For a mixed breed, a Chiweenie is definitely one of the cutest with its long but small body. It is a designer dog between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. Ready to get to know more about Chiweenies? Read on!
Chiweenie: Things to Expect With This Energetic Pooch
The Chiweenie has been picking up popularity among dog lovers in the world of mixed breed dogs. They are as adorable as they are loving lap dogs. This pooch is perfect for those who are single, senior, or someone who lives in an apartment.
This playful four-legged pal has a life expectancy of 15 years which is in between the maximum life expectancy of its parent breed. Though they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club they have been recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed. They are also known as Chih-weenie, Chiwee, Chiweeni, Doxihuahua and are nicknamed as the Mexican Hotdog.
What does a Chiweenie look like?
It is a mix between two small dogs so like its parents, it is also small. They got their long body from their Dachshund parent. It’s also the reason why they have the “weenie” in their name.
Depending on the type of Dachshund and Chihuahua that was bred, their coat may vary from a long and fluffy coat or a short and smooth one. The color of its coat can vary from Black, Brindle, Brown, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Brown, Golden, Merle, Black & Brown, Black & Tan, and Brown &White.
The Chiweenie’s head is normally small. It can either have a long and thin snout just like its Dachshund parent or a short and domed head similar to its Chihuahua parent. The ears of a Chiweenie may also be pointy or floppy, depending which gene was passed on from its parents.
What is a Chiweenie like?
A Chiweenie is a loving, energetic, and playful dog. It is not advisable for first-time owners because they tend to be a bit stubborn and requires loads of patience when it comes to training. As a playful dog giving it a proper training involving rewards and something they may consider as a game could make them easier to train.
Chiweenies are not the best choice for families with young children too since they are easily irritated by noise and activities around them. Though, it could work out fine if the dog was raised with the kids and other pets. The key is proper socialization.
What to feed a Chiweenie?
This dog breed is prone to dental issues. It is advised to give it dry kibble to prevent having dental problems. If in case it already has dental problems, feeding the Chiweenie wet food would be recommended.
What is the Chiweenie’s origin?
Its parent breed both originated from different countries, the Chihuahua from Mexico and the Dachshund from Germany. This dog, unlike its parent breed, originated in North America. The Chiweenie was bred in the early 1990s.
What are the possible health concerns of a Chiweenie?
Since a Chiweenie is a cross between two different breeds, there would be a chance of inheriting health issues associated with its parents. In general, they’re relatively a healthy breed with minor health issues. Its most common health problem is allergies but may also get problems like hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, diabetes, intervertebral degenerative disc disease, seizures, Luxating patellas, dental issues, and hydrocephalus.
It would seem easy getting a pet like the Chiweenie, especially since they look adorable. But, as an owner, the well-being of these dogs should always be considered. And we also have to take note of their characteristics that could tell us if this particular breed fits us and our lifestyle. This way we can avoid such impulse buying where we only look at how a dog looks like and doesn’t consider the entirety of things needed to be considered.