white one at that, I'll have some by Christmas! :) I have a cocker spaniel (white with black ears, and she's about 1/2 the size of the usual Cocker; the runt) who just got pregnant by the neighbors little black chihuahua. I was searching for pics to see what they would look like and found yours! If the puppies end up looking like her, I'll be thrilled; I've had nightmares of chihuahuas with long ears! :)


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Awww, Emily your puppies are going to look super cute I'm sure! Your cocker spaniel sounds adorable. I love this mix, Mushu's the perfect size not too small and not too big. She's basically like a mini cocker spaniel. People always think she's a puppy whenever we're out on walks. I'd love to see pics of your dog and pups when they arrive, please send some to me okay! I'll definitely take one...well, depending on how far you are from me lol!


Darcy 6 years ago

Mushu is adorable! I have a mixed spaniel, but I'm not quit sure what her other half is. She is beautiful though and her face kind of resembles Mushu's. I wonder if she is a chihuahua mix?


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California Author

Hi Darcy, thanks. She is a cutie isn't she? We love her so much! I'm just thankful she takes more after her spaniel side than chihuahua. =)


Karen 5 years ago

I have a mix exactly the same as her...so cute.


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Wow shelby, hunting abilities huh? They are smart dogs. Everytime the sprinklers turn on in our backyard ours darts out and grabs her toys and brings them under the patio lol!

Hi Karen, they are adorable... wish I could find another one!


Saymond 5 years ago

I also have a chi spaniel or as I like to say cockawawa. She looks nothin like yours she actually looks like a miniature black lab.


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Saymond how cute, I'd love to see her!


LK 5 years ago

Crazy! She is a spitting image of a dog I used to have. I had to do a double take. When did you get her?


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

LK- We got her as a puppy 6 years ago. We love her to death!


Tinkerbell 5 years ago

We have a cocker, and we also have two fire belly toads named Mushu and Master Shifu. That is pretty funny, I think you should go for it!


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tasksgirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Oh I just love Cocker Spaniels!!! My childhood Cocker Spaniel Sunny just died last week :( I currently have an American Eskimo but I love Cocker Spaniels too!


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Tinkerbell- How cute!You're the only other person I know who's thought of that name combination lol!

tasksgirl- sorry about your dog, it's hard to lose them. They're dogs, but so much still a part of the family.


Moe 5 years ago

I have a Chi-spaniel also he is 8wks, a little rough around the edges but really cute..


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Moe- I'm sure he's adorable! Such great dogs. :)


Candace03 5 years ago

We have a cocker/chihuahua mix and the way you described his personality matches ours exactly! his name is koda and he is an awesome dog.


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Cute name, koda. I love our dog's personality!


Jenny 5 years ago

My dog Riley looks exactly like that ! He's a cocker spaniel / Pekingese .


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Interesting mix, I bet he's a cutie!


Kayla 5 years ago

When I was younger (about 8) we got our cocker spaniel chihuahua mixed an she was the sweetest, most loving go with the flow beautiful dog ever. She died on mothers day when I was 19. So she lived for 11 years. She was perfect for us when we were younger because like you said Cheryl they are a ball of energy. But as we got older and she got older she was calmer. Great inside or outside dog. Our Nahja was black and white and just beautiful. Now that I am older and have kids of my own I didn't think it would be possible to find my Nahja again. Till I read your story and it just brought back memories and helped me realizes it. And believe it or not for a lil bit of chi blood in them they don't bark that much. Or at least our Nahja didn't. Thank you for your story. :-)


juana 5 years ago

i have cocker/chihuahua mix. He looks my dog except my dog has the chihuahua ears


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Kayla, your story really tugged at my heart! It's amazing how close we get to our pets. I just really love her personality. I don't know why I think sometimes of how one day she won't be here anymore and how she is just so much a part of our family. We got her when my daughter was 2 and now she's 9. I can't imagine her not being with us. Good to hear your dog was just as enjoyable. And you're right, Mushu doesn't bark at all unless there's someone or something near the yard or front of the house that's not usually there. Glad my hub could bring back happy memories for you! :)


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Juana, how cute! I've always wondered what a cocker spaniel chihuahua mix would look like with chi ears.


maria 5 years ago

i have the exact same dog she is truly amazing :)


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks for checking it out Maria. Who would've ever thought that a Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua mix would be so amazing! :)


Michelle 5 years ago

I have a Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua mix as well...He's adorable and very handsome...Gets compliments all the time...


