- Not AKC Recognized
- Lifespan: 13-16 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 18" - 22" dog crate*
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Although the Chiweenie is a wee little designer dog, you could never convince him of that. He thinks he’s ten feet tall and has a personality to match it. This cross between a Dachshund and Chihuahua is mighty indeed.
Courageous, intelligent, and affectionate, the Chiweenie has earned his place in the hearts of many and rightly so...he’s an awesome dog.
Happy and energetic, this dog is a great fit for a small space, like an apartment, or for a large home as well. He is quite versatile as long as he is properly exercised. One thing is for sure when it comes to Chiweenies, like their parents, they love people and tend to get very, very attached.
The first cross with the Dachshund and the Chihuahua took place in the 1990s. The mix of the two breeds was desired due to the small compact size, low maintenance, and easygoing friendly personalities of the two parent breeds. It was hoped that the outcome would possess the best of both. And...it certainly did!
Chiweenies are also called Mexican Hotdogs and German Tacos which are very appropriate names for them. Full of spunk and loaded with affection, these little dogs were quick to gain popularity.
It is most common for a Chihuahua to be bred with a Miniature Dachshund but a Standard Dachshund may also parent.
Due to the fact that they are not purebreds, Chiweenies are not allowed to be AKC members. They have found recognition of their own though through the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, Inc., the Designer Breed Registry, and the International Designer Canine Registry.
While with any mix, you can never be sure of the exact result and which parent the pup will favor the most, with this mix, breeders really could not go wrong. The Chiweenie definitely carries over a good bit of the Dachshund look but other than that, it really doesn’t share the hunting instincts in the majority of the designer dogs. They tend to have more of their Chihuahua heritage.
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in existence. Named after the Mexican state, his lineage dates back to pre-Columbian ancient kingdom days. Graceful and friendly, the Chihuahua has been a beloved family member for centuries so it’s not a wonder that they were chosen for parenting half of the designer bred Chiweenie.
Dachshunds bring a lot to the table as well. They are expressive and alert, yet clever and stubborn, these dogs are super cute with short little legs and long, weenie-shaped bodies.
Hound dogs by design, they love to follow their noses and were originally bred to hunt small prey such as rabbits. Through the years they became a very popular companion dog.
The Chiweenie is quite small, weighing in at only around 5-10 pounds. They typically measure around 8 inches at the shoulder.
Chihuahuas are usually 6 pounds or under and Miniature Dachshunds are 11 pounds or less so most Chiweenies are a balance in between.
In general, Chiweenies sport the long weenie body of their Dachshund side and the small, but stout and sturdy, Chihuahua build. They tend to have floppy, long ears but may also have small Chihuahua ears.
The Chiweenie head is typically small and their feet are quite small as well. They may have a long tail. Their snouts are usually long if they resemble their Dachshund parent. If they take more after the Chihuahua side, their head may be dome-like.
Chiweenie coats range from short to medium and the texture is silky and glossy usually but, can be wiry. Their colors are typically varied in solid or mixes of blonde, brown, tan, white or black. Their coats are sometimes, but not always, hypoallergenic.
No matter which side the hybrid breed takes the most after and what features he ends up with, considering the parents’ appearances, you can bet the pup will be adorably cute.
It is recommended to provide food that is specifically formulated to your Chiweenie’s individual needs. Chiweenies are small dogs so they will not require a lot of food.
It is super important to make sure the little they do eat is nutritious and tailored to their breed’s needs which your veterinarian can speak with you about.
Dachshunds tend to love to eat and some Chiweenies are mirrored images of that side of the family. They sniff out food wherever they can and can easily become obese, risking a world of medical problems.
Be sure to watch that you don’t give too many treats to your Chiweenie or encourage his Dachshund love for food side to take over.
Do be sure to keep plenty of fresh water readily available to your Chiweenie at all times and if you travel or go anywhere outside the house with him, bring some water and a bowl along with you.
Chiweenies are relatively maintenance-free in the way of grooming because they have fairly short coats that do not need to be brushed much, but some, especially if they have longer coats.
They don’t shed much and some don’t shed at all. Those who shed do so seasonally and are apt to shed less if you keep them brushed on a regular basis.
Chiweenies do, however, require regular bathing to keep their coats clean and smelling fresh. Be sure to use gentle soap so they don’t have an allergic reaction as their skin can be sensitive.
Be vigilant about keeping his ears clean. Keep them dry too. If your Chiweenie has long ears, he will require more care for them as they may tend to get infected.
