If you love Schnauzers, but also value the benefits of other breeds, you may be interested in a Schnauzer mix. The ever-popular Schnauzer with its many endearing qualities has been crossbred with over 50 other canine breeds. Combining breeds can result in interesting varieties with unique strengths and traits, and one of the mixes might just be the right fit for you.
Let’s cover some basics first, and then dive into the specifics of the Schnauzer Terrier mix.
Schnauzer Mix Basics
All Schnauzer mixes will inherit traits from each of her purebred parent breeds. The combination of traits will vary and are somewhat unpredictable, just as with human kids.
For example, the size of the Schnauzer parent, whether it is a Miniature, Standard, or Giant, will clearly influence the resulting size of your mix, but is a challenge to know precisely.
Overall intelligence, temperament, and personality will also vary. And finally, potential health problems will be a combination of potential health problem in each breed, but mixes are generally healthier overall.
This guide covers what is generally known about this Schnauzer mix from breeders, veterinarians, and pet parents.
As you consider a Schnauzer mix, you may also want to read my article How to Choose a Reputable Schnauzer Breeder.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Overview
Schnauzer Chihuahuas are the result of breeding a Miniature Schnauzer with a Chihuahua. They are also known as Chizers, Schnauchis, or a Miniature Schnauzer/Chihuahua mix.
Most Schnauzer Chihuahuas are about 5 to 15 inches tall. Adults typically weigh anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds.
Schnauzer Chihuahua History
Schnauzers have been in existence since at least the mid-nineteenth century, if not thousands of years. They were originally used as guard dogs and to chase away mice on family farms. They were later bred with Doberman Pinschers, Poodles, Pomeranians, Terriers and other popular breeds.
Chihuahuas seem to have originated in Mexico, descending from the Techichi, a companion dog revered by the Toltec civilization.
The Schnauzer Chihuahuas mix has been around for over a decade. They were believed to have originated in the United States. Schnauzer Chihuahuas were officially recognized as a distinct breed by the Designer Canine Registry in The hybrid was often bred for companionship.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Appearance
Their appearance will greatly depend on the traits they pick up from their parent breeds.
For example, even within a general overall look, they may have long, floppy ears or they may have larger, pointed ears. Your Schnauzer Chihuahua may have a head that’s round or long. Their muzzle may be square or pointed. Their legs could be long or short.
Their coat may be short in general, with thicker amounts of hair on their head and coarser fur across their body. Schnauzer Chihuahuas can be brown, white, gray, black, tan or a combination of different colors.
Most Schnauzer Chihuahuas have round eyes, a well-developed nose, a shorter neck and a thin body.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Intelligence and Temperament
Schnauzers and Chihuahuas are both naturally intelligent breeds, so the combination produces a very intelligent pup.
Schnauzer Chihuahua mixes are eager to learn and will do best with solid training and socialization. Early puppy training, and ongoing play and enrichment, will keep this mix happy.
Read my article Are Schnauzers Smart? (How to Tell and 5 At-Home Tests) for more information along with tests and games to play.
Schnauzer Chihuahuas will usually have the temperament of one or both of their parent breeds.
They may be friendly, playful, intelligent and assertive. They may need a little time getting to know other people and animals. Schnauzer Chihuahuas may seem rather timid or shy at first, and are quite sweet.
It’s important to start socializing your Schnauzer Chihuahua as soon as you bring them home. They can be trained at a very early age to be comfortable with other animals, young children and adults.
Even though your Schnauzer Chihuahua may be shy around strangers at first, repeated exposure to family members, friends, neighbors and different pets can help them become acquainted and start forming lifelong bonds.
They are usually very aware of their surroundings, and may sometimes be startled by sudden changes to their environment. You may want to introduce any changes gradually so that they have time to adapt and adjust to them.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that most Schnauzer Chihuahuas are barkers. This can a problem if you live in an apartment, townhome or condominium complex or in an area where noise regulations are in effect. Proper training can help reduce their need to bark and make for a quieter, less stressful co-existence with your Schnauzer Chihuahua mix.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Lifespan
Schnauzer Chihuahuas typically live for between years.
Their lifespan can vary, depending on the pup’s health condition, the average lifespan of the parents, and of the original breeds.
A good diet and regular exercise can play an important role in helping your Schnauzer Chihuahua live longer.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Potential Health Issues
Schnauzer Chihuahuas can experience arthritis, pancreatitis, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) like similar breeds.
Additional potential health concerns include:
Diabetes is a common disease in both people and animals. Schnauzers, specifically, have greater chances of developing diabetes than other breeds. Diabetic Schnauzer Chihuahuas are unable to properly regulate the production of insulin in their bodies. Insulin helps them convert glucose into energy. Diabetes can be treated with regular injections of insulin.
Schnauzer Chihuahuas may develop liver disease and other liver-related issues.
Common symptoms include weight loss, a loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. They may also experience sudden changes in behavior, such as depression or irritability
Blood tests are often scheduled by veterinarians to determine protein and enzyme levels. A urinalysis may also be requested to determine the overall health of the Schnauzer Chihuahua’s liver and kidneys. An ultrasound and/or X-ray can reveal cysts, gallstones, enlargement of the liver or possible cancerous growths.
Different treatments may be called for depending on the severity of the liver problem. A liver biopsy may be called for to determine the root cause of the issue. Surgery may be necessary to remove gallstones, cysts or cancer. The veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics to prevent a viral infection, additional fluids to eliminate dehydration or other medications to heal or reduce inflammation, diarrhea, vomiting or gastrointestinal bleeding.
