Chi-Poo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chi-Poo so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
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Cross Breed

Chi-Poo Price and Availability

How much does the Chi-Poo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Chi-Poo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chi-Poo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chi-Poo gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Chi-Poo?
Average: The Chi-Poo is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Chi-Poo Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Chi-Poo weigh? Chi-Poo weight:
5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Chi-Poo? Chi-Poo average weight:
12.5 pounds (6 kg)
How tall is the Chi-Poo? Chi-Poo height:
6-14 inches (15-36 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chi-Poo average height:
10 inches (25 cm)

Chi-Poo Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Chi-Poo have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ShortLongMediumThe coat is usually of medium length.
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chi-Poo's coat?
CreamBrownBlue BrindleSilverGreyFawnWhiteBlack
How to groom the Chi-Poo and how often?
Average: The Chi-Poo requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Chi-Poo, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Chi-Poo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chipoodle?
Chi-Poos are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Chi-Poo need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Chi-Poo every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Chi-Poo Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Chi-Poo have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chi-Poo? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Chi-Poo is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Are Chi-Poo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chi-Poos are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Chi-Poo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chi-Poo sensitivity:
Sensitive: Chi-Poos don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Chi-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chipoodle need? Chi-Poo social needs:
Chi-Poos are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Do Chi-Poo dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chipoodle bark?
Average: The Chi-Poo barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chi-Poo good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Chi-Poos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Chi-Poo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Chi-Poos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Chi-Poo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chipoodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chi-Poo? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Chi-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Chi-Poo has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Chi-Poo bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chi-Poo do?
Chi-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chi-Poos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chi-Poo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chi-Poo roam?
Chi-Poos have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chi-Poo have high prey drive?
Chi-Poos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chi-Poo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Chi-Poo breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chi-Poos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Chi-Poos handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.

Chi-Poo Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Chi-Poo temperament with other people:
Chi-Poos are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chi-Poo dogs get along with other pets? Are Chi-Poo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chi-Poos do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Chi-Poo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chi-Poo temperament with children:
Chi-Poos are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chi-Poo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Chi-Poos are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chi-Poo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chi-Poo dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chi-Poos are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chi-Poo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Chi-Poos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Chi-Poos good office dogs? Do Chi-Poos make good office friendly dogs? Can Chi-Poos be office dogs?
Chi-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chi-Poo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chipoodle temperament with senior people? Are Chi-Poo dogs good for elderly owners?
Chi-Poos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Chi-Poo Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Chi-Poo dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Chi-Poos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Chi-Poo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chi-Poo breed? Most common health risks of Chi-Poo:
Overactive tear glandsHypoglycemiaGlaucomaLuxating Patella
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Chi-Poo breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Chi-Poo see the vet?
The Chi-Poo should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chi-Poo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chi-Poo be? What is the age limit of the Chi-Poo? How many years can the oldest Chi-Poo live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Chi-Poo: 13 years
Is the Chi-Poo breed hypoallergenic?
Chi-Poos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chi-Poo have? What is the activity level of the Chi-Poo?
Chi-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Chi-Poo dogs require per day?
Chi-Poos exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chi-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Chi-Poo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chi-Poo risk for obesity:
Average: The Chi-Poo has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chi-Poo's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Chi-Poo has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Chi-Poo drool?
The Chi-Poo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chi-Poo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Chi-Poo. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chi-Poo As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chi-Poo is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Chi-Poo be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chi-Poo is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chi-Poo is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Chi-Poo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a boat dog?

Not really

Chi-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chi-Poo be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chi-Poo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Chi-Poo dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chi-Poo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Chi-Poo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chi-Poo have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Chi-Poo Recognition

AKC Group
Is Chi-Poo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chi-Poo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chi-Poo breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubDesigner Canine Registry

Chi-Poo Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Chi-Poo is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Chi-Poos are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Chi-Poo breed.
  • Shedding Level: Chi-Poos are low shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Chi-Poo is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Chi-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Chi-Poos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Chi-Poos handle alone time quite well.
  • Child Friendly: Chi-Poos are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chi-Poos are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chi-Poos are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Chi-Poos tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chi-Poos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Cat Friendly: Chi-Poos are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chi-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Chi-Poo History

The Chi-Poo, also known as the Wapoo, Poochi, Choodle, is a designer dog breed, which was developed approximately during the middle of the 20th century. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 1900s, in North America and in Canada, with cross-breeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new, hybrid breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit, because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of the parent breeds. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these hybrid breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to develop these dogs.

Sources state that the occasional accidental mating between the Chihuahua and the Poodle happened over the decades naturally, however, the first intentional crossing took place during the early 1970s. Consequently, experts usually look at the Chi-Poo as one of the oldest designer breeds. Due to the limited information and documents regarding the Chi-Poo’s history, we should examine their parent breed’s ancestry and history, in order to gain a better and deeper understanding of the breeders’ motive, and goals. On the one hand, the Poodle is considered to be a very old breed, it is thought that the Poodle originates from the North African Barbet, and another Asian herding, and European water dogs. Some artifacts and wall paintings in Roman and Egyptian depict dogs resembling the modern-day Poodle. The Poodle quickly became popular first among the nobility and then among the other classes too. They were especially well-known during the times when they performed as circus dogs in the United States. Once the Poodle was even considered the most sought-after dog in the whole United States of America. On the other hand, the Chihuahua’s exact ancestry is not clearly known, there are two major theories about its development. The first is that the breed is descended from the so-called Techichi dog indigenous to South America. Wall cravings portraying a dog resembling the Chihuahua from the Tolec people were also detected in South America. After the Aztecs conquered the Tolec tribes, they also took their dog, the Chihuahua, and started to develop them more in order to better suit their needs. According to Aztec mythology, the Chihuahua possessed special powers, with which they could accompany and guide their owners in the afterlife. After their owners passed, the dogs were buried or cremated with them, in order to keep their strong bond. The other theory suggests that the Chinese people brought the Chihuahua to Mexico during the late 1850s.

Both the Poodle and the Chihuahua have long and extensive ancestry closely alongside their human owners. The Chi-Poo is considered to be the perfect little companion, for the reason that crossing the famous lapdog Chihuahua with the playful, hypoallergenic, and toy-sized Poodle, led to an intelligent, even-tempered, little companion breed. Contrary to Chihuahuas, the Chi-Poo is thought to be excellent with children because of their gentle and socially active behavior.

Despite the fact that the Chi-Poo’s parent breeds are both well-recognized by all of the major kennel clubs, but just like any other hybrid breeds, the Chi-Poo has not been recognized by any kennels yet. Nevertheless, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry registered the breed. Nowadays, there is an increasing demand for Chi-Poo puppies worldwide.

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