The Chihuahua Dachshund mix is short, light and compact designer hybrid dog. They are commonly known as Chiweenies, but also Weeniehuahua, German Taco Dogs, Choxies and Mexican Hot Dogs. Although they seem like the ultimate lapdog or apartment pet, these high maintenance cuties have their share of problems. Small in stature but fiesty in personality, this pocket pup is loyal and loving but also a tenacious, stubborn, strong minded companion. They can be good watchdogs and guard dogs, but protective and aggressive instincts even with a little dog can spell big issues. And are more energetic, if not athletic, than you might think. However, choosing a puppy from friendly parents and socializing and training them positively can help your puppy to grow into a more relaxed adult dog. Today we’ll share the typical breed traits and characteristics of the Chihuahua Dachshund mix.
The sassy Chihuahua Dachshund mix comes in a variety of types, including mini, micro and teacup sizes. They range from 3 to 30 lbs in weight and grow between 6 and 9 inches tall. They can be amazing pets, but need special care for potential health problems with their teeth, joints and backs. Treated well though they can live for up to 20 years, which is pretty awesome. Chiweenies are better suited to adult only homes, or those with sensible older kids.
- What is a Chiweenie?
- Where do Chihuahua Dachshund mixes come from?
- How big are Chihuahua Dachshund mix dogs?
- Chihuahua Dachshund mix coats, colors and grooming
- Are Chihuahua Dachshund mix dogs friendly or aggressive?
- Training and exercising a Chihuahua Dachshund mix
- Do Chiweenies make good family pets?
- Chihuahua Dachshund mix adoption, puppies and breeders
Today we’ll check out the pros and cons of finding, raising and caring for a tiny Chiweenie puppy. We’ll look at what Chihuahua Dachshund mix coat colors and patterns, body types and heads will be like. And see whether their traits, behaviors and personality are a good fit for your family and lifestyle. We’ll learn about the origin, personality, appearance and potential health issues of the Chiweenie cross. Along with the designer dog controversy of the Dachshund and Chihuahua mix. Helping you decide if this is the best breed for you.
What is a Chiweenie?
A Chihuahua Dachshund mix is often known as a Chiweenie. They have one purebred Chihuahua parent and one Dachshund parent, or are bred from next generation Chiweenie dogs.
- Purpose: Companions
- Size: 3 – 32lbs, depending on size of parents
- Temperament: loyal, brave, tenacious
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix History
A Chiweenie is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Dachshund. Both of these parent breeds have been around for quite some time. But the Chiweenie is a much more recent creation that has become more popular since the 1990s.
Chihuahuas became popular in the United States sometime in the 1800s. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed as a member of the toy group in 1904.
The Dachshund was recognized by the AKC a little later, in 1935. This breed was originally used to hunt badgers, foxes, and rabbits. However, the Dachshund and Chihuahua are both more commonly used as lap dogs these days. This purpose is shared by the Chiweenie, who is loved as a lap dog by its owners!
What does a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix look like?
There are hundreds of adorable pictures of Chiweenies online. But you might have noticed each Chiweenie dog can look quite different from the next. We must stress that predicting a hybrid puppy’s exact appearance is impossible to do. What we do know is they will be short, light and long bodied. Their eyes will be big and soulful, and their tails will be straight.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Size
Based on the size of the Dachshund and Chihuahua, a Chiweenie will be a small dog. However, the type of Chihuahua or Dachshund that parents a Chiweenie will determine exactly how small the Chiweenie will stay.
Mini Chiweenie Size
Mini Chiweenies result from a normal-sized Chihuahua mating with a miniature Dachshund. Their offspring may weigh anywhere from 3 to 11 pounds.
Teacup Chiweenie Size
Teacup Chiweenies result from a teacup (unusually small) Chihuahua mating with a standard-sized Dachshund. Their puppies may weigh anywhere from 3 to 32 pounds.
This can seem like quite a big scale, but taking a look at the exact parent dogs used will give you a general idea of your Chiweenie’s adult size.
How Tall is a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix?
The same difficulty applies when predicting the height of your Chiweenie. It’s appearance could be any combination of its parent breeds, including their heights. A Chiweenie can measure up to 9 inches tall at the shoulder. But obviously this may decrease if either parent breed is a miniature.
Miniature Dachsies typically mature to 6 inches at the shoulder, which is the same for standard Chihuahuas. Their small size may be adorable, but it comes with some serious potential health implications, which we’ll look at in a bit.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Coats
Chiweenies may be solid-colored or bi-colored. Both the Dachshund and the Chihuahua come in a wide variety of solid colors. These include: black, chocolate, red, cream, fawn, and blue. But they can also be a mixture of colors!
They could be black and silver, fawn and tan, blue and cream, and many more combinations. Your Chiweenie’s parents are a good indicator of the colors it could inherit.
Chiweenie Coat Types
Due to the variation in their parents’ fur coats, Chiweenies may have a short or long coat that is smooth, course, or wirehaired. Standard Chihuahuas have a short and smooth coat. But Long Haired Chihuahuas have a much longer and shaggier coat.
Dachshunds may be smooth-haired (medium in length), longhaired, or wirehaired. There is no easy way to tell which coat type a litter of pups will end up with before they arrive.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Grooming
The grooming requirements of your Chiweenie will depend entirely on the type of coat it inherits. Although this is something we can make a guess about, but can’t really know until our Chiweenie puppy arrives.
