Chiweenie

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 this adorable dog 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
Male Chiweenie size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 12-25 lbs
Female Chiweenie size stats
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 a popular dog breed in America. These mini dynamos 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 Spaniel. 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.

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. This unique looking canine can be almost any color but is most commonly black, tan, and brown.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Chiweenie eyes
Hazel
brown Chiweenie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chiweenie nose
Black
brown Chiweenie nose
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chiweenie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chiweenie Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of your new companion 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 version of this dog 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. Additionally, take care of their teeth by brushing them a few times a week as small dogs are prone to dental disease.

Brushes for Chiweenie
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chiweenie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chiweenie Temperament

Although the Chihuahua is not known for their friendliness, the Chiweenie is usually a very amicable 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 the built-up energy they have. If your furry companion does not get enough exercise, they will get bored and this causes behavioral problems like chewing and barking. Try to give your dog at least 30 to 60 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.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Chiweenie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Chiweenie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Chiweenie size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Chiweenie size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Chiweenie size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Chiweenie size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Chiweenie size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female Chiweenie size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Chiweenie Owner Experiences

Scooter
10 Years
3 People
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Pastimes
Fetch
Scooter is a noisy little guy. He's not especially friendly with unfamiliar people especially children. Also not especially affectionate. He will eat just about anything especially salad greens. He's ALWAYS hungry
1 week, 5 days ago
Bear
2 Years
4 People
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swimming
Jogging
Walking
Bear is VERY affectionate and super sweet! He just melts into my arms whenever I pick him up! He’s a very sweet boy. I call him my Prince.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Sammy
3 Years
4 People
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Playing with toys
Cuddling on the couch
Walking
He is an amazing dog. He is always happy and greets me in the morning. He loves to burrow into our blankets all three time and it is hard to resist being around him. I love him with all my heart and I would recommend getting one as well.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Oliver
6 Months
3 People
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Play
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Oliver is my best friend. I wanted a dog that will do well in an apartment, and I am not disappointed. When I do more I expect no issues. He needs exercise but it doesn't take too much to tire him out, which is just right for me. He loves sleeping under the covers against my leg. He really likes burrowing, and occasionally he tears up the carper if we're not careful, so watch that. He loves playing tug of war and fetch, anything that involves running is also a blast for him. I take him to the groomer once per month. He doesn't need it very much, being a short hair. But floppy ears are prone to infection so I want to keep them clean, plus it's more socialization for him. I rated his trainability as "good", because he has a stubborn streak. He potties at pretty consistent times which makes it easy to prevent accidents. He is very independent though, and I wouldn't have him with another pet as he demands my attention. The person I got him from had him and his siblings sleeping in crates. Oliver is in a spacious but covered crate during the day. If I leave him alone in a large room, he will become pretty upset, and the enclosed crate with his food and water seem to calm him down. He's not yappy in the least, which was a worry of mine. He only barks if he's in his crate and sees me not paying attention to him. I love this little guy so much. He thinks he's a lot bigger than he is though, so I've had to make some changes to my place (ie. putting pillows by the bed to make it easier for him). Highly recommend, as long as you prefer a dog that is more cuddly than playful, and who prefers to have you all to themself.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Charlie
2 Months
4 People
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Tug-of-war
Play
Charlie is wild and fun, with baby shark teeth. He loves to grab things and run around the house with them. He plays with our other cats and dog everyday and is the most energetic in the house. He also loves all of the people in his life, including the small children, and is very affectionate.
7 months, 1 week ago
Lexi
2 Years
1 People
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Car rides
Dog Parks
Playing with toys
Dog Cafe
Pet Therapy
Going to the Beach
Road trip
Walking
Lexi is a loving, friendly, sociable, fiesty big dog in a small body. She’s a bundle of energy, but is not hyperactive. She enjoys training sessions and is very smart. Because she is highly food motivated training is not difficult. She also loves other dogs and people. Lexi is a good traveller in the car and enjoys going on car rides and road trips. She does have a strong prey drive so she is not let off leash unless she is in an confined area.
