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Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix — Small Size, Big Attitude

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix — Small Size, Big Attitude

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The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix can be the ideal dog for you if you enjoy energetic little guys.

They are a special breed because of their distinctive and fascinating personality.

This dog can be a wonderful pet for you and your family, but you must ensure that it is properly socialized as a puppy and taught how to behave because it can be a bit overprotective around strangers.

Italian Greyhuahuas, as they are more commonly referred to, are probably not as well-known as some other designer dog breeds, and they are certainly not as well-known and popular as their parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound.

But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t great dogs who will bring a lot of joy into your life as a trusty, loving companion.

It is understandable if you’ve never heard of this breed before, but now that you have, you are probably intrigued to find out more about it. I know I was!

So let’s dig a bit deeper into the subject at hand and reveal all the information about this wonderful little dog. Here is your ultimate guide to the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix!

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix?

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It probably sounds a little hard to believe at first, but this is an actual, real-life breed. It was created by crossbreeding the Chihuahua with the Italian Greyhound.

It’s not very popular in the United States of America, so that might be the reason why a lot of people have not yet heard about it. But given the breed’s attractive traits, I’m sure it will be getting increasingly popular in the coming years.

As we go further along in this article, you will see all the positive characteristics of this breed, which are the main reason it was created in the first place.

However, there are still a few drawbacks that you need to consider before rushing out to the breeder to get one for yourself.

Every dog breed has a distinct personality that will dictate its needs when it comes to feeding, training, grooming, etc. You will need to learn as much as you can about these needs in order to be able to fulfill them.

Every dog owner wishes to provide the best possible life for their pet, so learning how to do it in advance can only be a good thing.

But before we get into the specifics, let us first talk a little about the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix origin and history.

The Origin Of The Italian Greyhuahua

Given how new the breed is and how little is known about it, the history of the Italian Greyhound is not thoroughly documented. In order to learn more about the history of the crossbreed, you must compare it to that of its ancestors.

So, with that in mind, let’s meet the parents. Here is a short history lesson about the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound.

Chihuahua

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The Chihuahua originated in Chihuahua, Mexico, sometime around the year 100 A.D.

The breed can have a rounder apple-shaped head or a flattened deer head and is available with both short and long hair types.

The breed has something of a troubled history, though. In those early days, the Chihuahua was sacrificed as part of Mexican funeral rites in order to help loved ones’ souls enter the afterlife.

The Toltec religion of the time thought that these little pups, which were bred from native Mesoamerican dogs called Techichis dating back to 300 B.C., were spirit guides.

Fortunately, the custom was abandoned before the Chihuahua went extinct, even though it was quite challenging to find one in the early 1900s.

Since then, however, Chihuahuas have become more common and people are loving them for their companionship, and not for some weird ritualistic reasons.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) reports that, when it comes to popularity, the Chihuahua is the number one dog breed in Los Angeles, and number 30 overall in the US.

Italian Greyhound

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The Italian Greyhound, which is native to Italy, was developed as a hunting companion and sighthound thousands of years ago.

They are even mentioned in the Bible, and it is believed that the Phoenicians carried them to Europe about 2,000 years ago. When the breed’s population began to decline, the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks promoted its growth and prevented its extinction.

They were introduced to the United States sometime in the 19th century, and the American Kennel Club officially recognized them as part of their toy group in 1886.

Today, they are the 72nd most popular dog breed in the US.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Appearance

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Although they are extremely distinct breeds, Italian Greyhounds and Chihuahuas are both very adorable.

Italian Greyhounds are graceful and tall for their size. On the other hand, Chihuahuas are small and designed to be adorable.

Combining the two breeds results in a canine that has some of the grace and elegance of the Italian Greyhound but has a far less striking build.

Although they resemble Chihuahuas, they frequently have the graceful silhouette of the Italian Greyhound. However, since it is a mixed breed, any sort of combination of traits is to be expected.

Even dogs from the same litter can sometimes vary wildly. While some may resemble their Chihuahua parent, some may resemble Italian Greyhounds more. When getting one of these dogs for adoption, you never know what you’re going to get.

