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9-15 lbs
Shih Tzu
The Schweenie is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Shih Tzu and the Dachshund. He is a small dog with a big heart. He rarely sheds, but this is dependent upon the dominant parent breed. He is highly intelligent and friendly. He enjoys pleasing his owners and is very affectionate with his family. He is rarely aggressive, but he may snap at young children who do not know how to handle a small dog. He may suffer from separation anxiety, so he may not be the right fit for your family if you tend to be away a good bit. He does not require a great deal of maintenance; this will depend upon the dominant parent breed. He does not require a great deal of activity either; often being able to freely run and play inside will help him work off nervous energy.
Date of Origin
Shih Tzu, Dachshund

Schweenie Health

Average Size
Male Schweenie size stats
Height: 15-20 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Schweenie size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 9-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints

Schweenie Breed History

The Schweenie is a hybrid dog, and information regarding his exact origins is rare. In order to understand the history of the hybrid, we can study the origins of his parent breed in order to gain an understanding of the mixed breed. The Shih Tzu is known as the "lion dog" of China. He was used to guard the monasteries of Tibet, and, at one time, the only way to own a Shih Tzu was to be gifted one by the Dalai Lama. In fact, the Dalai Lama gifted a pair to the Chinese Empress, who bred her own set of royal dogs. (Her dogs are rumored to have had their own palace and to be able to sit on their haunches and wave at the Empress when she came to visit.) Upon the Empress' death in 1908, members of the royal family attempted to continue the breeding that she had begun. Some poor-quality dogs came out of this, and they were sold on the streets of China. Somehow, a Lady Brownrigg obtained a good-quality pair and took them to England, where she began breeding them as a part of her kennels. Her nephew, Philip Price, is credited with bringing a pair to the United States, and the Shih Tzu became very popular in the U.S., a trend that continues today. The Dachshund finds his roots in Germany. He was known there as the "badger dog." There are pieces of artwork depicting a dog similar to the Dachshund dating as far back as the fifteenth century. Historical documents refer to the Dachshund as an "earth dog." He hunted den animals such as foxes (his long body allowed him to follow the fox somewhat into his den, but the hunter could pull the dog back out in order to get to the fox). Even today, the Dachshund is able to hunt both above and below ground. His long nose made him a great scent hound, and often, his tail was used as a "handle" for the hunter to pull him out of the burrows of his prey. By the 1800s, the Dachshund had been imported to Great Britain, and by 1885, the Dachshund had been imported to America. He was registered with the American Kennel Club in the same year.

Schweenie Breed Appearance

The Schweenie will often be small, and his body will be a little longer than average, but he will not have the length of the Dachshund parent breed. His coat will be of medium length. His hair is likely to be somewhat straight. Some describe his hair as "ragged." However, the Schweenie may inherit one of two different coats. Some Schweenies have a long, smooth top coat. Others have a silky, shiny short coat, much like that of the Dachshund parent breed. Others still may have a coat that is a mixture of the two. He may be a variety of colors: white and cream, merle, spotted/speckled brindle, light brown or golden brown, black and white, black, or brown and white. The most likely color is a golden rust hue. He will have broad, muscular shoulders, big eyes, and floppy ears.
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schweenie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schweenie coat
gray Schweenie coat
brown Schweenie coat
brindle Schweenie coat
white Schweenie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schweenie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schweenie Breed Maintenance

The Schweenie will need a moderate amount of maintenance. Brush him two or three times a week to remove excess hair. During the spring and fall, you may need to brush him daily to prevent excess hair all over your clothing and furniture. His floppy ears may require special attention from you. Wipe his ears out with a damp cotton ball once a week. Check for odors or redness; this is indicative of an ear infection. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent the build-up of tartar; however, to prevent bad breath and tooth decay, brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails twice a month, unless he wears them down on his own. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear his nails clicking on the tile or hardwood floor, it is time to cut his nails. Start a grooming routine when he is young. Some dogs are sensitive to touch, and getting your dog used to this routine will be beneficial as he grows older.
Brushes for Schweenie
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schweenie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schweenie Temperament

The Schweenie is highly intelligent and eager to please his family. These qualities make him very easy to train. The Schweenie relies upon his owner heavily, and he may suffer from separation anxiety if you are gone from home for long amounts of time. He may become destructive if he is left alone for hours at a time.  He may also follow you from room to room just so he can be near you. He can be moody, but, for the most part, he gets along well with other dogs. He is happy in an apartment or in a home with a fenced-in yard. He is kid-friendly; however, he should be socialized as soon as possible to children. One should never be harsh with a Schweenie; he will remember it. Friendly and loyal, the Schweenie makes a great addition to any family.

Schweenie Activity Requirements

The Schweenie is not a very active dog. He will enjoy one brisk walk with you throughout the neighborhood, but, on rainy days, he is just as happy to run around freely inside the home. Provide him with toys which will stimulate his mental capabilities. He will enjoy days at the dog park, but remember, he will need to be fully trained before you take him off his leash for free play. He also needs to be socialized t other animals before being around strange dogs. He will enjoy being able to play in a fenced-in area under your supervision. At no time should he be allowed to get too hot or otherwise overexerted. Keep water handy for exercise on hot, humid days.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Schweenie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Schweenie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schweenie size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Schweenie size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Schweenie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Schweenie size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Schweenie size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Schweenie size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs

Schweenie Owner Experiences

11 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Cuddling or playing outside
Best dog Ever. He is so loyal. Cuddle bug yet very smart. He knows lots of words and understands them. Very trustworthy when left alone in the home and an excellent protector of the home. Wouldn't dream of another breed!!!
1 month, 1 week ago
10 Months
2 People
Hazel is a very cuddly sweet dog! She loves attention and loves to play with her big brother Riley who is a German Shepherd. However, she has been really hard to potty train.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
11 Months
6 People
Hide & Seek
Play keep away
2 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
2 People
Got Jane at 7 weeks (!)....wonderful bed dog. Very smart, stubborn, and mischievous! Love here very much!
3 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
6 People
House & Yard
She’s a good dog! Love her to death and could never ask for a better dog.
3 months, 1 week ago
5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
I love him so much. He’s adorable and loving and sweet. He’s cute when he sleeps and cuddles.
3 months, 4 weeks ago
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