Is Blue Heeler Chihuahua Mix Right For You?

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Blue Heeler Chihuahua Mix

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Thinking of getting a mix between the devoted and loyal Blue heeler and the beloved Chihuahua?

Perhaps you are smitten by the beauty of this amazing designer dog. No doubt this is one of those breeds that catch the attention of the room any day.

What if you love the idea of mixing the larger-than-life personality of the Chi and the sweet temperament of the Australian shepherd dog?

Regardless of your reason for getting a Blue heeler Chihuahua mix, we have a ton of information for you.

In this post, we discuss everything you need to know before getting the cross. We go over the good, the bad, and the ugly of owning a Chi-heeler.

Before you shell your cash for one puppy from the mix, you should determine whether she is right for you or not.

Weight and Height

The cross between a Blue heeler and a Chihuahua or simply, Chi-heeler is the resulting offspring between a female Australian cattle dog (also called the heeler) and a male Chihuahua.

With both dogs being varied in size, this mix is rare but it very much exists.

Because of Chi’s toy size compared to the Blue heeler’s considerably larger frame, the female has to be of the latter breed.

If a female Chihuahua gets pregnant for a Blue heeler, her tiny frame will not be able to handle the pregnancy and birth.

As with all designer breeds, the weight and height of this cross are hard to predict.

The actual physical characteristic of the offspring will depend on genes acquired. No two Chi-heelers are similar—even those that share the same parents.

With that said, we can make some predictions based on the looks of both sides of the family.

Chihuahuas are essentially toy breeds with weights ranging from 2 to 6 pounds. Height averages 5-9 inches.

Blue heelers, on the other hand, are medium-sized dogs of 35-45 pounds in weight and 17-20inches in height.

When you bring both dogs together, you get a puppy weighing 6-20 pounds and 8-17 inches high.

This makes her larger than the Chihuahua and smaller than the Australian cattle dog.

Physical Characteristics

As the weight and height of the Chi-heeler, it is hard to tell what she will look like.

 Chi’s come in both long-haired and short-haired while heelers have a double coat with a thick undercoat.

The former is available in pretty much all coat colors while the latter comes in blue.

A cross between the two breeds can be long-coated or short-coated and will have any coat color and shade.
The cross’ head will be broad and strong like that of a heeler or have somewhat of an apple skull like a Chihuahua’s.

 Expect either erect or pricked ears or a high lopped tail or a low hanging one.

Blue Heeler Chihuahua Mix Temperament

A Chihuahua is famous for having a big personality wrapped in a small package. This doggie sometimes forgets that she’s less than 6 pounds and acts as though she were 60.

She can provoke bigger dogs to fight with her without a care in the world. Chis are confident, alert, and independent.

Heelers, on the other hand, are a dedicated breed of working dogs. They were bred to work on farms and as a result, they are intelligent, energetic, loyal, and protective.

A mix of both breeds would be a pooch with a great temperament. She will be a smart, devoted, active, and dog.

She will protect the family at all costs and form great bonds with them.

Don’t expect her to be friendly to strangers but she will surely love her family.

Is the Mix Good With Kids?

When you have a family with young kids, you have to be careful about which doggie you can allow in your home.

Chihuahuas are generally not great around kids for the simple reason that they are tiny and fragile.

If not taught how to handle a dog, children can injure the dog during play.

Additionally, some Chis are not tolerant of rough play. Blue heelers are also not the best dogs around very young children.

They tend to herd them and nip at their heels way too much. With that said, both dogs can be trained and socialized early enough to live well with kids. It just takes work and commitment but it is doable.

Maintenance

The maintenance of a Chi-heeler is dependent on the type of coat. If you end up with a smooth-coated variety, your job is made easy.

A weekly brushing will keep the coat looking nice and clean. It will also ensure that there are no loose hairs around your home.

However, if you get one with a dense coat, grooming her will be a tall order for you.

Without regular brushing, your pup’s coat will be matted and tangled.

 If you have ever dealt with a matted coat before, you know it is no mean feat.