They have triangular, perky ears, round, bulging brown eyes, a black or brown nose, and a long, tapered tail. When they are not acting funny, they frequently have a serious and intent expression.

The snout of your dog will probably be mid-length because Chihuahuas have shorter snouts and Greyhounds have abnormally lengthy snouts.

Size And Weight

They typically grow up to be around ten to fourteen inches tall, with their weight being somewhere in the eight to fifteen pounds range. As you may have guessed already, they fall comfortably in the toy dog category when it comes to dimensions.

And this is what you would expect, knowing who its parents are.

Chihuahuas are literally famous for being the smallest dog breed on the planet, reaching only about five inches in height and six pounds in weight. Compared to them, Italian Greyhuahuas seem like absolute giants.

And that’s because their other parent breed is a bit bigger, but still nowhere near big enough to be considered a big dog. Italian Greyhounds have an average height of thirteen to fifteen inches, and an average weight of seven to fourteen pounds.

As I’ve already mentioned, the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix usually inherits the Italian Greyhound’s silhouette and build, which is clear when you look at how similar their dimensions are.

Coat Colors

Depending on the type of coat the Chihuahua parent has, the Italian Greyhuahua has a coat that ranges from short to medium.

The fact that both Greyhounds and Chihuahuas are multicolored indicates that their puppies are also multicolored. Even within the same litter, a whole rainbow of colors can occur.

Some of those colors include white, cream, caramel, chocolate, tan, black, merle, sable, and brindle. There are many more, though.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Temperament

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These dogs are basically over-the-top Chihuahuas. They are a little warier of people and other animals since they are more sensitive than their Italian Greyhound parent.

They frequently act much larger than they actually are because they are unaware of how small they are. They are without a doubt dogs with huge personalities, which is basically just a nice way of saying that they can be stubborn.

However, just like with any other mixed breed dog, their personality can be drastically different from puppy to puppy, and it depends on the personality of their parents.

So, with that in mind, let’s talk briefly about the temperament of its parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound.

Chihuahua Temperament

These snappy little canines might be tiny in stature, but they are definitely big in attitude.

Many Chihuahuas won’t think twice about confronting a larger dog, an intruder, or anything else they see as a threat to their family.

Although they are loyal to their people and are typically willing to learn with the right persistence, they can be a little bit stubborn at times.

Although many interact quite well with their housemates, Chihuahuas can have a tendency to be aggressive toward other dogs, particularly if they see them as a threat to their territory or their humans.

They get jealous, basically.

Italian Greyhound Temperament

Italian Greyhounds are exceptionally friendly and playful dogs.

Although they can be reserved with strangers, they hardly ever show aggression toward anyone—perhaps only an animal they would mistake for prey.

Italian Greyhounds are quite sensitive and have a tendency to be independent, thus severe training methods are inappropriate for them.

Many of them never get fully housebroken because they are notoriously tough to potty train.

Italian Greyhounds, like all sighthounds, have a high prey drive and should never be left unattended anywhere they might be able to pursue a prey animal, but when it comes to other dogs, they generally get along well.

Italian Greyhuahua Behavior

Now that you know how different its parent breeds are when it comes to temperament, you can see why it’s tough to pin down the exact personality of a Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix.

There are some traits that get directly passed down from their ancestors, and there are some that kind of mash-up together and make Italian Greyhuahuas end up somewhere in the middle.

However, there are some characteristics that seem to be common to more or less all Italian Greyhuahuas, at least when it comes to their relationships with their owners, other people, and other dogs and animals.

Let’s break those down.

They Are Wary Of Strangers

Italian Greyhuahuas are hesitant and distant. They dislike strangers and usually hide or behave aggressively in their presence. Early socialization is essential to boosting their self-esteem, which can help them overcome some of their innate aloofness.

They are easily scared because of their small stature, which might result in violence. However, they will learn to trust others if you expose them to a wide variety of people while they are young.

These dogs are fortunately small, making it easy to carry them around. Take them wherever you can starting when their puppy shots are finished. Put them in intriguing situations involving new people and animals.

That will make them more used to strangers and they won’t grow up to be easily frightened.