Chiweenies can be diggers. You will want to keep his nails clipped and clean. If he goes outside and especially if he digs, he may wear down his nails and will, therefore, need less trimming but will require more nail cleaning instead.
As a rule, Chiweenies do not require a lot of exercise, in their opinion at least. If given to himself, he might lounge on the sofa all day with his pet parent and only exhibit nervous energy at the sound of someone knocking at the door or the mailman bringing a package.
Regardless of his side of the story, it is still important for you, the pet parent, to initiate exercise in order to keep him healthy and fit and also to release pent-up energy that might otherwise be released in a negative manner.
Thirty minutes or less of walking is good for this breed. Do remember that his legs are short and that it takes more effort for him to make strides that many other breeds make with ease.
Chiweenies are intelligent dogs who can get mentally bored in no time. Playing brain games with him is highly recommended and will keep him stimulated.
Pet Crates Direct recommends an 18" - 22" dog crate* for most adult Chiweenies. Being designer dogs who may take more after one parent or the other, they can vary slightly in size but most will take this size of crate.
Chiweenies love with all their hearts and expect to be loved back wholeheartedly as well. In fact, they will insist upon it. They are hams for attention and will get it no matter what. The more freely you give it, the less trouble they will get into.
Chiweenies are quite social creatures and live to spend time with their human families. They do have some energy, ranging from high to medium, especially as puppies, and also from low to medium.
The energy level usually depends on which parent they most take after. No matter their energy though, they love to be lap dogs and love to snuggle as well. They are highly affectionate.
Chiweenies are known as being sweet and easy-going. They can have a stubborn streak though, especially when they favor the Dachshund parent who can be quite bull-headed at times and independent too.
Oddly enough, a Chiweenie may be a barker or may have a tendency to be very quiet. Barkers should be trained to refrain from excessive barking when they are young pups.
This crossbreed is smart, sometimes too much so for their own good just as both sides of their heritage. They can be clever and sneaky which can be cute at times and obnoxious at other times.
In general, Chiweenies do very well with young children but only if they get plenty of attention and are not jealous. They do have the nature to be envious and can react accordingly.
For that reason, they are not universally great with other household pets although they certainly can be worked with to become loving and tolerant, the jealousy will have to be thoroughly addressed.
They can be a good match for the handicapped and elderly if their owner has a good deal of time to spend with them and a mode to release some of their energy such as someone who can walk them a little on a regular basis.
The main downfall of the Chiweenie is also their best feature. They are devoted lovers with huge hearts and a huge need to be loved in return.
Although the Chiweenie is plenty smart enough to train, he very well may have a stubborn nature that comes out when trying to train him. It is best to get his willing cooperation early on by making him want to do what you ask of him.
Treats are always an attention grabber for this breed but can quickly lead to chubbiness so praise is the best way to go for the most part.
Training sessions should be kept short so neither you nor your pup gets frustrated. He will require patience and it is imperative that you never lose your cool and use a harsh tone with him.
If you do, you’ll have a horrible student on your hand. He will totally resist training if he notes frustration. He aims to please but has a short fuse.
If you can get him to be willing, you’ll have an all-star in training. He is agile enough to do cute tricks and will eat up the attention he will get from performing.
The health of each individual Chiweenie greatly depends on which genetics he inherits. Being a crossbreed he will, unfortunately, be at risk for getting the defective genes from both sides.
The lifespan expectancy is 12-15 years which is not bad for any breed. There are medical woes you will want to keep a watchful eye out for though.
Ear infections are prominent, especially in Chiweenies who inherit the long, floppy ears. Keeping his ears clean and dry will help but if he begins to paw at them, it is best to take him in to see his veterinarian. Ear conditions that are not promptly attended to can be so severe they require surgery.
As with many other small dog breeds, back problems can be an issue. Knee complications can also turn up. If your dog is limping or having trouble getting around or getting comfortable, it is a good idea to have him checked.
Is a Chiweenie Right for You?
Chiweenies are characters. They have personalities all their own. Some may sway to the Chihuahua side while others navigate to the Dachshund side. Either way, they are simply adorable in looks and in their bounding personality.
This designer breed will get attached to you should you bring him into your life. It would break his heart if you ever left him so be sure you are ready to take him on before you even consider it.
As with any breed, Chiweenies are not perfect. They can be stubborn. They are affectionate and sometimes, too much so. They can be jealous, attention seeking rascals. As long as you are willing to give him what he requires though, it could very well be a match made in heaven.
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