Chiweenie is not a purebred dog, but a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. It is also called Chiweeni or Chiweeny, Chiwee and Mexican Hotdog, and is emerging as one of the top favorite designer dogs. It makes a very friendly and fun-loving toy lap dog, which would love to cuddle on its owner’s lap, and is best suited for families with older children, singles or seniors. They can adapt themselves well in smaller apartments too that have or do not have yards.
|Medium, short, silky
|Black, brown, black and tan
|Group (of Breed)
|Small; 12 inches (maximum)
|Social, energetic, loving, stubborn
|Good with Child
|2-6 puppies at a time
|General like most other dogs
|ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR
Teacup chiweenie is a miniature variation of the chiweenie that is even more smaller in size. The chiweenie-terrier mix, chiweenie-pomeranian mix, the long-hair chiweenie are popular variations of these dogs, however, the ‘blue chiweenie’ is one that is quite rare.
Temperament and Behavior
Chiweenies are loving, caring, zealous and playful, wanting to constantly play around with their owners, and is dedicated to the family and the household. Being an extremely cautious dog, it would constantly keep an eye on everything going on around it. For this very simple reason, it also makes an excellent watchdog, and would give out a series of barks to any stranger or someone approaching the house. Hence, they are noisy. They might not as well be able to be compatible with younger children, as they would not tolerate too much of noise and activity. They can’t also withstand other pets or animals or dogs. However, if raised together along with other pets from its puppy-days, they would come to terms with them. At times, they are also known to be a bit stubborn.
Chiweenies burn a lot of energy in activities. Nevertheless, to tire them out, a daily routine walk suits them fine. A robust play session can also work effectively to keep them fit. However, because of their size, they don’t really need a very large space to run or play around. Just a sufficient amount of area right inside the apartment can also work. They enjoy the company of their owners or family during their playtime.
Both the grown-up dogs and the puppies need very less grooming, unlike other breeds. An occasional brushing of their coats is necessary, along with a bath only once a month. Frequent bathing might lead to loss of their natural coat oil. Trimming their nails once to twice a month is fine. However, they need a brushing of their teeth at least once a week (or more), since Chihuahuas are prone to dental problems, and the chiweenies are carrying their genes.
Being a relatively healthy dog breed, the chiweenies seldom suffer from diseases. Although, the commonest form of their health issue is allergy. They are also prone to catch certain diseases from their parent breeds, including hydrocephalus, intervertebral degenerative disc disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, seizures, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas and some dental issues.
Both baby and adult chiweenies need very less amount of food, and they are able to regulate their own eating habits. Some eaters follow pick-and-choose diet, while the others eat it all. Feeding them dry canned food twice a day should be enough for these dogs.
Being a bit obstinate by nature, it might be tough and time-consuming to train up the chiweenies. Nonetheless, being an intelligent breed, they can take up training easily, if taught consistently, and by an experienced, affectionate, patient owner or trainer. Sessions of training should be short and must be accompanied by lots of praises and treats. Being a playful dog, incorporating training sessions playfully might work best for them.
- Tuna, a chiweenie, became famous over Instagram because of its unique and strange look and had a few thousand followers in a short span of time, and now its owner has a website to sell products related to this dog.
- Most chiweenies are not as long in shape as the Dachshund and not as frail and tiny as the Chihuahua.