Chiweenie

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8-18 lbs
6-9"
United States
Chihuahua
Dachshund
Mexican Hot Dog, Chihiweenie, Chawinnie, Doxiwawa, Dachuahua, Chiwee

The Chiweenie is a small dog that is a blend of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. Because the Dachshund has both miniature and standard sizes, the Chiweenie can vary in size as well. However, they are usually about 12 pounds and stand about 9 inches tall. The Chihuahua and Dachshund both come in short-hair, long-hair, and wire-haired varieties so the coat of a Chiweenie can vary as well and the color can be anything from yellow to black. These dogs are friendly and fun but do not do well with small children. They must be socialized at a young age to prevent clashes with other pets as well.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Dachshund

Chiweenie Health

Average Size
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 12-25 lbs
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Hemophilia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Spine
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Chiweenie Breed History

The Chihuahua's history is a bit of a controversial subject because there are many stories. Some people believe the Chihuahua originated in Egypt about 3,000 years ago and were used for ceremonial purposes. Another idea is that the breed had its start in China in the 1500s by the Spanish traders when they came to the New World. Some others believe that the Chihuahua came about in Central America as a descendent of a native dog they called Techichi, which was a small and mute dog used in sacrificial ceremonies. The Aztecs believed that this breed was their guide to the hereafter and they would sacrifice and bury these dogs with their dead. They were abandoned after the Aztecs were conquered by Cortes in the 1500s and did not become popular again until about 300 years later. In 1850, several small dogs were found in Chihuahua, Mexico and this is how the breed got its name. They became popular in the United States in the 1900s when Xavier Cugat appeared in public with his Chihuahua. Today they are the 30th most popular dog breed in America and were officially accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1904. The Dachshund history is much easier to follow. This breed originated in the 16th century in Germany and got its name from two German words: dachs, which means badger and hund, which means hound. They were popular with hunters for flushing badgers and other small game. They come in two sizes and three different coats and are believed to be from a blend of a Pinscher and a French Pointer although others believe that they were bred with the St. Hubert Hound in the 1700s. Some say the longhaired variety was bred from a cross with a German Stober Hund, Papillon, Schnauzer, and Wirehaired Spaniels. The Wire-haired Dachshund was developed by mixing a Smooth-coated Dachshund with a German Wirehaired Pinscher and a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The miniature sized breed was bred by mixing them with Toy Terriers and Pinschers. They were registered with the AKC in 1885 and are the 13th most popular dog breed in America.

Chiweenie Breed Appearance

Due to the different sizes and varieties of Chihuahuas and Dachshunds, the Chiweenie appearance can vary quite a bit. However, their body type is usually long like a Dachshund, with short legs and a rectangular torso. They can range between 6 to 10 inches high and may weigh anywhere from 8 to 25 pounds depending on the size of the parent breeds. They have a small head, huge ears, tiny feet, and a long tail. Their eyes are large and dark and their coat can be short to long, depending on the type of coats the parent breeds had. The Chiweenie can be almost any color but is most commonly black, tan, and brown.

Chiweenie Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of your Chiweenie depends on the coat type the parent breeds have. The short-haired Chiweenie is simple to care for and only needs to be brushed with a stiff bristle brush two or three times a week. Long-haired Chiweenies need to be brushed more often and you may need to use a metal comb as well to prevent mats. The wirehaired Chiweenie needs to be stripped at least once every six months. You can do this yourself by removing the outer haircoat with a stripping knife or you can have it done by a professional. You should also check their ears once a week and trim their nails when needed.

Chiweenie Temperament

Although the Chihuahua is not known for its friendliness, the Chiweenie is usually a very friendly and lovable dog. However, they are not good with small children and need to be socialized well as a puppy to get along with other animals. They are fast learners but have a stubborn streak that can cause them to ignore your training if you let them. It is important to be consistent with your rules and provide positive reinforcement rather than physical discipline. They bark often, especially if they are bored. The Chiweenie loves to play but is also quite happy to sit at your feet or in your lap.

Chiweenie Activity Requirements

The Chiweenie needs a lot of strenuous activity to get rid of that built-up energy they have. If your Chiweenie does not get enough exercise, they will get bored and this causes behavior problems like chewing and barking. Try to give your dog at least 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise every day such as hiking, swimming, a trip to the local dog park, a walk or jog around the neighborhood, or a long game of fetch. They also enjoy agility training and can be quite good at it. Chiweenies can become overweight if they do not get enough activity every day.

Chiweenie Owner Experiences

Annie
6 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
New to breed had a doxy for 18 yrs
2 months ago
Tippy
8 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Barks at people and other dogs when she sees them from inside the house. Plays a lot with 2 other dogs in our house - bichon and poodle mix. Loves to go outside in the backyard to play in warmer weather, but hates the cold.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Odin
7 weeks
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
chewing
going for walks
Pup is energetic, but sleeps a lot. Follows me around like a shadow. Does well on leash but hardly needs it, as he never lets me out of his sight. Already using bathroom outside, barely needed a puppy pad. Likes to play with other dogs/cats, but prefers to be with people when he's ready to sleep. Does well with kids. Barks only when playing, never at people. Does ok when left home alone.
6 days, 12 hours ago
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