As a crossbreed between the Shih Tzu and the Dachshund, the Schweenie is a small dog with a height similar to a Shih Tzu, but a relatively longer length like a Dachshund. Despite its small size, Schweenie is a strong dog characterized by broad, muscular shoulders, big dark eyes, big floppy ears, and a charming face. Its medium length coat usually has an attractive rusty hue, though it may sometimes look a bit ragged.
|Coat||Either a thick, lustrous undercoat with long, smooth top coat or a silky, shiny, short-haired coat; sometimes a blend of the two|
|Color||White/Cream, Merle/Spotted/Speckled/Brindle, Light Brown/Golden, Black and White, Black, Brown and White|
|Group of Breed||Hound, Toy|
|Life span||12-15 years|
|Size and Height||Small; 11-20 inches|
|Shedding||Non to Light|
|Temperament||Sweet, Loyal, Lovable, Happy|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Competitive Registration||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DRA, DDKC|
Being smart, friendly, and loving, Schweenies are a family dog ideal for apartment life. They are eager to please their owners whom they rely upon heavily. Although they are somewhat moody, they get along well with other dogs. Schweenies are known to exhibit destructive behavior when separated from their owners or left alone for too long. These cute, playful dogs never snap or growl aggressively, but chew their owner’s hand while playing.
As Schweenies are quite intelligent, they can be easily trained, provided the right training methods are used. Provide obedience as well as socialization training so that they can learn to remain calm in the presence of strangers when taken to an unfamiliar place. Schweenie puppies should be trained to make them sociable with kids. Enforce strict, distinct methods of training, but do not be harsh with your pet.
Give your Schweenie quality dry foods that are prepared for smaller breeds. Instead of one heavy meal a day, feed it 2-3 times a day in proper amounts to take care of its energy requirements.