These hybrids are small, compact dogs that usually weigh 5-11 pounds. The overall head shape is usually described as apple-shaped or deer-shaped with pointed little faces. The have characteristically large, bat-like ears that stand atop and round eyes that may or may not protrude like the Chihuahuas. The low maintenance, typically short coat comes in a plethora of colors but the most popular is the black and tan (like the Miniature Pinscher).
There is intelligence in those little bodies, to be sure, but they are not easily trained. Frequent repetitions and consistency are key and it is very important to treat them as pets and not babies, lest they develop the dreaded Small Dog Syndrome. Treats are best motivators for this hybrid.
She will be an alert watch dog that barks at the approach of strangers but isn't as yappy as the Chihuahua; social and friendly at heart, they will warm up eventually. Most current Min Pin Chihuahua mix information is in agreement that this breed is best for older, well behaved children (if any children are in the household). Other pets are fine if they are socialized early.
Chipins will be active indoors and in the yard. They are easily exercised due to their small stature, making them great choices for the average owner.