If you’re looking for a fun, energetic, and adorable designer dog, you may have heard of something called a Chiweenie. These adorable little dogs make for great pets, with fun personalities, who love people.
But as you’ve looked through the various designer dog breeds, you’re probably wanting to learn more about these hybrids, and whether or not they meet all the needs of your family pet, and what kinds of personality traits, possible issues, and training information you need to know.
Because we love these little dogs, we’ve pulled together as much information as possible to help you decide if you’d love one, too.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A CHIWEENIE?
A chiweenie is a cross between a purebred Dachshund and a purebred Chihuahua. They tend to look like a Chihuahua in the face, ears, head, and have more similarity with the Dachshund in the body with the long torso and short legs.
Nicknames for Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Dogs
As we’ve already noted, a Dachshund and Chihuhua mix are referred to as Chiweenies. This name is actually recognized by a number of groups, including the ACHC – the American Canine Hybrid Club – and the IDCR – the International Designer Canine Registry.
Other nicknames for Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dogs include Chiwee, Chih-weenie, Chiweeni, Doxihuahua, and the “Mexican hotdog.”
History of Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Dogs
To better understand this hybrid dog, we need to take a look at the two breeds that create the Chiweenie breed. First, we’ll take a look at Chihuahuas.
Chihuahuas Throughout Time and Cultures
Chihuahuas have been around for a long time. We believe these cute little dogs were first bred in the area we now refer to as Mexico. Others, however, believe they were first bred in Asia.
Overall, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breeds, though their ancestors were much larger. This breed gained popularity in the United States during the 1800s, and has been recognized as a toy breed since 1904 by the American Kennel Club – AKC.
Chihuahuas are mostly kept as pets, but a few have become television and film stars. Think about the Taco Bell Chihuahua and Bruiser from Legally Blonde.
Dachshunds Through the Ages
Dachshunds have been around for a long time, since the 15th Century. This breed was first developed in Germany, designed to be a badger hunting hound.
The short legs of these friendly, stubborn dogs are perfect for digging for badgers, rabbits, and foxes in their dens and tunnels. This breeding trait is largely why these pups will burrow around your home into pillow cases, under blankets, and in the laundry.
Dachshunds were introduced into the United States during the 1800s, as well, and became a recognized breed of hound by the AKC in 1935. These pups are no longer consider hunting dogs, but are instead beloved pets and lap dogs instead.
Bringing Together the Two Breeds
This combination of breeds make for not only an attractive dog breed, but a great lap dog who’s strong, feisty, friendly, and makes for a great companion animal.
Typical Healthy Sizes of Chiweenies
The two breeds that come together to create the Chiweenie are both considered small or toy dogs. This means that Chiweenies are small dogs, and will continue to make great lap dogs. But, the exact type of either dog will determine the exact size the pup will get to in adulthood.
Miniature Chiweenies result from a normal sized Chihuahua and a miniature Dachshund. These little guys usually weigh about three to eleven pounds.
Teacup Chiweenies usually come from a teacup Chihuahua and a standard-sized Dachshund mating. Their pups will weigh between three and thirty-pounds, which is the largest weight for a standard Dachshund.
Typically, Chiweenies will measure up to nine-inched tall at the shoulder, but will be smaller if they’re miniature Chiweenies.
Common Coloring and Chiweenie Appearances
Despite being descendants of two purebred dogs, Chiweenie dogs are not purebreds. And that means that appearance may vary from litter to litter, and even from puppy to puppy. The puppies will bear resemblance to either or both parents, and may be solid of bi-colored.
Dachshund Chihuahua dogs come in a variety of colors, like black, red, cream, chocolate, fawn, silver, black, and blue. They may also have color combinations like black and silver, blue and cream, tan and fawn, as well as various other combinations.
General Personality Traits of Chiweenies
Chiweenies are friendly, attached little dogs who gladly show off their relationship with you. They love being pampered, showered with affection, and made the center of attention.