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Michelle, I'll bet he's super cute. The compliments, we get those all the time too with Mushu.


maria 5 years ago

they are amazing everyone loves her

but i think my nabors dog got her pregnant its been a month now and shes starting to show.... so now im going to have Portuguese water dog mix with my chihuahua cocker spaniel puppys


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Maria, that will be an interestiong mix!


Maria 5 years ago

yeah it is, hopefully they are more like my chi-spaniel


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cacawawa 5 years ago from Santa Rosa, CA

How wonderful to find a chi-spaniel community! I have always called this mix cacawawa. My 1st one lived to be 14.5 yrs. old, our second one is about 5yrs now. She is tri-color, about 22 lbs, short haired, drop eared and the smartest, sweetest, bestest dog you'd ever want to meet. We are going to start agility training next week.

Cheryl your little girl is beautiful!

Thanks, Emily


Amely 5 years ago

Hey, I have a Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua mix too and when I read what u say about yours I though it was about mine =), she is extremely hyper. Can u tell me the tip to get her to quit jumping up on my legs, cause is making mi mother go crazy. Btw mine actually looks like yours.


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Emily, smart and sweet are the best words to describe our Mushu too! Awesome that you were able to enjoy your first one for 14.5 years. I hope we'll have ours for a very long time. :)


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_cheryl_ 5 years ago from California Author

Amely, it's funny how most of these cocker spaniel chihuahua mixes seem to have such similar personalities. I thought at first it was just ours, but obviously not. Believe it or not, I got her to quit jumping on my legs from watching The Dog Whisperer. Lol! Gently use your foot to move her away (literally- not kick her) every time she goes to jump on you, and continue walking as if she isn't there. The idea is that even negative attention like stopping and saying "no" is still attention, so they're going to continue jumping if that's what's done. For some reason, the pushing away with your foot and continuing on as if nothing somehow works. It takes some time, but eventually I guess she gets the idea that jumping on me doesn't get my attention. I do however praise her and pet her when she's not jumping on me :)


Amely 4 years ago

I will try that, thx =)


val 4 years ago

I have.a chispaniel that I just adopted from Craigslist. He is 12 weeks I think. My daughter named him Eclipse. He has a lot of energy and is very smart.


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Val, you're gonna love him! They are surprisingly smart. :)


Justin 4 years ago

My girlfriend and I just adopted a 11 week old puppy and the people we got him from didn't know what he was they only knew the mom was a chihuahua and after looking at him for a few day it was my guess that the dad was a cocker spaniel. He has big floppy ears with long wavy hair, he's all black with brown socks and a little white on his chest but after looking at your pics, I'm almost positive now that I have a chispaniel. He is the cutest thing ever but I wonder how big he will get as he's only 4 1/2 lbs at 12 weeks old. Great dog though


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hey Justin! Your puppy sounds adorable. Mushu is 7yrs old now and is only about 8lbs. I love her size because she's not so tiny where I'm afraid of stepping on her, but she's also not so big. They are one of the cutest dogs I've seen. :)


*Lindsay* 4 years ago

My male cocker got my neighbors chi pregnant. I had never heard of these mixes til she had 5, and I took a boy pup. His name is Axl, and he is the cutest, sweetest thing! Do u think your chi-spaniel's mom is a long-haired chi? I love her longer hair, she is beautiful! Axl's mom is short haired, so he is also.


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Lindsay, I love the name Axl. It's cute! Mushu's mom was actually a cocker spaniel and her dad was a chi lol! Amazing breed indeed, I wish I had another one. :)


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cacawawa 4 years ago from Santa Rosa, CA

I would like another one someday too. That would be #3 for us. This mix doesn't show up all that often!! It really should be at the top of the list of the new "designer" mixes. They are missing out on the best "mix" of all!


