The Chiweenie is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund and originated as one of the many hybrid breeds that gained popularity in the late 1990s. This mix is sometimes called a designer breed, but it is not a pure breed and does not conform to a breed standard.
Here are some of the highlights of each of the contributing breeds:
Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed. These little dogs are a warm weather breed and prefer sunlight and warmth. Because of this preference, they like to sunbathe or tunnel under covers to stay warm. They also make great lap dogs because of their need to stay warm.
Chihuahuas are very protective given their small size. They tend to bond closely to their favorite person or another Chihuahua. Once they have formed a bond, they do not do well when separated from the ones they love and may even refuse to eat.
Dachshunds were originally bred for hunting badgers, and are classified as a hound according to the AKC. Their long and lean bodies are perfect for allowing them to tunnel into a badger’s den.
These “weiner dogs” are energetic, courageous, and sometimes protective of their territory or favorite person. Generally, they are tough dogs, but they can often suffer from disc injury due to an elongated spinal column. To help prevent such disc injuries, their weight should be healthily controlled.
The Chiweenie –
As with all mixed breeds, Chiweenies will likely have traits from both parents. Most Chiweenies inherit the long spinal column of the Dachshund, so it is important to keep an eye on their weight as well.
Since both the Chihuahua and Dachshund like to “tunnel”, chances are, a Chiweenie will too. Owners will often find these dogs burrowed under the covers or snuggled into a pile of laundry. As a result of their cold nature, it is a good idea to have warm clothing and booties during the winter to help maintain comfort.
Most Chiweenies combine the protectiveness of the Chihuahua with the energy of the Dachshund. They tend to want to keep very close due to their loyal nature. Chiweenies can be sensitive and may have trouble living with other pets, especially ones that are bigger. Socializing them at an early age helps this problem tremendously.
Chiweenies are playful, making an excellent companion to children.
These adventurous dogs love to go on long walks and play in the yard. Sometimes, however, their little legs can get tired, and they will need to be carried home. This is not a difficult task since Chiweenies typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds.
Grooming is extremely easy for a Chiweenie. All that is required is a weekly brushing and occasional bath. Chiweenies can live up to 16 years, but can suffer from a few genetic health issues since it is a hybrid breed. To maintain a long, healthy life, it is good for the owner to inspect the Chiweenie’s ears, feet, and eyes for signs of infection and schedule regular health visits.
Chiweenies are typically described as a long Chihuahua. They have small, long frames usually covered in short coats of black, tan, black and tan, or other color combinations. The color and length of the coat depends on the look of the purebred parents. The Chiweenie usually has a rounded head with hanging ears and Chihuahua-like rounded eyes.