Kidney disease is more common as Schnauzer Chihuahuas get older. There’s typically a 10% chance or less that this mix will develop chronic kidney disease, but it doesn’t hurt to have your Schnauzer Chihuahua checked by your veterinarian regularly.
There are many causes for kidney issues and kidney disease. Some of the most common symptoms that you may witness include increased thirst and urination. They may also seem lethargic or have bad breath with a noticeable chemical type of odor.
Physical and rectal examinations may provide additional details about the specific ailment. Kidney sampling, urinalysis, a blood count and diagnostic imaging are just some of the methods your veterinarian may use to diagnose and pinpoint the problem. Treatment methods will vary depending on the specific situation. Pay close attention to your Schnauzer Chihuahua’s behavior and take them in for an appointment before things get worse.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s Disease is an internal bleeding disorder. It is a hereditary condition in humans and animals. Von Willebrand’s Disease is due to a lack of platelets in the body that clot to repair broken blood vessels.
Continued bleeding after trauma or surgery or spontaneous hemorrhages are common symptoms of this disease. Your veterinarian may perform a buccal mucosal screening time to determine whether or not your Schnauzer Chihuahua is experiencing Von Willebrand’s Disease.
Plasma or blood transfusions are often used to help in this situation. The veterinarian may recommend that the use of certain sulfa-based antibiotics, heparin, ampicillin, antacids, amoxicillin, theophylline and other drugs that could prevent platelet formation be discontinued immediately. Continued bleeding and even death may occur if these drugs are still used and/or the disease is not properly diagnosed and treated.
Gastric Dilation and Volvulus
Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) is another potentially life-threatening condition. It begins when the Schnauzer Chihuahua’s stomach fills with gas. This causes a gastric dilation, or bloat. In most cases, the situation doesn’t worsen. When it does, the bloat becomes a volvulus, or a twisting of an intestinal loop and the surrounding mesentery. This typically results in a bowel obstruction.
Common symptoms include constipation, vomiting, bloody stool and abdominal pain or bloating. Schnauzer Chihuahuas who either eat too much or don’t eat enough, are overly aggressive, are underweight or have a family history of this condition are more likely to contract it.
Maintaining an even temperament, eating at least two meals per day, and adding canned food to your Schnauzer Chihuahua’s diet can reduce their risks of developing gastric dilation and/or volvulus. If they exhibit any of the symptoms above or generally look or feel a bit out of the ordinary, take them to your veterinarian right away.
Additional Health Concerns
Schnauzer Chihuahuas may also develop arthritis, pancreatitis, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy as they get older.
They may also inherit other ailments such as hydrocephalus, heart issues, hypoglycemia, myotonia congenita, a collapsed trachea and urinary stones from one or both of their parents.
It’s a good idea to get a copy of parental health clearances if you’re going to purchase a Schnauzer Chihuahua from a breeder. Your veterinarian should also be able to screen your fur friend for many of these and other potential health concerns.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Dietary Needs
Schnauzer Chihuahuas should have a good diet. They’ll need plenty of fuel for their energetic lifestyle.
Puppies are generally weaned off of their mother’s milk after they are about six to eight weeks old. From there, they can start eating dry kibble or your chosen dog food up to three times per day. Once they are three months old, you can reduce that to two daily servings of dry food.
The right amount of food will depend on their age, size, weight, metabolism and energy level.
Read my article How Much and How Often Should A Schnauzer Eat (With Tables) for specific details.
Don’t offer too many treats, no matter how much they may beg at times. Make sure that there is plenty of water to drink, especially during the hot, humid summer months.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Training Needs
Schnauzer Chihuahuas are extremely intelligent. However, they can also be extremely stubborn at times. Their training should help them follow your commands as well as to socialize with other people and animals. It should also prevent their tendencies to nip at others and become aggressive.
Positive reinforcement is the key to success. Use words of encouragement, and be sure to praise your Schnauzer Chihuahua when they perform actions correctly. You can reward them with a treat or toy if you’d like.
They’re bound to make mistakes from time to time, just like any other animal. If you catch your Schnauzer Chihuahua in the act of misbehaving or performing an action incorrectly, use a calm, even tone when speaking and correcting.
Be consistent with your training. Don’t let the Schnauzer Chihuahua feel like they can boss you around. Keep them on the right path for avoiding distractions and learning good habits that will stay with them for life.
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Schnauzer Chihuahua Exercise Needs
Schnauzer Chihuahuas can be very active for long periods of time. It takes a lot for them to tire out and they are known for having a lot of energy. They don’t need a lot of space to roam around in. They are just as comfortable living in an apartment as they are in a house that has a spacious backyard.
They will need plenty of time for both indoor and outdoor play.
Indoor play will help keep your Schnauzer Chihuahua physically and mentally stimulated. Going for a walk outside is good exercise and a good way for them to socialize with other animals. Bringing your Schnauzer Chihuahua to a local dog park or playing fetch with them outside for an hour or two should be all the daily exercise that they’ll need.
Schnauzer Chihuahua Grooming Needs
Schnauzer Chihuahuas require regular grooming. Their coats will need to be brushed several times a week to prevent tangles and matted fur from forming. Fortunately, they don’t shed very much.
Give your Schnauzer Chihuahua a bath when they need it. Just don’t bathe them too often, as that can hamper the effectiveness of their skin’s natural oils. You may want to take them to a professional groomer to have their nails trimmed and their facial hair properly groomed and trimmed every weeks.
Brush your Schnauzer Chihuahua’s teeth daily, if possible, but at least 3 times per week. You should also wash their face daily. Carefully inspect their ears at least once a week for any possible signs of infection. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call your veterinarian to schedule a check-up.
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Are Schnauzer Chihuahuas Hypoallergenic?
Schnauzer Chihuahuas are hypoallergenic. You and anyone among your family and friends with pet allergies shouldn’t have to worry being around them. There’s little concern about pet dander because they don’t shed very often.
They also make regular cleaning easier. Depending on the specific Schnauzer Chihuahua mix, your fur friend should leave very little hair behind in your home. You should only need to clean their crate, bedding and other belongings a few times a month at most. Just be sure to wash them gently with products that don’t leave harsh irritants or chemical residue behind.
You may want to read my article Are Schnauzers Hypoallergenic (and do they Molt or Shed?) for more details.
Are Schnauzer Chihuahuas Good Family Pets?
Schnauzer Chihuahuas are great pets for individuals and families.
They eventually become very close to the people and animals in their lives. Regular socialization will help them acclimate to new people and overcome their initial shyness and anxiety.
They may need to be watched carefully when they are first introduced to young children. Schnauzer Chihuahas may seem impatient with toddlers who don’t understand how to play or interact with them yet. Pay attention to ensure that the Schnauzer Chihuahua doesn’t nip at or attack a child, and that children don’t unintentionally harm the animal.
Schnauzer Chihuahuas eventually develop very close bonds with their family. They may tend to be a bit over-affectionate at times or seem like they need to be the center of attention.
Schnauzer Chihuahuas can often be very good protectors. They will vigorously defend the people and animals in their lives.
Their affection, energy and vibrant personality can be a highlight of your day. They’re a very kind, loving breed that can fit in quite well with families.
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Known for their small size and charming personality, the Chizer is considered to be one of the best mixed breed dogs out there.
A cross between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Chihuahua, the Chizer is considered to be a designer dog.
While they are generally loyal and affectionate, their mannerisms are highly influenced by their parents’ personality traits.
The Chizer combines the active nature of the Miniature Schnauzer with the courageous personality of the Chihuahua. This makes them sturdy and brave dogs.
But is the Chizer the right dog for you?
In this article, well, take a close at these traits as well as what to expect from your Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix.
This includes Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix pictures, physical characteristics, personality traits, exercise needs, and where to find a healthy puppy.
But first things first;
What is a Chizer?
The Chizer results from mixing a purebred Miniature Schnauzer with a purebred Chihuahua. Both of these parent breeds are extremely popular and have long been used as companion dogs.
Purebred breeds generally have a story about their origin and history, but it isn’t possible to identify exactly when a mixed breed like the Chizer was first bred.
However, it is clear that this mixed breed originated in the USA sometime before , when it was first registered with the Designer Canine Registry.
Designer dogs like the Chizer have grown in popularity over the last 20 or so years, partly because there are many celebrities who have been spotted with this kind of dogs. And although everyone might agree that crossbreeds are cute and adorable dogs, not everyone can agree on their name.
Here are some of the other names that have been suggested for the Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix:
- Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
- Mini Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
All of these nicknames continue to be used by Chizer breeders and fanciers of this dog. No matter what moniker you think is suitable for the Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix, they are lovable and charming and make great family pets.
Since there’s little information available about the history of the Chizer, let’s take at look at the origins of both parent breeds.
Some Quick Facts About The Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
|Breed Type:||Crossbreed/Mixed Breed|
|Other Names:||Chizer, Schnauchi, Schnizer, Schnauhuahua|
|Good Watch Dog:||Yes|
|Average Weight:||Around 4 to 15 pounds|
|Average Height:||6 to 14 inches|
|Lifespan:||12 to 18 years|
|Apartment Living:||Yes, only take to consideration that barking could be a problem|
|Space Requirements:||Do well in a home with or without a fenced yard and can live in urban or rural environments|
|Ideal for:||Active individuals and families with older children|
|Coat:||Wiry, Can be shorthaired or longhaired|
|Coat colors:||Black, white, tan, chocolate, dark brown, golden brown and grey (or combination of these colors)|
|Suitable for first time owners:||Yes|
|Trainability:||Quite easy to train, especially if you start training at an early age|
|Level of Shedding:||Low to Moderate|
|Grooming Needs:||Brushing should be done two times per week|
|Hypoallergenic:||No, not good fit for allergy sufferers|
|Exercise Needs:||At least 60 minutes of exercise every day is required|
|Feeding and Diet:||to 1 cups of high quality dog food each day, divided into two meals|
|Possible Health Issues:||Liver Disease, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Pancreatitis Arthritis, Skin Diseases, Gastric Dilation Volvulus|
|Temperament:||Charming, loyal, affectionate, brave, loving, active, friendly, energetic, intelligent, wary of strangers, alert|
|Cat Friendly:||Not good, early socialization is required|
|Dog Friendly:||Moderate, early socialization is required|
|Kid Friendly:||Yes, best with older kids and early socialization is required|
|Price:||Anywhere from $ to $|
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The History of the Chizer
The History of the Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany and is said to be a combination of the bigger standard Schnauzer, Poodle and Affenpinscher, with a few other breeds contributing to the gene pool.
Evidences of the breed can be traced back to around the ’s. The Miniature Schnauzer was commonly used as a farm dog, especially as a ratter.
The History of the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua originated in Mexico and evidences of the breed can be traced back to the 9th century.
It is believed that the Chihuahua was originally a combination of the Mexican Techichi and a small hairless breed that originated in China.
However, there is little evidence to support this. It is generally believed that the Chihuahua is a dwarf dog that was first bred in ancient Mexico.
The General Appearance of the Chizer
So what does a Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix look like?
The Chizer is a cute dog that seems to have combined the appearance of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Chihuahua.
