Are you in the market for a new furry friend? Narrowed it down to the smaller breeds, but unsure where to go from here?
Your search just may be at an end!
Presenting: The Chiweenie
This small dog breed is a product of mixing the two most common tiny pets out there: the chihuahua and the wiener dog (also known as a dachshund).
Though its popularity has only just taken off, the Chiweenie now ranks among the most popular mixed breeds around.
Here are a few things you should know before bringing home one of your own.
Like many mixed-breed dogs, the Chiweenie can come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Their coat can range from black to tan or blond, and hair length and texture can also vary widely depending upon the dog.
Chiweenies usually retain a Chihuahua’s appearance in the face, with long noses and small eyes, while the wiener dog in them appears in the long body and short legs.
As with any mixed breed, the final product depends on the litter, and puppies can end up looking more like one parent breed over the other.
The size of a Chiweenie can range anywhere from five to twenty-five pounds, though the average is closer to ten pounds fully grown. An adult will typically reach between six and nine inches tall.
This mix of chihuahua and wiener dog comes with an interesting historical upbringing; Chihuahuas originated in Mexico as small pets, but dachshunds were bred in Germany to be hunting companions! This makes the Chiweenie the ideal combination of small and sturdy.
That said, they’re still small dogs. Keep in mind they won’t have the strength or stamina of a larger breed, no matter which side of their patronage they favor.
As a mix of two excitable breeds in and of themselves, Chiweenie pups are known to be very playful.
As puppies, they require a lot of attention and training to gain their bearings, and that attention-loving attitude stays with them for life.
Once they grow out of their puppy phase, though, Chiweenies are often content to be lap dogs for loving owners.
They can be a long-term commitment, as the average Chiweenie lives between ten and fifteen years, right on par with both their parent breeds.
Chiweenies are known to be fiercely loyal to their owners, sometimes to a fault. They can be very territorial and may not get along well with other pets or children.
While this, like any personality quirk, is different for every dog, it’s worth keeping in mind if you have a largely pet-centered household.
The puppies are especially difficult to have around children, due to both the dog’s small size and their defensive attitude.
That territorial attitude does not leave at the puppy stage, and Chiweenies will continue to be protective of their space and their owners for as long as they’re around.
This makes them ideal for the lone dog owner, but not particularly good as family pets.
The Care and Keeping of Your Chiweenie
It’s hard enough to settle on a new friend to bring home, but harder still to keep that friend in the best shape possible.
Here are a few tips on how to ensure your new Chiweenie remains happy and healthy.
Food and Exercise
Though they’re a high-energy dog, feeding them too much can result in weight gain and undue stress on their legs and back. As such, they will need food that offers a great deal of protein without much excess fat.
Exercising such a small dog also comes with a few caveats. Chiweenies love to run, play, and dig, but will have a hard time climbing or jumping very high.
They’re adaptable and can be equally happy expending their energy in a large yard or a small apartment, anywhere without too many stairs.
Grooming habits are often unpredictable until you have your Chiweenie in hand.
As mentioned, they can have varied appearances that lean more heavily to one parent breed over the other.
As such, the dogs can have fur which is long or short, soft or rough, depending upon the litter.
Brushing and bathing are standard and should take place often if your Chiweenie pup inherits longer hair.
The biggest expense for any dog owner is the dreaded veterinarian bill. Small, mixed breeds, in particular, can have unique health challenges, and the Chiweenie is no exception.
Much like Chihuahuas, Chiweenies tend to have tight jaw structures, leaving them vulnerable to tooth and gum diseases. Regular brushing and check-ups are required to keep this breed healthy.
The physical conditions can be a concern as well.
The mix of chihuahua and wiener dog physiques can leave a Chiweenie pup with short legs and a weak back, which put it at risk of bone and joint problems as they get older.
Here’s a video showing a young Chiweenie in training!
The Final Call
So, what’s the verdict on this small, furry friend?
The Chiweenie is an ideal dog for anyone seeking a single, loyal companion for life. While they require training from a young age, they can be fairly low-maintenance as they get older.
As with any dog, regular check-ups and grooming are necessary to keep a Chiweenie in the best of shape.
Although they’re not the best dog for families, their territorial nature can be a comfort for owners who don’t need to share the space—or the attention—with other pets or people.
Do you own a Chiweenie?