If a Chiweenie inherits a short and smooth coat, then it will require minimal brushing, maybe a bit more if it has the Dachshund’s medium-length coat. If a Chiweenie inherits a longhaired or wirehaired coat, then it will need some brushing as well as a bit of grooming.
Are Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Dogs Hypoallergenic?
Both parent breeds shed seasonally, so you can expect this from your Chiweenie. With a longer coat comes increased grooming requirements during shedding season.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Temperament
Since the Chiweenie is a mix of two pure breeds, we can only make an educated guess about his temperament. This estimate is based on the general temperament of his parents.
Generally, Chiweenies are brave, confident, tenacious dogs. They are typically not good with small children. But they’re very social and love spending time with their owners. Let’s take a closer look at what instincts they might inherit from their parent breeds.
Chiweenie Natural Instincts
Dachshunds originated as hunting dogs, and Chihuahuas were bred for their devoted personality. Therefore, Chiweenies can be feisty and occasionally snappy dogs. They also tend to be bold and take-charge dogs.
Don’t expect to see a Chiweenie who is aloof when it comes to strangers being around “their” human! If a Chiweenie takes after its Dachshund parent, she may also enjoy chasing after wildlife. This can become problematic if you have other small pets in your home.
Are Chihuahua Dachshund Mixes Noisy?
Chiweenies are generally pretty yippy dogs. Dachshunds, a hound breed, are loud, and Chihuahuas are also known for their vocalization. These tendencies for barking may exist in your Chiweenie mix.
This could be part of its natural guarding instincts and loyal tendencies, as Chiweenies are known to bark to announce the arrival of strangers. If you are looking for a quieter dog, the Chiweenie might not be the one for you. However, you can train your Chiweenie not to bark in some situations!
Are Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Dogs Aggressive?
Chihuahuas are very loyal to their owners, so they are prone to aggression against strangers. And Dachshunds tend to shy away from children. Chiweenies can inherit these tendencies.
Aggression against strangers and children can make daily life with a Chiweenie difficult. Often aggression is a dog owner’s biggest fear. However, there are some ways we can try to minimise potential aggression.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Socialization
Socialization is the most important way to help minimise potential aggression in your Chiweenie. You should socialize your Chiweenie mix from the day you bring him home to try and alleviate this potential.
Socialization will help your Chiweenie feel confident in new situations, and can help avoid a fear-driven response. Chiweenies can also be socialized to be more accepting of children. However socialization must be started whilst your Chiweenie is as young as possible.
It’s important to remember that with any hybrid, the temperament of the dog may closely resemble one of its parents. Or it may be a happy mix of the two.
Are Chiweenies Good with Kids?
Both Dachsies and Chihuahuas are not the most tolerant when it comes to young children. Or being poked, prodded, and pulled on. We’ve already talked a little about socializing your dog to children and strangers from a young age. However, it’s also important to teach any children in your family not to mess with your Chiweenie!
Never leave them unattended together, and make sure the dog always has access to an area away from them to escape to. As long as children are taught to respect your Chiweenie, it can make a great family pet, as it loves being around people!
Training your Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
Obedience training from a young age is often a must with Chiweenies, especially as they can be a little stubborn. They may inherit some mannerisms from their parent breeds that aren’t too favorable to deal with.
Dachshunds were originally bred to be fearless hunting dogs. This bold attitude that still resides in many a Dachsie may show itself in your Chiweenie attempting to take your place as the head of the household!
Additionally, Chihuahuas may also display dominant or occasionally “temperamental” behavior. Especially if they do not like someone approaching their owner. They typically need to be socialized to other people in order to keep this extreme loyalty at bay.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Exercise
Chiweenies can inherit certain health problems that make extreme exercise problematic. Because of these potential issues, it’s best to keep their exercise limited to light play, without much jumping.
Additionally, if your Chiweenie has teacup Chihuahua or miniature Dachshund lineage, then their extra small size may put them at risk for breaking bones easier than larger, hardier breeds.
That’s not to say that a Chihuahua and weenie dog mix should be mostly sedentary. In fact, they should be allowed plenty of play time to get keep their excitability in check!
One nice thing about a Chiweenie (or any other toy-sized dog) is that they don’t require a large space to run around in. They are so small that a moderately sized apartment would be plenty for them to stretch their legs.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Health
There are some health issues that may affect a dog, regardless of their breed. Chiweenies are no different; they may be born with health issues, or they may develop certain issues over time.
A few common canine ailments include hip dysplasia, eye diseases, allergies, and skin irritations. In the case of hybrid dogs, they may inherit any health conditions that their parents carry. Specifically with a Chiweenie, inherited health issues are intervertebral disc disease and dental disease.
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Dachshunds have long backs and are held aloft on very short legs. This combination is the result of targeted breeding over the years. Unfortunately, it’s contributed vastly to the prevalence of intervertebral disc disease (spinal degeneration) in Dachshunds and Dachshund hybrids.
Like humans, Dachshunds’ spinal columns are composed of vertebrae, with a “disk” separating each vertebra. Every time a dog moves, pressure is exerted on these disks. As the dog ages and their bone structure wears down some, the disks are unable to withstand and disseminate shock like they used to.
Too much force can cause a disk to squeeze and rupture. At this point, an affected dog may be unwilling or even unable to move his hind legs. Depending on the severity of the condition, he may or may not recover. To do so he’ll need rest, temporary confinement, or even surgery.