They are very small in size and have long or short square-shaped legs and an elongated body with a docked tail.
They have an apple-shaped or rounded head, dark eyes that are large and round in shape.
Chizer Size, Height and Weight
And how big does a Chizer get?
This tiny Chizer dog is around 6 to 14 inches tall and weighs around 4 to 15 pounds when full grown.
Coat and Coat Colors
The Chizer’s coat can be shorthaired or longhaired and tends to be smoother around the head.
Common coat colors are black, white, brown and grey.
Chizer Temperament and Personality
The Chihuahua and Schnauzer Mix is an active, energetic, spirited, brave and intelligent breed that has the combined personality of the parent breeds.
Although they look small and delicate, Chizers are actually hardy dogs who will easily adapt quickly in apartments, condos, townhomes and other smaller homes.
Their size also means that they are great lap dogs who enjoy being cuddled up. They are friendly, loving and loyal dogs.
They are gentle and outgoing dogs but early socialization is important for the Chizer. They tend to be wary of strangers.
Their protective and watchful nature makes them great guard dogs. They are alert and have a great voice to notify their owners when they see something strange. They are excellent watchdogs who also make great companion dogs.
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Are they tolerant to solitude?
Given the personality traits of these mixes, you should never leave them alone for long periods of time. These pups tend to form strong bonds with their families and they are vulnerable to separation anxiety.
If you are not at home for extended periods of time, your Chizer can get bored and frustrated.
Another important attribute that these pups possess is that they love being close to their family, and they will do everything in their power to get the attention of their owners.
Sometimes, they will do whatever it takes to get your attention. They may follow you around the house or cuddle close to you just to get your attention.
Behavior with Kids
The Chihuahua parent adds low tolerance to kids to the gene pool so extreme care and attention should be paid when the Chizer is near small kids who don’t know how to play with him.
Timely socialization can help minimize the intensity of this personality trait but might not completely eliminate it.
Make sure to introduce your Chizer puppy to small children and allow them to get used to each other.
Behavior with Cats and Other Pets
The Chizer may not get along well with strangers, cats and other animals. To reduce the intensity of these traits, make sure to socialize him at a young age.
These pups are also quite shy and might be scared of meeting other dogs. Let your dog mix freely with other dogs early in life. Your friends and neighbors can help make this possible. Invite them over so that your puppy can get used to many new faces.
The Chizer will bark occasionally or frequently to alert you to strange sounds or people. While he can live in an apartment, his barking could be a real nuisance, particularly for neighbors.
Taking Care of the Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix
There’s a lot you need to know about taking proper care of any pup, and the Chizer is no different. You’ll need to learn about training, grooming, feeding and health care.
Training Your Chizer
Every dog, regardless of breed, needs to be properly trained. Although some breeds are naturally well-mannered, no puppy naturally knows the house rules, or how he should behave in different situations.
So, is the Chizer easy to train?
Fortunately, the Chizer is quite easy to train. This mixed breed is very intelligent, and tends to pick up on commands quickly. This is particularly true if you begin training your puppy at an early stage when they are more willing to learn and less determined in their ways.
If you don’t start training your dog at a young age, they can easily become willful and difficult to control.
With a mix breed dog like the Chizer, it is recommended to start obedience training immediately you bring your puppy home. You should also consider housetraining your dog early because this is often a challenging task with small dogs.
Always make sure to start the training process very early to prevent bad behavior. It is always easier to teach a puppy the right thing at the outset than trying to correct a bad behavior.
After that, you should socialize your dog. Given your Chizer’s natural desire to get attention, he should be quite easy to train and socialize.
Always start introducing your puppy to different kinds of people, animals and other pets early to build his confidence and help ensure he develops into a well mannered dog.
When training your Chizer puppy, make sure to use positive reinforcement methods. This is better than punishing dogs for unacceptable behavior.
Once your pup has got something right, give him treats and praises. Since this pup craves attention, he will always try to do his best in order to win your attention.
The Chizer is a very active and energetic mix, so he needs plenty of exercises to stay healthy. Daily walks are necessary for this dog and playing dog games will help meet their exercise needs.
They tend to jump above their tiny size and extreme care should be taken at fenced yards, windows and other unsecured places. Due to their tiny size, these dogs can be held quite easily.
Being an intelligent dog, the Chizer will also need interactive dog toys to help stimulate their mind and keep them engaged.
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Chizers have low to moderate shedding and they are, therefore, not hypoallergenic.
Regular brushing and grooming can help prevent heavy shedding and keep your furniture and clothing from being covered in pet hair.
The amount of shedding owners can expect with this dog will depend on their coat type, but you should expect some hair.
The best way to reduce shedding is to brush their coat several times per week. This will help prevent tangles and help keep them looking their best.
Bathing should also be done to remove any dirt from their coat when necessary. It is also recommended to use deodorizing wipes for dogs on a regular basis to ensure their coat stays clean and smooth.
You should also clean your dog’s ears, and eyes regularly to prevent infections. Moreover, their teeth should be brushed regularly and their nails clipped as needed.
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Feeding and Diet
When you have a Chizer, it is best to buy high quality dog food that has been specially formulated for other small dogs of its energy levels. Of course, you want to ensure you are giving them food that is rich in protein and with no fillers.
Giving your dog certain fruits and vegetables occasionally and in moderate amounts is also acceptable.
Remember you need to choose high quality dog food to help prevent digestive issues. Giving your dog dry dog food is also acceptable.
This pup usually requires ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food per day. Make sure to divide this amount into two meals per day instead of leaving the food out all day long.
Avoid giving your dog treats too frequently as this can elevate the risk of obesity. Your dog’s treats must not exceed 10 percent of his regular diet.
