The Chihuahua Dachshund mix is a toy breed which is well-suited for any single dog-parent, cosy senior or adventurous couple; a perfect addition to any individual who seeks a body guard minus the large physique.
Your Chiweenie will be your very own “Mexican Hotdog”, the perfect mix of the petite and fierce Chihuahua and the short and affectionate Dachshund breed.
Loving, loyal and playful to their owners, yet, protective when the time comes. It is hard not to fall in love with this little pooch.
So, what else is there to know?
Let us describe this breed in detail so that you can see if the mini and mighty Chiweenie is the right breed for you.
|Breed Type||Mixes and More|
|Suitable For||Singles, couples, seniors, families (with older children/teenagers)|
|Size||Male and female both stand at 8 to 12 inches|
|Weight||Between 5 to 10 pounds (females are typically smaller)|
|Lifespan||13 – 16 years|
|Color Variations||Tan, brown, blonde, black and even multicolored|
|Temperament||Loving, fearless, protective and playful|
|Activity Levels||Medium – Maximum of 30 minutes each day|
|Daily Food Consumption||½ cup of high quality dry kibble (preferably toy breed specialized)|
|Known Health Issues||Allergies|
What is a Chiweenie?
Although the Chiweenie is not a purebred dog. It is the perfect mix of two pure breeds, the Dachshund and the Chihuahua. This designer breed was developed from two miniature toy breeds to create a loyal yet fearless companion.
The litter size of a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix varies from just two to six puppies. Due to puppies being disproportionally large in comparison to their mothers, canine dystocia (i.e. a difficultly during birth) may be a risk factor.
The price of Chiweenie Puppies is fairly affordable, in comparison to other designer dogs, and should be between $200 to $500 USD.
Due to the differences in their parent’s appearance, the puppies may also have distinguishable features. For example, a puppy may have short-pointed ears (like a Chihuahua) or long floppy ears (like a Dachshund).
Origins of This Designer Breed
Originating in the early 1990’s, it is a fairly new breed which has grown tremendously in popularity in the United States over the last decade.
You may have seen Tuna the Chiweenie on Instagram, who has a whopping 1.9 million followers.
The purebred parent breeds of the Chihuahua Dachshund Mix have relatively different origins. The cheeky Chihuahua is known to be of Mexican descent while the dashing Dachshund is of European descent, being from Germany.
As with every designer breed, the purpose of this breed was to selectively breed traits, temperaments and appearances which would be desired for a specific group of individuals.
|Chihuahua Breed Characteristics||Dachshund Breed Characteristics|
|Fearless and Mighty||Loyal and Loving|
The combination of a small guard-like dog, but, loving and loyal temperament, is the perfect substitute for a large protective guard dog, which may not be the perfect travel companion due to its large size.
Frequently Asked Questions
An average life expectancy of between 13-16 year providing they have a good quality of life in terms of nutrition, exercise and of course, care. They are a friend for life and you will certainly enjoy every year.
Chiweenie Full Grown
They are a toy breed, standing at only 8 – 12 inches and weighing approximately 5 to 10 pounds. Both these parent breeds may come in two different size classifications (e.g. standard and the miniature) and therefore producing a teacup Chiweenie.
The growth of this breed does not depend on sex; making the male and female similar in size.
These puppies will only set you back approximately $200 to $500 USD; this can vary based on appearance and breeding standards. A long eared Chihuahua Dachshund Mix usually costs more than a perky eared one.
As these dogs are growing in popularity, they are becoming a victim of backyard breeding as well as many dogs being left at shelters. If you want to save money, and most importantly a life, then adopt from your local dog shelter.
Chiweenie Temperament and Personality
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Don’t let their small size fool you. The Chiweenie Dog has a bold little soul. Fearless and loyal to their owners, this breed will not hesitate to protect you from any suspicious strangers.
These dogs can bark, and will bark a lot more than other toy dog breeds, making them the perfect look out for your home.
Their loyal temperament will be sure to win you over, if that doesn’t, their spicy Latin attitude and warm little soul will.
They are highly affectionate to those they love. They are actually rather picky and usually they have a favourite dog-parent. If you are lucky then this will be you and you will have your very own guard dog.
They make the perfect travelling companion due to their pocket-sized appearance making them a great little friend for any single dog-parent, senior or young couple.
They are more suited to a family with older children, as this small breed may be quiet feisty and may not make a great combination with young kids. Just because they believe they are big and macho, doesn’t mean they necessarily are. Remember, this is a toy designer breed and therefore may be prone to injuries from rough play with children.
How to Care for a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
As with any dog breed, it is important to understand the basic care requirements in order to keep your fur baby happy and not yappy.
Food and Diet Requirements
Your Chiweenie is a loving dog yet at times they may be quite active. Therefore, the perfect diet for this breed must provide them with the correct energy requirements.
Every dog loves to eat. But, don’t forget, this pooch is only tiny and therefore you must be careful to not overfeed this little pup more than it can handle.
Although an active toy breed, the Chiweenie is still a small dog and therefore doesn’t require many calories per day to meet their energy needs. This will change over their lifetime due to differences in the age, size and activity level.