How common is intervertebral disc disease in Chiweenies?
A 2011 study showed that intervertebral disc disease may also, in a way, be hereditary. Meaning, if several dogs in a family of Dachshunds or Dachshund hybrids have weak backs (risk of disk calcification) and are prone to herniation, future generations will be more likely to develop intervertebral disc disease. Therefore, it is really important to choose reputable breeders when getting a Chiweenie.
Make sure to ask about the health of the parent dogs used to create your Chiweenie, and to see health certificates if possible!
Teacup Chiweenie Problems
Another possible Chiweenie health issue to consider is the extreme shortening of legs when a Dachshund is bred to a Chihuahua. Mating Dachshunds with Chihuahuas generally results in a smaller Dachshund lookalike.
However, depending on the size of the parents, the offspring’s legs could be so short that they are unable to fully support their bodies. This type of body structure puts even more stress on the spine as well as the legs, putting the dog at even greater risk of disk herniation.
If a Chiweenie has more of a Chihuahua facial appearance (small skull with large eyes, a bulbous forehead, and large, upright ears), then it may have issues with overcrowded teeth. According to a 2005 study, many dog breeds that mature to less than 20 pounds suffer from early-onset poor dental health due to inherited overcrowded teeth, the formation of periodontal disease, and subsequent tooth loss.
Simply put, if a small dog has the same number of teeth as a much larger dog, their teeth are spaced very closely together (and can sometimes come in crooked). Such close proximity makes it very easy for plaque and bacteria to grow on and between each tooth. This contributes to the formation of gingivitis and eventual tooth decay and loss.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Teeth
Given the potential problems with dental disease in Chiweenies, maintaining dental health is even more important. This means taking him for his annual check-ups as well as brushing his teeth.
If your dog doesn’t like to cooperate with teeth brushing, you can give him dental health or teeth-cleaning chew sticks and toys that are specifically made for small dogs.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Lifespan
You can expect a mixed breed dog to live about as long as its parent breeds. Therefore, the Chihuahua Dachshund Mix can be expected to live for approximately 12 to 20 years.
This is at the higher end a good life expectancy. However, the risk is that it will be spent riddled with back and/or dental problems. This is something you will need to seriously consider as a potential owner, not only for your own benefit, but for the quality of life of your dog.
Fun facts about the Chiweenie
Chiweenies are popular dogs that have taken the world by storm! Their popularity is clear even on social media! A Chiweenie named Tuna has over 2 million followers on Instagram! Tuna even has his own website, and a blog of his latest travels! Chiweenies are also sometimes called the Mexican Hotdog, by owners with a sense of humor!
Do Chiweenies make Good Family Pets?
Before you make the big decision on your next family dog, there are a few things to consider. Especially if your heart is set on a Chiweenie.
While their small size is favorable if you have a smaller living space, it can also bring with it some health concerns.
For the Chiweenie that inherits its Chihuahua parent’s small skull and mouth, you’ll need to be more diligent about his dental health. He’ll need regular cleanings and checkups. Since his teeth will likely sit very closely together and may trap bacteria more easily than a dog whose mouth can adequately accommodate their teeth. You’ll need to ensure you have the time to dedicate to keeping on top of this.
You’ll also need to dedicate time to the grooming requirements of your Chiweenie. If a Chiweenie inherits the long fur of their Long Haired Chihuahua or longhaired or wirehaired Dachshund parent(s), then they may need to be professionally groomed every so often. However, if they have a smooth and short to medium-length coat, then they’ll be fine with some brushing.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Pros And Cons
So, as we’ve seen, there are good and bad parts to the Chiweenie breed, just like any mix! Here’s a brief summary of everything we’ve learnt about the Chiweenie.
- They are loyal to their owners.
- They don’t require a lot of space.
- Chiweenies don’t require a huge amount of exercise.
- If healthy, they can have a really long lifespan.
- The Chiweenie has some quite serious hereditary health problems.
- You’ll need to spend lots of time with them.
- Their coats can be high maintenance.
- Their dental health requires lots of attention.
- They can be aggressive towards strangers and young children.
- Chiweenies can inherit natural chase instincts, which is problematic if you have other small animals.
Best Home for a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix
We’ve seen Chiweenies inherit the Dachsie’s short legs, long and weak back structure, and possibly a genetic condition that predisposes them to back problems. It’s best that they live in a home where jumping or going up and down steep steps won’t be part of their daily activities.
This is especially important to remember if the Chiweenie’s stature is even further diminished by having a teacup Chihuahua and/or a miniature Dachshund as a parent.
Furthermore, Chiweenies that will be able to play outdoors while at home will need a fenced-in yard that’s inescapable or hard to get under. If they inherit the Dachsie’s strong nose, eye for prey, and front legs that are great for digging, they could get up to some mischief outside!
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Rescue
If your heart is set on getting a Chiweenie, but you don’t mind about its age, you might want to consider a rescue dog. Not only is this a great way to get the dog of your dreams, but it also gives an older dog a second chance to have a loving home. Additionally, it can help provide older Chiweenies with health problems the chance to have a family.
Finding a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Puppy
Many breeders focus solely on raising purebred dogs. However, because of the popularity of this designer dog, you may have a slightly easier time finding a Chiweenie breeder. Designer breeds usually range in price from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more, depending on the parent stock and the value that the breeder places on them. When purchased from a breeder, Chiweenies average from about $400 to $650.
Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Breeders
It is important to make sure the breeder you choose is reputable. Make sure they take care of the puppies and breeding stock (good health is obvious!), and participate in genetic testing.
If you don’t wish to purchase a Chiweenie from a breeder, then you may be able to adopt one from an animal shelter or rescue. However, finding a Chiweenie puppy from shelters and rescues may be more tricky.
Hybrids and mixed breeds are more commonly found in shelters than purebreds are. With an adopted older Chihuahua Dachshund mix you can have more information about their temperament and general health too.
Comparing the Chiweenie with other breeds
Are you wondering how the Chiweenie compares with other mixed breeds? Have a look at our Dachshund Mixes review to see how the Chiweenie compares to other Dachshund hybrids!
Although Chihuahua Dachshund mixes are gorgeous, there are a lot of potential pitfalls you could come across when buying and raising one.
You will need to think seriously about whether you are happy to bring up a puppy with such a big potential for health and temperament problems as these cute little guys have. Here are some other lovely smaller dogs we recommend you consider as alternatives:
Check out these other mini breeds
Chiweenie Breed Rescues
If you’ve decided rescuing a Chiweenie is the way forward for you, take a look at these rescue sites.
- Dog’s Trust UK
- Texas Chihuahua Rescue
- Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue
- Tiny Paws Dog Rescue Canada
- Pet Rescue Australia
If you know any other rescues or shelters we can add to this list, let us know in the comments below!
References And Resources
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- Silver, G. “Dachshund and Intervertebral Disk Disease,”. Journal of Heredity, 2011.
- Sloth Mogensen et al.. “Genome-Wide Association Study in Dachshund: Identification of a Major Locus Affecting Intervertebral Disc Calcification”. Journal of Heredity, 2011.
- Gough, A. et al. “Breed Predispositions to Disease In Dogs and Cats”. Wiley Blackwell, 2018.
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Karen Durham says
I have a Chiweenie mama was a Chiweenie daddy is a Chihuahua. What is my dog considered? Actually a Chiweenie Chihuahua or a Chihuahua weenie I wonder sometimes he’s just like some of the dog at work examples in here he’s a jumper. He destroys any kind of toy chews it up And my husband said he’s from S Afghanistan lol he’s a terrorist he is on the guard. He’s very protective of me and he is a puppy kind of like still. He always smells my male older Chihuahua, which is 15 years old and smells his butt is this a normal thing for a Chihuahua 21 whatever to do I wonder my husband said it’s not normal but I think it is and I was told it is very normal for a puppy to smell another dogs private, so what do you think? Give me an answer if anybody has one thank you Karen oh baby, his name is baby and he’s a tan Chihuahua looking a little longer body like a Chiweenie. His mom is a Chiweenie Yeah, dad and a Chihuahua he is in a bred by his dad and his daughter and the dad‘s daughter. What do you think about this? Give me some response people I didn’t read them but I love him and I will never give them up but I will not breed him with any not breed him with any dog Chihuahua or Chiweenie because I don’t know what will happen. I’m nervous on that behalf. Give me your response to people. Thank you.
I AM LOOKING TO BUY A YOUNG (6-12 MONTHS) DACHSUND AND CHIHUAHUA MIX. I PREFER A MALE WITH BLACK AND TAN COLORS.
Lynda Terry says
Our rescue Chiweenie, Amy, is now 3 months old, and is doing very well. Like most little pups, she will nip/try to bite but only in a playful puppy way. Her housetraining is going great – but you gotta have the discipline yourself to take the puppy out frequently, and on a regular schedule.
And I am floored when I read people’s messages saying that they want to breed their dogs, and where to find a mate etc,etc. NO, full stop. Whether they want to do that for money or just entertainment it is unethical and finally inhumane. Like many, many rescues, Amy was transported to New England from the South (Alabama), where people apparently don’t bother to spay/neuter.
Like another poster pointed out, there are TONS of dogs needing homes who are now in the South. Yeah, call me a Yankee, but at least we take care of our animals responsibly.
Sandra L Snyder says
Yes, that is one area where the South is not doing a good job. I live in NC. I donate to our shelter regularly and both my dogs are rescues. The adult is neutered and the chiweenie pup will be at 6 months. I am so very thankful to the rescues who transport these dogs. Our shelters are constantly overcapacity. My county is rural so many dogs are allowed to roam freely and breed. I will say that with our shelter, rescues and education the situation is getting better. But, we have a long way to go.
We have a puppy whose mother is a jug (pug v jack russell) and dad is a chiweenie. What would pups be called?
Michael J Bates says
Mike loves my cat although also a bit scared of him at the same time as he is actually bigger than her.
I am looking into adopting a 4 month female. I am wondering just how aggressive this puppy could be towards my 3 cats.
Please understand that each and every dog is special. It doesn’t matter if it’s a chiweenie or a chi or a what-cha-ma-call it. I go to the pound and look for an ugly little girl that no one wants. It’s how I found my little Georgia. I also met my special Sophie. I met Bugzy at a rescue that eventually closed. I’m so happy with my little pack. Love each one. They chose me. My girls are a perfect pack. I had three other’s before who lived out their happy lives with me. I took time to grieve, then got another unwanted dog from a high kill shelter. I’m quite happy, even if only Georrgia has a possibility of being a little chiweenie. I just don’t care and they don’t either. We are happy.