Lucia 4 years ago

I'm obsessively in love with my Chi-Spaniel, Nyota. She is only 7 months old but looks like a twin to the pictures you've posted. I've always owned large dogs and never considered small breeds, but she has been the best dog I've ever owned. She does bark at times (usually at her shadow or a spider), but most of the time she makes this chirping noise-- it reminds me of a gremelin or the noises the raptors made on the Jurassic Park movies. Does yours do that? BTW, her mom was a cocker spaniel, and her dad was a chihuahua.


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

I agree cacawawa! They make great family pets. I was so close to finding another chi-spaniel mix, but he ran away from the family who had found him prior to me responding to their ad. :/


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Lucia, Nyota's a pretty name. I can't say that I've heard of any chirping noises from Mushu. But she does have a pretty intimidating bark to her when she chooses to, usually at stray cats or birds. Aw, so my Mushu has a twin?! I bet she's adorable. :)


Raquel 4 years ago

I just saw an ad on craigslist today, they are rehoming a chi/spaniel mix for $80. super cute and I was thinking of getting her but was wondering if they shed a lot?


Allison 4 years ago

My dog is also this mix! I call him my taco spaniel. I love him so much and he's a great dog. He's doesn't bark a lot, and he'll howl when I howl. It's so cute. He's gotten along with every dog, cat and person he has met and listens very well. I've had some problems potty training him, but I think that's more my fault than his. He's about 12lbs at 1 year old. Here are some photos of his first year, as well as a photo of his mom and dad: http://allitastic.com/griff/


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Raquel, our dog does shed a bit. So it's something to think about. I don't see it as a huge issue though, good luck!


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Allison, Omg- he is adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing your photos. I love the color in his ears, so unique. :)


Sabrina 4 years ago

hi cheryl,

I have the same mix! He's a puppy going on 4 months old and he's very stubborn and extremely playful! He's not big on barking unless it's a temper tantrum ! Grr he barks if I try to tell him no! I don't know what to do! I was wondering if you could help me with the tips from the Dog Whisperer. I tried going through the episodes and found myself exhausted! Not sure if I want to go through EVERY episode. Also, when my boyfriend tries to tell him no he is actually more aggressive with him and barks even more! He doesn't do that with me. Strange because we went together to rescue him. I'm just really confused. Hope you have some tips for me! Thanks!


Megan 4 years ago

I was wondering I have a female chihuahua now and she is 2 yrs old she recently had a run in with a male cockerspaniel who was not fixed we were waiting for a male chihuahua to mate with her but the cockerspaniel got there first unfortunately I am worried my chihuahua will die from this? I'm not sure what I should do?? Do know what the parents of your dog was if the mom was cocker or chihuahua?


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Sabrina, I honestly couldn't tell you any tips that I could guarantee results regarding him barking when you tell him no. My guess would be to make sure you are showing him dominance when doing so, but if you're already doing that I suggest checking out some local dog obedience trainers. Good luck!


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Megan, Mushu's mom is a Cocker Spaniel, dad's a chihuahua. I'm not sure how it would work with your chihuahua being the momma. I would call a local vet and ask. Hope everything works out okay!


Sansash 4 years ago

We have a cocker spaniel/chi mix and he's absolutely adorable. He's extremely intelligent and picks things up very quickly. His latest trick is 'hands up' and he 'dies' when I say 'bang' it's very cute. Not sure why your 'cochi' mix isn't allowed in your home, I could never allow Charlie to sleep outdoors he's definitely one of us, but obviously knows his place in the family pack.


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_cheryl_ 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Sansash, what a cute trick! Wish I could teach her that. I always wanted Mushu to be an indoor dog, but keeping her outside was an agreement I made with my husband who wasn't wanting a dog in the first place. She's 7 now, and it's all she knows. She's very happy and healthy, and loves her spacious yard. :)


You'll Never Know 4 years ago

Puppies are the cutest things that ever walked the planet


EmilyB 3 years ago

Cheryl, Mushu is ADORABLE. She looks exactly like the dog I had in high school then moved out for college. I am DYING to get another one that looks like this. Any ideas? She died at 15. Sad day.


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_cheryl_ 3 years ago from California Author

I agree You'll Never Know! I can browse pics of puppies forever lol!


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_cheryl_ 3 years ago from California Author

Thanks EmilyB. Sorry to hear about your dog. Try craigslist? I actually saw a couple of dogs that were very similar to Mushu there. Good luck!

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