Besides grooming the coat, your mix will require routine tasks such as trimming the nails, brushing the teeth, and wiping the eyes and eyes occasionally.

Trim the nails as soon as the dog starts making clicking sounds when walking across the floor.

 Bathing is necessary as long as it is not frequent. If you do, you risk drying out your pooch’s skin.

Energy Requirements

The Blue heeler Chihuahua mix is an active dog. One of her parents, the Australian cattle dog is extremely energetic.

This is no breed for laid-back and lazy individuals. He thrives on daily jogs, weekend hikes, and running across vast fields or the yard, among other high-energy activities.

 If you are into biking, she will make a great companion for you. Also, feel free to play Fly ball and Frisbee with your doggie.

For people with kids, this breed will make a great friend to play with at home.

 The Chi-heeler is likely to have this same kind of energy. Sure, Chihuahuas are not the most active dogs but they do need indoor activities as well.

In short, prepare for a very energetic dog with this cross. Besides physical activity, she will need plenty of mental stimulation to be content. She will need a lot of puzzle toys to jog her intelligent mind.

Is Chi-heeler Cross Intelligent?

Speaking of intelligence, there’s no doubt that a Chi-heeler is a super-smart doggie.

Both folks score very well in the smarts department.

As a working breed, the Blue heeler knows what is expected of her and delivers on her duties every time. She learns tricks faster than most dogs in the canine world.

The Chihuahua equally doesn’t fall behind in the category of intelligent pups.

Being intelligent, the Blue heeler Chihuahua mix is pretty easy to train. She picks up on commands fast.

However, she can be headstrong as well. She needs a firm and assertive Alpha to tell her what to do.

 Even with such a trainer, she can be less compliant compared to other dog breeds. Training should start as early as possible.

Barking Potential

Apart from having bold and huge personalities, Chihuahuas are also famous for their tendency to bark a lot.

This breed is a renowned noisemaker. She will bark when a stranger walks by your house, shout when a bird flies by, when hungry, or just bored.

 In case this trait is passed down to your mix, you’ll need to be prepared for it.

Your neighbors will complain of the noise from time to time. You are likely to be woken up in the middle of the night to the doggie’s bark.

If you happen to be away from home for too long, your doggie will bring the house down with her endless barking.

Lucky for you, the Blue heeler is a quiet doggie. She only barks when it is necessary.

Health Problems

Finally, let’s talk about the health of a Chi-heeler. As usual, the health of the parents comes in handy in telling if this mix is healthy or not.

Typically, Australian shepherd dogs enjoy long healthy lifespans of 13-15 years.

 However, they are predisposed to deafness, progressive retinal atrophy, and canine hip dysplasia.

Chi’s also have lifespans of 13-15 years but they are prone to injuries (being stepped on, choking on tiny objects, being dropped or sat on when curled under a blanket), dental disease, luxating patella, corneal ulcers, liver shunt, collapsing trachea, and hydrocephalus.

 Keep an eye out for any of these health concerns.

Parting Thoughts

Looking for an adorable and intelligent mixed breed to own? Consider the Blue heeler Chihuahua mix. She is beautiful, smart, loyal, devoted, and affectionate.

The challenge of owning her is that she can be stubborn, hard to train, and groom.

Oh, and she may bark a lot too. It is up to you to decide whether she’s right for you or not.

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Sable M. is a canine chef, professional pet blogger, and proud owner of two male dogs. I have been an animal lover all my life, with dogs holding a special place in my heart. Initially, I created this blog to share recipes, tips, and any relevant information on healthy homemade dog treats. But because of my unrelenting passion to make a difference in the world of dogs, I have expanded the blog’s scope to include the best information and recommendations about everything dog lovers need to know about their canine friends’ health and wellbeing. My mission now is to find the most helpful content on anything related to dogs and share it with fellow hardworking hound lovers. While everything I share is in line with the latest evidence-based veterinarian health guidelines, nothing should be construed as veterinary advice. Please contact your vet in all matters regarding your Fido’s health.