Meet the German Shepherd Chihuahua Mix
Chihuahua Mixed With German Shepherd
Really? A Shepherd and a chihuahua? Hard to imagine how that happened. But ok!
The German shepherd chihuahua mix produces spunky pups that have a wide range of sizes and appearances, but they’re all equally amazing!
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At their core, a German shepherd chihuahua mix will be a generally spunky companion. With a wide range of sizes, from 8–60 pounds, this mix is obviously not at all standardized. It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Before you look into one of these pooches, be sure to do your homework!
A Word of Caution
It’s worth pointing out that the Chihuahua mixed with German Shepherd is a complicated dog. While you may find responsibly bred German shepherd chihuahua mixes, these dogs are extremely uncommon! They can come about in one of two ways
- A male Chihuahua mates with a female German Shepherd. As you can imagine, this wouldn’t happen naturally, so they might need a wee bit of human encouragement.
- A female Chihuahua goes through artificial insemination, since letting it happen the natural way is, well, complicated. The female may even need a cesarean since the pups may be too big for her to deliver naturally. When an ‘accident’ happens, it can come with health risks for the mama and her pups.
Now that we’ve established the breed’s unique quirk, it’s time to examine what this fun and unique mixed breed is all about. As with most mixes, a German shepherd mixed chihuahua is going to inherit traits from both parents. In particular, most of these pooches gain the athleticism and intelligence of a German shepherd as well as the tenacity and size of a chihuahua.
The best traits of a “Chihuahua Shepherd” are:
- Loyalty and gentleness, making for an amazing family dog
- Intelligence and trainability
- Unique appearance
What to Watch Out For
Not everything about Chihuahua Shepherds is good, though! Both of its parents, the German shepherd, and chihuahua, have some negative traits, which can translate to behavioral problems for your prospective pooch. If you’re considering this mix, be aware of the following issues:
- Tendency to become overprotective
- Possible tendency for aggressive behavior
- High exercise and mental engagement requirements
- Stubborn streaks
Do Your Homework!
Always do your homework before you purchase or adopt a new pooch. Looking up breed standards and temperament guides isn’t going to really help you with this uncommon breed so you may want to reach out to some owners of the Chihuahua Shepherd. Here are some hashtags you can use to identify other people with this mix.
How About Adopting a Dog?
If you find a German Shepherd Chihuahua mix at a shelter, fantastic, you lucked out. But if you want one bred just for you there ARE easier ways to get a dog then to make it go through artificial insemination and possibly a c-section surgery with all of the associated risks. There are miniature German Shepherds, although this is another hybrid dog, usually mixing a Shepherd with a collie or a poodle. Or what about a Aussie German Shepherd mix? That’s a very popular hybrid and more size appropriate too!
We have an entire article about that, that details several brands that are biologically the best choices for a German Shepherd. Read it here.
You can find the six best foods for picky chihuahuas in this article I wrote here.
The three foods that are super healthy and that almost every dog loves, even the pickiest dogs, are:
1. The Farmer’s Dog.
This is a fresh-frozen food that’s delivered to your home in just the right amounts for your dog. There are a number of fresh frozen dog foods available on the market and I tested them all. The Farmer’s Dog came up the winner with my picky dogs. You can see the fresh frozen food test here.
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2. Sundays Food For Dogs
This is an air-dried food. It has the convenience of kibble (just pour it in the bow) but is much much healthier. It’s like little pieces of jerky, so dogs go crazy for it. There are a number of air-dried foods on the market. My dogs tested 3 of them. You can see the results of the air-dried food test here.
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This raw food for dogs comes delivered to your home is perfectly sized portions for your pup. They primarily source their ingredients from trusted U.S. farmers, with two exceptions: venison and lamb. These ingredients are sourced from New Zealand, where some of the highest-quality and most ethically raised venison and lamb can be found. Pasture-raised and grass-fed and finished, we highly recommend trying these formulas if you’re interested in the best-quality ingredients. Save 25% on your first order.
I highly recommend using a supplement on your dog’s food, not matter what you feed them, to ensure the meal is balanced and they are getting all the right supplements to help them stay healthy. The supplement I use is called The One from Front of the Pack. It has 12 ingredients that have been clinically-proven to keep your dog’s joints, skin, heart, digestion, and even their breath in tip-top shape. It’s also a powder, so easy to sprinkle on your dog’s food. For a limited time, when you buy one month you get a second month free.