Chilier Dog Breed

Overview

Pronunciation: [ Chee•lee•ur ]

The Chilier is a relatively recent designer dog that has as the parent breeds a Chihuahua and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The strange name comes from the first few letters of the Chihuahua, "Chi," and the last few letters of the first word of the Cavalier, "…lier." There is little known about this mixed breed dog, and they seem to be few in number even as they tend to fetch somewhat high prices to adopt.

Chilier Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Hybrid10-16 yrs.7½-10 in.4½-8½ lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Like most any designer lap dog produced during the last few decades, the Chillier was not meant to strengthen her Spaniel-side tracking abilities, her Chihuahua-based watchdog talents, or most anything that her parent breeds were or are known for performing. As such, these dogs are basically expected to be pets for adoring and as an entourage. They may not be good for first-time dog owners depending on how much of which parent breed they inherit, and they are certainly not good for homes with very young or small kids. Little children tend to be a bit too rambunctious for these little hybrid dogs, especially when the dogs are little puppies. They are OK as companions but can get easily distracted, and as such may not be good for elderly people who live alone.

Below are many of the good and bad things about these crossbred dogs.

  • Pros
  • Small in size
  • Beautiful coat
  • Typically friendly
  • Doesn't bark much
  • Laid-back in attitude
  • Cons
  • Tends to run off
  • Can be very shy
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Great escape artists
  • Might be dog-aggressive
  • Extremely sensitive to touch
  • Highly prone to separation anxiety
  • Moderate amount of health concerns

Chilier Breed Description

There are many conflicts in the temperaments and other characteristics of a Chilier. Mixed breeds are always a gamble even when they are similar breeds, and this particular hybrid will present a wide range of aspects. You'll never know just what you have until your Chihuahua Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix is mature.

While these dogs are smart enough, they may show some not-so-smart talents due to their stubbornness or objects of other focus. The parent breeds have their own desires and strongly prefer to do as they wish. You should expect the same in Chiliers, but in different ways. Some may simply ignore your commands while others may not even be aware of them.

Likewise, you can expect anything from cuddly loyalty to brazen defensiveness in these dogs. One way or another, however, they will push hard to do what they want. Still, you'll want to avoid harsh types of "training" as they are very sensitive dogs and are much better trained with gentle firmness.

Chihuahuas are strong dogs, especially for their size. The Spaniel, while sturdy, is a bit low on the strength meter even as they do have endurance. You might get a dog that, like a Chi, is better suited to some strength-related activities. On the other hand, she may be the kind of dog that prefers tracking exercises or long walks. In any case, you'll want plenty of agility activities.

Chilier Health

Like any crossbred dog, there are pros and cons in that hybrid vigor will help lessen the risk of diseases that inbreeding brings and unforeseen problems that occur when tow or more not-quite-properly hybrids are produced. With the Chilier, there is a fair amount of issues. Most of these concerns are typical small dog ones, but there are a couple that are brought from their breed parents. These dogs are believed to have a longer lifespan than most small dogs.

Some of the health problems you can expect are:

  • Dry skin
  • Allergies
  • Shivering
  • Joint issues
  • Eye problems
  • Open fontanel
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Patella luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Episodic falling
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Overactive tear glands


The Chilier has an average life expectancy of about 10 to 16 years.

  • Allergies
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Dry Skin
  • Episodic Falling
  • Eye Problems
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Joint Problems
  • Open Fontanel
  • Overactive Tear Glands
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Shivering
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Chilier Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Chilier as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry