The Cheenese or Havanese Chihuahua mix is a sturdy little cross between the Havanese and the Chihuahua. It is a designer dog characterized by a full muzzle slightly tapering at the nose, dark brown eyes, short to medium-sized ears, a somewhat longer body than its height at the withers, and a tail that is often carried forward up over its back.
|Other Names||Havachi, Hava Chi, Havahuahua|
|Color||Any combination including fawn, cream, brown, black, white|
|Height||About 9-12 inches|
|Temperament||Charming, funny, outgoing, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Supervision required|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, IDCR|
Video: Havanese Chihuahua Mix Puppies Playing
Temperament and Behavior
The Cheenese is a loving dog that thrives on human companionship and affection. It forms close bonds with its people and likes to follow them around the house. As a fun-loving and busy housemate, the Hava Chi keeps its family members entertained with its lively and clownish acts.
Although it can be a little suspicious of strangers at first, it will usually make friends with them if properly introduced. It is affectionate with kids as well as other pets. However, because of its small stature, it could accidentally get hurt or harmed by young children. So, its interactions with them should always be supervised.
The Cheenese enjoys going on a lengthy walk, playing games of fetch, or romping around the yard. It is a fast learner and can compete in sports like obedience, agility, freestyle, and flyball.
Its coat needs frequent brushing to keep mats from forming. You may use a fine-toothed comb for removing dead hairs. It can occasionally be bathed using a mild shampoo so that its coat and skin do not dry out. Brush its teeth at least thrice a week and trim its nails once a month.
Although not all Havanese Chihuahua mix will get these diseases, you should test your dog for certain conditions to know its health status. Your Cheenese may be affected by some common health issues including patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, deafness, and congenital heart diseases.
Teaching your dog necessary social skills and exercising its brain to learn new things will be a joyful experience for you and your Cheenese.
No matter how gentle and affectionate your dog is, it can develop undesirable behaviors like digging, chewing, and barking if it is left unsupervised, untrained, or bored. Start training your dog to defecate in a designated spot outside the house when it is 2-3 months old. Make sure you are patient, consistent, and confident in your approach when housetraining your pet.
You should initially teach your Cheenese some basic commands like sit, stay, heel, come, fetch, etc. Use food rewards, play, and praise to motivate your dog to learn anything new. You may also enroll your pup in obedience and kindergarten class to ensure that it quickly acquires the manners of a household pet.
While there are many food options for your dog, feeding it commercial kibble is the best way to keep it in shape. Check the label for the ingredients and make sure that you give your Cheenese one cup of dry food on a daily basis.