Make your pup look and feel great by adding fish oil and probiotics to his regular diet. These help to promote shiny coat, heart and brain health, and prevent a wide range of diseases.
In order for your Chizer to get enough water each day, you should also provide clean and fresh water along with a well balanced diet.
How Long Will a Chizer Dog Live?
Chizers have an average lifespan of around 12 to 18 years.
Some may live longer or shorter lives. However, you can generally approximate by taking the average of the life expectancy of the Chihuahua (12 – 20 years) and that of the Miniature Schnauzer (12 – 15 years).
These dogs can live longer under a healthy environment and proper care. Since they are prone to different heath problems, proper care and attention should be paid to the dog.
The Health of Your Chizer
Another part that you should take proper care of is your dog’s health. Fortunately, this mixed breed is quite healthy and does not experience too many disorders.
Like any other dog, however, the Chizer can inherit various health problems from their parents. These include:
Ask to check parental health clearances from your breeder. Also, be sure to visit the breeder’s premises and check on the puppy’s conditions.
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The Chizer is a good apartment dog and may be ideal for first time dog owners, as well.
They are most active indoors and will adapt well in any home. The exercise requirements of this crossbreed can be managed even in a home without a yard.
Chizers have moderate tolerance to heat and low tolerance to cold. They like to remain warm and extreme heat can also hurt them.
The Chizer has an average litter size of about 4 to 7 puppies.
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Buying Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix Puppies for Sale
Looking for reputable Chizer breeders?
As a hybrid breed, Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix puppies may be quite difficult to find, but that doesn’t mean that you should buy from the first Chizer breeder that you come across.
Only do business with a reputable breeder who sustains their breeding stock in the best conditions possible and uses genetic testing to create healthy puppies.
How Much Does A Chizer Puppy Cost?
Believe it or not, the Schnauzer and Chihuahua Mix puppies can be quite expensive.
The price will vary depending on the pedigree, size and age of the Chizer. Expect to pay anywhere between $ and $
Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua Mix for Adoption
You can find a Chizer for adoption at an animal rescue or humane society. This can be a good place to start if you don’t want to buy from a breeder.
If you decide to go the adoption route, keep in mind that some of these rescue dogs might not have full health histories.
Therefore, it advisable to familiarize yourself with the various health issues so you can watch out for signs and symptoms.
The Schnauzer and Chihuahua Mix may be a crossbreed, but that doesn’t mean that these dogs are less adorable.
In fact, it’s easy to instantly fall in love with them because they are so cute and adorable.
The Chizer is a wonderful dog, but he does have his cons so it is not the best choice for a family with small kids.
He needs early training and socialization and he will need plenty of attention. He will be very loyal, loving and amusing and can be a great companion dog.
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The Chizer is a mixed dog breed originating in the United States of America. Chizers are a mix of the Chihuahua and the miniature schnauzer. This breed is NOT recognized by the American Kennel Club. The chizer has a combination of looks from both breeds of dogs, and can vary depending upon the breakdown of the breed. General sizes of a chizer range between inches in height and approximately lbs in weight. The chizer is a small breed dog, and works great in smaller areas, such as apartments, condos, and townhomes. The chizer comes in a typical variety of colours, usually grey, black, brown or white. This breed has a smooth, short haired coat that needs constant grooming, trimming around the eyes, ears and nose. They are usually low to average shedding dogs, and typically most groomers leave their facial hair to mimic a schnauzer beard. The ears of a chizer are medium in length and can stand erect when at attention, and their tail is usually docked. The chizer can have either an apple shaped head, or round head, with either a long or short snout, giving it either the appearance of a Chihuahua or Miniature Schnauzer. The body of the chizer is generally long and lean, with slender legs, and a square, robust back end. This back end tends to make the dog sturdier, and gives them surprising jumping abilities to reach great heights.
Chizer (Chihuahua Miniature Schnauzer Mix)
|Colors:||Black, brown, white, tan, cream, golden|
|Suitable for:||Single people, older couples, families with older children|
|Temperament:||Energetic, playful, intelligent, alert, aggressive, shy, loyal|
The Chizer is a cross of a Chihuahua and a Miniature Schnauzer. These little dogs are very intelligent and energetic. Like their parents, Chizers have a reputation for being somewhat stubborn and difficult to train.
They make good pets for single people, older couples, or families who don’t have young children. While Chizers are sweet and affectionate towards older family members, young children can scare them and cause them to act out.
Keep reading to learn more about whether or not a Chizer is right for you.
Chizer Puppies – Before You Buy…
What’s the Price of Chizer Puppies?
Chizer puppies from a reputable breeder can cost between $ to $ These costs are influenced by the breeder’s reputation, the pedigree of the puppy’s parents, and the location of the breeder. You will need to do your homework on the breeder and ask to see the puppy’s parents’ health records. These dogs can be prone to some serious health problems.
You may also stumble across a Chizer in a shelter. You’ll save money by adopting rather than purchasing a puppy from a breeder. Older dogs are also more likely to have developed personalities, making it easier to determine if they’ll be a good fit for your family and situation.
3 Little-Known Facts About Chizers
1. Chizers can look like either of their parents.
Chizers can strongly resemble either of their parents. This is why there is such a big range in size and weight possibilities for these dogs. Their coats can be short or medium, wiry or silky.
2. Another name for the Chizer is the Schnauchi.
Mixed breed dogs often have fun and interesting names, and the Schnauchi is definitely one of them!