They Need Constant Mental Stimulation

To thrive, they require a lot of mental stimulation. They also need regular entertainment since they are intelligent. Despite being small canines, they have a tendency to do damage if left unsupervised.

There are several great solutions for this, including obedience training, dog sports, and puzzle toys. To stop destructive behaviors, it is best to regularly give these dogs mental stimulation.

Regular interaction with these pets is essential. They are people-oriented and thrive on interaction with others. They need affection and playtime on a regular basis, and because of this, they aren’t the best dog to leave unattended for long periods of time.

They can even be prone to separation anxiety, particularly if they develop strong bonds with just one person. To avoid these issues as they get older, you’ll need to teach them how to be alone when they’re younger.

They Get Attached To People

Italian Greyhuahuas are best suited for families who are at least moderately active because they are less likely to spend the day lounging on the couch.

They frequently form close relationships with just one or two people. They therefore may not be a great family dog, especially for larger families that want the dog to give everyone equal attention.

However, they are fantastic for families with one or two older kids, but not for those with several boisterous kids.

They tend to choose their favorite people early on in their life and get attached to them. They get clingy and don’t like being separated for long.

Small children who misuse them can easily hurt themselves because of their small size. Due to their fear of harm, they also frequently exhibit greater fear of young children. Violence motivated by fear may result from this.

They Can Get Along With Other Pets

They can get along with other pets if socialized early because they typically don’t have a very high prey drive.

They will typically stop chasing cats if you socialize them with them from an early age. Of course, as this dog is a hybrid, there will be some variation in how intense their instinct to chase is.

The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix can have some anxiety around larger dogs. This frequently results in biting and other violent actions.

To give them the confidence to hang out with other dogs, it is crucial to socialize them early on with other trustworthy dogs.

They will most likely be fine if they come to understand that other dogs won’t harm them.

They Need To Be Socialized Early

The socializing of this dog is the most crucial aspect of its training. They frequently exhibit apprehension around strangers, kids, and other canines. The strongest defense against this is early exposure to a wide variety of people and animals.

This breed almost always benefits from puppy courses, not because they are particularly challenging to train but rather because they need to socialize with other dogs in a secure setting.

They Are Challenging To Train

These canines might be challenging to train in terms of obedience and off-leash behavior. They frequently excel while training but appear to have forgotten everything once they get home.

The secret is to train them in a variety of settings and use positive reinforcements as much as you can.

It’s frequently difficult to hold their interest, and they can also be very obstinate in obedience training.

Their diminutive size makes potty training them a real task. Not because they are intrinsically problematic, but rather because they need to go outside more frequently.

As pups, they can need to relieve themselves as frequently as every half an hour due to their small bladders.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Diet

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This breed is not very picky when it comes to food, so you would probably be safe putting it on a diet that is similar to that of the Chihuahua.

There are, of course, some individual differences and preferences from dog to dog, but you will learn that as you go along. You can also always talk to your vet and get their opinion.

In general, Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix dogs don’t eat a lot because they are little. Because they don’t consume a lot of food, this prompts dog owners to opt for more expensive, higher-quality dog foods.

What To Feed Them

It is advisable to feed your Italian Greyhuahua dog foods that contain a lot of meat. Inquire about recipes — like this boiled chicken one — or commercial dry and wet foods that list meat as the first ingredient.

As long as they are properly labeled, whole meat and meat dishes are preferred.

In the absence of a specific grain allergy in your dog, grain-free diets are not required. Foods without grains don’t often have more meat. Instead, a low-quality vegetable, such as peas or potatoes, is substituted for the grain.

Vegetables can provide nourishment when consumed in moderation, but when consumed in excess, they can become unnecessary.

How To Feed Them

While the food that these dogs consume need not be different from that of a typical dog, the manner in which they are fed has to be specific to them.

They are considerably smaller than the majority of other canines, which means that they consume less food. Their stomachs are simply too small to accommodate a lot of food, but that also means that they don’t have a lot of energy reserves.

That tells us that they need to be fed smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day.

How Often To Feed Them

This breed requires feeding at least twice daily, and more frequently when they are puppies.

If you decide to feed them raw food, then the portions are different and you should consult this puppy raw diet guide.

