One advantage of crossbreeds is that they generally tend to have longer lifespans than pure breeds. The Chipit is no exception.
The Pitbull Chihuahua is a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
However, the Pitbull Chihuahua mix can be prone to some common health problems which include:
Pitbulls are prone to hip dysplasia and in some cases, your Chipit pup may inherit this susceptibility. Hip dysplasia stems from a loose hip to thigh bone connection. Such joint problems can cause difficulty in walking and chronic pain.
Patellar luxation is another common joint problem that may afflict the Pitbull Chihuahua mix. This condition is characterized by dislocation of the kneecap. If your pooch suffers from this condition, it will have problems with mobility.
Heart conditions like mitral valve disease and patent ductus can occur in Chipits. If your dog has a heart condition, symptoms will include lethargy and weakness as well as excessive panting.
Having your pup checked regularly will help to catch any health conditions before they get severe.
Hypothyroidism is a common health problem in Pitbulls. Your Chipit may inherit this susceptibility which leads to impaired thyroid function.
Weight gain, lethargy, and hair loss are some of the key symptoms of hypothyroidism. Fortunately, this condition can be treated by oral administration of thyroid replacement hormone.
The Pitbull Chihuahua mix can be prone to skin allergies. A nutrient-dense diet can help boost your dog’s skin health and prevent skin problems.