3. Both Chihuahuas and Miniature Schnauzers have long histories.
Although the Chizer wasn’t recognized as a breed until , both of its parents have been around for centuries. Chihuahuas can be traced back to the 9th century, while Miniature Schnauzers first appeared in the 14th century.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Chizer
Chizers are very smart dogs, but they can be stubborn. They are also prone to nervousness and aggression. It’s very important that these dogs live in the right kind of home for their safety and happiness.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Chizers are not great dogs for families, at least not for families with small children. The Chizer is prone to aggression and does not generally like young kids. They might be fine in a home with respectful, older children. Chizers can get jealous and require plenty of attention.
They get very attached to their people and will thrive with an attentive single person or a devoted couple.
Chizers also don’t usually like strangers. They will bark at and even bite them if they feel threatened. This is another reason early socialization is a must with Chizers. Training and socializing can help your Chizer overcome its shyness and tamp down its aggressive tendencies.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
Chizers can get along with other pets if they are socialized from an early age. However, their tendency to be aggressive and nippy might not be able to be completely eliminated, even with training. It is best that they are the only pet in your household.
Things to Know When Owning a Chizer:
Before bringing any pet into your home, you’ll need to do your homework. Every dog has special food, exercise, training, grooming, and health considerations. The Chizer requires the right person or small family to thrive. Meeting their other needs will help make your dog’s life happy and healthy.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Chizers are not very large, thus they don’t require a lot of food. In general, about 1 cup of high-quality food formulated for small dogs should be sufficient for a Chizer.
These dogs are prone to stomach problems so be careful not to overfeed them. Dividing their food into two smaller meals is recommended. Some Chizers develop kidney problems and may require a low-phosphorus diet later in life.
The Chizer is an active and energetic dog. They will need about an hour of exercise every day. Two long walks and a few other play sessions will help burn off their energy.
If they are stressed or bored, Chizers are very prone to chewing and will gnaw on anything they can find. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise to protect your home and possessions from their teeth.
Even though they are really intelligent, Chizers are notoriously difficult to train. They get their stubborn streak from their Chihuahua parentage. Because of this, it’s imperative that they are socialized from a young age and receive professional training if needed.
You’ll regret not training this spunky dog when it’s young as this breed is known for acting out if they aren’t properly trained. Training can also help curtail some of their aggression.
Chizers are relatively low-maintenance when it comes to grooming.
Depending on their coat, your Chizer will be a low to moderate shedder. They should always be brushed several times per week. You may also need to trim the hair around their eyes, nose, and ears if it gets too long. You should check their ears frequently for any signs of infection.
You’ll need to clip their nails about once per month. Finally, you should be diligent about regularly brushing your Chizer’s teeth to prevent dental problems.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Chizers are prone to a few serious health conditions and some less serious problems. The best way to keep your dog healthy is to make sure they are not overeating and are getting plenty of exercise. Regular veterinary check-ups can help catch problems early.
- Cataracts Dogs can suffer from degenerative eye diseases, just like people.
- Skin Diseases Some Chizers have sensitive skin and are prone to infections or itching. Keeping their coat groomed and their skin clean will help prevent excessive itching or infections.
- Arthritis Excess weight can put more pressure on your dog’s joints as they age. Helping your dog maintain a healthy weight can lessen the likelihood that they will develop arthritis as they get older.
- Von Willebrand’s disease This is an inherited blood-clotting disease that is caused by the lack of a protein that helps blood clot. Treatment can require avoiding certain medications to blood transfusions in more serious cases.
- Diabetes Diabetes in dogs is often caused by the animal being overweight. Miniature Schnauzers are among the dog breeds most prone to diabetes so it’s important to keep your Chizer at a healthy weight.
- Kidney and liver problems Some dogs struggle to eliminate phosphorus, especially those with kidney problems. Diabetes can exacerbate liver problems in your dog. Both kidney and liver diseases can be fatal if not treated.
Male vs Female
There are no discernable differences between male and female Chizers. Both tend to fall into the same size ranges and have similar temperaments. Genetic health conditions are also equally distributed between the sexes.
Chizers can be challenging dogs to own if they aren’t in the right family situation. However, with the right person or couple, they make loving, loyal pets. They just require a little more work than some other breeds. Proper training and socialization are the keys to a successful experience with a Chizer.
Monitoring their weight and making sure they get plenty of exercise can help stave off some of the diseases this breed is prone to. This will also protect your home and belongings from destruction.
If you have the time and energy to devote to the care of a Chizer, then youll be rewarded with an affectionate and adorable companion.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
Chihuahua puppies schnauzer mix
The Chizer is a breed that developed after crossing the two well-known dog breeds – the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. Depending upon the genetic breakdown of the breed, the looks of the chizer might vary as to which of its parents the puppy will go.
The chizers are small size dogs with a round to apple-shaped heads, large ears, round, button eyes, a dark, triangular muzzle, square legs and a level back with their tails usually docked. Though they look small and feeble, they are actually stronger than they seem to be. These dogs easily adapt well in apartments, townhomes, condos, and other smaller areas, while their size makes them a great lap dog. The Chizer is not too friendly with children, and are ideal for single owners, elderly couples, or families without children.
Chizer Dog Pictures
|Also known as||Schnauchi,Miniature Schnauzer Chihuahua Mix|
|Coat||Thick, short, medium, silky|
|Colors||White, Black, Black & Brown, Black & White, Black and Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Brown, Golden, Gray, Tricolor|
|Type||Toy dog, Companion dog, lap dog, guard dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||4 15 pounds (adults)|
|Height (size)||Small; 6 14 inches (for full grown male and female)|
|Personality / Characteristic Traits||Intelligent, aggressive, loving, independent, gentle, loyal, playful|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR|
Temperament and Behavior
Like the chihuahua, they are dogs with a bold attitude, but are gentle, intelligent and sweet by temperament. They are protective and possessive of their owners and would protect them like a very loyal companion. However, they are also known to bark quite often. This is because of their keen sense of hearing because of which they are able to hear the faintest of noises. This makes them a good guard dog as well.