If Italian Greyhuahuas aren’t fed often enough, they may experience low blood sugar, which can cause hypoglycemia and ultimately result in death.

Dogs frequently begin to act drowsy and may even appear a little confused if this is the case. They might then start having seizures and lose consciousness.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Physical Activity

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Both the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound require regular exercise because of their high levels of activity.

Italian Greyhuahuas appear to be a little more lively than typical Chihuahuas due to their sighthound heritage. This does not imply that they require vigorous activity, though. Small workout sessions are frequently the best because of their size.

How To Exercise Them

Small breed dogs like the Italian Greyhuahua can be used for a variety of interior activities, but they also need to spend at least an hour outside each day.

Because your Italian Greyhuahua enjoys playing with other dogs, visiting a nearby dog park is a fun way to spend the day. Your dog might also like walking around the neighborhood with you, playing fetch, and practicing agility.

They can be exercised in various ways too, like most breeds. They like playing all kinds of games, especially ones that involve chasing after objects.

Many are sophisticated enough for canine sport, but that doesn’t guarantee they’ll obey your commands when you give them.

They won’t likely place in any competitions, but they might enjoy practicing for an activity like agility.

Play more challenging games that require movement. If you hide a short distance from where the dog is waiting, hide-and-seek can be a mental and physical test for them. The dog will eventually learn to remain still while you hide as they learn the rules, though.

How Often To Exercise Them

Lack of exercise makes dogs more likely to develop bad habits and health issues.

When it comes to the frequency of walks, a quick walk in the morning and a quick walk at night are sufficient. If they seem restless and you are home during the day, take them for another walk.

In addition to this, you should also have a couple of short playtime sessions with them, whether in your own yard or in the dog park.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Grooming

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These dogs don’t need a lot of grooming because both of their parents have very short fur. Although the Italian Greyhuahua sheds, it does so much less than some other breeds.

But there is more to grooming than just taking care of loose hair. Let’s see what type of grooming needs the Italian Greyhuahua has.

Brushing

To get rid of hair, grime, and debris, they should be brushed with a slicker brush at least once a week. The dog’s natural oils, which are beneficial for the health and growth of its hair, will also be distributed throughout the brushing session.

Additionally, it will help with the shedding.

These dogs typically don’t shed excessively at particular periods of the year, in contrast to some breeds. There is no “shedding season” for them. Therefore, the majority will shed over the year.

Bathing

Dogs shouldn’t be bathed unless absolutely necessary. An excessive amount of bathing can remove the oils from their coat and make it easier for them to get dirty.

Instead, bathe them only after they roll in dirt or other unpleasant substances.

Additionally, I would advise utilizing a sensitive-skin shampoo when it’s time to take a bath, just to be on the safe side.

A bath can sometimes exacerbate the skin and coat issues that some of these dogs are prone to. After the bath, you can use other products to help the skin on your dog feel a little bit softer.

Nail Clipping

A trip to the groomer is not necessary unless you feel uncomfortable trimming your dog’s nails yourself.

They will require regular nail trimming. With the right tools, you can do this at home yourself, but many people would prefer to have a professional groomer take care of it.

You might think that taking your Italian Greyhuahua to a groomer would be expensive, but for dogs who merely require nail trimming, several groomers offer fairly cheap walk-in services.

Ear Cleaning

Additionally, pay attention to your dog’s ears. They are not susceptible to infection, although they can get unclean and get an infection. Use a moist cotton ball to clean them if they are soiled.

You don’t want ugly black gunk accumulating in there.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Health

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These mixed-breed dogs are generally in very good health, mainly due to something called hybrid vigor.

Because they acquire features from a bigger gene pool, they are less likely to inherit specific genetic disorders from their parents.

However, merely due to their smaller stature, they can be more susceptible to several diseases. In the following sections of the article, I will be listing some of the health problems that can potentially affect the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mixed breed.

Hypoglycemia

One of these issues is low blood sugar levels, which can often lead to a serious condition called hypoglycemia.

Smaller dogs can’t hold a lot of food in their tiny tummies and their blood sugar will start to fall once all of their food has been digested.

They will start showing signs of low blood sugar if they are not fed once more soon after. If the dog is not fed and revived, this condition may result in death.

