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.
|Coat||Medium, short, silky|
|Color||Black, brown, black and tan|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound, toy|
||Small; 12 inches (maximum)|
|Temperament||Social, energetic, loving, stubborn|
|Good with Child||No|
|Litters||2-6 puppies at a time|
|Health Concerns||General like most other dogs|
|Competitive Registration||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.
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.
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.