Chiweenie

Chiweenie

The chiweenie is a mixed breed dog resulting in the mating of a Chihuahua and a dachshund. There is no recorded history of the first chiweenie, and there is currently no breeding program concentrating on the breed. If you purchase a true chiweenie, you can be sure that one of the parents is a dachshund and the other is a Chihuahua.

Chiweenies come in different sizes thanks to their mixed-breed ancestry. When people take the time to purposely breed these dogs, the litter is often on the small side. Some chiweenies are so small that they are considered teacup size. Like their parents, chiweenies often have fine bones and longish backs. The dogs often have small heads, tiny feet and pricked ears. Chiweenies are normally black, tan or bi-colored.

Personality

The chiweenie is an intelligent dog and quick to learn. Owners of the breed point out that their dogs get jealous of other people and pets. Care must be taken to socialize puppies when they are young if they are expected to get along with all humans and animals. These dogs bond to their owners easily, and the chiweenie is best suited to families without children or with older children. If you choose this breed, resist the urge to carry it everywhere you go. The dog should be treated like a dog; if not, you run the risk of having a spoiled, surly companion.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Mix
Preferred Climate:Warm
Group:Toy
Life Span:13-16 Years
Nicknames:Mexican Hotdog, Chiweeni, Chiwee
Hypoallergenic:No

Chiweenie Build Information

Chiweenies come in different sizes thanks to their mixed-breed ancestry. When people take the time to purposely breed these dogs, the litter is often on the small side. Some chiweenies are so small that they are considered teacup size. Like their parents, chiweenies often have fine bones and longish backs. The dogs often have small heads, tiny feet and pricked ears. Chiweenies are normally black, tan or bi-colored.

Size:Small
Length (Male):8-12 in.
Length (Female):8-10 in.
Weight:< 14 lbs
Litter Size:1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

The chiweenie is an intelligent dog and quick to learn. Owners of the breed point out that their dogs get jealous of other people and pets. Care must be taken to socialize puppies when they are young if they are expected to get along with all humans and animals. These dogs bond to their owners easily, and the chiweenie is best suited to families without children or with older children. If you choose this breed, resist the urge to carry it everywhere you go. The dog should be treated like a dog; if not, you run the risk of having a spoiled, surly companion.

Activity Level:Moderately Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Barking:Moderate
Energy Level:Moderately Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:No
Independant:No
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly

Appearance

Because of their short coat, the Chiweenie requires minimal grooming. A weekly brushing is all that is required to maintain the dog's coat. Puppies should be exposed to nail trimmings and ear cleanings to get used to the process. Your dog will need its nails and ears attended to about once a month. A weekly bath keeps Chiweenies smelling fresh and clean, but a monthly bath is often all that is required.

Colors:Black, Black & Cream, Black & Tan, Black Tick, Blue Merle, Chocolate, Cream, Fawn, Gold, Light Brown, Red-Black Brindle, Tan, Tan Brindle, Tri-Color, White
Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Low Maintenance
Coat Type:Fluffy

Chiweenie Common Health Conditions

Like other small dogs, Chiweenies may be prone to luxating patellas. This condition causes the kneecaps to slip out of place. A veterinarian can determine if your Chiweenie suffers with this condition, and your vet can show you how to slide the kneecaps back into place when necessary. Dachshunds are prone to ear infections and spinal issues. Your Chiweenie may be susceptible to these conditions as well. Care should be taken to choose a Chiweenie born to healthy parents.

Chiweenie Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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Breed Talents and Facts

The price for a Chiweenie varies widely. The least expensive dogs cost around $200, and the most expensive dogs cost around $750. Chiweenies should be purchased from private breeders instead of pet stores. The average life span of the Chiweenie is between 13 and 17 years. Chiweenies do not require extensive exercise. A short daily walk is enough to keep these dogs happy and healthy. Fans of the breed have nicknamed the Chiweenie 'Mexican hot-dog'. Chiweenies on the small end of the size scale are called Teacup Chiweenies.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:No
Jolly for Jogging:No
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:No
Retrieving Skills:No
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:No
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Security Guard Capable:No
Police Performer:No
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:No
Dog Sledding:No
Able to Perform Dog Carting:No
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Obedient:No
Possible Schutzhund Work:No
Trainable for Tricks:Yes