Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesMinchi
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbred
GroupToy Dog
Bred ForCompanion Dog
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal Weight5-18 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height8-12 inches (male nad female)
Fur TypeShort, smooth, silky, medium
Common ColorsBlack, Tan, Black and Tan, White,
Chocolate, Golden, Cream
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToChihuahua
Miniature Pinscher

The Chipin is a designer dog breed that is the mix of the two small breeds: Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher. The exact origin of this breed is unknown but it might be created in the United States like many other designer breeds.

The appearance that the Chipin obtain will be from its parent breeds where it will get the face mask from Miniature Pinscher and ears and muzzle from Chihuahua. It is a small-sized dog that is very active at the same time intelligent. It is best suited in a family with all age of members.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The Chipin has got the mixed temperament of both of its parent breeds. It has got the intelligent, active temperament from Miniature Pinscher and the entertaining and loyal nature of Chihuahua. It can be aggressive like Chihuahua but raising in a good environment can make your Chipin friendly.

Behavior: The Chipin is a very suspicious dog that does not trust anyone around their territory. If it sees any strangers approaching them, it will bark at them warning their owner.

Personality: If your Chipin is properly socialized and trained, it can develop a pleasing personality. They crave for your attention and wants to sit on the lap but sometimes they also want some alone time by themselves and you have to respect that.

Is Chipin Child-Friendly?

Chipin is not much recommended in a house with small children as the might play rough by biting and pinching. They will not tolerate and might respond back with aggression.

Therefore, small kids should be taught to behave around dogs and their interaction should always be supervised. Chipin is best suited with older children as they are well-behaved and mannered.

A boy taking a nap with Chipin
A boy taking a nap with Chipin.
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Training Chipin is moderately difficult as they are eager to please their owner at the same time stubborn. A firm and consistence leadership should be developed at an early age.

They tend to respond well to the positive methods of training, so reward them with treats and also vocal praises as a source of motivation. Do not be harsh on them as it might lead to their aggression. Always be gentle and train them with patience.


  • The Chipin is also known as Min Chi and Pinhuahua.
  • One Chipin dog name Zack warned its owner by barking when he witnesses a neighbor has been stabbed.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesPatellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Eye Problems
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough Rabies, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 5%
Fish Oil
Digestive Enzymes

Chipin is a hybrid which can obtain genetic health problem from its parent breeds.

  • Obesity: It is a condition that is faced by your dog due to overweight. So, do not overfeed your dog and always provide it with a balanced diet. Obesity will invite many other bones and joints problem in your dog.
  • Patellar Luxation: It is a condition where the kneecap of your dog is dislocated. It will have problems in walking due to pain. So, a proper treatment after consulting a vet is necessary.
Chipin behavior, personality, health.


The Chipin come in the combination of the following colors:

  • Tan
  • Cream
  • White
  • Black and Tan
  • Brown
  • Golden Black


Chipin puppy
Chipin puppies.
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Cost: The average cost of the Chipin puppy is between $500-$800 USD.


Height: The average height of the Chipin is between 7-12 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Chipin is between 5-11 pounds.

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