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The Chiweenie is one of the cutest hybrid dogs you can find, being a mix of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. He is sometimes called a Chih-weenie, a Doxihuahua, a Mexican Hotdog and a Chiwee. He is a bit headstrong and demanding but he is also a great dog best suited for singles, seniors or families with older children. He is portable too so if you travel a lot you can just take him with you! He has a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years and is good in any living arrangement from apartment to condo to house.

Here is the Chiweenie at a Glance
Average height 8 to 10 inches
Average weight 8-12 pounds
Coat type Short and smooth up to long and fluffy
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Low to moderate
Touchiness High to Very High
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Low to moderate
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low - he really does better in moderate climates
Good Family Pet? Good
Good with Children? Moderate to Good better with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good
A roamer or Wanderer? Low to moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderate - can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Low to moderate
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high
Major Health Concerns Back problems, bloat, deafness, heart problems
Other Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, eye problems, low blood sugar, allergies, dental problems
Life Span 13-16 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $550
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 - $450


Where does the Chiweenie come from?

The Chiweenie was first bred back in the 1990s in America but has really grown in popularity in the last 5 to 10 years. They are a designer dog and so are not recognized by the AKC but are by the IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry). Unlike with purebreds there can be a large variation in appearance and temperament with mixed breeds even within the same litter of puppies. It takes several generations of responsible breeding to start to get a uniform look. To get a better sense of what a Chiweenie might be like take a look at the outlines below about the Chihuahua and the Dachshund.

The Chihuahua

The short haired Chihuahua was discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state, in the 1850s. Before that there are two theories as to where they come from, one is that they are a result of breeding small hairless dogs from China with local dogs when they were brought over by Spanish traders. Another says he is descended from the Techichi a central and south American dog dating back to the 9th century. After the 1850s the Chihuahua was taken to America and by the late 1800s they were being shown. In 1904 the first one was registered with the AKC. The short haired was bred with the Papillons or Pomeranians to get the long haired variety and the breed became very popular over the years being 11th according to the AKC. He is a brave, daring and confident dog, alert, and usually bonds more closely to one person. He can be quite sensitive and demanding in his need for affection and attention. He is not a natural with children, especially younger ones, and early socialization helps.

The Dachshund

The Dachshund was known as the badger dog where he was created in Germany back in the 1400s, Dach meaning badger and hund meaning dog. He was used to hunt not just badgers but also other den animals like foxes and when he was in a pack he would even hunt wild boar. In those days the Dachshund was varied in size. Now he is the only AKC breed to hunt both below and above ground. He is a bold and determined dog, fearless too. While he is more a pet now than a hunter he still retains many of those instincts bred into him. He is one of the most popular family dogs in America and is lively, clever and stubborn. He is also known to be entertaining and they love to cuddle. There are 3 kinds, the wire haired who are the trouble makers, the long haired who are quiet and calm, and the smooths who fall somewhere between the two.


The Chiweenie is an energetic dog, loves to play with you but equally as happy for snuggle time. He loves his cuddles which makes him a great lap dag if that is what you want. He will possibly bond more closely with one person and will become that person's shadow as they move around the house. He can be somewhat demanding in his need for adoration! He is very loyal but can be headstrong too sometimes. While he is a puppy is more playful and energetic, some of that he does grow out of, but not all of it. He is quite social and makes a good family dog.

What does a Chiweenie look like

He is just 8 to 10 inches tall and weighs 8 to 12 pounds. He is a small dog with a long body, short legs and his coat could be anything from short to long. Colors that are common are red, black, brown, blonde, white or a combination of those. His head is small and can be domed like a Chihuahua's or have a thin long snout like a Dachshund. Ears can also vary with some having floppy ears and some having pointed ones. His tail is medium long, and he has small dainty feet.

Training and Exercise Needs

Will the Chiweenie need much exercise?


While small he does still need regular exercise as he has so much energy. Of course even a lot of exercise for this dog is not much compared to many other larger dogs! He is fine in an apartment without a yard as long as he gets played with indoors and then has a short walk or two a day outside. If you have a yard, even just a small one that would be a bonus for him. Also consider taking him to a dog park now and then and playing outside with him. He is a very fast dog so make sure you can trust him off leash.

Is training going to be easy?

The Chiweenie is not a super easy dog to train because of his headstrong nature and his small dog mentality. It is not that he does not have the brains for it because he does, he just will need you to be very firm, patient and consistent. You will need to be positive and use rewards and praise when he does something right, and you will need to keep sessions short. Avoid harsh tones or allowing frustration to come through as this will make him more resistant. Try to use his playfulness to your advantage, make the sessions some kind of game for him. Early socialization and training are very important. He will be happier and better behaved if you ensure this happens.

Living with a Chiweenie

Is he easy to groom?

Grooming depends on what kind of coat he has as if it is longer it will require brushing daily and you will need to check it for mats. If it is short it will need brushing maybe once a week, and a medium coat will be somewhere between the two. He is a low shedder so hairs should not be too much of a problem. Give him a bath about once a month as he is usually not a smelly dog unless he gets himself dirty somehow.

Other grooming includes brushing his teeth at least once a week but preferably more to avoid tooth decay. Checking and wiping his ears once a week. Trimming his nails once or twice a month. If you have never cut a dogs nails before you should do some research first on how to do it. You should not cut the quick in the lower section of the nail as it will hurt the dog and bleed. Groomers will cut them for you.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is not the best dog for families with young children or with other pets as he has a bit of a 'worship only me' thing going on and young children do not know how to touch him carefully and irritate him sometimes. With socialization and if raised with them he would be a lot better. With older children who know how to act with him he is more tolerant. It is super important you teach your children not to put things on his back or try to ride him.

General information

He needs to eat ½ to 1 cup of quality dry dog food each day divided into two meals. Dry food is especially recommended for this dog to keep his teeth strong. However if they have dental issues wet food is fine. He is alert so makes a good watch dog and will bark to let you know if an intruder enters the home or if someone is approaching the house. He has moderate tolerance to heat but not extreme heat, and he is not good at being in the cold. Sometimes the Chiweenie can be a moderate barker.

Health Concerns

He is mostly a healthy dog but there is some chance of inheriting health conditions from his parents such as dental problems, back problems, bloat, deafness, heart problems, Patellar Luxation, eye problems, allergies and low blood sugar.

Costs involved in owning a Chiweenie


Puppies costs can be pushed up or down according to where you are, where you are buying from and also how popular or trendy they are at the time. Prices of a Chiweenie can run between $200 and $550. Your puppy will need a collar and leash, a crate, a carrier, and he will need to be neutered, micro chipped, dewormed and blood tested. This will cost about $350 - $450. Each year you will need to have him licensed, have medical check ups, flea prevention, vaccinations, training, emergency health care savings, food, treats, toys. These annual costs add up to $700 - $850.


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  • The Chiweenie is friendly to people especially those he is more familiar with and makes a great lap dog. He can suit all kinds of people but will need to be played with and exercised still. The best way to see if he suits your lifestyle is to visit a reputable breeder and see a couple of litters. Ask to see the sires and health clearances for them too. He will be a demanding dog but you will certainly never lack for companionship with him around.

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