If you’re searching for a doodle that is small and compact, yet friendly and good with kids, a chipoo may be the perfect dog for you. Chipoos are one of the newer doodle breeds, so you might not have heard of one yet. Here are some of the top questions and answers about chipoos.
What are the parent breeds: Poodle + Chihuahua
Do chipoos shed? Yes, but not much.
How big do chipoos get? Depends on the size, but generally between 3-20 pounds
How much is a chipoo? Usually $500-1500
How long do chipoos live? 12-15 years
What’s a chipoo’s temperament? Energetic, spunky, sweet
Do chipoos shed?
Because a chipoo is a mix between a poodle and a Chihuahua, chipoos do shed. However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred Chihuahuas, and compared to other dog breeds, they don’t shed as much.
Because there are different types of chipoos (f1 chipoos, f1b chipoos, f2 chipoos, etc.), your dog will shed according to the type of doodle you own. More specifically, it depends on the percentage of poodle vs. Chihuahua in your dog. If your dog is more poodle, it won’t shed as much as if it was a higher percentage of Chihuahua.
Depending on their parents, chipoos can have a coat that is either fluffy and long, short and wiry, or wavy and curly.
Are chipoos hypoallergenic?
Truth be told, no dog breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed, making it a potential issue for people who have allergies. Despite being completely hypoallergenic, chipoos are an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is due to the incorporation of poodles into the breed mix. Pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that produce allergic reactions. Luckily, poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and their fur is non-shedding. Therefore, if your chipoo is more poodle than Chihuahua, your pet will be more allergy-friendly. In other words, a F1b chipoo will be more allergy friendly than a f1 chipoo.
How big do chipoos get?
Although these dogs are rather small, there is a bit of a size variant. A chipoo, or chi-poo, is either bred with a miniature or a toy poodle, resulting in a dog that generally weighs between 3 to 20 pounds and stands between 5 to 15 inches. The size depends highly on the type of poodle that was bred with the Chihuahua.
How much does a chipoo cost?
A chipoo price depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $500-1500.
Due to their hypoallergenic nature and their cute and fluffy looks, these breeds are more expensive than other dog breeds. There are also a number of factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: There are a number of different chipoo colors. In addition to the typical black chipoo or white chipoo colors, you can find chipoo breeders who specialize in breeding black and white chipoos or apricot chipoos, among others. The more “exotic” the color, the higher the price tag.
Coat: Breeders charge different prices based on the coat. Essentially, the more “poodle” within the dog’s genetics, the more allergy-friendly the dog is. This can sometimes result in a higher price tag.
Size: Size variations also affect prive. For example, teacup chipoo puppies tend to be more popular, resulting in a higher price tag.
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live along with how high the demand is for a chipoo. Bigger metropolitan cities such as San Francisco or New York will often have higher price tags, both because of the higher general cost of living, but also because these cities usually have a higher demand for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When it comes to purchasing a chipoo from a breeder, you certainly want to do your research so that you purchase from a reputable, established breeder. While it may be cheaper to buy your doodle from an at-home breeder or from Craigslist, a good breeder can mean a world of difference. If you want a healthy, long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find chipoos in shelters and other rescue centers!
How long do chipoos live?
In general, chipoos will live between 12-15 years. There are a few factors that can result in outliers, however. Smaller dogs, for example, usually live longer than larger dogs. Because of this, a toy chipoo will be expected to live longer than larger chipoos. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder.
What’s a chipoo’s temperament?
Although Chipioos are small dogs, they pack a punch in their personality. They have a lot of energy and love to be sociable, both with other dogs and with humans. Although they tend to bark and yap, this can be treated by proper training from an early age. Once they’ve finished playing and running around, Chipoos love to cuddle up with their owners.