Chipin – Owner’s Guide

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 05/08/22 •  6 min read
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What would you think about a mix between a Chihuahua and a Miniature Pinscher? We think it would be something adorable! And you’ll be happy to learn that such a dog exists!

This dog breed is called the Chipin! How cute is that? What on earth could a mix between two tiny dog breeds bring when they have puppies? That’s what we’ll talk about in this article.

We’ve put together some information about these amazing dogs. And if you’re thinking about adopting a small dog, we hope this article provides the insights you need to see if a Chipin might be the right dog for you and your family!

What is a Chipin?

The Chipin is a hybrid dog mix (sometimes also referred to as a designer dog). No one’s sure when these dogs were first bred or by whom; however, they were probably first developed in the early 2000s in the US. Why do we think this?

The late 90s and early 2000s were a time when some dog breeders were focused on developing hybrid dog breeds that were unique and healthier than their parents. When it comes to the Chipin, this adorable, hybrid dog is a mix between a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Miniature Pinscher. While we don’t much about the Chipin’s history, we do know a fair amount about the purebred parents of these dogs.

The Chihuahua is thought to have originated in South America, where they were first raised by a people called the Techichi. When these people were conquered by the Toltecs, the dogs were then further developed by the Toltec people. Finally, the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs and began further developing the Chihuahua. The Aztecs believed the dogs had mystical powers.

Fast forward to today and the Chihuahua we all know and love! These little dogs have a feisty personality and are a long-lived dog breed. The dogs can experience big dog syndrome, which has the dog believing he’s much larger than he really is! Chis are often aggressive with other dogs. Even so, the Chihuahua is very loving and loyal to their families. They’re also highly intelligent small dogs.

The Chipin’s other purebred parent is the Miniature Pinscher. These dogs are also pretty small; they were originally bred to hunt rats and other small critters. For this reason, they may attack small things and animals.

Minpins, like Chis, are very intelligent dogs ,and they have a lot of energy! The dogs are also very curious. It’s important for pet parents are firm and dominant in the home. Otherwise, the Min Pin will gladly take over and run the entire household!

As you can see, the Chipin has some very feisty, intelligent purebred parents! So, what is a Chipin like? We’ll see in the following sections!

Chipins usually stand between 8 to 12 inches and weigh between 5 to 15 lbs. They have a life expectancy between 10 to 14 years.

Chipin Appearance

What does a Chipin look like? Well, there’s no standard for this dog breed. The reason is that the dogs are a hybrid dog breed. Each Chipin puppy inherits random genes from his parents. What’s more, each puppy in a litter can be a little different from one another. Some puppies may strongly resemble the Chihuahua parent, while other puppies look more like their Miniature Pinscher parent.

When it comes to the Chipin, most of these hybrid dogs have a short, smooth coat with a round, small head and large ears. They usually have a tiny, pointed muzzle. The dogs are also toy-sized, like their parents. The dog’s body is usually small, with lean legs and small feet.

In addition, the dogs may have dark brown eyes and black or brown noses.

Chipin Coat and Colors

Chipins have short- to medium-length coats that are usually straight and smooth. Many of these cute dogs have short coats; however, some may inherit longer hair if their Chi parent had longer fur.

These cuties come in a variety of colors, including black, chocolate, gold, and cream. Some Chipins may also have coats with two colors, including golden black, black, and tan, or other mixtures.

Chipin Personality

Chipins tend to have large personalities in their tiny bodies! They have a ton of love and affection to give their families. However, these pups can be “Velcro dogs,” as they want and demand constant attention. They may even follow you around the house.

As noted earlier, Chipins are extremely energetic and love to have fun. The dogs are also highly intelligent, curious, alert little dogs.

Can Chipins Be Aggressive?

Yes, it’s possible for these little, adorable dogs to be aggressive. This attribute usually comes from their Chihuahua parent. The dogs are also overly protective and territorial of their families, which can be challenging when visitors come to the house.

In addition, the dogs are not very good with small pets, though Chipins can get along with cats (more so than other dogs!).

The key to avoiding these issues is to ensure your Chipin has been properly trained and socialized from a young age.

Caring for a Chipin

Chipins are very small dogs that can easily be injured. So, it’s important to carefully play with these diminutive dogs. They’re not well-suited for young kids. Instead, Chipins are best with older kids and adults.

In addition, the dogs don’t deal well with extreme hot or cold weather. They should never be left outside. During the winter, the dogs will need to wear sweaters and coats to stay warm.


Chipins shed regularly but are otherwise low-maintenance dogs. They should be brushed about two to three times a week to control shedding. And they only need a bath once a month (or when the dog becomes dirty and smelly).


Chipins are full of energy, and for this reason, they require about 45 minutes of daily exercise. This may include running, walking, hiking, and more. In addition, ensuring your canine companion has enough exercise every day can help keep him from developing unwanted behaviors such as barking, jumping, chewing, and more.


Chipins need to eat about ½ to 1 cup of food per day, divided between two meals. These dogs require food that’s formulated for small, highly active dogs.

Summing It Up

As you can see, the Chipin is an adorable hybrid toy dog breed. They have two purebred parents, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Pinscher. Chipins have all the love and loyalty of their parents, tons of energy, and feisty personalities!

If you choose to adopt a Chipin, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a fun, loving companion for many years to come!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.