My PERFECT Dobby is a “pedigree mutt”. He and his siblings were being given away in a chain store parking lot. I was told he was a mistake. No way ! My angel is the most delightful darling. Everthing is does thrills me. 4 glorious years of fun!
Dale Matis says
We had to put down our 16 year minpin Heidi Ho (southpark character). Waited 9 months before we rescued Chiweenie sisters Ebony & Ivory. I understand having solid colors black & white is very unique to this breed? Fact or fiction? Our girls now fill a void that only canines can. Never acquired two puppies at the same time, they feed off each other and always mimic each other! Oh they must be touching one another, as if they are joined at the hip. God Bless the Chiweenies, for they are the BEST
I’ve just adopted a 7 year old male chiweenie. He previously lived with a senior couple that was raising their grandchildren, so he’s accustomed to being around school aged children. So far he’s fantastic! Very snuggly, loves to be held and petted. His energy is boundless, lol.
Why are you getting rid of such a bundle of joy?
He’s not. He said he resuced the dog!
We have an 8 month old chiweenie. He is a very hyper, lol naughty, but happy pup. Training is on the slower side but my 6 year old mix helps a lot. Drake is not potty trained he is potty timed. He is crate traned. Eats shoes, ear buds, stuffed toys, and most anything really. I was aware of what I was getting so we were prepared. I have older children. We absolutely have to keep anytging out up. So if he distroys it, its our fault. He gets lots of exercise or he gets into more trouble. I really dont think they are great for older people who want just to cuddle. Dont get me wrong hes an awesome cuddler for sure buut high maintenance and curious. we love him 🙂 just as he is.
Joan Allison says
I’m interested in your Paco as my daughter in Arizona just lost her beloved dog, which she had from 6 weeks old. She keeps my daughter alive as she has very bad anxiety attaches and her puppy could since it. If you know anyone one in Arizona or Oregon who has one for adoption or rescue, please contact me. Mother desperate and hurting for her daughter.
I just find a chiween in the street .he is about 6 weeks old.
Someone just give a 2 month old cat. They play a lot.
Can someone tell me rf he is safe playing with the cat.?
Our 8 month old Chiweenie is best friends with our 1.5 year old cat. We do kinda keep an eye on them to keep from getting too rough with each other. They do well. however they were raised together.
Jenny M. Capote Perez says
I have just rescued a Chiweenie a few days ago. She is very affective, but sometimes she doesn’t want us to touch her and shows her teeth. She was in the street, really scared of everything and everyone, all skin and bones and I was feeding her for a few days before I rescued her. Could anyone give me a piece of advice on that. So far it looks like she is adapting very well except that issue. Is it normal to be like that?
Could your dog be in pain? Is it possible she was mistreated? I would get a good treat like Abound jerky treats. Give the dog space and allow her/him to come to you on their own. Be ready with the treats when they do. Break off a little piece and give it to the dog each time they give you their attention, no matter how little attention it is. Realise they are very afraid of you! That is why you see agressition. You must be a sanctuary of safety and comfort. I had a chihuahua who had been badly beaten. He was so scared that he pee’d for 3 days after I found him. He would run away from me if any one approuched us, so I just picked him up and held him. It took a year and a half, but at a point he realized I would protect him. He wasn’t afraid of anything, ever again. He was with me for 18 years. His name was Chico and he was best buddies with my other little chihuahua, Tiger. He had a good life and that made it all worth it.
Crystal Hendrickson says
I just rescued a nine month old chiweenie can we name him tigger. I don’t know how much to feed him because he is skinny and you can see his ribs. we give him a fourth a cup of food in the morning and 1/4 a cup of in the nighttime. Also a teaspoon or so of soft food in some water. I know nothing about this type of dog. I have a Chihuahua so I am feeding same as she gets. He always acts hungry and is skinny. What do I do?
I came into the same issue…just let him have access to the food bowl…if he is a fast eater give him the slow feeding bowl…until he has enough of a healthy weight
DIANNE PAYTON says
I lost my small Min-Pin and she was 15 years old. I would like to get a small dog a mini dotson or chihuahua. I’m so lonesome with out her.I looked for a Min-Pin but they are too high. I live in Georgia and would prefere to get one close by.
I adopted my rescue Chiweenie about 6 weeks ago. She’s a dream. She was housetrained within a couple of weeks, she is super affectionate, smart, and has a great sense of fun. She is temperamental around my 10 year old niece, but she tolerates her fairly well. The only major drawback is that she does suffer from extreme separation anxiety, but that could be because she’s a rescue dog and was neglected in her former home.
Andy Blaisdell says
I just lost My best friend and partner Paco which was a cream colored
Chiweeni. Given my experience with him I must say that the Chiweeni is
the only breed dog which I will ever own. Extremely loving, loyal, funny,
hilarious personality more like a human partner than just another dog.
Now to the reason I am posting. Does anyone know where I can buy / adopt
another Chiweeni preferably cream or as light as possible. Puppy definitely wanted so that it and I can grow together just like Paco did.