They love getting attention and affection and enjoy spending long hours on the laps of their family members, hugged, cuddled and kissed. These dogs are playful and would play to their hearts’ content unless they eventually get tired and fall asleep. They will spend a long time playing with the family members and children, except that, they might at times become intolerant with children who are too energetic to force them to play. They are also known to nip at kids or tend to snap at teasing children, if irritated.
These dogs are often shy, and would be scared meeting strangers or even unknown dogs. They love to chew, and would chew your shoes to your soft toy, unless they are trained otherwise. Also, owing to their small size, this breed generally does not enjoy cold weathers, and are almost inactive in cold temperatures.
These are active dogs, as also small, and hence do not need excessive training. Take your dog out for a short walk or jog, or at times to the dog park for a change. But be sure your dog doesn’t shy away from other people’s dogs and learn to mix with them properly. Allow your dog to play in a safe, enclosed yard, where it won’t be a problem to untie its leash.
These dogs are low to average shedder, and you must groom them every alternate day. Brush them thoroughly to help them get rid of dead hairs, and to retain the gloss of the coat. Keep an eye on the length of its hair around the eyes, ears, and nose, since their hair grows fast, and require frequent trimming. Bathing them once a month is enough, but during winter months, bathe them only when they are actually dirty.
These dogs might have seasonal allergies. Keep an eye for ear infections, as they are quite prone to it. Because of their small nose, the chizer tend to snore and wheeze. They are also susceptible to von Willebrands disease, diabetes, liver ailments, colds, pancreatitis, cysts, kidney stones, liver diseases, skin disorders, slipped stifle, gum problems, and rheumatism.
Apparently chizers are not easy to train and might display stubborn behavior at times. However, the chizers are very smart dogs and can pick up training easily, if you can handle them consistently. In fact, they have the ability to quickly pick up things and learn all kinds of commands. Because they are dogs that are generally shy, socialization training is urgent at an early age from the time you adopt your puppies from the breeders or rescues. Young age can easily alleviate this issue.
Let them mix with more strangers and other dogs. Your friends and neighbors might help you in this regard. Invite them to visit you so that your dog gets used to new faces.
Housebreaking or potty training is also crucial. Since these dogs do not do well in the cold, most individuals tend to be pad or paper trained. You should also train your dog to learn to go out for walks in the winter season, since it is very difficult to take chizers out in temperatures below 10° C.
Also, give your dog proper behavioral training, and make it clear that bad behavior is something that is not acceptable. But remember not to be rude. Just follow a consistent training method. Be a firm trainer to let your dog understand who the real leader of its ‘dog pack’ is. Although, you must also keep in mind that, it is not an easy job to train the chizer to stop barking.
The recommended amount is the same as other small dogs of its level of energy. The quantity can differ depending upon the age of your dog, but you can divide the meal into two halves. You must also know that, this breed can develop food allergies easily, mostly from red meat. Though switching their food and food habits can sort out this issue. This can also save them from further gastric disturbances.
- The ears of the chizers are capable of standing erect when they are at attention.
- These dogs can either have a long snout or a short one, giving the dogs the look of either its Chihuahua or its Miniature Schnauzer parent.
Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer Mixed Breed Dogs
Information and Pictures
Kiki the Chihuahua / Schnauzer mix at 1 and a half years old—We found Kiki at a flea market, and thought she was a very unusual hybrid but so cute. We automatically fell in love with her. She was only about six weeks old when we got her. She had markings like a Rottweiler. Eventually as she grew her hair got longer and turned Schnauzer grey. She is almost 2 years old and we couldn't imagine life without her! She has the best little personality. She shares both Chihuahua and Schnauzer traits. Protective like a Chihuahua, and has the Schnauzer bark and energy. She knows how to sit, stay, speak, lay, "go get bubba" (her Pug brother), among other commands. Never knew this was a popular hybrid, and they're considered "Chizers"! We're actually wanting another one!"
The Chizer is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Miniature Schnauzer. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
- ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
- DBR = Designer Breed Registry
- DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
- American Canine Hybrid Club = Chizer
- Designer Breed Registry = Schnauchi
- International Designer Canine Registry® = Chizer
Mocha the Chizer (Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix breed dog) at 1 and a half years old
Mocha the Chizer (Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix breed dog) at 1 and a half years old
Mocha the Chizer (Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix breed) as a puppy at 4 months old
Coco the Chizer (Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix breed dog) at 2 years old"Coco is a very obedient, gentle dog. She likes to watch TV and play with the kids around the house. She will stay by my side whenever I'm laying down and especially when I'm sick. Coco loves to fetch and chase after squirrels. Her short legs take her very far, believe it or not."
"This is Honey the Chizer at one year old. She is Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua. Honey is a slight bit bigger than a Chihuahua and has medium length hair that is coarse. Honey is very loving and will cuddle for hours if you let her. She loves chasing my cats and hopes they will chase her backone does and she loves it! Honey is great around kids and snuggles up with them all the time. She loves to play catch me if you can! She is very fast. Honey is protective and not easily trusting to strangers. She needs time to get used to new people but does. She is smart and will sit, stay, speak, come and lie down. I cannot imagine life without my Honey!"
"This is my Slicky a 3 month old Chizer. He is super friendly and loves playing with cats."
