While dog purists are outraged at the popularity of these mixed breedings (sometimes called designer dogs) (sometimes called accidents), many veterinarians believe that this is a way of avoiding genetic defects that can be present in purebred dogs.
Mixed breed puppies even from the same litter can look different, depending on whether they resemble the father or the mother or both.
Pixie the Chipoo seems to have physical characteristics of both parents, with more of a Poodle face and head but with the “I’ll-hear-everything-that-goes-on-and-tell-you-about-it” Chihuahua ears. (Floppy ears tend to have more problems with moisture, ear mites, etc.)
Chipoos usually, but not always, have coats more like the Chihuahua than the Poodle coat which doesn’t stop growing and needs frequent trimming.
Poodles and Poodle hybrids may be a good choice for allergy sufferers, but every dog and every person has a somewhat different chemistry. The dogs may be hypoallergenic, but they are not non-allergenic.
Pixie belongs to Darin from Texas who says she loves to play with ping-pong balls and is the most playful dog you will ever meet. She’s never growled or bitten anyone. She loves to wear clothes, go places and cuddle.
“I just feel so blessed to have gotten her, she is most definitely a one of a kind,” Darin wrote.