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The Chizer is a small mixed dog who is also known as the Schnauchi or Chihuahua/Miniature Schnauzer Mix. She is a cross of the Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is a very affectionate and loving dog but can be possessive and snappy so will need training and socialization.

Here is the Chizer at a Glance
Average height 6 to 14 inches
Average weight 4 to 15 pounds
Coat type Smooth, short or long
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Miniature Schnauzer is)
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Every other day
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to excellent depending on which parent she takes more after
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Best for couples or singles with no children
Good with Children? Moderate to good – will need socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good – will need socialization
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good, can be shy – will need socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but better with experienced owners
Trainability Moderately easy – Quick to learn but can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Urinary stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel,
Other Health Concerns Shivering
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Chizer come from?

The Chizer is a designer dog likely originating in the U.S. Designer dogs refers to deliberately bred mixed first generation dogs. Most have two purebred parents and the idea behind them is to get the best of two well loved purebreds into one dog. Of course with this kind of breeding there are no real guarantees as any mix of either parents can end up in the offspring. In fact there can even be large differences between puppies in the same litter. Most have little information concerning who first bred them and if there was a purpose so we look at the purebred parents to get a better sense of where they come from.

The Miniature Schnauzer

This dog was bred to be a ratter on farms and to be a guard dog. He was bred in the mid to late 1800s in Germany by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with other smaller breeds. In Europe during the World Wars dog breeding was hard and some breeds nearly disappeared but the Miniature Schnauzer remained popular. In those days you could get them in a variety of colors but today not so much!

Today he is a lively dog who loves to be in the middle of family goings ons and is quite the extrovert. He loves to receive affection and attention and is affectionate in return. He is feisty and confident and his need to be around people will likely mean he will follow you around. He will love to snuggle into your lap and he will try to make you do what he wants to get his own way. He is intelligent but can be stubborn.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds. 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 can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.



The Chizer is often a mix of the very active nature of the Miniature Schnauzer with the boldness of the Chihuahua. She is very loyal and very protective too. She can be sweet, gentle, loving and cuddly. She can also be over possessive, snappy, stubborn and aggressive. She enjoys receiving attention and will expect to get a lot of it. She likes to play and can do so for a long time as she takes a while before she gets tired. She is alert and generally a happy dog but can sometimes be shy.

What does the Chizer look like

She is a small dog standing 6 to 14 inches tall and weighing 4 to 15 pounds. Her coat can be short haired or long haired and tends to be softer around the head and then more coarse on the body. Common colors are white, brown, grey and black. Her face can have the facial look of the Schnauzer with a beard and so on. She has erect ears or long floppy ones, her muzzle can be squared or pointed and is short or longer with a nose that is black. Her head can be round or apple shaped and her eyes are round and large. She has a long body that is slender and can have either short or long legs. Her tail can be left long or docked.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chizer need to be?

The Chizer has a lot of energy to be burned off. She is small and can happily live in an apartment and does not need a yard though that is a good place to let off some steam if she has access. Her indoor play will go towards her requirements for mental and physical stimulation but she will also need time outside. Take her for a short walk a couple of times a day. If she is large enough take her to a dog park where she can socialize and play.

Does she train quickly?

She is smart but stubborn so is moderately easy to train. She needs that training and early socialization to head off her tendency to nip and her aggression. Use positive techniques and offer treats and rewards and praise to encourage her. Stay firm and consistent with her, just because she is small does not mean she is the boss or that she can get away with developing bad habits. Be prepared too that she may be easily distracted, the moment she hears something going on elsewhere she may lose focus during her training sessions.

Living with a Chizer

How much grooming is needed?

Grooming and maintenance depends somewhat on the coat she has. A longer coat is going to need more brushing to remove tangles and so on then a short coat. It is also easier to brush a short coat than a long one. You may find that the facial hair will need regular trimming and grooming, and her nails when they get too long will need trimming too. These things may be best to leave to a professional groomer who has experience. Give her a bath just when she needs it to avoid affecting the natural oils in her skin. Check her ears once a week for signs of infection and wipe them clean. She sheds a low to moderate amount. Give her teeth a brush at least twice a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Chizer really needs a lot of help to get along with children. She needs early socialization, it would help if she is raised with them, and she should be supervised with them. She is known to nip at them, especially when they play too rough for her or startle her. Younger children who cannot be more careful should be strongly supervised or kept away until they are older and wiser. Socialization will help with shyness around other pets and with getting on with other dogs.

General information


She barks occasionally to frequently so while she can live in an apartment if there are noise regulations or easily irritated neighbors this could be an issue. She can have a sensitive stomach so take to feed her a good quality dry dog food, ½ to 1 cup a day split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

Chizers like any dog can inherit health issues from their parents. This might include Eye problems, Urinary stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel and Shivering. Ask for parental health clearances from the breeder you are thinking of dealing with. Also visit the puppy to check on its conditions and the breeders place of work.

Costs involved in owning a Chizer

A Chizer puppy can cost between $200 to $500. Other initial costs include a crate, carrier, leash and collar, blood tests, deworming, check up, shots, spaying and micro chipping which could be between $360 to $400. Annual non-medical costs like long hair grooming, food, toys, treats, license and training come to between $530 to $630. Annual medical basics like pet insurance, shots, annual check up and flea prevention come to between $435 to $535.


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  • The Chizer is a lovely dog but she does have her issues so is best not with a family with small children. She needs early socialization and training and she will demand a lot of attention. She will be very loving, loyal and entertaining and will be a great companion to snuggle with.

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