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Bold and Athletic
The Boston Huahua is also known as the Bochi or Bo-chi, the Chibo or ChiBo or Chi-Bo or the Bohuahua! She is a mix of the Boston Terrier and the Chihuahua. She is a small but bold dog in two breed groups, non sporting and Southern with talents in companionship, agility and watchdog. She has a life span of about 15 years though could live a bit longer.
|Here is the Boston Huahua at a Glance|
|Average height||9 - 17 inches|
|Average weight||10 - 15 pounds|
|Coat type||Dense, short and silky|
|Hypoallergenic?||The Chihuahua is so she could be|
|Grooming Needs||Low maintenance|
|Shedding||Low and then usually just in the summer|
|Brushing||Once a week is enough, maybe twice in the summer|
|Touchiness||Can be somewhat sensitive|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||The Terrier is fine at being alone but the Chihuahua is not at all so your Bo-Chi could be either or somewhere in the middle|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good but not the extreme|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good but not the extreme|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Moderate to good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Yes but she will need activity|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||No|
|Trainability||Moderate - if she has a temperament more like the Chihuahua she will be obstinate about it|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||Deafness, patellar luxation, heart problems|
|Other Health Concerns||Eye problems, allergies|
|Life Span||15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$500 - $800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$450 - $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$275 - $400|
Where does the Boston Huahua come from?
The Boston Huahua is also known as a designer breed or a hybrid. Keep in mind breeders will breed multi-generation crosses so the parents may be Boston Huahuas themselves rather than a Terrier and a Chihuahua. Not much is known about when these two breed were first deliberately put together to create a mixed breed that was then given a trendy name. This is a recent phenomena in the dog world, about 10 to 15 years or so. Being such a recent mix the best way we can get a sense of character and looks is to know more about the Boston Terrier and the Chihuahua.
The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier came about in the late 19th century in Boston, America. While his background is not exactly known at the time he was not called a Boston Terrier but had a variety of names such as round headed terriers, bullet heads, Boston bulldogs and American terriers. In 1889 the American Bull Terrier club was founded who then change their name to the Boston Terrier club. He was one of the first dogs that was non sporting bred in America. At first how he looked was not considered important but a standard was eventually agreed upon in the 1900s. They became very popular up until the 1930s and are still the official mascot of several places and schools. Today he is lively, affectionate, clever and has an even temperament. He can have a stubborn streak though and training needs patience and consistency.
The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds but there are a couple of popular theories on how he came about. The first idea is that he comes from the Techichi a South or Central American dog. It is true you can find carvings as old as 9th century that show dogs that look a lot like the Chihuahua. The other theory is they are from Chinese dogs brought to Mexico by traders who were then bred with native small dogs. Whichever it is, the Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds. Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and cab reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.
The Boston Huahua may lean more towards to the Chihuahua in temperament or to the Boston Terrier or be more evenly mixed. This is not something a breeder can control and so all you can do is try for a general impression to see if she might be a match. The tend to be loyal, friendly and very outgoing and bold in nature. They have a lot of curiosity and energy and though they are small they are very active and need a good amount of exercise. She makes a very good companion and loves to play games.
What does a Boston Huahua look like
The Boston Huahua is small at 9 to 17 inches in height and 10 to 15 pounds in weight. She has a muscular body though with a squared head and muzzle, some wrinkles on the nose sometimes, and erect ears like a bat. Her eyes are round and big and bright and her neck is thick but not very long. Her coat is short, straight and dense and is silky to touch. It is also water repellent and comes in colors such as black and white, cream, brown and white and white and cream. Her chest often has a white, with a white blaze and white paws. She looks proud and alert. Sometimes she has a corkscrew tail like the Boston Terrier and sometimes she will have none.
Training and Exercise Needs
How much exercise does she need?
She is such a little thing you might think this means just messing around the house or apartment is enough. For some small dogs it is, but for this one she has a lot of energy and is very athletic so needs some regular exercise in there too. If there is a yard that is great, but you should still take her out for regular walks of a decent length each day as well as including play time, dog park time and so on.
Can I train her easily?
This one is not one of the easiest dogs to train as she can sometimes inherit the Boston Terrier's stubbornness. She is smart enough to learn if you get one with a less stubborn temperament then it will be fine. Therefore she needs an owner who can be firm and dominant without being harsh as she can also be sensitive. First time owners may therefore have a harder time with her. Stay patient and consistent and if you want to you can always go to a training school for help. Socialization and training her from an early age is important so this is not something you should skip because it takes too much effort.
Living with a Boston Huahua
She does not have a lot of needs or demands when it comes to grooming, she does not shed much and if she does it will usually be just in the summer months. Brush one or twice a week to keep her coat looking healthy and give her a bath when she needs it. Make sure you use a dog shampoo on her coat not a person's shampoo (not even a child’s gentle shampoo, they strip the natural oils from her skin).
Apart from her coat care she will need her teeth brushed two or three times a week at least, her ears cleaned and checked once a week and her toes clipped when they get too long. Nail clipping is not something you should take on yourself if you have never cut a dog's nails before. They have a blood vessel at the lower point of the nail so you cannot cut too low. It will hurt your dog and causer a surprising amount of bleeding. Learn from a groomer or your vet or leave to the groomer to do.
What she is like with children and other animals
This is where things can really vary between one Boston Huahua and another. In general she is not known for being especially great with children. The key is to socialize and train the puppy from a young age, and at the same time train/teach your children how to interact with her in a way that does not upset her. It also helps if she grows up with the children or other pets. There are instances where Boston Huahuas with stronger Chihuahua traits in them have gotten aggressive with small children. But if the Terrier is stronger in her she is a great family dog.
She is alert and will bark to let you know if someone enters the house otherwise she is not yappy like some small dogs. She can live in most climates but avoid the extremes, she is too small for extreme cold and will overheat too easily in extreme heat. She can live in an apartment as long as you give her other opportunities for activities and exercise. She will need to be fed twice a day an amount equaling ½ cup to 1 cup total of high quality dry dog food.
In general she is quite a healthy dog, most do not have weepy eye problems like a lot of Chihuahuas get. Any health issues her parents have or are prone to could come up with her though so things like deafness, heart problems, patellar luxation, eye problems and allergies.
Costs involved in owning a Boston HuahuaAdvertisement
The Boston Huahua is easy to find and prices range at the moment between $500 - $800 online. There are factors that can change the price like the breeder you buy from, her age, where you are and how 'in' they are amongst people wanting designer dog breeds. Once you have her you will need to have her spayed or neutered, blood tests done, micro chipped, dewormed, and get her a collar and leash, a crate, and a carrier These costs will be about $400 - $500. Ongoing costs for things like food, treats, toys, training, health checks, vaccinations, flea prevention, emergency health care savings will be about $700 - $900 a year. Don't forget to also make sure you license your dog each year.
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This is a small but active and athletic dog who may be more suited to a person or couple rather than a family with younger children. As active as she is at the end of the day she will happily be a lap dog with you on the couch watching T.V together! She bonds more closely to one person, so if that will cause jealousy issues perhaps choose another dog!