Dog Breed Info & Guide: Chihuahua Boston Terrier Mix
We sometimes call a Boston Terrier Chihuahua mix a Boston Huahua, and these are friendly little dogs. They're what we refer to as designer dogs, or crossbreeds, which simply means that they're a mix between two different purebred dogs.
What is a Boston Huahua?
A Boston Huahua is a mix between a Boston Terrier and a Chihuahua. This can mean that your puppy is a product of two Boston Huahuas mating, but it can also mean that your puppy has one Boston Terrier parent and one Chihuahua parent. This will depend on how your breeder prefers to breed his puppies.
What Should I Know About Crossbred Dogs?
With a purebred dog it's fairly easy to say how big your puppy will grow and what its personality will be like, since these dogs are bred to strict standards. But with a crossbreed things will be more difficult, since your puppy will inherit different characteristics from each of its parents. We can therefore only make predictions on your designer dog based on what we know about the two parent breeds.
How Big Will this Designer Breed of Dog Grow?
Boston Terriers and Chihuahuas are both small breeds of dog. A Boston Terrier is usually between 15 and 17 inches tall fully grown and weighs between 10 and 25 pounds. Chihuahuas are even smaller, and generally grow to between 6 and 9 inches tall and weigh only between about 2 and 6 pounds.
This means that it's certain your Boston Huahua will be a small animal. He's likely to grow to be bigger than the average Chihuahua, but will probably be smaller than we'd expect a Boston Terrier to be.
What Will My Boston Huahua's Coat Be Like?
Boston Terriers have short coats that are smooth, straight and silky. Whilst there are some variations of Chihuahua that have longer hair, the majority of them also have short haired coats that are straight and smooth. In all probability your Boston Huahua will be short haired with a straight coat.
Are There Any Coat Concerns with Boston Terrier Chihuahua Mixes?
Your Boston-Huahua will probably be very low maintenance, and you won't require a groomer to cut or style his coat, though you may need to shampoo him and brush him occasionally. These dogs tend not to shed much hair. They do not do well in cold temperatures, due to their small size and short coats, so you may need to buy a coat or sweater for your dog if you live in a colder climate.
What Will My Boston Huahua's Personality Be Like?
Boston Terriers are very affectionate, playful and intelligent dogs, and Chihuahuas are lively, sociable and also smart. Both breeds respond well to training. Your Boston Huahua therefore is likely to be loving, smart and lively.
How Much Exercise Does this Cross Breed Need?
Because they're lively and full of energy these dogs need plenty of exercise, but because they're so small they don't need long walks. A couple of short walks a day should be fine, and an area to play around in during the day such as a garden or playroom would be perfect.
Are There Any Health Concerns Associated with Boston Huahuas?
Boston Terriers do tend to suffer from eye problems and breathing issues. Chihuahuas are also not known for being a healthy breed, have a tendency towards rheumatism, colds and eye problems. However, because your Boston-Huahua is a crossbreed he will likely be healthier than a purebred dog. You may want to keep an eye out for the above ailments though.
How Do I Know if this is the Dog for Me?
These are small dogs that can happily live in apartments, and they're sociable and great with kids, so they're a good choice for a family pet. Because they're small and don't need long walks they are also good options for elderly owners. The best way to find out if this is the right breed for you is to arrange a visit with a local breeder or a friend who owns a Boston Huahua. You can also go online and find forums for Boston Huahua owners, which will let you read about other people's experiences living with this breed of dog.