A Miniature Schnauzer & Chihuahua Mix
By crossbreeding a Miniature Schnauzer and a Chihuahua, the combination of these great breeds creates a Chizer, which is an excellent breed and a mixture of both parents. This dog is a great choice because it’s happy, playful, and has an outstanding temperament. Although the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Chizer as an official breed, it is a great breed nonetheless and one you may really enjoy owning.
The Origins of the Chizer
As I alluded to earlier, the combination of the parental breeds of this dog include the Miniature Schnauzer and the Chihuahua. The most important aspects and considerations of each of these breeds include:
A Chizer is a dog that tends to go by many other names. Some of the other names that people use when referring to this dog include the Schnauchi, the Schnauhuahua, and the Schnizer. We are currently unsure of the exact date of when the first Chizer was bred, but we know it is somewhere in the 15th century. According to the Designer Canine Registry, they only officially started recognizing this breed of dog in 2009. It was and remains to be bred as a pet and companion animal.
When you look at a Chizer for the first time, you’ll notice the combined genetics of both of its parents. But it’s genetic breakdown will ultimately determine precisely how it looks. It’s possible that this dog could have a beard like a Schnauzer and the same eyes of a Chihuahua. Or it may only have one of each of these traits or both of these traits. And when this breed of dog has puppies, it’s quite normal for many of them to look different from each other.
Generally speaking, a Chizer is typically going to be a small breed of dog. It can have a long head that is either Apple -shaped or round. Its eyes are usually rounded and very large. It will have a black nose that is well developed; a square, pointed, or short muzzle, and it typically even has an insignificant under bite. The ears can vary quite significantly as well. Some of these dogs have pointed or erect ears, others have large ears, and some have ears that are floppy and long.
To describe this dog even further, it usually has a very slender body and a short neck. Sometimes the legs are longer and other times they’re shorter. And the tail can be docked or longer, but it all depends on the genetic makeup. Their heads typically consist of soft fur, whereas the body of the Chizer usually contains much coarser fur.
The Chizer is a dog of various and many colors. Some potential possibilities include:
- Black and White
- Black and Tan
- Dark Brown
- Black and Brown
How Large Will a Chizer Grow?
You might be wondering, “How large can I expect my Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer mix to get?” On average for females and males, you can expect this dog to grow roughly 6-14 inches in height. And as far as the weight of this precious little pup is concerned, you can expect it to weigh roughly 4-15 pounds throughout its lifespan.
How Long Will a Chizer Live?The life expectancy of a Chizer is relatively long, so you could expect it to live 12-18 years. To some people, they look at this as a short lifespan, but when you look at the average of other small breeds of dogs you’ll realize that this is a long life. Also note that this dog has certain health conditions that you need to look after, which we will cover in greater detail below. But know that your Chizer can live a long and prosperous life if you take good care of him or her.
Potential Behavior Traits
The combined mix of the Chizer consists of the active personality of the Miniature Schnauzer and the bold attitude of the Chihuahua. This overall combination means that the Chizer is a tough breed, but it’s also gentle, sweet, and very intelligent too. You’ll recognize its loyalty immediately whenever you see it with its favorite human companions. They have a protective and possessive nature that’s hard to miss.
The Chizer is a dog that loves to spend time with the members of its family. They’re really big on attention and even bigger on affection. This is a lapdog that likes to be kissed, hugged, and cuddled often. The Chizer will spend a great deal of time playing throughout the day until it falls fast asleep after running out of energy. This dog also bonds closely with family members and wants to spend time with them all day long.
Although a Chizer is friendly around the people that it’s close with, it’s usually a very shy dog by its very own nature. It’s difficult to get your Chizer to interact with other dogs and people that aren’t in your immediate family. The best way to make this happen is to have your Chizer socialize often from a very young age otherwise it will be difficult once the dog gets older.
On the flipside, as far as the Chizer is concerned, they aren’t the biggest fans of kids, but they will grow to love them if you put in the work. It’s very easy for a young child to pick up a Chizer and accidentally hurt them and mishandle them, which is why these dogs are often afraid of kids. Adult supervision should take place between young children and a Chizer at all times. Otherwise the dog could potentially bite or accidentally nip at the young child and it might unintentionally hurt them. Remember to have your dog socializing early and often to prevent this from becoming a problem.
