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When a Chihuahua and Poodle Mix: Dealing with the Chipoo Temperament

The Chipoo temperament is energetic and loving. Chipoos, a cross-breed of Chihuahua and a Poodle, are easygoing dogs who love to be active almost as much as they love their owners.

There are a ton of names out there for this Chihuahua-Poodle mix, including the Choodle and Chipoodle, as well as the Poochi, or Poohuahua, in addition to the Chipoo. No matter what you call her, she’ll jump at the chance to be your new best friend.

The Chipoo Temperament and Personality


The Chipoo temperament is sweet and friendly, yet they can be very independent creatures. This independence can cause them to act bossy at times, but early and consistent training can help them work through these issues.

Protective and Suspicious

The Chipoo is very protective of her owners. This means that she can be very suspicious of new people, but as long as she understands from you that they’re safe, she’ll come around eventually.


A hallmark trait of the Chipoo temperament is her love of snuggling with her humans. She is always happy just to be with them. When she’s tired out after a long day of play, there’s nothing she loves more than to curl up in her owner’s lap and drift off to dreamland.


Chipoos can also act possessively when it comes to their toys. It's hard to get them to share. Again, training can help with this, which includes early socialization with other dogs.


Chipoos tend to fall in love with one person – it's the Chihuahua in them.


She’s a clever dog, which makes her a joy to watch. You never know just what she’s going to do next – including the ways in which she figures her way out of a jam.

She also has a great memory.


The Chipoo’s intelligence and great memory means that she’ll remember what you’re trying to teach her. However, it may also be tough to get her to break bad habits.

She’ll think “What?” “This is the way I’ve always done it.”

And you’ll have to keep reminding her, “yes, but your way was incorrect.”

Young Children

As we noted Chipoos are clever little bundles of fun who love sitting in your lap. They can also be rather entertaining to watch.

However, because they are tiny, they aren’t well-suited for families with young children.

She’s a Barker

The Chipoo loves the sound of her own voice. This means that she loves to bark, especially when she’s playing.

When people walk by her, she loves to call out to them and say hi.

Protective of her owners, the Chipoo’s temperament also causes her to bark at anything she dislikes or doesn’t trust.

She’s not yappy, though. She does know when to quiet down, even if she’s not entirely happy about it.

If barking is something you’d rather not have to deal with, early training is a good workaround to minimize the noise.

How Big Does a Chipoo Get?

The Chipoo is a tiny dog comprising the best parts of the Chihuahua and Poodle.

They average between 5 and 15 inches high and weigh anywhere from 3 to 20 lbs. in weight. (That's right – it is possible to have a 3-lb. dog!)

The size of your