I’m often asked how long a Rottweiler Chihuahua Mix lives. The life expectancy of a Rottweiler Chihuahua Mix is about 12 to 16 years, benefiting from the longer lifespan of its Chihuahua parent to live longer than a pure-bred Rottweiler.
Indeed, a pure-bred Rottie lives for 6 to 8 years, whereas a Chihuahua lives for 12 to 20 years. Your Rottie Chi hybrid fido therefore spends more time with you than a Rottweiler pooch does.
Common Health Issues
Like most doggie breeds, the Rottuahua mix is prone to several health concerns, including disorders inherited from either or both parents. The most prevalent Rottweiler Chihuahua Mix health issues include:
A heart disorder which causes a narrowed aorta, increasing blood flow resistance that eventually becomes fatal.
Von Willebrand Disease
This is a hereditary excessive bleeding disorder due to the doggie’s diminished blood-clotting ability because of deficient blood proteins.
This condition is a form of canine disease arising from deficiency in thyroid hormones, causing coat changes, increased doggie weaknesses, and obesity.
This hereditary disorder can cause dislocated kneecaps in your Rottie Chihuahua mix puppy. Extreme instances of this disorder may be corrected through surgery.
This condition is a disorder of low blood sugar, usually found in Chihuahuas, that causes increased weaknesses, dizziness and loss of consciousness. It can be a symptom of other diseases such as diabetes or liver disease.
Tooth And Gum Disease
Periodontal diseases are prevalent in smaller dog breeds, especially those with smaller mouths overcrowding with teeth. This is because their teeth are much harder to clean and brush, and harbor much more bacteria, thereby becoming a breeding ground for rapid bacterial growth.