If you love the sweet face of the Frenchie, you’ll fall in love with the charms and good looks of the French Bulldog Chihuahua mix. The mix of these two popular dog breeds will often result in a varied combination of looks, but the good temperament of the Frenchie will also shine through to result in a great companion for the whole family.
The appearance of the French Bulldog Chihuahua mix
We’re all familiar with the Chihuahua’s skinny legs, petite body, and triangular head topped with pointy ears. Their tiny feet and skinny legs keep them almost prancing when they are excitable. When combined with the stockier build of the Frenchie, you could just see an interesting combination in a mixed breed dog that has a leaner body, with legs and feet that are a combination of the two breeds.
Unless the Chihuahua parent is a long-haired version of the breed, your resulting pup is going to have the same short and smooth coat of each of the breeds. You could see any number of colors and patterns on his coat, from solid white or black to brindle and anything in between.
As you know, the healthy Chihuahua weighs no more than 7lbs when fully grown, and an adult can even weigh as little as 3lbs. Combine this with the Frenchie’s maximum healthy weight of 28lbs for a healthy adult male, and you have the potential for quite a small dog. On average you could see your French Bulldog Chihuahua mix weighing around 15lbs, as they tend to take on many of the characteristics of the smaller breed in the mix.
The personality of the Frenchie Chihuahua mix
Chihuahuas have a well-deserved reputation for being devoted to one or two adult members of the family. They are great companion dogs but they don’t really tend to do well when they are around small children. This is due to small children often being unpredictable, and a bit too heavy-handed with the affection. It can lead to a frightened little dog who growls and snaps when near children.
The Frenchie has a sweet and outgoing personality that makes him a great addition to any family. When you combine the two you will find your dog to be happy, sassy, energetic, eager to please, and completely in need of spending time with his family. It’s always advisable to keep small children away from dogs unless they are being supervised.
Training the Frenchie Chihuahua mix
One of the great features of each of the breeds that combine to make this mix is that they do want to please their humans. This does make them fairly easy to train. Socialization with other dogs their size and with other people will also go a long way toward ensuring that yours is a well-trained dog. Chihuahuas tend to get quite defensive when they are around larger dogs, so it’s typically suggested that you avoid interactions with larger dogs until your own dog is well-trained and confident.
Use positive reinforcement training methods, treats as incentive, and make sure that every member of the family comes together to help teach your dog his manners.