As far as designer dogs go, the Chiweenie is one of the cutest ones around. Long and small, this adorable hybrid (a Chihuahua and Dachshund mix) is picking up in popularity. And it’s no wonder; this breed is friendly and loving, making him the ideal lap dog. But after he’s done with cuddling, he’ll want to play… a lot. When he’s all tuckered out from playing, he’ll be content to sleep beside you on the couch.
Ideal for singles, seniors and those who like to travel (the Chiweenie is quite portable) or live in an apartment or condo; this breed is attractive to a wide range of households. He does tend to bark, which he puts to use in his role of chief watchdog. Is the Chiweenie the right dog for you? Read on to learn more about this cute breed.
The Chiweenie is a relatively new breed of designer dog, getting his start in North America. They were bred as early as the 1990s, but are gaining popularity has more owners and fans sing their praises.
The Chiweenie is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and Dachshund. An F1 mix is a purebred parent of each breed – these are considered to be the healthiest of the mixes.
The Chiweenie is an active dog and will require a healthy diet of high-quality kibble. Because this breed is prone to dental issues, dry kibble is recommended to help keep teeth strong. However, they do equal well on a wet-food diet if dental issues make chew dry kibble impossible.
Known to be a bit stubborn, the Chiweenie can be a challenge to train. Keep training sessions short and interesting, with plenty of treats and praise for a job well done. Harsh training methods won’t get you far with this dog. If he notices that you are getting frustrated with him, he’ll resist training altogether. Because he love to play, try incorporating some playful training techniques or reward him with play time after your session is complete.