Mixed dog breeds are the order of the day. From adapting to a new home with relative ease to having a better disposition, there are many advantages of having a mixed dog breed. Most crossbreeds are cost-friendly than purebred dogs. Plus, with the new technology, it is now possible to have a clear picture of what to expect from a mixed breed puppy in terms of physical behavior and behaviors before birth.
Today, let’s shift our focus to the mix between the Great Dane and the Chihuahua, also called the Great Mexican dog or Chi-Dane-Dane. Basically, a Great Dane is a hugely friendly and noble dog. A Chihuahua, on the other hand, is tiny, sweet, and cuddly. It comes as no surprise, therefore, to want the best of both worlds. But, just how possible is it to actually have a mix of a Great Dane and a Chihuahua?
An Overview of the Two Dog Breeds
Before we delve into the topic, here’s a succinct description of both dog breeds.
The Great Dane
The Great Dane is mostly known for one thing—its huge size. Many people refer to it as the “Apollo of Dogs” or a gentle giant. The males weigh 140-175 pounds while the females weigh 110 – 140 pounds. Males can stand up to a height of 30-32 inches and females, 28-30 inches. With this weight and height, the Great Dane towers over most of the other dog breeds. As a matter of fact, they are taller than the average person when standing on their hind legs.
These superior dog giants are the exact depiction of balance and elegance. Don’t let the physical stature fool you—a Great Dane is one of the most dependable, patient, and friendly dog breed you’ll ever come across. He’s a great joy to live with unless of course, you are an intruder. As a naturally alert dog, a Great Dane has very little patience and sympathy towards a stranger around the home.
The Chihuahua is described as a “purse dog” because of its size and the fact that they never leave their owner’s side when shopping or moving around with them. It is the oldest American breed and Mexico’s national symbol. Chihuahuas weigh 4-6 pounds and stand up to 6-10 inches tall. Despite its size, a Chihuahua has a huge personality. He’s a graceful little beast with an apple head, luminous, expressive eyes, and erect ears.
Chihuahuas in general, possess charm, loyalty, and a big-dog attitude. They are mostly ideal as companion dogs but make for great watchdogs as well.
Is It Possible To Have A Mix Between A Great Dane And A Chihuahua?
From the size and weight differences, you know that getting a mixed breed between the Great Dane and the Chihuahua is almost impossible. Although the two dog breeds share a lot in common, their vast size variations limit any form of sexual interaction as well as reproduction from taking place. Just how do these challenges present themselves?
Challenge 1: Natural Mating
For starters, getting a Great Dane and a Chihuahua to mate is pure animal abuse. For instance, having a male Great Dane mating with a female Chihuahua is simply absurd. It is like having an elephant mate with a warthog. The Chihuahua will certainly crash under the weight of the Great Dane. In the case of a female Great Dane and a male Chihuahua, the male will have a hard time attaining the height of the Great Dane to mate. It is somewhat like having you climb a small structure. So, either way, natural mating is next to impossible.
Challenge 2: Gestation and Birth
Thanks to technology, you can bypass natural forms of reproduction if it is not working. Through artificial insemination, a seed of the Great Dane or the Chihuahua can be implanted on either parent. Sadly, this too isn’t as easy as it sounds. Dog breeders have in the past performed artificial insemination on a female Chihuahua hoping it would carry the babies to term or somewhere closer but their hopes faded soon enough. Ideally, the Chihuahua has a small room for puppies that are tens of times larger than her.
In the worst-case scenario, the puppies will overstretch the Chihuahua extremely, to the point of killing her. Even if they do make it to the end, the Chihuahua is not capable of birthing the puppies through natural means. This calls for a C-section. Again, this almost always leads to the death of not only the host but the puppies as well. This is because of poor nutrition from the host body.
Having a female Great Dane carry the sperm of a male Chihuahua is possible but has a few challenges as well. Under normal circumstances, the Great Dane has a large enough room to carry cross puppies to term and even birth them. The challenge comes in nursing them and generally taking care of them. Due to the size of the puppies’ mouths and that of their mother’s tits, suckling may not be feasible. This means the puppies will have to be fed by hand almost all the time.
In all honesty, though, this is perhaps the most viable method of having a mix between a Great Dane and a Chihuahua. However, the chance of the puppies seeing the light of day is very slim. Plus, the whole process of achieving this is daunting in itself. So, from an expert point of view, although possible, having a mixed breed from a Chihuahua and a Great Dane is not recommended.
How Might Chi-Dane-Dane Look Like?
In case you are wondering, a Chi-Dane-Dane is approximately twice the size of a Chihuahua. It is also balanced physically and has zero equilibrium issues despite the physical differences of both parents. This observation is drawn from the few available crossbreeds in the world currently. Unsurprisingly, the crossbreed will depict some of the behaviors and temperaments from either or both of her parents.
The Great Dane and the Chihuahua are both dog breeds with interesting characters. However, their size variation is too vast to consider creating a mixed breed from them. It is biologically possible but ethically complicated and strange.