Chiweenie Breed Overview: Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

As a breed, Chiweenies have been around since the early 90s, which makes them a relatively new breed. At its inception, the breed started out as a cross between a dachshund and a chihuahua, incorporating most of the good traits of both breeds.

Although the breed was originally created by accident, it quickly grew in popularity around the world, mostly on account of how energetic, playful, and extremely loyal these dogs tend to be despite their diminutive size.

One thing to point out about Chiweenies is that they make ideal lapdogs due to how small they are, but also very good companions on account of how cuddly and sociable they are.

It is perhaps because of their size that these dogs make such good apartment dogs in urban environments where larger dogs would find it difficult to adapt.

Having said that, we should point out that a Chiweenie is unlike any other dog you might have interacted with, not just in regards to their personality but also due to how uniquely energetic they are.

What is a Chiweenie? (Overview)

Sometimes referred to as ‘Mexican Hotdogs‘ or the more humorous ‘German Tacos‘, these dogs are not just small in size but very affectionate and lovable all around.

In many ways, they are seen as designer dogs, a clever mix between chihuahuas and dachshunds which for the most part, retains many of the traits that make both the original breeds popular.

You wouldn’t think it just by looking at them but Chiweenies also make surprisingly decent guard dogs thanks to how tenacious and clever they can be.

Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

Appearance

The first thing you notice about these cute puppies is the seemingly dachshund-like body, along with the little tail and paws.

Although their ears and face can differ from one pup to another based on whether they take after their chihuahua or dachshund parents, they tend to have quite small facial features overall.

That said, the eyes can be either black, brown, or blue, provided that the dog doesn’t carry a rare gene that can cause their eyes to be gray.

Weight

Seeing how neither chihuahuas nor dachshunds grow up to weigh more than 6 and 12 pounds respectively, you cannot expect a mix between the two to grow any bigger than that.

As a matter of fact, Chiweenies can be expected to grow up to 10 pounds in weight at most, with a height between 8 to 12 inches.

At this point, we should remark on the fact that there aren’t any real differences between male and female Chiweenies when it comes to size or weight.

Color & Coat

Interestingly enough, Chiweenies come in a variety of colors but mostly black, blonde, tan, or white. That said, these cute pups can also be silver, fawn, or blue, but only in some rare cases and under specific conditions.

One thing to point out about these dogs is that they can either be solid or bi-colored in regards to pattern, mostly the result of their dachshund heritage. Then again, it usually comes down to the parents’ genes more than anything.

While the color can vary in many ways, the coat of these dogs is usually short, smooth, and glossy by most standards. As you may already know, chihuahuas have thick fur for the most part, so any mix with a chihuahua parent should possess the same type of coat.

It is, however, interesting that Chiweenies commonly have smooth coats that are soft to the touch and easy to care for, although the coats of these dogs can vary ever so slightly in length and thickness.

Chiweenie Personality and Temperament

Perhaps the best way to delve into a Chiweenie’s personality is to first consider the traits and characteristics of the breeds it is crossed from.

We all know that chihuahuas can be stubborn yet loving dogs when properly socialized, so you can expect a Chiweenie to possess some of those traits as well.

On the other hand, dachshunds are clever and very resilient, which bodes well with the traits that the chihuahua half brings to the mix.

In other words, you can expect Chiweenies to be small, cute, cuddly, and above all, very sociable dogs.

One thing we need to point out, however, is that these dogs clearly attach themselves to one of their owners and tend to favor cuddling with that person.

This might be seen problematic in households with two or more children as the dog will clearly be more affectionate toward some members of the family than to others that the dog has a colder relationship with.

Chiweenie

Chiweenie Temperament

The fact that they get heavily attached to certain people they favor causes them to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for hours at a time. In turn, this may cause them to become increasingly nervous around strangers and even borderline aggressive.

This can definitely be dealt with by providing the dog with proper training and positive reinforcement whenever they are showcasing a cuddly attitude.

No matter how well behaved the dogs may be, they will occasionally exhibit certain traits that you simply cannot train out of them. Among Chiweenies, many exhibit a desire to dig around any patch of dirt or grass they come across to, a trait these dogs inherit from the dachshund side of the mix.

Combined with their energetic nature, this may result in a lot of material damage around the house if the dog is left unsupervised for too much time on a daily basis.

It should also be said that Chiweenies are rather loud as far as barking and whining go, meaning that you may have to take extra steps to train them out of such behavior if you’re bothered by it.

That said, try to remember that each individual pup has its own traits, characteristics these dogs inherit in greater proportion from one of their parents, either the chihuahua or the dachshund.

Not just that but dogs also tend to take after their owners in the long run, so you definitely want to be aware of your behavior when the dog is around.