The Right Environment
The Chizer is a small dog that isn’t very choosy when it comes to its environment because it can pretty much live anywhere. The dog likes spending time outdoors. But don’t worry if your home doesn’t have a yard because it will adapt. It’s possible to have this dog live comfortably in an urban or rural environment. It’s a great dog to live in an apartment or condominium and still get plenty of exercise. The Chizer is also quite comfortable spending time alone.
This dog should have no trouble whatsoever living in a warmer climate, but because it’s so small and tiny it will probably shiver a lot in colder weather. Since it’s such a small dog, it won’t handle cold temperatures as well. In situations where it’s cold outside, you may have a tough time getting your dog outside to use the bathroom. It may not want to go on daily walks either when it’s cold.
Since the Chizer has socialization and interaction difficulties, it’s a great dog for single people, couples, and families without small children. It can even fit in with families with small children as long as you train the little pooch right away.
This dog suffers from potential gastric problems, so proper nutrition is a must. It’s also prone to stomach issues and pancreatitis as well.
The recommended diet plan for a Chizer is a mixture of dry and wet food of the highest quality and it should also be low-fat. Give your dog about a cup of this once per day. This should be easy enough for your dog to digest without creating gastric problems. If feed your Chizer excessively it will develop big-time weight problems as well.
The Chizer is a dog with a boundless energy. To prevent a minor meltdown, play with your dog regularly and take it for walks each day. And remember that your Chizer needs regular exercise every day, because otherwise it will gain weight and develop health problems.
If you have little free time, bring your dog for shorter walks a few times per day. And when time permits, take it for a longer walk in the park and let your dog run around, meet other dogs, and socialize.
The Chizer is actually a high jumper believe it or not even though it’s a small dog. So keep it fenced in, keep your windows closed, and keep it secure at all times.
From an intelligence standpoint, the Chizer is actually very smart and can figure things out quite easily. But its personality creates problems from a training standpoint because this dog can be very stubborn at times. But you’ll have little difficulty training your dog as long as you work at a consistently. It can learn commands easily and pick things up fast because it’s so smart.
As mentioned, it’s also a shy dog so you’ll need to train it early if you want a social animal. It will benefit tremendously from behavioral training as well. Let your dog interact with other dogs and strangers. Bring friends and trusted family members to your home for a visit and allow your Chizer to spend time with them while getting to know them.
Potty training and housebreaking is of the utmost importance as well. This is necessary because you might not be able to get your dog to go outside during the cold months. Paper or pad training your dog will alleviate this problem.
The Chizer is a protective dog so it also doubles as an excellent guard dog. It uses its voice to yap and let you know if strangers are prowling around the house. It may have a small body, but this dog has a strong voice and a loud bark. And it also has incredible hearing as well.
The Chizer doesn’t shed too much just like the Miniature Schnauzer and Chihuahua. But it’s important to brush your dog nonetheless because it does shed moderately and it could become a problem for people with asthma or allergies. So brush your dog a few times a week to prevent heavy shedding.
It’s not completely necessary to bathe your Chizer, but it may be a good idea every once in a while anyway. Just prevent water from getting inside of your dog’s ears. And clean the area around his or her eyes using a wet cloth. Also avoid yeast infections within your dog’s ears through regular cleaning. Trim its nails and brush its teeth when needed as well. You can perform the grooming yourself or take your dog to a professional groomer if necessary.
Possible Health Issues
Overall, the Chizer is considered a healthy breed. But certain health issues can become a problem. This dog is at risk for certain conditions that include:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Gastric Dilation Volvulus
- Kidney Problems
- Liver Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Reverse Sneezing
- Seasonal Allergies
In closing, please remember that the Chizer is a crossbreed between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Chihuahua. It isn’t a well-known breed at this time, but it’s gaining in popularity each and every day and dog lovers are beginning to warm up to this beautiful little pup. It’s a great read for people who live alone or are part of an adult couple and do not have small children at home.
With consistent socialization and training, the Chizer will open up more and make you a happy parent to this little dog. It likes to snuggle, loves its owners a great deal, and will try to protect you for all the days of its little life.