Chi-Dane-Dane Overview

Parent Breeds:
Chihuahua & Great Dane
Breed Nickname:
Chi-Dane-Dane
Size:
Medium
Height:
10 to 30 inches
Weight:
Up to 80 pounds
Life Span:
6 to 8 years
Coat Colors:
Black, gray, tan, sable, white, cream, red, and orange

Chi-Dane-Dane Characteristics

Friendliness
Intelligence
Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Chi-Dane-Dane

What Is A Great Dane Chihuahua Mix called?

The incredibly rare offspring of a Great Dane and Chihuahua is called the Chi-Dane-Dane.

They can also be known as Chi-Danes, An Impossible Dog Breed, and Great Mexican Dog. These dogs are almost always made through artificial insemination.

The Chi-Dane-Dane is incredibly difficult to breed so there aren’t many alive right now. There has never been a second-generation Chi-Dane-Dane either, as the sizing between parent breeds proves too challenging to continue the lineage.

Chi-Dane-Danes are a wonder to behold, but many believe that they are unethical to breed and keep. Learn more about them in our ultimate breed guide.

 

Chi-Dane-Dane Breed History

  • It’s unknown when the Chi-Dane-Dane was first bred.

  • Early breeding efforts were unsuccessful due to the difference in the size of parents.

  • Only specialist breeders will be able to breed a Chi-Dane-Dane successfully.

The exact location and year of the Chi-Dane-Dane’s origin are unknown. However, we do know that breeders have been trying to create the Chi-Dane-Dane for decades.

The first attempts were unsuccessful as breeders were trying to breed a Great Dane (male) and a Chihuahua (female). Obviously, the size difference created issues for both the fetus and the mother.

The same was said when breeders attempted to artificially inseminate a female Chihuahua. The size of the Great Dane fetus was too big for the female Chihuahua’s body.

Even if the breeders birthed the babies during cesarean sections, the puppies rarely lived past birth. The mother also passed shortly after this.

Other issues included latching. The size difference between the parent and puppy meant that they couldn’t latch onto their mother and feed.

While some breeders have made headway in their efforts to breed Chi-Dane-Danes, these dogs are very rare. Many breeders won’t know how to breed them so supply is incredibly low.

Most breeders won’t even entertain the idea of breeding a Chi-Dane-Dane puppy.

Chi-Dane-Dane Personality & Temperament

  • Loving yet loyal dogs.

  • Good for families with plenty of time to spend together.

  • Might bond more with one owner than another.

Great Danes, while large and sometimes intimidating, are lovely family dogs thanks to their loyalty, affection, and social nature.

They work well as watchdogs, but they’re still gentle and therefore a good family dog. They’re also well-behaved around children.

Chihuahuas are small but mighty. They’re lively and loud, but still curious and loving family pets. They might be stubborn and aloof and need plenty of training. They love to yap if untrained, despite Great Danes being very quiet dogs.

Looking at how the parent breeds work, Chi-Dane-Danes should also be great family dogs.

They’re cuddly and friendly, and they love making new friends. However, if they take after the Chihuahua parent they might bond more with one owner.

They don’t like being left alone so they’ll need an owner with plenty of time to spend with them. While these dogs are good with children, their size means that they should never be left alone with them.

Chi-Dane-Dane Health

  • Lifespan of between 6 and 8 years.

  • There is very little information on the health of this mixed breed.

  • Vet checkups are vital to keeping your dog healthy.

Mixed breeding often means that the health risks of each parent breed are minimized. The same can be said for the Chi-Dane-Dane, but a number of new health risks come from breeding such a large dog with a tiny dog.

Even if the Chi-Dane-Dane survives birth and puppyhood, there isn’t enough information on them to determine the long-lasting effects of this mixed breed.

Great Danes only live between 6 to 8 years, and it’s assumed that the Chi-Dane-Dane has a similar lifespan.

Possible health issues to look out for are Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, Heart Issues, and more.

As there is so little information on the health issues of the Chi-Dane-Dane, routine vet checkups are vital.

You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year, although they might request to see you more often due to the rarity of this dog breed.

Chi-Dane-Dane Training

  • Use positive reinforcement when training.

  • Might have a stubborn streak.

  • Keep training sessions short and exciting.

Chi-Dane-Danes aren’t the best dogs for training as they’ll probably have inherited the stubborn streak of the Chihuahua.

However, they might be easier to train if they take after their Great Dane parent as they are more laid back and eager to please.

When training a Chi-Dane-Dane, it is essential that you remain firm and let them know who the alpha is.

Remember that practice makes progress and dogs don’t take negative reinforcement well, so keep training light and fun. While you might feel frustrated, take a deep breath and remember that you will get there eventually!

Chi-Dane-Dane Exercise Requirements

  • Use positive reinforcement when training.

  • Might have a stubborn streak.

  • Keep training sessions short and exciting.

The amount of exercise a Chi-Dane-Dane needs depends on how large they are and their temperament.

Some take after their Chihuahua parent and have seemingly endless amounts of energy, while others take after the Great Dane and prefer to adopt the role of a lap dog.

However, the average amount of exercise these dogs will need is around 60 minutes a day, broken down into two walks. They’ll also need between 20 and 30 minutes of playing a day.

This could include playing games such as fetch, training, or mentally stimulating them with puzzle games.

Chi-Dane-Dane Diet & Feeding

  • Offer food formulated for medium-sized dogs with moderate energy levels.

  • Can be fed kibble or a raw food diet.

  • Your vet will be able to help you determine how much food your dog needs.

Depending on their size, Chi-Dane-Danes should be eating a diet formulated for medium-sized dogs with moderate energy levels. On average, medium dogs should eat around 25 to 30 calories per pound of body weight.

However, this is a general guideline and won’t work with every dog. This is because food intake changes depending on activity level, age, and health.

If you’re confused about how much to feed your dog, we would always recommend talking to a professional vet for advice.

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Chi-Dane-Dane Cost

  • Costs between $3,000 and $5,000.

  • Never buy from a backyard breeder.

  • Insurance will be higher due to the added risks that come with this breed.

Chi-Dane-Danes are very expensive dogs. You’re looking at around $3,000 to $5,000 for a Chi-Dane-Dane puppy.

This is due to the specialist breeding that needs to take place to breed a Chi-Dane-Dane, such as artificial insemination and cesarean section surgery. The cost is also high as the supply is so low.

We always advise to beware of untrusted breeders, but this is even more important when buying a Chi-Dane-Dane.

Backyard breeders won’t go through the necessary checks to ensure that your dog is healthy enough to live a long life.

Ongoing costs include high insurance premiums, vet bills, food, and sturdy toys.