About the Chiweenie
The Chiweenie is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Chiweenie is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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The Chiweenie is a small stocky dog. Their legs are slightly short and their body is slightly long. Most are not as tiny and frail as the Chihuahua and not as long as the Dachshund. They often have endearingly large, rounded bat-like ears that may naturally stick up or flop down. A Chiweenie's tail may be slightly curled. They often have a broader snout than a Chihuahua with a slightly wrinkled forehead and very sweet eyes.
Chiweenies are very friendly dog and they bond with their own very quikly. Chiweenies love children and are perfect pets for kids. They are very active and need a lot of love. If you have a child the perfect pet would be a chiweenie!
The Chiweenie's temperament can fall anywhere in the spectrum for what is normal for a Dachshund to what is normal for a Chihuahua. Both breeds are known to bond strongly with their owners and are extremely affectionate with lots of energy and sass. Both breeds are known to not be well suited for small children. They may bark frequently and have a tendency towards shyness and reservation in the face of strangers. In terms of training, both breeds are intelligent but also have independent spirits. Dachshunds, like most hounds, are motivated to pursue their own agendas and Chihuahuas have strong opinions about what they do and do not like. Both breeds are known to be challenging to housebreak. Even a very reliable Chiweenie may sometimes have an accident in the house. Positive reinforcement training is the best way to gain the love, respect and fleeting attention of this little rebel. With lots of praise and fun he will be inspired to offer you his better side. With proper socialization, Chiweenies will do fine in a household with other dogs and cats. It's not recommended to walk this breed off leash even in a safe area. Make sure sufficient obedience skills have been learned before walking off leash. They may take it upon themselves to charge and provoke much larger dogs, chase squirrels and bark warily at strangers. The Chiweenie is cute and spirited little dog whose tail will wag most of the day. They loves to curl up on your lap when the day is done. This dog is best suited for an accepting household with solid rules and a laid back atmosphere. They also do best around people that love their playfulness and supreme cuddling skills.
The Chiweenie may bond more strongly with one owner than any other owner. This bond may result in protective behavior and separation anxiety.
Most of these hybrids have the long back of the Dachshund and tend to have back problems.
The Chiweenie has a medium to low-shedding coat that is usually easy to keep clean. Feed them a high quality healthy food to prevent excessively runny eyes, extra frequent defecation and too much weight gain. They have a stocky frame and short legs so keep them active and don't overfeed. The Chiweenie needs a job to do so make sure they gets fresh air. They respond well to daily training sessions and enjoy chew toys. Some may be very picky about what type of food they will eat.
They are comfortable living in an apartment but will need several daily walks. Some days they may have more energy than others.
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- Chiweeie prenancy
How long is the gestation period for the pregnant female chiweenie?Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
I have an 11 month chiweenie that I rescued from a local animal shelter who is a very picky eater. She refuses to eat dog food and will starve herself before she will eat it. I can mix some type of meat with it and she will eat it...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
- New puppy
I just got my 10 wk old chiweenie and he tends to only want to be around me. When I am not home my mom will bring him down stairs with her, but a few minutes later she will find him back upstairs in my room. Is this normal for a...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
- My 4 month old Chiweenie is scared of other dogs but not cats.
I bought my Chiweenie from a breeder when he was 4 weeks old his name is Brex. He and my 2 other cats have been getting along since the day we brought him home I never had a problem with them getting along. I noticed he was afraid...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers