The Chilier is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The dog has bulging eyes similar to the parents along with large droopy ears borrowed from Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The breed came into existence a couple of decades back and has become popular due to the loyal, friendly and outgoing nature.
|Facts About Chilier|
|Breed Group||Toy dog|
|Country of Origin||U.S.A.|
|Other Names||Cavachi, Cava Chi, Chihuahua/Cavalier –King Charles Spaniel Mix, Chivalier|
|Size & Height||8-10 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC|
|Shedding||Low to average|
|Colour||Black, tan, cream, golden, brown, silver, and white|
|Life Expectancy||10-16 years|
|Coat||Silky and long, or straight and short|
Temperament & Personality
It is a friendly and extrovert dog that loves to be the center of attention. It can get willful due to its independent and dominating nature. The animal tends to get territorial and wary around strangers.
The Chilier is a reasonably active dog which requires moderate activities regularly. Its size makes it suitable for apartment life as indoor games provide the dog sufficient stimulation. A couple of walks every day and frequent visit to a dog park will help it stay fit and socialize. One thing to notice about these dogs is that they sneeze when they get excited.
Chilier puppies require moderate grooming, hence, first time owners can consider it. Brush its coat twice or thrice a week to preserve the natural oils of the skin. Bathe it using a dog shampoo, only when it is extremely dirty and smells strong. Clip its long nails with nail clipper when they over grow or visit a professional groomer. Moreover, regularly clean its eyes and ears to prevent infections. Lastly, brushing its teeth twice a week will prevent tar tar build up and the oral health germ free.
Inherited health complications include patellar luxation, heart problems, hypoglycemia, hip dysplasia, shivering, etc. Look for health clearances of the dog’s parents and consider the breeding environment before buying.
Training the Chivalier can be difficult owing to its stubborn attitude. It needs a consistent and firm leader for guidance. The owner must be patient and should not revert to negative methods as they can be detrimental. Teach the necessary obedience and socialization skills at an early age to avoid problems.
High-quality dry dog food can be fed to the Chilier. The amount is half to one cup, although it may vary depending on its size, age, and metabolism.