Have you wondered how the tiniest dog mixed with a giant breed would look like? We are talking about a Chihuahua and a Great Dane. Although it’s rare to spot them, a possibility never ceases to exist. The breeding world is always trying to find something new to make and this pair has us baffled.
As unlikely as it sounds, there have been a few cases where trials have been run and a mix was produced. If you are as curious as us to know what it may have looked like, read on to find out everything we know so far about this unimaginable mix.
Great Dane Overview
This breed is known for their large size and joyful, friendly temperament. They socialize with strangers but are known to be protective at the same time. Great Danes are safe to have around kids because of their forbearing nature, making them an ideal choice for parents who want to have a dog around.
The Great Dane’s size makes up most of its “great”-ness, leaving little room for its other qualities that equally stand out. Reaching a height of about 30-32 inches, it is taller than an average person when on its hind legs. The Great Dane is easily a towering member of the family.
They were bred by the Germans to guard royalty while they slept. This earned them the name “Chamber Dogs”. Great Danes are known for their intolerance for strangers which makes them great watchdogs.
Used in modern history to hunt rodents, given its small size, today Chihuahuas are known for their sheer companionship and fun personality. They became trendy thanks to Hollywood producing the likes of “Legally Blonde” and “Sex and the City”, where their innate performance became an immediate hit.
Reputed to be spiritually significant, the Aztecs viewed the ancestral look-alike of the present-day Chihuahua, namely the techichi, as guardians who would ferry souls to the underworld. Mistreatment of these dogs amounted to sin and could spell trouble for a person after death.
This breed is known for their noisy, excitable personas and their ability to bond exceptionally with their masters. Their small size makes them a great addition to today’s apartment living families. They are affectionate and cuddly puppers that love spending most of their time with their owners. Their constant need for companionship makes them great dogs to live with.
What Would They Look Like
Now that we have gained some perspective it’s very easy to start wondering what a Great Dane Chihuahua mix could look like. The chief difference between the breeds being their sizes, it’s tough to imagine how they can be bred, let alone what they would consequently look like.
But as astonishing as it may sound, it has been done. It isn’t unheard of, but the incidence being few and far between, our sources for getting a glimpse of what the Chihuahua Great Dane Mix could look like are close to none.
Nonetheless we have certain exceptions of this breed having actually existed and the Chi Dane Dane Dog looks exactly like what we could speculate. Although it’s difficult to predict what they could look like, it largely depends on their parentage and what features they carry forward.
Reaching their full age, a mix of their heights result in an average of both, with large heads that look like a Greyhound. Also resembling the Daschund, they have long bodies and shorter legs than that of the Dane. Their fur color could vary depending on their parents and they could have long fur if their chihuahua parent had a long fur coat.
Problems Breeding the Chi Dane Dane
The size difference in itself poses the biggest challenge. Making a small breed mate with a larger breed may be possible, technically. But the problem could present itself in the way of giving birth for the smaller breed. The female Chihuahua will not be able to bear the size of the pups nor survive their birth, be it normal or cesarean. The couple will always need a female Dane and a male Chihuahua.
Artificial Insemination (AI) could be a feasible option but there comes the challenge of post-birth care. The puppies will need to be fed by hand as they are usually born with smaller mouths and latching onto a Great Dane mother is physically impossible.
The babies being healthy until they are adults have a slim chance at being successful. The entire process being daunting from the get-go makes Chi Dane Danes an experimental nightmare. Dog lovers would even consider it animal-abuse, and rightly so.
Let’s quickly answer some of the questions dog-lovers have about this breed:
How long can Chi Dane Danes live?
A Chi Dane Dane can be expected to live between 10-12 years, but it depends on the health and lineage history of the parents.
Is breeding the Chi Dane Dane recommended?
Breeding this type is not just a hassle, it also means involving these brilliant pups in a potentially life-threatening set-up. Bordering on animal-abuse, this designer breed can be, or rather should be skipped.
Are Chi Danes Danes suitable for pets?
The suitability of the Great Dane Chihuahua depends on the dominant temperaments of its parents. The Great Dane is a gentle giant who can be protective when needed, whereas the Chihuahua is known for its feisty demeanor. Some training might be necessary for either characteristics.
To wrap up, our verdict says this breed calls for a lot more study, which could also mean that they need to be bred more frequently. Given the problematic breeding procedure and the mortality rates of the mother or the pups, it stands that we stay well away from making these innocent animals go through the pain they do just to fulfill our whims. Our quest for knowledge need not be painful to other species.
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