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 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
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 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

Strawberry
2 Years
3 People
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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.
4 days, 1 hour 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.
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Cookie
2 Years
4 People
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Running
Car rides
Eating Snacks
Beach
cuddle
Road trip
sleep
Hiking
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Walking
I love love my Chiweenie Cookie! She is so fun to be with and an overall joy to my life.
2 months ago
Princess
5 Years
3 People
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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
2 months, 4 weeks 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
3 months 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.
3 months, 1 week 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.
4 months ago
Lolita
5 Years
1 People
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Dog Parks
Play
Cuddling in the sun
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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!
7 months, 3 weeks 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.
8 months, 4 weeks 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
12 months ago
Odin
7 weeks
3 People
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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 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 ago
Annie
6 Weeks
2 People
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New to breed had a doxy for 18 yrs
1 year, 2 months ago
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