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The Art of Raising A Chipoo

Updated on July 29, 2011

Our dog, Loki

What exactly is a "Chipoo?"

A Chi-Poo is a cross between a Poodle and a Chihuahua and their size depends on their Poodle parent's size (depending on whether the Poodle was a toy or a miniature). Chipoos can range in weight from about 3 to 20 pounds and stand about 5 to 15 inches tall.

Recognized Names:
American Canine Hybrid Club = Wapoo
Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Wapoo
International Designer Canine Registry® = Chi Poo
Designer Breed Registry = Choodle or Wapoo

Chipoos are extremely intelligent, loving and loyal. They are best raised inside and are perfect for smaller family homes such as apartments and the like. They do not like cold weather and are best dressed in a sweater when taken out in weather below 50 degrees Fahrenheit but they do love a warm sunbath provided that the weather is not too hot either.

They also shed very little, thus are fantastic for those with allergies.


A Chipoo's appearance can vary from looking more like a Chihuahua to looking more like a Poodle (like Loki). Chipoos tend to have the longer, wavy or wire, curly coat like Poodles, but their body's build and shape can vary between the breeds. Some of the more common colors found in Chipoos are Black & Tan, White & Apricot with Black Markings, Tan with White markings. Loki is Black & Tan with Silver markings on his paws and back.

Their coats can vary just the same. Chipoos can have smooth, coarse, wiry coat or fluffier, Poodle-like coat or a mixture of the two. Some people say that their coats even remind them of a Yorkie or other Terrier coat. Regardless, they need to be brushed and groomed regularly to avoid the matting that Poodles get when not their coats are neglected.


Chipoos are extremely energetic, playful and loyal. They love to be the centers of attention and tend to perform "tricks" for their humans nearby. Like their Poodle counterparts, they are highly intelligent, easy to train and love to snuggle and spend time with their owners. However, like their Chihuahua counterparts, they tend to lean towards one owner that they consider their "alpha."

They do well with other animals when raised together. Make sure to socialize them with other dogs and give them adequate exercise, whether it's a daily walk or just throwing a squeaky toy around the living room, as they can become anxious when left alone and not paid attention to.

They can be stubborn and somewhat bossy if they think that they are more dominant than you. This can always be corrected, of course, through diligent pet care or if necessary, corrective behavior training. They are also very protective of their owners, are suspicious of strangers and bark at anything they dislike or distrust. While they are not loud or yippy, as some other breeds are or even the standard Chihuahua, they tend to play the "Big Brother/Big Sister" role to their pet siblings or even children.

Special note: If the dog barks and keeps barking even though they know better, they're probably on high alert due to someone or something they don't trust. Animals are extremely perceptive.

Health Care

Chipoos do not suffer from any allergies but are susceptible to all of the common health issues that either the Chihuahua or the Poodle have.

Some common ailments and diseases: The tendency to wheeze or snore, corneal dryness, secondary glaucoma, runny eyes, cataracts, gum or dental problems, respiratory colds, stress, ear infections and digestive or heart disorders.

They may have dry skin and be unable to use commercial flea and tick medications such as Advantage or Frontline.

Like many small breeds or even their Poodle parent, Chipoos may have overactive tear glands and may require cleaning around their eyes to remove the dried tears. They should also have their ears cleaned and plucked regularly and from time to time, can also suffer from dry ears (leading to moisturizing medication between used in dropper every few days).

Like all dogs, they should have their teeth brushed 2-3 times a week in addition to dental chew sticks being used to help cut down on tartar and plague.


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      Chi poo 19 months ago

      Thanks for this page.. My dog looks identical to yours same color hair and everything im curious if they are related.. Literally everything you mentioned fits the personality of him . Thank you very much

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      chi poo owner 4 years ago

      that is just how my chi poo is but not dominent

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      Annoyed 5 years ago