Leslie Cunningham says
Hi Andy – I have an extremely wonderful short hair.brown, 1 yr old, 13 pound neutered male chiweenie (deer head one / so cute!) I adopted him 4 months ago. He is actually a quiet chiweenie (not a yapper at all) which is very rare. He is loving, fun, docile, smart, fabulous with my seven-year-old children, not an aggressive bone in his body and the most loyal and loving dog I have ever had. I am in a situation where I just had to take a job where I am away all day – I used to work from home so it worked wonderfully for him but now that I’m away all day I feel it is very unfair to leave this wonderful dog home alone because he absolutely adores being around “his person” He’s just a really great dog and you sound like a neat person who loved Paco very much. His name is lucky and he is not light in color but he is brown and extremely adorable and I’d be happy to send you pictures. Let me know if you’re still interested – I am willing to spend whatever to get him to the right home where he can be loved and treated wonderfully
Pamela Clark says
I lost both my doxies this winter. I’m lonely. My husband died at age 44. If the other interested buyer doesnt want it. I would Love too. Quiet no children ever new home ranch fenced yard. My dos all slept with me. I’m retired and rarely leave. Please respond.
I’m interested in your Paco as my daughter in Arizona just lost her beloved dog, which she had from 6 weeks old. She keeps my daughter alive as she has very bad anxiety attaches and her puppy could since it. If you know anyone one in Arizona or Oregon who has one for adoption or rescue, please contact me. Mother desperate and hurting for her daughter.
Lynda Terry says
My rescued chiweenie objects to your strong preference for light-colored pups!! She’s marching around on her tiny feet saying “Black Dogs Matter!” 🙂
I have just gotten a 10 week old Chiweenie. He’s been great but a Ton if work. That being said I’ve had him just about 2 weeks and yesterday and today he’s been having some diarrhea. I don’t know why or what to do about it
Cheese may give a dog diarea. If concerned, get a vet’s opinion. Call the previous owner and ask what they fed the dog. Abound lamb & rice caned or kibble is easy to digest. Maybe try grain free kibble. Get small portions till you find what works for your dog. Best to call previous owner and ask about any special diet requirements.
Looking for A female chiweenie, at least 3years old. I live inClarksville Tennessee
Just curious.. in mating for these hybrids.. is it better for the female to be the dacshund or does it matter?
I have a Chiweenie and se is the most adorable thing on the planet and inhereted the finer legs of the chi but has a “boat” body like the dachs. Her ears are like a deer, nose is like a dachs. Just beautiful and fawn colored withthe white chest!
We never saw her parents so I do not know which was what, but like all genetics I assume one breed or the other is dominant and depends on the individuals crossed whos traits follow and puppies ini the same litter could follow aftere either parent and so a litter may not look alike.
But just curious if the mating is more typical to have the mother be the dachsund?
I had THE perfect chiweenie–8 lbs fully grown, sweet and great with family. She looked just like a tiny dachshund, but, when I purchased my husky puppy at 8 weeks,, she began misbehaving and peed, everywhere ?. Realizing after several months that things were only getting worse, I have her to an adoption agency along with a dissertation about all her sweet traits. Fast forward 4 years.. My husky is fully service trained and wonderful and I have a Gerberian Shepski who’s also wonderfully trained. Then, I got chiweenie fever. I missed that snuggly, cuddly little sweetheart so I bought another. This time, I got a Tasmanian devil. Won’t house-train, very fear aggressive and no cuddling unless you want to double as a chew toy… I’m so disappointed but, I don’t want to discard him into the throngs of misunderstood Chihuahua breeds that have shelters bursting at the seams. I wish I’d known the range of size and temperament ????
Doesn’t everybody know once you get a dog there your dog unless there’s an extreme situation like a job you don’t just get another dog and then get rid of another dog that’s just horrific it’s how you raise them I have a Chiweenie he’s perfect he gets a little temperamental when someone enters the house when we’re not home we need to work on that so I’m going to make an effort to get him help because obviously he’s having anxiety when someone lets him out when we’re not home I’m not just going to give him.away or say all chiweenies suck. He is our son.
Sandi Hackett says
Miss Molly, my chiweenie is about 4 yrs. old and is such a companion for me. She was given to me after being abandoned with nobody wanting her. I cannot believe I was this lucky. I haven’t much history on her but she is now healthy and seems content, although a little bit over-protective. Right now she is curled up in front of the fireplace, she is so sweet.
We love our ‘Violet’! When my teen son brings his friends over, we ask one of them to give her a treat, and she now looks forward to people coming over!
Jeanne Ochoa says
I adobted a 8yr.old Chiweenie female 3 1/2 lb. from my local Humane Society in Linda Vista, CA. 92110. We love her so much. She has linear Immunogobulins, is this very common? We treat her at home with medicated shampoo/conditioner and topical medicated spray. I hope her life span qill not be shortened due to this condition. She is a prize.
Robin shepherd says
How can i put a picture of my chiweenie boy?
Pippa Mattinson says
Hi Robin, you are welcome to email a photo of your chiweenie to [email protected] Our editors are always happy to consider posting readers pictures in our articles . 🙂
We have an 8-year-old Chiweiner named ? Bear because his face was so dark when he was a puppy. We love him so much, he’s a lap dog and loves to burrow under the covers in bed, just like a dachshund. He loves to mark furniture when visitors come over, despite the fact that he’s been neutered since 6 months. He is very aggressive to strangers and will nip at people if he can. We try to keep him away from strangers, but they love to try to pet him since he’s so cute! He gets along very well with our Dachshund and Dorkiepoo, just wish I could help him get over his protectiveness/aggression!