A Chiweenie’s caloric needs are similar to their purebred parent, the Chihuahua, due to the similarity in size. Therefore, it is recommended you feed your dog approximately 250 to 440 calories per day.
This dog is tiny and so their stomach is also tiny, it is not a good idea to pack all of those nutrients into a big meal.
Instead, find a dry kibble diet which can compact these needs into two or three small meals daily. High quality dry kibble also acts to help with your dog’s dental hygiene. The biscuits will actually act as little toothbrushes, scraping away any plaque build-up.
Your Chiweenie should be provided with approximately a ½ cup of dry kibble per day over two to three meals. This will allow your pet to feel satisfied (and thus less demanding), as well as ensuring that they do not eat all of their food in a hurry which may lead to an irritated digestive system.
Exercising a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
The Chiweenie is small and cuddly but that doesn’t mean that they don’t like to play. Luckily for you, they are small and therefore they don’t require a large back yard. In fact, a little run around the house with their favourite toy, mixed with a daily 20 minute walk; is sufficient enough.
Your mix will only require 20 to 30 minutes of walking a day. This will ensure your little friend doesn’t get bored and stays physically healthy.
Perhaps an evening stroll is the perfect excuse for you to escape the house and unwind after a big day? Don’t worry, your little companion will protect you!
Remember, although active, this is a toy breed, and therefore, they only have so much energy to burn off. They are the perfect lap dog at night for cuddles in front of the TV.
Training a Chiweenie
Your pooch may grow tired of training quickly and therefore it is your responsibility to keep training interesting and engaging.
These dogs are not unintelligent, they are just quite active and get distracted easily. If you fail, then it is ok! Try again tomorrow.
Try and start training your Chiweenie from a young age, ideally from eight weeks old, by using positive reinforcement accompanied by A LOT of patience.
The rewards of training will be worth it, helping build a strong and well matured dog. If trained and socialized correctly, your pup will be very loyal and loving towards you. They just love you so much that they want to save you from anything.
However, you still want your Chiweenie to make friends and tone down the feisty-ness towards strangers. Like training, socialization from an early age, is very important so that your puppy does not get into a habit of being overly aggressive. You can try:
- Puppy classes (also great for training purposes)
- Doggy day care
- Dog parks
- Walks around the neighborhood
Begin socialization as soon as possible so that your puppy can grow up to watch you interact with a variety of different people and animals.
Known Health Problems
The Chiweenie is a fairly active and healthy dog. However, like any mixed breed, this dog may inherit common diseases which may be associated with each parent breed.
It is therefore important for any responsible dog-parent to understand which health problems may arise from their purebred Chihuahua and Dachshund parents so that their pooch is able to stay fit, fabulous and feisty.
Allergies are the most common health issue seen in the Chiweenie. This is unfortunately due to their parent breed, the Chihuahua, who is known to suffer from a variety of allergies. An allergy is a negative immune response by your pup’s body to a particular item, such as food, pollen or even dust.
Common symptoms of your dog having an allergic reaction are sneezing, coughing, irritated skin, hair loss and licking their paws.
Breed Appearance: Coat, Color and Grooming
The Chiweenie is the perfect mix of both parent breeds, with the cute and stumpy short legs from the Chihuahua, and, a long sausage-like Dachshund body.
The face, a petite little head with structures either resembling a Chihuahua (a little compact) or a Dachshund (slightly elongated).
The ears of the Chiweenie are where things get interesting. Unlike many other designer dog breeds, this toy mix has two different ear types. Floppy OR perky.
This toy breed has nice and short to medium length fur which is beautifully silky. Their fur may come in a range of colours from black to tan to brown and even blonde. Some are even multi-coloured.
Their eyes also come in a variety of colours ranging from green, to brown, to black and blue.
The Chiweenie is very low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. Having only a short to a medium length coat, grooming this breed is a breeze.
Brush your puppy two to three times a week, as they do not shed much, this will be plenty. Bruhsing sessions should last for only a few minutes.
Unfortunately, Chihuahuas are prone to dental problems and this may be passed down to your mixed dog too. Therefore, be sure to brush your pup’s teeth often; as a minimum each time you groom them. Try to start this from a young age so that your pup will grow accustomed to the routine.
You could also try dental treats for your dog. In fact, try giving them a dental treat as a distraction while you brush their fur.
Just keep up with the basic dog grooming requirements. Such as nail cutting, and don’t forget regular health checkups.
By now have you should have “ruff” idea if the Chiweenie is the right dog breed for you.
Loyal and loving yet fearless and strong (in their own mind), this little toy dog breed is like no other, although they may look small, they believe they are tough and will do their very best to protect you.
Perfect as a travel companion, perfect for the apartment-life, and perfect for any mature individual, they are praised for their attentiveness.
A motivator to keep you active, yet perfect for a quiet night in whilst being easy to maintain with limited grooming requirements.
With a loving and patient owner, this little breed will thrive and will easily become your very own Mexican Hotdog for life.
Comment below if you are lucky enough to have one of these little and mighty protectors in your life!