Their small size enables them to be lap dogs more easily than a lot of other breeds, and they absolutely love following you around and sticking close.
Chiweenies are likely to be feisty, and occasionally snappy dogs. If your pup turns out to be snippy, there are some training techniques you can use to help with the issue.
These pups come from breeds who are brave, tenacious, and bold, which will likely be passed onto the Chiweenies. They’re also definitely take-charge kind of dogs, so don’t expect them to be aloof with strangers and their humans. Because of this, socialization for your Chiweenie is vital. And they are not usually good with small children.
Chiweenies are exceptionally loyal to their owners, and may sometimes be aggressive towards other people. They can be taught to work better with strangers and kids, though, so don’t necessarily shy away from them for this reason.
Both breeds are known for vocalizing quite a bit, so if you need a quiet home setting, this may be an unfortunate turn-off for Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dogs.
Health Issues Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Dogs Have
With all dog breeds, there are certain medical issue tendencies. Because Chiweenies are a blend of two breeds, you’ll have the health issues from either side, or both, crop up throughout your pup’s life. As you decide if you want to consider this breed, you’ll definitely want to be aware of the potential issues.
Common health issues for Chiweenies may include any of these from their parent breeds:
Chiweenies May Also Face Miniaturism Problems
Because either dog parent may be a miniature, Chiweenies may have some miniaturism problems.
One of those problems could be a shortening of the legs, since both breeds already have short legs. This can put some potential stress on the discs, and may have issues fully supporting their long bodies.
Chihuahua Dachshund Dog Mixes and Their Exercise Requirements
Chiweenies need to have specifically chosen exercise. Because of the potential back issues, they need to avoid doing too much jumping, and should have lighter play.
But they should still be kept active and engaged in a lot of healthy playtime. Encourage them to run and play around the home, as well as take them for walks often to keep their hearts and lungs healthy, and their bodies strong.
What You Need to Know About Grooming Chiweenies
Because Chiweenies have parents whose coats may be either long, short, or wirehaired, they may have a variety of grooming needs.
Standard Chihuahuas have a short, smooth coat, but the long-haired Chihuahuas have a long, shaggy coat. Dachshunds may have any of the medium, long haired or wire-haired coats. Both types of dogs shed seasonally.
For those who inherit the short, smoother coat, they require minimal brushing, while those who inherit the long or wire-haired coats will require more grooming, especially during shedding season.
Training Information for Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Dogs
When you get a Chiweenie pup, you need to start their training at an early age. Either breed, like all dogs, may inherit some of the mannerisms that aren’t quite as favorable.
Some of the possible undesirable characteristics that may need to be trained include:
One of the best ways to deal with some of these issues is through socialization, beyond other training used to address these issues.
What You Need to Know About Socialization for Chiweenies
Chiweenies come from two breeds of dogs that don’t particularly like small children, and don’t like being poked, pulled on, or prodded.
Because of this, if you have small children and still want a Chiweenie, you’ll need to socialize them from a young age with the kids, and other people. And, you also need to teach your children not to tug on the dog’s tail, poke them, et cetera.
Lifespans for Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Dogs
Hybrid breeds tend to live about as long as their parent breeds. So, a Chiweenie can be expected to live from between 12 and 20 years.
This is the higher end of lifespan expectations, of course, but if your Chiweenie gets to an older age, they are likely to suffer from back issues and dental problems.
When You’re Ready to Bring a Pup Home
Now you’re more ready than ever to consider bringing home a Dachshund/Chihuahua mix. You’ve got a snapshot of temperament, personality, history of their parent breeds, and possible health issues.
If you like what you see, and think you’re ready to really consider a Chiweenie for your family, we’d recommend you go check out some puppies where you can ask questions, and see these adorable pups in action.
You’ll get a clear picture of what you love about them and what you may not. Just be prepared to bring one home that day – it would be hard to resist if you meet one who connects with you and wins your heart.
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