The Chiweenie is a designer breed created through the cross of the Dachshund and the Chihuahua breed. The Chiweenie is recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club). This designer breed can also be registered through IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry) and ICA (International Canine Association, Inc).
- Country of Origin: N/A
- Weight: 4 - 11 lbs
- Height: 5 - 9 inches
- Color: The coat can be solid, marked, or speckled and in many colors & combinations. The most common colors are fawn, black & tan, white, chocolate and blue merle.
The Chiweenie breed is intelligent, courageous and playful. Training this breed is key, as they can be quite stubborn. They make for great watch dogs and will let you know when a stranger is near.
The Chiweenie life expectancy is between 13 – 15 years. Health concerns to watch for in this breed are:
• Luxating Patellas
• Dental Issues
All mixed breed dogs have a better chance of having less health concerns because of their genetic diversity.
Their coat exhibit three coat varities: smooth coat (short hair), long hair and wire hair.
Grooming varies between the shorthaired and longhaired Chiweenie. The shorthaired version of this breed needs to be brushed 2 -3 times per week to keep a healthy coat. The longhaired on the other hand may need to be brushed on a daily basis. It is also important to pay close attention to this breeds eyes & teeth to avoid certain health issues.