9 months ago
Strawberry
2 Years
3 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Running
Cuddling
Being togethet
Fetch
Camping
Sleeping
Hiking
playing tag
I love my dog more than I thought I could ever love an animal. But she doesn't seem like an animal at all because she's so intelligent and affectionate. She loves to rub her forehead against my face and under my chin. She puts her paws on both side of my head and snuggles against my neck. She loves to be held like a baby. She's the biggest cuddler I've ever known. My life is so much better because of her. She's super protective of all the people in the house. Barks at strangers but once she gets used to them she'll do circles in front of the door when she knows her on the other side. She's been a great judge of character so far. She's not real fond of little kids if they're rough with her but if they're sweet to her she loves them and will almost immediately be protective over them.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Coco Chanel
2 Years
4 People
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Coco is the best part of my day and life. She is the sweetest, kindest, and Is always the first one to comfort me when I’m upset. She hates being away from me even for a minute and so smart. She is a quick learner and I am always amazed at how much she learns on her own. We enjoy going to Walmart in her dog purse and sits in the child seat in the cart. I never thought I could love a dog as much as I have grown to love her. I can see it in her eyes the love she has for me and my wife Angela. When I have to leave her for any length of time, whoever is watching her says she acts lost and sad without me by her side. When I do get back, she almost seems like she’s going to have a panic artack she is so excited, and licks me for minutes. She has to greet everyone new personally with a short hello and goes in a circle around all new or returning people. Almost as if she is saying hello and introductions herself and then moving down the line til everyone gets a personal introduction. She is dainty, elegant, and girly. Living up to her name. She loves wearing dresses and outfits. She almost has more cloths than me. She gives unconditional love and affection. We sleep, under the covers, spooning every night. It is her favorite time, getting to lay in bed with Mama and Momo. We spoil her and she is worth it. I have social anxiety and anxiety so she is my registered emotional support animal. I have depression and self harm issues. With Coco, she knows before issues arrise and calms me down. Even sitting or licking my arms. Because of her, my suicidal and self harm issues are at an all time low for me. Coco is pricesless, precious, and perfect. She helps me more than I could ever have thought possible. She made me fall in love with the breed and I will forever be a chiweenie dog person.
10 months ago
Cookie
2 Years
4 People
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Running
Car rides
Eating Snacks
Beach
cuddle
Road trip
sleep
Hiking
Adventures
Walking
I love love my Chiweenie Cookie! She is so fun to be with and an overall joy to my life.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Princess
5 Years
3 People
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Walk
Cuddling
Fetch
Princess is a high energy little mini diva, loves to burrow in blankets like a doxie ,and clingy like a Chihuahua, a bundle of energy in a 6lb. Dog
1 year ago
Fancy
7 Months
6 People
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Playing
Fetch
she wont potty train its been 4 months and still poops and pees anywhere
1 year ago
Millie
6 Years
5 People
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Sleeping
training
Playing
chasing
good doggo,, would recommend for humans,,, 19/10,,only borks when bad boys are in yard,,its a good dog brent.
1 year ago
Yoda
1 Year
5 People
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Yoda is a loving dog but is difficult. I'm hoping getting him fixed will aid in getting him trained. He loves us and he loves kids and all other animals. I would get another chiweenie in a heart beat for him to play with if we had our own place instead of living with family.
1 year, 1 month ago
Lolita
5 Years
1 People
Apartment
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Grooming
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Dog Parks
Play
Cuddling in the sun
Walk
Road trip
Lolita is very sweet and loyal. She likes being an only dog but can coexist with others. She likes to play on her own terms. She does well at doggy daycare but is less welcoming in her own house. She loves people! If she puts herself to bed aka in the kennel it’s best if others don’t bother her. She removes herself from stressful situations. Work with them regularly, rather easy to train you just need to be consistent. She’s a great companion and very snuggly!
1 year, 5 months ago
Lucy
8 Years
1 People
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she is a very loving dog but barks crazy when company comes hard to calm her down. but as soon as i come home from work shes saying i luv u in her own way.
1 year, 6 months ago
Gigi
11 Months
1 People
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I love her and i have a 14 yr old female Chihuahua who absolutely loves her and she has even perked up having Gigi here now. They run around together and sleep together
1 year, 9 months ago
Odin
7 weeks
3 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Running
going for walks
chewing
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.
1 year, 9 months ago
Tippy
8 Years
2 People
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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.
1 year, 9 months ago
Annie
6 Weeks
2 People
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New to breed had a doxy for 18 yrs
1 year, 11 months ago
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