Elizabeth Collins says
I love my Jamie. She is loveable , loyal, good watch dog, best dog I ever owned. She just recently tried biting people . She is 4 years old. And she is fat . How much should I feed her to lose wait. She will not eat dog food only chicken breast. Which I boil
Hi my Cali will be 1 next month & she is picky with certain dog foods but she loves chicken breast & viennas.
My 2 year old gets a cup of high quality dry food split in 3 meals. I cut back a little if I give treats or mix in wet food as a treat. I measure every meal, I leave the 1/3 cup scoop right in the food container. I would talk to your vet about the right feeding regiment and amount. Exercise is a must. One of the fun ones I’ve discovered is that she loves to chase a laser pointer! Make sure there is a clear path and just let your pup sprint after that red dot. I only go about 5 minutes, but she is panting at the end. Good luck!
I would suggest you looking in to the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet (BARF diet) for your little chiweenie! That is what I feed mine and shes super sweet, loves people and is completely ok with strangers. She also is a perfect body weight and very lean with lots of muscle. A premade brand you can buy is call Stella and Chewys but I suggest you try to make it yourself. Look into Dr Karen Becker on youtube she a integrative vet and is very knowledgeable about this diet as well. Good luck hope this helps.
Nina BourBeau says
I rescued a 4 year old (approximate age per vet) Chiweenie from a local park. Looks a lot like the daushund with longer legs. Very cute, very anti-social (doesn’t like anything with 4 legs) and took a long time to warm up to people. I believe he was from a puppy farm. With a lot of love and patience, he learned to love us in time. We are older, no kids and no other pets. Absolutely love this dog! That being said, he has inherited a displaced hip, a knee cap that slips out of joint, and some back problems! I’ve had him for 3 years & absolutely love him. People, please be careful where you get these dogs – this one was left on his own with almost no training and no socializing. So be very careful! With a lot of work & patience this dog worked out for us.
Leonard Dickey says
I have a Chiweenie mix and he is so cute. B)
Ursula Williams says
I have a four month old chiweenie. She likes to chew anything she can find and will try to bite my hands and fingers and feet. I give her dog chew or natural chicken strips to distract her from this habit. She will be Spayed soon and I am hoping this will calm her down. She is loving and sociable with all my visitors so no problem there. I have named her Edith.
I’m looking for a chiweenie puppy, where did you get yours?
Pat Reid says
We got ours from a local rescue. Start looking at rescue web sites and you will eventually run across one. Our little girl is now 15 months old and weighs just under 9 lbs. She is precious. She does have issues with her back left leg. Knee pops out occasionally, but always pops back on its own. We are thinking she has a hip issue to so back to the vet. I see a specialist in her future. It’s too late. We love her so it will be what it will be.
I rescued a chiweenie. Her name is Bailey, and they estimated her to bhe about 3-4 when I rescued her. I’ve had her about a year now. I’m a full time college student, and I’m trying to save up for a vet trip for her to make sure everything is going okay with her.
She has a small patch of missing fur on one of her paws, and I’m worried this may be a rash. She’s had it a little while, and it hasn’t spread and she doesn’t seem to be in pain.
My issue is her teeth!! I have bought a million different things to try and brush her teeth, but she fights me and gets angry when I try. Any advice?
Judy Carter says
Was given a Dotson/ chihuahua 12 week old tan puppy 3-1-18. We named her Isabella. First vet visit today. She weighs 4.5 pounds. Started flea & heartworm prevention. And her first shots. Goes back in 3 weeks for rest of shots. And then to have her fixed. We’re in love
Judy Carter says
One more thing she has short soft fur.
What’s a “Dotson”?
Sharon Estes says
Just got me a beautiful chocolate mini Dotson mini chiwawa mix he is so beautiful and looks more like the Dotson features. He’s only eight weeks old and already very protective of me and always with me. I love him so much. He’s wonderful. Named him peanut. I don’t have any small children but do have other dogs and kittens he and my black kitten have become best friends and are inseparable. Sleep and play together. So glad I have him in my life. My sister loved him so much she bought his brother who looks more like a mini chiwawa and is a bit smaller than mine and hair is different and so is the tail but they are wonderful pets. She named her boy Peppy.
Where did you get him? I’m looking for a chiweenie but they’re very hard to come by!
I have a 3 month old chiweenie that was very tiny when I got him. He’s grown long legs, but has dachshund feet and body, floppy ears but small head and short nose. Very energetic, playful but also has aggression and a temperature. Almost completely house trained. Is it common for some chiweenies to have long legs? He weighs 5 lbs
Ady Bautzmann says
Honestly, it depends on the parents of your dog. The parents of your dog might of been a mix of 2 breeds, while the other parent might be 1 breed. Your dog could’ve got more of his genetics from 1 parent like 75% for one parent and 25% for the other parent. So its very common for chiweenies. Hope this helped
Hey I have chiweenie as well he has long legs small head big ears skinny and long I was wondering the same thing
Looking for a chiweenie, I have a pure bred shihuahua, female.
Own chiweenie pup
She ready 11 month old
Very playful run around
With her toys also touch down
Like playing football run & tipping
nose throw up with her nose
She is my babies
I am very happy with my
Cheryl Mills says
We adopted our Chiweenie from our local Pet Rescue 9 years ago. We think he’s about 11 years old. Buddy is the most wonderful dog in the world and we have adored him since day one. He’s developed hip problems for which he takes medications for and the dental problems inherent with this breed have been addressed by regular teeth cleanings every 2 years. We also put a dental additive in his water. One thing that we’ve had to do is regular nail trims because his nails grow extremely fast and because he’s not wearing them down naturally. Another health issue is his anal sack needs be cleaned frequently. Not sure if this is a regular problem with all dog breeds, but, in his case, it has been a problem.