"This is Pennelope, my 2 year old Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix with her hair long. She is, by far, the most behaved dog I have ever seen. Her favorite game is fetch and she absolutely loves anything cheesy, especially cheese crackers! However, little Pennelope is a very jealous dog. If she spots another dog near me, she immediately gets mad, but never vicious of course."
Pennelope the 2 year old Chihuahua / Miniature Schnauzer mix with her hair shaved short wearing her hot pink harness.
"This is our Chizer "Lucy". She is 6 years old in this picture and very friendly. She will visit with strangers while we are on our daily walk and makes friends very quickly. She is very balanced and very happy."
Lucy the Chizer at 6 years old
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Chizer : Facts, Pictures, Puppy, Price
The Chizer is a mixed breed or a hybrid breed dog which is originated in United States. This is a cross breed dog of Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer breeds. This is not a recognized breed in American Kennel Club but still it is a good companion or a family dog.
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The Chizer Facts, Information and Characteristics
This belongs to small dog breed group because of its size. The Chizer has mixed characteristics inherited from the parent breeds.
- Chizer is very gentle, sweet and little choco pie that attracts everybody.
- They are intelligent and quick learners so training the Chizer is not a tough thing.
- They are not advised for kids because they nip the children and they can lose control if they get irritated.
- The kids can mishandle the pet as the Chizer is small in size.
- The Chizer is little scared towards the strangers and other big dogs.
- They need to be socialized well to cope up with other dogs and pets like cats and birds.
- They tend to chase little animals like squirrels, rats and mice.
- Their hypoallergenic nature is unknown as this may vary based on their inherited character.
- The average price of a Chizer puppy ranges about $ to $ USD.
The Chizer is cute dog which appears to have combined appearance of Chihuahua and miniature schnauzer. They are tiny in size and have short or long square shaped thin legs, long and slim body with a docked tail. Their head is rounded or apple-shaped; the dark eyes are large and rounded, and sturdy back end.
They have sturdy body and robust bone structure. They come in various coat colours namely black, grey, brown, tan, cream, dark brown or white and they come in combination of above colours as well. The coat of Chizer is long or short and its texture is soft on the face but little coarser on the body. This small sized Chizer is about 6 to 14 inches (15 to 35 cm) tall and weighs about 4 to 15 lbs ( to kg).
The Chizer is active, energetic, lively, bold and intelligent breed which have a combined behaviour inherited from parents. They are very much like a lap dog and like to be cuddled up. They are friendly, affectionate and loyal to the owner. They don’t tire easily and play a lot before taking a nap.
They are very gentle and loving dogs but proper socialization is needed for the Chizer. They are reserved towards the strangers and other animals. The Chizer is alert and has excellent voice to warn the owners at any strange thing. They are good watch dogs at the same time they are good companion dogs also. They like to hang out with the owners.
The Chizer is prone to some serious health issues which needs a vet’s observation. The most common health problems found in this breed are gum diseases, slipped stifles, liver disease, skin allergies, food allergies and they catch cold very easily. Due to the small sized nose they are very prone to snore and wheeze.
Some serious health issues like Kidney stones, von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes and cysts are seen in this breed. Proper care and avoiding some food habits can prevent the pet from many disorders.
They are prone to overweight and gastric problems, so a proper diet plan should be implemented. The diet should contain about a cup of high quality and low fat feed for meal which include dog food, dry food and liquid food. The feed needs to be digestible very easily and should not create gastric trouble. Do not over feed the dog at any instance or it may result in serious weight problem.
They are very good apartment dogs and fits for small house holders as well. They are active indoors and they can adapt well even without a yard. The exercise requirements of the pet should be managed well in case of small house or apartment. They are very sensitive to cold climate and do not even come outside in the cold weather. They like to be warm but extreme heat also hurt them.
The Chizer is a highly active and energetic dog; so it needs a lot of exercise to keep the body fit. Daily walk is necessary for the pet and playing games almost satisfies their exercise requirements. They jump above their size and care should be taken at windows, fenced yards and other unsecured areas. Due to their small size they can be held very easily. They cannot tolerate aloofness and loves to be around the family especially at the existence of strangers.
Chizer is a hybrid breed and this may have an average litter size of 2 to 4 puppies. This can also vary as many of them are born from crossing the pure breed dogs of Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer.
They are little dogs and easily attackable, so protect the pet from external dangers like large dogs, hawks and dog thieves. Do not unleash the dog on daily walk as it is dangerous for them.
It is difficult to breed the original Chizer with the same breed as this is not a recognized breed and it is little tough to find one. If one can find Chizer mates then breeding under vet’s observation would be advisable.
They can use Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer for breeding Chizer under professional breeding. Breeding should be done only after the attainment of proper age and good health condition.
Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Chizer :
The Chizer breed lives about 12 to 15 years on an average. They can survive longer under proper care and healthy environment. As they are prone to many health problems good attention should be paid towards the pet.
Brush the short or long hair of the coat once in a week. Remove the dead or loose hair and comb the hair to avoid formation of mats. Occasional bathe is sufficient for the pet and take care the ears are restricted to get wet inside.
Clean and clip the hair around the eye if they are grown and wipe the area surrounding the eyes with a wet cloth. Clean the ears regularly to avoid yeast infections in the ear. Trim the nails if they are grown and brush the teeth regularly.
The Chizers are moderate shedders and they shed low to moderate. Regular and proper grooming avoids heavy shedding and prevents the hair fall.
Suggestible Names For The Chizer
- Female Dogs : Scoobie, Jane, Little, Brownie, Pie etc.
- Male Dogs : Scout, Lad, Ricksy, Cheese, ChoCho etc.
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