Height: 9-15 in
Weight: 8-15 lbs
Life Span: 12-15 yrs
Coloring: Typically solid, bi- or tri-colored; white, black, red, brown
Area of Origin: United States
Similar Breeds: Chihuahua, Dachshund, ChiPoo, ChiApso, ChiChon
History and Origin:
The Chiweenie is a Chihuahua/Dachshund cross, first bred in the early 1990s in the United States. As with many designer dog breeds, the Chiweenie is not eligible for registration with major kennel clubs, but can be registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry (with which the breed is called a Chiweeni). It is bred to be a companion, and makes a great little watchdog.
Personality and Temperament:
Like the Chihuahua, the Chiweenie thinks it is bigger than it is, and is a fearless little dog. It tends to bond closely with a single person, and can be aggressive toward others if not socialized from puppyhood. It is a sufferer of the Small Dog Syndrome, thus it is essential that its owner treat it like a dog, and not like a human baby. Extremely playful, the Chiweenie is a suitable dog for older children; while it is typically bred as a lap dog, the Dachshunds working ethic frequently enables the Chiweenie to keep up with the most energetic of activities. Lovable yet selfish, the Chiweenies strong attachment to its owner can make it difficult to introduce new dogs or other animals into the house, however most owners report that with early socialization their Chiweenies get along fine with other pets. A first time dog owner may find this mix breed to be a delight to own, if proper leadership is present to ensure the little dog does not take advantage of its owners doting behavior.
Exercise & Training:
The Chiweenie is an active dog, requiring daily walks and play time to keep it happy and healthy. A tired dog is a happy dog, and the Chiweenie is less likely to develop behavior problems if given adequate exercise. It is a smart dog, and is easily trained; incorporating games and play in a training session will help keep the Chiweenie active and engaged with its owner. Due to its small size, the Chiweenie is suitable for small houses with little yards, however its tendency to bark at unknown sounds make it challenging to keep in an apartment.
The Chiweenie can have a short, long, or slightly wired coat; the coat depends greatly on the dogs genetics passed down from both parents. A few brushings a week is typically all that is required. Longer hair requires some maintenance to prevent matting; depending on how the dogs coat grows, professional grooming may be required as well. Do not over-bathe, as the Chiweenie’s skin can become irritated easily.
The Chiweenie possesses traits from its parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. It will also be similar to other Chihuahua mixes, such as the ChiPoo (Chihuahua/Poodle) or the ChiApso (Chihuahua/Lhasa Apso), or mix breeds with Dachshund heritage. It is much more active and spunky than designer breeds such as the BichonPoo (Bichon/Poodle) or the CavaPoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle), due to its working dog ancestry.
Interesting Facts about the Chiweenie:
1. Some Chiweenies will have the upright ears of the Chihuahua, while others will inherit the floppy ears of their Dachshund ancestry.
2. The Chiweenie has one of the more unique nicknames in the dog world: The Mexican Hotdog
3. According to the International Designer Canine Registry, the Chiweenie is an active dog, can have trouble getting along with other animals, is a barker, and headstrong. It has quite the personality!
4. The Chiweenie can make a great pet for those who travel frequently and need to take their puppy along. Their small size allows them to be taken easily in Planes or on long car rides.