Patellar Luxation

Another condition that these dogs are predisposed to is patellar luxation. When a dog bends and unbends its leg, the patella, aka. the kneecap typically moves around in a groove on the femur.

The groove and kneecap may not always line up properly, which might result in kneecap dislocation. If you don’t fix it, your dog will find it unpleasant to walk and it could lead to more injury. The kneecap may bump into objects, causing muscular tissue injury.

Eye Diseases

Both Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhounds are prone to eye issues. There are many other issues that could arise, such as cataracts and glaucoma.

Because both of the parent breeds are susceptible to these issues, it makes them likely to be a threat to the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix, as well.

Dental Diseases

The two parent breeds, Italian Greyhounds and Chihuahuas, are both susceptible to various dental issues.

Mixes of the two rarely live to old age without losing a few teeth. Dental disease can be delayed or prevented with regular brushing.

Heart Problems

Chihuahuas are susceptible to heart issues, such as valve disease. Italian Greyhounds aren’t as prone to them, but your mixed dog has the potential to inherit this genetic trait from its Chihuahua parent and develop a certain heart issue.

Epilepsy

Just like heart conditions, epilepsy is a problem that comes from the Chihuahua side of the family.

The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mixed breed is not known to develop this condition as often as its parent breed, but there have been cases of it, and it remains a potential threat to your dog.

Hip Problems

Moving on from the Chihuahua part of the family tree for a bit, hip issues like hip dysplasia are common in Italian Greyhounds.

Watch out for hip issues if your Italian Greyhuahua hybrid has long legs and high hips like an Italian Greyhound.

Liver Issues

Italian Greyhounds can experience liver problems in which the liver does not receive a sufficient amount of blood. This has a very slim possibility of being inherited by the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix.

If it does, however, it can be an extremely serious condition that sometimes even results in death.

Tracheal Collapse

The tracheal rings will flatten as air is pulled into the airway during breathing if the cartilage rings lose some of their strength and stiffness, or if the membrane becomes lax and sags. The term that describes this condition is tracheal collapse.

It is thought that a hereditary component is at play, but we should remember that tracheal collapse can happen to any dog, regardless of size or breed, even if it is more common in species like the Chihuahua.

Molera

Molera is actually the term that describes the soft spot located on the top of a Chihuahua’s head. It is similar to the one found in human babies, but unlike those, it persists into adulthood.

The molera is a very fragile part of the Chihuahua’s body not only because it is sensitive to physical injuries, but also because it can reflect underlying conditions such as hydrocephalus or ventriculomegaly.

There is a reason why it’s considered a fault in some European countries.

There is a certain genetic element to the molera, which is why it’s sometimes passed down to the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Lifespan

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After talking extensively about the health of the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mixed breed, it’s only logical that we follow it up with talking about its lifespan.

As it’s generally a very healthy breed with a wide gene pool to select from, the Italian Greyhuahua has a fairly long life expectancy.

The average lifespan of this breed is between twelve and twenty years. The reason for such a wide range and a lack of accuracy is simply the relative newness of this crossbreed and the fact that there isn’t a lot of them around.

It’s difficult to make an accurate prediction with such a small number of data points. But let us now compare it to the life expectancies of its parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Italian Greyhound.

Chihuahua Lifespan

According to the breed info on the American Kennel Club, the typical lifespan of a Chihuahua dog is between fourteen and sixteen years of age.

You would think that that is a very healthy, long lifespan, and you would be right as they are considered to be among the longest-living dog breeds in the world.

I guess all that energy keeps them going for a long time.

Italian Greyhound Lifespan

The Italian Greyhound isn’t far behind the Chihuahua when it comes to living long and prospering, either.

The average life expectancy of this breed is between fourteen and fifteen years of age, according to the AKC.

Such long lifespans in both of its parent breeds should predispose the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix to be long-lived itself, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a lot of them living close to twenty years, or even longer than that.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Price

Because the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix is such a recently developed crossbreed and because it is so incredibly rare, especially in the United States, there isn’t really a consensus on its price.

There isn’t a particular dollar value that we could put on an Italian Greyhuahua puppy, but perhaps we can approximate it by talking about the prices of its parent breeds.

