Both the Boston Terrier and the Chihuahua are small to medium-sized dogs. They are great for apartments or other small living spaces. Despite their small size, they have big personalities that can sometimes make them difficult to handle.
When these two breeds are crossed, the mix will be playful and goofy. Keeping up with training can lead to a well-behaved dog that will be eager to please and not take up too much space.
Keep reading to learn more about Boston Terriers, Chihuahua, and their offspring, known as a Bochi.
Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, and the Boston Huahua Comparison Table
|Boston Terrier||Boston Huahua||Chihuahua|
|Height||15-17 inches||9-15 inches||5-8 inches|
|Weight||12-25 pounds||4-10 pounds||Less than 6 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||11-13 years||11-16 years||14-16 years|
|Colors||Black and white Brindle and white Black brindle and white Seal brindle and white Seal and white||Black Brown Tan silver||Black Chocolate Cream Gold Red and white Black sable silver Chocolate brindle fawn And a lot more|
|Coat Type||Smooth with short length||Smooth with short length||Smooth with either short or medium length|
|Affection levels||Very loving||Very loving||Pretty loving|
|Shedding Level||Some shedding||Some shedding||Some shedding|
|Temperament||Very playful Average protectiveness||Very playful Average protectiveness||Pretty playful Pretty protective|
|Health Issues||Eye diseases Glaucoma Deafness Patellar luxation Breathing problems||Patellar luxation Eye diseases Periodontal disease||Heart problems (patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve disease especially) Eye diseases Patellar luxation (loose kneecaps) Idiopathic epilepsy potential|
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||High amounts of exercise||High amounts of exercise||High amounts of exercise|
|Friendliness to People||Very open to strangers||Very open to strangers||Somewhat open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Good with other dogs||Good with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drool||Little to no drool||Little to no drool|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Some barking||Some barking||Lots of barking|
About Boston Terriers
Boston Terriers are considered one of the most popular dog breeds according to the American Kennel Club. Their popularity has grown fairly fast, as they are relatively new, first accepted by the AKC in 1863.
They are a true American breed, having originated in Boston, as their name suggests. Like with dogs built of similar stature, they were originally bred to be pit fighters.
The Boston Terrier can be considered a small or medium dog, depending on their weight, though they tend to be mostly on the small side.
They rarely get above 25 pounds and usually stay below 17 inches tall. They have square-shaped heads, very short muzzles, and large eyes.
Like with all dogs that have short muzzles, they often have breathing problems. This is known as Brachycephalic Syndrome and is common in any dog with a flatter face.
Though they need a fair amount of exercise and enjoy playing, they can struggle to breathe, especially in hotter environments.
Thankfully, due to their smaller size, they can often play inside the house, playing fetch or just running around, and avoid becoming too hot or cold.
Chihuahuas are the signature small dog breed known for being carried in purses. The breed has a long and proud heritage, taking its place among the oldest dog breeds to originate from the Americas and becoming a national icon for the country of Mexico.
The Boston Terrier may be a small dog breed but their size completely dwarfs the tiny stature of Chihuahuas which measure only 5 to 8 inches at the shoulder and should not weigh over 6 pounds, even in adulthood.
Their small bodies house large personalities, however, and their confident nature makes them ideal pets for those living in large cities and small apartments.
Because of their headstrong personalities, these tiny dogs tend to be outspoken yappers and rather clannish. This means that they can adapt to having other pets in their household but prefer being their sole dog when possible.
About Boston Huahua ( Bochis, Chibo ):
The Boston Terrier-Chihuahua mix is commonly known as the Bochi although it has a few other names such as the Chibo or Bohuahua.
Their appearance can vary a fair amount based on which parent it inherits more of its genes from but will usually be a short, muscular build resembling the Boston Terrier. If it has a tail, it will be very short.
Their short, smooth fur coat does not do well in hot or cold weather. This means great care is required to ensure the safety and health of the dog during such instances.
The breed inherits a lot of the positive aspects of both breeds, having a long lifespan and few health problems. They don’t drool or shed as much as other breeds and they are large enough to play safely with families with children.
Their large personalities can entertain family and guests alike but will require some consistent training daily to keep this intelligent breed out of mischief.
What Are the Benefits of Mixing These Two Dog Breeds?
By mixing the Boston Terrier and Chihuahua, you get a dog that may have fewer breathing problems than a traditional terrier. You also get a small dog that is only a little bigger than a Chihuahua.
They are pretty healthy dogs, likely not even having the weepy eyes that Chihuahuas are known to have. They can have a pretty strong overbite, and require cleaning of the ears and any face folds they may have, but otherwise, they are fairly healthy dogs.
Also, while both parent breeds tend to bark, especially the Chihuahua, the Bochi is often not a barker. They may only bark a few times when alerting their families. They tend to get along well with other dogs and pets as well, unlike their smaller parent breed.
Finally, the Bochi has one of the longest lifespans, often reaching 15 or more years old.
Are Boston Huahuas Easy to Train?
Bochi is a great family pet. They tend to be quiet, which allows them to be fine in the home of a baby that needs constant rest.
They are also incredibly loving, and eager to please their family members. They also get along well with other people and are always eager to make new friends.
All of this makes them a fairly easy dog to train and good for beginners. However, the stubbornness of the Chihuahua, and the Boston Terrier’s intelligence makes it difficult to train when it doesn’t want to learn.
By giving them lots of love and attention when they do something correctly, they will respond better to any training.
It is key to stay positive and patient when training your dog. If they are being particularly difficult, it is best to take a break and try again the next day.
Bochis are great family dogs that can fit in a small area. They are loving, eager to please, and fairly easy to train.
Unlike their parent breeds, they have few health problems except for an overbite in some of the mixes. They can be great dogs for any first-time dog owner.