We’ve all seen that couple where one person is substantially larger or smaller than the other. But then there are some pairings that seem like they would be outright disasters.
How about a Chihuahua/Great Dane Mix?
Safety issues aside, you would think that the pairing is just plain impossible.
In natural terms, it is impossible. But in this age of science and artificial insemination, it is possible to produce the crossbreed.
Artificial insemination of this kind of mix is not cheap. And even if the process is successful, the resulting puppy will likely need to be nursed by hand, and there’s a high likelihood of unfavorable genetic mutations occurring.
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You are not going to run into many Chihuahua/Great Dane mixes in your life. But when you do, you will find yourself looking at a dog that is substantially bigger than a Chihuahua but also much smaller than a Great Dane. Perhaps the term we’re looking for is “happy medium.”
The animals are long with short legs and look like they aren’t much different from a standard Dachshund. One of the differences is in the features of the head which is large and carries some of the features of a greyhound.
The fur is consistently short and thus not prone to matting or collecting dirt, making this a pretty easy dog to keep clean—no worries about matting or other fur-type issues.
Chi-Dane-Dane Personality and Temperament
This animal gets traits from both sides of the family.
Great Danes have been called The Gentle Giants of the dog world. Despite their great size, they have a wonderful temperament and are not prone to violent outbursts. They were originally bred for the purpose of protecting royalty.
They weren’t even bred to be attack dogs when a burglar tried to ransack an expensive estate. Their job was to point out and hinder such a thief.
Hence a Chi-Dane-Dane can be calm, docile, and loving and all about the cuddles like a Great Dane, making this particular mixed breed suitable for apartment living.
But they also have the gunpowder volatility of a Chihuahua when they don’t get their way. Once they’re provoked, they can be very difficult to get a handle on. And unlike a chihuahua, this crossbreed is big enough to do some damage to the apartment if it decides to throw a temper tantrum.
Your couch or shoes could suffer the consequences of a Chi-Dane-Dane that has been triggered.
Is The Chi-Dane-Dane a Good Family Dog?
The short answer is yes.
The reason for this answer lies in looking at the dispositions of the parent breeds. We’ve already mentioned how Great Dane’s are gentle and patient. We also mentioned that they were specifically bred with the traits of good guard dogs.
The common stereotype of a Chihuahua is a scrappy little ankle-biter that likes to make noise. But a Chihuahua also possesses positive traits that end up in the final mix, such as being loyal and loving, and fiercely protective of those it counts as family members.
So it comes as no surprise that the Chi-Dane-Dane is both a loving snuggler and also a dutiful guard dog.
How to Train a Chi-Dane-Dane
The biggest thing you’ll want to train your dog out of is its explosive temper. Have you ever seen a triggered Chihuahua? Take that level of a temper tantrum and put it in the body of a dog big enough to actually do some damage.
Don’t wait until the dog is bigger or older; start early and reinforce good behavior and discourage bad behavior from day one.
Remember, this is a designer breed that originates from parents with extremes in both good and bad traits.
Caring for a Chi-Dane-Dane
The Great Dane/Chihuahua crossbreed is a relatively low-maintenance dog when it comes to exercise. For this reason, they tend to make excellent dogs for people that live in apartments or people that otherwise aren’t very active.
But like any living thing, exercise will contribute greatly to the dog’s health and happiness. It’s a dog, not a houseplant.
Spending some time at the dog park or even taking a walk around the block is usually sufficient to keep this breed of dog happy. More specifically, a minimum of 20-30 minutes of exercise once or twice a day will make this breed love you.
Grooming and Shedding
Chi-Dane-Danes are short-haired dogs, which aren’t as maintenance-heavy as long-haired dogs. Add to that the fact that both Great Danes and Chihuahuas are mild shedders.
Whatever issues you’re going to have with your rare crossbreed, shedding isn’t one of them.
Standard protocol for short-haired dogs applies. You don’t need to see a groomer more than four times a year. You can choose to make the trip at the beginning of every season. Their short hair means they aren’t prone to matting or collecting dirt.
Feeding and Diet
This is normally determined on a per-dog basis and it will be determined by a host of factors, including the dog’s weight, age, activity level, and overall health.
You are what you eat, so high-quality dry kibble is highly recommended. And for reasons mentioned in the section below, we strongly advise that you give this breed some kind of joint supplement to aid in this animals’ short limbs supporting its heavy body.
It’s not difficult for this breed to gain excessive weight since it’s not eager to burn calories. The genetics of this breed tend to give it bad joints, to begin with, so giving those joints a great deal of extra weight to support is asking for more problems sooner in the poor dog’s life.
Chubby does look cute on a dog, but appearance is where the cuteness of canine obesity both begins and ends.
Known Health Problems
Chihuahua and Great Dane mixes are rare occurrences, so there’s no complete collection of documented problems unique to this designer breed. It comes as no surprise that the crossbreed is susceptible to issues that tend to occur to either parent breed.
