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Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Chihuahua Mix): Pictures, Temperament & Care

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on June 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

A black Chilier looking up

Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Chihuahua Mix): Pictures, Temperament & Care

This adorable pup is a relatively new designer breed. A mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Chihuahua, the Chilier is outgoing, super social, affectionate, and intelligent. However, according to which parent your pup takes after, they might be a bit stubborn, willful, and not so easy to train.

Breed Overview


8–10 inches


6–12 pounds


10–16 years


Silver, brown, cream, black, tan, white, golden

Suitable for:

Beginning pet owners, families, apartment living


Outgoing, affectionate, loyal, intelligent, stubborn

This breed is an extroverted puppy but will need to be socialized and trained from a young age. If you’re considering adopting or purchasing a Chilier but need to know more about these little fellows first, you can find everything you need in our guide below.

Chilier Characteristics

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Chilier Puppies

The Chilier puppy is one of the many breeds of designer puppies that seem to be taking the world by storm. However, it’s important to note before you adopt or purchase your very own Chilier puppy that this breed can be a bit stubborn, but they are loveable, intelligent, and eager to please.

If you’re still considering purchasing one of these adorable pets, then know they are a huge responsibility. Keep reading for more information to help you make up your mind.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Chilier 🧠

The Chilier is a very outgoing dog, so you won’t have a problem with them in social situations. However, they do need to be socialized as a young puppy and into adulthood.

Your Chilier pup is intelligent and loves to be the center of activity in everything going on around them. If your family is curled up on the couch watching TV, expect your pooch to be in the middle. If you’re outside playing, expect him to want to play as well.

Some Chiliers can be timid, while others can be protective of their families. Unfortunately, it is possible that your pup will inherit the stubbornness and willfulness of one of its parents, so training needs to begin early.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Being social pups, the Chilier does well living with families. They’re loving, so they enjoy playing with and being around children. However, you do want to be careful with your pup around small children because of his small size. Also, Chiliers may take after their parents and be bossy and obstinate even with children, as well as being unpredictable at times.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

While the Chilier breed gets along well with other pets in a household, they might tend to chase smaller animals. Making sure to socialize and train your Chilier pup as a puppy will help with their interactions with other animals. Make sure that you’re careful with your pet around larger dogs, as it is tiny and can be hurt easily if one knocks it over when trying to play.

Things to Know When Owning a Chilier

Now that you know about the personality of your Chilier and how well they’ll get along with others, it’s time to move into the food, diet, exercise, and training requirements for your furry friend. We’ll also talk about the amount of grooming your pet might need, any health conditions to watch for, and the differences between male and female Chiliers you might want to consider.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The first thing you need to know about your little Chilier puppy is that free feeding is a really bad idea. Your pup will continue to eat, even though they might be full. The Chilier breed is prone to gaining weight, and since they’re so tiny, that weight shows easily.

It’s best to feed them ½–1 cup of dry kibble per day. Then, break that into two separate meals, and always make sure that the food is a high-quality brand. If you aren’t sure of what the best food is for your pet or how much to feed them, it’s best to consult your vet for help.

Exercise 🐕

This breed is moderately active, so needs a moderate amount of activity every day to keep them happy and healthy. A walk or two a day will suffice since they’re little and can get a lot of their exercise indoors. Taking them to the dog park where they can play is recommended, but you need to be careful due to their size.

Training 🎾

As previously stated, the Chilier breed can be obstinate, stubborn, and willful, so training your pup could be a task if you’re not training early. Early socialization and training are key if you want your Chilier to behave as a puppy and as an adult. Not all Chiliers are stubborn and willful; however, it’s according to which parent they take after.

Grooming ✂️

Your Chilier will shed a moderate amount and is a low to medium-maintenance breed. Make sure to brush them every couple of days and shampoo with a high-quality shampoo when needed. In addition, of course, you should keep an eye on their nails and trim them when needed, and of course, brush their teeth twice weekly.

Health and Conditions ❤️

As with any designer dog breed, there are health conditions you should be on the lookout for. Some of these are serious conditions, some are minor conditions. While the Chilier is a healthy breed, it’s still something to look out for. We’ll discuss those conditions in our next section.

Minor Conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Open fontanel
  • Glaucoma
  • Patellar luxation
  • Heart problems
  • Collapsed trachea

Serious Conditions:

Open fontanel, glaucoma, and patellar luxation are common serious conditions that your Chilier might inherit from her parents. It’s best to talk to your vet about any symptoms you see in your pet when it comes to these conditions. Heart problems and a collapsed trachea are also known in this breed.

Minor Conditions:

Minor conditions to watch for include shivering and hip dysplasia. Many of these issues can be avoided by talking to your vet and going with a reputable breeder when you purchase your Chilier puppy.

Male vs Female

The female of the breed can sometimes be quite a bit smaller than the male of the species. Other than that, there’s not that much of a difference between the two, which will only be more true if you have your Chilier spayed or neutered.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Chilier

1. Chiliers Are Adaptable but Don’t Like Cold Weather

Since Chiliers are so small, they can live almost anywhere. However, they don’t like the cold weather at all. They don’t do well with temperature extremes, so it’s best to keep them inside on hot, humid days. During the cold weather, they will need a doggie coat, especially when going outside.

2. Chiliers Live Longer than Most Small Breeds

If you’re looking for a small breed dog you can grow old with, then the Chilier is the pet for you. For the most part, these dogs are healthy and live longer than most small breeds do.

3. Chiliers Gain Weight Easily

Since this is a sort of new designer dog breed, the size standard really hasn’t been set yet. However, it has been noted that they tend to gain weight easily, so this is something you’ll want to watch for as your puppy grows into adulthood.

Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the Chilier breed of dog. If you’re considering adopting one of these adorable animals, please make sure to do so through a reputable breeder. These pets are lovable, affectionate, social, and quite intelligent, but they can be obstinate and willful at the same time. Take all this into consideration before deciding to adopt one of these dogs as your own because they’ll want to stay with you forever.

Featured Image Credit: Claudiu Alin, Shutterstock

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