We also need to watch him around small children. If they are respectful of him he will allow them near him, but, I feel that his issue with children is because of his fear of them hurting him, and not out of an inherent dislike of them. Other than that, he loves everybody and would go home with anyone, really! He is loyal to us to be sure, but, he genuinely likes people. Have only known him to exhibit dislike of someone twice, and that was when I was by myself and men that neither one of us knew had tried to get between he and myself. In both cases he growled and I felt in both cases that the warnings were warranted? Oh, and UPS delivery trucks driving up and down the street give Buddy a chance to exercise his vocal skills! He goes nuts, and I just let him do it. Other than that he’s very quiet and hardly ever barks. I hope that all of this helps in your decisions about getting this breed of dog. For us, we would get another one in a heartbeat.
Susan Goebel says
My chiweenie Bella had to be put down on Dec.23 2017, she was attacked by neighbor’s dog or dogs. Bella was only 1 1/2.. I get her at 8 weeks from my daughter. I instantly fell in love with Bella, brown , long haired, three legged, my grandson said that’s what made Bella unique. It didn’t stop Bella, she would go all through the house faster than a puppy with four legs.I love her & miss her all day, everyday!!!!
What is the name of the treatment did you add to his water?
Just adopted Chiweenie (we think) she’s one plus year old and the shelter told us she and her sister were running loose with horses on a farm. She’s very sweet, Chihuahua looks are dominent but she points like a hunter which would be a doxie trait. BUT she’s not house trained. Anyone experienced having to train an adult Chiweenie. She weighs 6.2 lbs. She does not exhibit any over protectiveness but we’re still getting used to each other
I adopted a Chiweenie from a shelter, 3 years old, and I treated him as if he was a puppie regarding house training but that worked only so so. I then made a “station” where I had him pee inside the house at first (he never signaled before peeing inside). I put it where he peed accidentally on his own (after cleaning of course). I put a bottle on a newspaper (since dogs usually pee on stuff like that anyways), and then I moved the paper and the bottle closer to the front door until it was exactly at the front door. Then I put it right outside the door. By the point I put it outside he was so used to going on the paper and bottle that he told me when he needed to go outside to the paper and bottle. I then moved it further away from the door and in no time he understood that he was to go outside to do his business. I don´t know if this can help you in any way but it worked very fast for me. Good luck!
What type of bottle did you use?
Audrey Arzt says
We adopted a 3-year Old Chiweenie a few months ago, & also struggle with housetraining. If we crate her, it’s worse because she should thd crste, Steph in it & makes s mess. I take her to the same spot every couple hours & don’t let her feet touch the ground until she’s gone in the morning. She’s doing a little better, but still has accidents, especially if we leave the house for more than an hour. It’s exhausting.
Have a tough chaweenie, want to breed her atleast once. Live in Arizona, any suggestions.
Ana Kovacevic says
We have a boy, he will be 5 in a few days, and he would love to become a father. The only problem-We are in Ontario, Canada…
Please do no breed her. I’m on the east coast and my chihuahua mix is from an Arizona shelter where there are so many of these small dogs. Please remember that the shelters can’t keep up and find enough homes for all of the dogs and cats. Please please adopt from shelters and rescues and don’t breed.
How risky can a Chiweenie’s birth be when breeded with a small terrier? My chiweenie is maybe six weeks pregnant and so far everything has been fine im just concerned weather or not she will survive the birth
You need to consult with your vet Belle.
Do you like pugs
Lee Hoyland says
We have what we believe is a Chaweenie but VERY territorial about food or even toys to point of snapping & hss bit husband twice-any suggrstions t get him out of this behavor that won’t break the bank? At point of returning him to shrlter if we can’t find fast solution-Help
I have a 10 month old Chiweenie which I have two major problems. first he will take anything from the tv remote to shoes and anything else he can reach. the most concerning issue is I have a 12 year old cat and the dog will bite our cat in the head or ears.
I wish to solve both problems as quickly and easy as possible. ive had the dog to obedient school which all they taught was sit laydown and to reward him if he drops items he has stolen.
I believe that to encourage the dog to do just the opposite to stop him from stealing in the first place. where am I going wrong in these two issues?
Hi Ron, You can read about stealing here – https://thehappypuppysite.com/how-to-stop-your-dog-stealing/
Regarding your cat, I highly recommend seeing a positive reinforcement specialist behaviorist. Your vet should have details of one in your area. In the meantime it is essential that you don’t allow them access to each other, until the problem is resolved. Either one of them could seriously injure the other if this continues.
Deanne Brouse says
I have two Chiweenies!
Best Service Dogs ever.
I’m retired/disabled and live alone. I have two cats who get along wonderfully with them. Many people ask me what service they provide. They are for mobility, balance, and stress. They ask how they’re trained.
Well, along with all their other lovely personality and behavioral characteristics, they have small bladders. I can assure all of you readers, we are mobile!
I love ❤️ and adore my babies!
We believe we have a Chiweenie too! She was adopted from a friend and she’s a total darling. She’s definitely excitable and protective but she loves our kids, our big dog, and even our pot belly pig!