- Height: 8-10 inches
- Weight: 8-12 lb
- Lifespan: 13-16 years
- Group: Not Applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with older children, singles and seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Loving, friendly, energetic, playful
- Comparable Breeds: Chihuahua, Dachshund
As far as designer dogs go, the Chiweenie is one of the cutest ones around. As a mix of Dachshund and Chihuahua, these hybrids pack a big personality inside of a small body. Owing to its purebred parents, the feisty Chiweenie will sport adorable appearance and a compact size, and a charming, spunky personality. It really is no wonder that this adorable hybrid is picking up in popularity!
Dogs of this breed are friendly and loving, and make for ideal lap dogs. But don’t be fooled into thinking that these petite pooches are lazy couch potatoes! After a Chiweenie is done with cuddling, he’ll want to play… a lot. And only when he’s all tuckered out from playing, he’ll be content to sleep beside you on the couch.
Ideal for singles, seniors and those who like to travel (the Chiweenie is quite portable) or live in an apartment or condo; this breed is attractive to a wide range of households. He does tend to bark, which he puts to use in his role of chief watchdog. Is the Chiweenie the right dog for you? Read on to learn more about this cute breed.
As far as designer dogs go, the Chiweenie is one of the cutest ones around. Long and small, this adorable hybrid is picking up in popularity.
The overwhelming majority of designer dogs has a mysterious past. Apart from the few of the most popular hybrids, dogs like Chiweenie have no origin story. However, even if there is no single breeder or clear creation timeline for this Chihuahua and Doxie mix, we can give an estimate of its origin. The Chiweenie is a relatively new breed of designer dog, which likely had its start in North America. They were bred as early as the 1990s, but are gaining popularity has more owners and fans sing their praises.
The Chiweenie is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and Dachshund. Like most hybrids, this dog is an F1 or first generation mix. This means that the puppies have two purebred parents (of different breeds) and are the direct result of intentional crossbreeding. No further selection is done through selective breeding of Chiweenies to other Chiweenies. The reason for this is that F1 mixes are considered to be the healthiest and that further crossbreeding can lead to re-emergence of health issues specific for the parental breeds.
However, the fact that the Chiweenie is an F1 crossbreed hybrid will mean that it’s not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Chiweenie puppies can’t be registered for official pedigree papers with a major canine organization, but some other, smaller clubs offer certifications for designer dogs. Either way, if you are buying a Chiweenie puppy, make sure it’s from a reputable breeder- this way, you can be sure you’re getting a healthy dog with a quality
Food / Diet
Every dog needs a proper, balanced diet to be healthy and to thrive. Unfortunately, not all pet owners know what type of food is ideal for their new pet, and picking out the right meal plan can become a frustrating ordeal. Fortunately, the Chiweenie is not particularly demanding when it comes to food. Not unlike most dogs, this hybrid does best on a diet based on high-quality dry food for dogs. The trick is to pick out the type of kibble that suits your dog’s unique needs best. Choose a premium brand and a blend optimal for your dog’s size (small breeds), age (puppy, adult, senior) and their activity level (moderate).
As a small breed, the Chiweenie is prone to obesity. This hybrid might have a small body, but its appetite is sure big! If you let your pet free fed during the day, it’s highly likely it will lead to rapid weight gain and health issues that come with it. Instead, follow the serving recommendations printed out on the kibble bag (feeding guide). Split that amount into two meals a day and be moderate with treats you give to your pet.
Known to be a bit stubborn, the Chiweenie can be a challenge to train.
Known to be a bit stubborn, the Chiweenie can be a challenge to train. Keep training sessions short and interesting, with plenty of treats and praise for a job well done. Harsh training methods won’t get you far with this dog. If he notices that you are getting frustrated with him, he’ll resist training altogether. Because he love to play, try incorporating some playful training techniques or reward him with play time after your session is complete.
Even though training your new pet might require a bit of patience and effort, it’s essential to teach them basics. Early socialization and training will ensure that your cute puppy grows up into a well-behaved pooch without any behavioral issues. As a breed, the Chiweenie can be prone to becoming an excessive barker, so teaching them to stop yapping on command is a great idea.
A small-sized breed, the Chihuahua and Dachshund mix weighs between 8 and 10 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Loving, playful and energetic, the Chiweenie is dedicated to his family and will become your little shadow. He’ll want to play with you constantly (unless of course he’s napping in your lap). And even with his small size, he makes a wonderful watchdog. He’ll alert you with a series of sharp barks to let you know if someone is approaching the house. He doesn’t miss a thing and notices everything that goes on around him.
Chiweenies are great for single people, retirees and families with older children. And because of their compact size, you can travel with them just about anywhere. This hybrid isn’t the best choice for families with young children, as they can be easily irritated by noise. They ‘re also known to not get along with other animals, so he should be the only dog in your household. If raised alongside other dogs as a puppy, he should be fine to live in a multi dog household.
Common Health Problems
Chiweenies are relatively healthy dogs, experiencing minor health issues throughout their lives. The most common issue is allergies. As this is a cross breed, it may inherit health issues that are associated with its parent breeds (but it doesn’t mean your dog will suffer from any of them). These can include hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, diabetes, intervertebral degenerative disc disease, seizures, Luxating patellas, dental issues and hydrocephalus.
Additionally, like all small dog breeds, the Chiweenie is at risk for early tooth loss. To prevent plaque buildup, reward your pet with an occasional dental treat and make sure to incorporate brushing in your daily routine.
The Chihuahua and Dachshund mix has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
He may be small, but the Chiweenie has plenty of energy to burn. Of course, this energy is all in a little package, so to tire him out, a daily walk or vigorous play session will suit him just fine. Because of his small size, he doesn’t need a lot of room to run around in. He’s just as happy running inside of the house as he is out in the yard. Of course, it goes without saying, if you let your pet play in the yard, make sure that it’s supervised and that everything is securely fenced. Not only that these tiny doggos could find a spot to wiggle through and go off on an adventure, but they can be snatched by birds of prey, such as hawks or certain types of owls.
Loving, playful and energetic, the Chiweenie adores his family and will become your little shadow.
The Chiweenie is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
Depending on what type of Dachshund and Chihuahua are bred, a Chiweenie’s coat can range from short to long. That means your dog could have a long, fluffy coat or a short, smooth coat. Coats range in colors, from solid white, red, brown, and black, as well as a combination of any of these hues. If your Chiweenie has longer hair, you should brush his coat a few times a week to avoid tangles and mats.
Because this dog is a mix of Chihuahua and Dachshund (both small dogs), the Chiweenie is also a small puppy. This means you’ll have to watch him carefully, especially around children. This is a friendly breed, so bring out this part of his personality early on – let him meet new people and animals as often as possible.
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