There are records of the crossbreed being prone to genetic defects in general.
Part of the reason has to do with how the puppies are born. If the female giving birth is a Chihuahua, then there’s a huge risk of death to mother and baby alike.
The mother has to get a cesarean section in order to deliver the puppy for the sheer size of it. But puppies taken in this manner are never full-term and are premature. There’s no substitute for the mother’s womb, so puppies born this way have a health disadvantage from day one.
The specific issues that seem to afflict this breed all have to do with the animal’s joints. The size of the legs is too small to support the relatively large weight of the animal’s body and head.
An otherwise healthy dog has a lot of weight being supported by its stubby legs. And if there’s an imbalance in the legs, then it shows up everywhere else, including strain on the back.
Another issue is a skeletal deformity called elbow and hip dysplasia. It has symptoms similar to arthritis. This has led to more than one wrongful diagnosis. Arthritis, though, is a consequence of old age. Dysplasia is a genetic matter.
Hip sockets and other bones aren’t formed properly to accommodate everyday movement, so the more the animal moves, the more wear and tear on their inner workings. Oftentimes bone is grinding on bone to the point that normal joint function is eventually lost.
None of this is overnight. Early life usually sees your dog doing just fine. But as time wears on, the bones and joints wear down.
Some of this can be avoided simply by maintaining a good diet. Some dysplasia is caused, or at least exacerbated, by poor nutrition.
- Loving and affectionate
- Loyal, protective
- Excellent guard dogs
- Minimal requirements for exercise
- Good apartment dogs
- Good indoor dogs in general
- Some means of breeding could be considered animal abuse
- Difficult to find
- Prone to genetic defects
- Prone to diseases affecting joints because of their body weight versus the strength of their short legs
- No comprehensive record of health problems specific to this breed, thus difficult to take preventive measures.
- Lack of information in general due to breed’s rarity.
How Much Do Chi-Dane-Dane Puppies Cost?
Producing Chi-Dane-Danes is very difficult, so you’re not going to be able to run out and find a breeder just like that. Your odds of finding this odd breed of dog will be increased if you visit places like shelters for strays or looking into rescue dogs.
From there, prices will be about the same as you’d expect for any rescue or shelter dog.
If the stars align just right and you are able to find a breeder, do your part to make sure that the breeding is being done ethically.
Forcing two unmatched breeds of dog into mating just to produce puppies, by itself, is largely considered to be an unethical breeding practice.
Quick Breed Summary
|Size:||Varies dramatically. Usually a “medium-sized” dog|
|Weight:||Can be as much or as little as the parent breeds|
|Color:||Black, white, gray, brown, mottled|
|Do They Shed:||Not much and not often|
|Temperament:||Loving, loyal, eager to cuddle|
|Socialization:||Doesn’t care for strangers|
|Destructive Behavior:||May act out against your property or possessions if they don’t get their way|
|People Skills:||Protective of their family members|
|Good with Children:||Tolerant and loving towards children|
|Activity Levels:||Low maintenance. Can do just fine with a couple of walks a day or 20-30 mins of exercise.|
The upside and the downside of this breed both is its rarity.
Having one will certainly turn heads and make this pup stand out in a crowd. People will have questions and you’ll glow with enthusiasm as you explain how this impossible breed can even exist.
But you’ll be adopting one with a view to preventing joint and back pain as soon as possible between how it’s built funny to support its own weight and the genetic bone disorders it has a predisposition to.
A great deal of the animal’s healthcare is guesswork. A rare breed like this has a spotty medical database. You’ll be flying blind and hoping for the best when selecting treatment. When your dog comes down with something, you won’t be able to just phone up your local Chi-Dane-Dane health expert.
But these risk factors may be worth it for someone that wants the patience and gentleness of a Great Dane combined with the hyperactive love and enthusiasm of a Chihuahua.
Both breeds have strong positive qualities and both breeds tend to do very well with children.
They seem to do better with more active families, but smaller living spaces pose no real problem to keeping this breed happy. Light exercise and lots of love are the most important ingredients to this dog’s happiness.
What is a Chi-Dane-Dane?
The crossbreed of a Great Dane and a Chihuahua occurs when a male of one breed mates with a female of the other breed. There is no preference for which breed would be male or female. The odds of this happening naturally are slim to none because of the dramatic size differences between the breeds.
So the next Chi-Dane-Dane you meet was more than likely produced by artificial insemination and the female was probably a Great Dane. Full-term puppies are far too large for a female Chihuahua to carry.
Diseases and ailments include the ones that afflict either parent breed. The Chi-Dane-Dane especially seems to be prone to genetic defects involving joints and muscles. Elbow and hip dysplasia are the most common.
Some of this can be offset with a healthy and nutritious diet. Making sure that the animal doesn’t overeat will go a long way also, keeping extra weight off of their short legs.
Dogs of this breed are very, very difficult to come by, but if you end up with one, you’ll get a lot of love at a minimal cost.