How to Train a Chiweenie

We already said that Chiweenies are energetic dogs, so training them can prove rather tedious overall. Still, if you take your time with the pup, you are bound to figure out how to best stimulate the dog to abide by your wishes and to encourage them to increase their capacity to learn.

With such energetic dogs, the trick is to engage them physically before getting into the mental part of the training process. As such, it is recommended that you commence your training sessions shortly after walking the dog or when he/she is done playing.

You also want to keep the training sessions as short as possible and to keep rewarding the dog even when they make very little progress.

Try to remember that these are small dogs and that they can easily develop ‘little dog’ syndrome, which can make the training process a bit harder.

It is very important in this respect that you socialize the dog properly and give them plenty of chances to express their own personality before, during, and after each training session.

Caring for a Chiweenie

Chiweenie puppy

Exercise Needs

These particular dogs have rather low exercise needs when compared to larger dogs, which isn’t to say that they don’t need a healthy dose of exercising on a daily basis.

Due to how headstrong Chiweenies can be, you should train the dog to always respond to your calls, regardless of what activity it is currently engaged in.

Also, remember that these dogs are prone to back problems so keep them from jumping around too much or from high elevations.

It should be said that despite their smaller size, these dogs require a lot of room to move about, so a spacious apartment should be more than enough for their particular needs. If your house has a back garden of sorts then it’s even better.

Try to understand, however, that because of their small size, they can get hurt easily by other dogs or even stray cats. They also take after their dachshund origin in regards to digging, so make sure they can’t dig their way out of the yard.

Grooming

Seeing how these dogs can have different coats from one pup to another, you should determine what type of coat your dog has before deciding on the best grooming procedure.

Whatever their coat may be, these dogs require regular bathing at least once a month, but you can, of course, increase bathing frequency depending on how active they are.

They are also seasonal shedders so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to deal with provided that you brush them regularly.

Chiweenie Diet

To ensure that they do not develop dental problems in the long run, Chiweenies require a healthy intake of nutrients and food with grain-free ingredients.

Some people prefer to feed their Chiweenies dog kibble, which may prove inexpensive long-term provided that you find good grain-free kibble at an affordable price.

As for frequency, these dogs require that you feed them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening along with the occasional treats.

Known Health Problems

We mentioned earlier that Chiweenies can develop back problems regardless of how frequently they exercise, which is a common issue among small dogs.

Try to remember that they share many of the physical and cardiovascular traits of chihuahuas, which are known to suffer from breed-specific health concerns.

Other than that, Chiweenies are prone to dysplasia, skin conditions, eye problems, and a wide range of allergies. That aside, these dogs also have shorter snouts, which may lead to breathing complications for the dogs later in life.

Even so, these dogs have a common lifespan of between 13 and 16 years, although some have been recorded to live as long as 21 years.

Buying a Chiweenie

Due to how peculiar these little dogs are, you may want to contact a reputable breeder/dealer if you plan on getting a pet Chiweenie.

A good way to go about it is to contact someone who already has a Chiweenie or a pair and to simply ask for a pup.

As always, we encourage you to inspect the breeder thoroughly beforehand to ensure that the dogs aren’t abused or mistreated in any way.

As for the exact price, you should expect a Chiweenie puppy to sell for anything between $200 and $500 while in some cases, these cute little puppies can cost you up to $700 or so.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Information
Size 8-12 inches tall
Weight 8-10 lbs
Lifespan 13-16 years
Color Depends largely on the parents, mostly black, brown, tan, and white
Coat Short and glossy
Shedding & Grooming Seasonal shedders, require minimal brushing on a regular basis
Temperament Social, tenacious, loyal, but quite headstrong
With Other Pets Fairly sociable, although they may develop ‘little dog’ syndrome around larger dogs
People Skills Very good with people if socialized properly, require lots of attention
With Children Great with children due to how cuddly they are
Exercise Needs Regular walks and a lot of engagement
Food Grain-free foods are recommended
Known Health Problems Many of these dogs develop back problems

Considered

Considering how sociable and loyal these dogs are, Chiweenies are more or less the perfect apartment dog you can get and still rest assured that you’re getting a fairly intelligent and cuddly pet.

People who own Chiweenies always remark on how much they enjoy to curl up on the couch or bed and cuddle with their owners every chance they get.

As we said, they will also grow quite attached to their owners over time, to the point where they will spend most of their time cuddling up against their owners.

Overall, these are some of the most lovable, cutest, and sociable little dogs you can get for your family.

Caroline Jones

Caroline has been a dog lover since she was only 6 years old, when her parents got her a rescue Boxer. Since then her love for dogs has lead her to study Dog Behavior & Wellfare. She now educates people on how to properly raise and care for dogs, through her online site, Bark Friend. Now, she's a proud owner of a beautiful German Shepherd.

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