Chihuahua Price

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An average Chihuahua puppy can cost between $400 and $1,500 from reputable breeders. These prices vary based on the breeder, bloodline, and type of Chihuahua.

Along with the aforementioned elements, you should also think about the availability and demand of the breed locally.

Breeders may also charge you for reservation fees, delivery and shipping fees, and other items.

Before making a purchase, it is in your best interest to have a detailed consultation with a reputable breeder. This will enable you to estimate the costs and what to expect from your new pet.

Additionally, you can opt to get a Chihuahua from a rescue shelter. A Chihuahua that has been rescued only costs $300 to $600.

Because they frequently have numerous health issues and are past their prime, older dogs are less expensive than puppies, and as a result, if you intend to adopt, you must be aware of the risks.

Italian Greyhound Price

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In the US, Italian Greyhounds are not very common. They are far less frequent than other sighthounds. They aren’t always as expensive, though, as you might think.

When you buy from a reputable breeder, you can frequently find them for anywhere between $1,200 and $3,000 per pet.

These canines aren’t typically available for adoption. They just aren’t common enough in the country in order to be readily available in shelters.

Most often, they exclusively originate from breeders, and the majority of breeders accept returns on their canine products.

So, instead of taking their puppy to a local animal shelter, people are more inclined to return their dog to the breeder if they are unable to care for it.

If you do manage to locate these dogs at a rescue, you’ll pay a maximum of $300. This is primarily a result of rescues not being for profit and not having to pay to have the dog bred.

As a result, they can continue to operate and charge much lower prices for their dogs.

Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix FAQ

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After talking about all of the most important aspects of this mixed-breed dog, I’ve left some space for the most frequently asked questions about it.Here are some of the more interesting queries that people have had about the Italian Greyhound Chihuahua mix.

What Are The Differences Between A Male And A Female Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix?

In this breed, there is no discernible distinction between the genders. In fact, the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound crossbreed is so diverse within itself, that it’s hard to pinpoint a set of attributes that are shared by all the males or all the females.

So if we can’t really define the specifics of a male or a female Italian Greyhuahua, there is no point in trying to outline the differences between them.

Related: Male Vs. Female Chihuahua: How To Choose Your Perfect Pet

Where Can I Get A Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Puppy?

As you might have suspected from the part where I was talking about the Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix costs, you will probably struggle to find a dedicated breeder of this particular crossbreed.

They are simply too rare for any breeder to focus their business around them, particularly since the demand for them isn’t too high at the moment, either.

One thing I can advise is to check with facilities that breed Chihuahuas or those that produce Italian Greyhounds.

There is a chance that some of them might have these mixed puppies on offer, and if not, perhaps you can reach out to them and see if they would accommodate you.

Is The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Hypoallergenic?

Although Chihuahuas are not known for being hypoallergenic, Italian Greyhounds typically shed very little, especially if they are well-fed.

So it’s safe to assume that the Greyhuahua mix will be somewhere in the middle when it comes to the level of shedding and being hypoallergenic.

Is The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound Mix Good For First-Time Owners?

First-time dog owners will probably struggle with some elements of the Italian Greyhound Chihuahua mix puppy’s personality, for example, its stubbornness and high energy levels.
Even though it’s a lap dog, it’s not exactly low maintenance.

However, if you remain patient and get through it, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of unconditional love and companionship. And lots of cuddles!

Final Thoughts

So, to recap.

The Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix is an uncommon mixed breed, with a very wide gene pool to choose from.

They need to socialize because they are frequently a little uneasy and distant around strangers. If introduced to other pets when they are young, they can get along with them.

Some are incompatible with cats because they have strong prey drives. But some get along with them just fine.

The high level of intelligence in these canines means that they demand a lot of mental stimulation. Despite their relatively high intellect, they may not always be simple to train.

Families with lots of free time are the main target audience for this dog. They focus on people and want a lot of attention. They are not the best choice for working families who are gone for a significant portion of the day.

If you were thinking of adopting a Chihuahua Italian Greyhound mix puppy, or were just curious about the breed, I hope this article has shed some light on it and brought you closer to this wonderful type of dog.