For lovers of hybridizing breeds, the Chiweenie is undoubtedly one of the most adorable and incredible dogs. This mix of dachshund and Chihuahua is all the rage among those looking for a companion with personality, charm, and an eternal desire to play.

If you liked the Pomsky or the Chorkie, the Chiweenie would make you fall in love. Born from the mixture of the dachshund or sausage dog with the Chihuahua, it is almost entirely unknown in Spain. However, it has been all the rage in the US for decades and has many followers in the UK.

Adorable in appearance and small in size but with an overwhelming personality, it is not surprising that there are more and more fans of this hybrid or designer breed. We are talking about the almost perfect lapdog.

Although it is not suitable for all types of owners: It does not stop when it comes to barking; it usually takes a lot of attachment to a single person and is very energetic despite its size, which requires a certain level of activity and exercise for it to be balanced.

 And happy. Do you want to know more about the Chiweenie? Well, keep reading…


  • What is a Chiweenie?
  • Origin and history of the Chiweenie
  • Is he the ideal dog for me?
  • Official recognition of the breed
  • How to care for a Chiweenie dog
  • What should a Chiweenie eat?
  • How to educate and socialize a Chiweenie?
  • How much exercise do you need?
  • What are Chiweenie puppies like, and how to take care of them
  • Common health problems
  • How many years does he live?
  • Essential Characteristics of the Chiweenie
  • How much does a Chiweenie weigh?
  • How tall is a Chiweenie?
  • What character does he have?
  • Hair colors and type
  • How much does a Chiweenie cost?
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What is a Chiweenie?

Let’s start at the beginning. If we talk about the Chiweenie, we must first define what we are talking about. Since, especially in Spain, it is a real rarity. The Chiweenie is a hybrid or laboratory (or designer) breed. 

That is, created in an “artificial” way by crossing two races. In this case, a sausage dog also called a dachshund or dachshund ( like the one Picasso had, and which is considered one of the best dogs to have in an apartment ), and a chihuahua ( one of the most popular breeds in the world, popularized in the USA by the Spanish musician Xavier Cugat, and of which there are six different subtypes.

That is, the Chiweenie is a hybrid dog of two breeds. He must also be his father and mother, each of these races (Chihuahua and dachshund). Since the breed originated, several Chiweenie specimens have not been crossed to breed other Chiweenies to avoid health problems. Something that leads to a peculiarity: 


Each Chiweenie can be different. Not only because of the different types of dachshunds or chihuahuas there are, but also. But because of the extra genetic load that occurs in each offspring. Chiweenies from the same litter are even different from each other. Hence, Cheweenies are even more unique than other designer dog breeds.

Origin and history of the Chiweenie

As in the case of many other hybrid or designer dogs, there are many gaps or unknowns regarding the true origin of the Chiweenie. Their existence and early breeders have been known since the 1990s, but there is no “unofficial” or “official” history of the first Chiweenie(s). Since then, the number of fans, owners, and admirers of this breed has been growing. They are achieving a great popularity in recent years.

 What we don’t know is whether the origin of this breed was planned (the most likely option) or whether it was a successful mistake that led, albeit by chance, to sudden joy—that of having created the compact dog par excellence.

Is he the ideal dog for me?

It’s an excellent question. Because the Chiweenie is not a dog suitable for any master. As you already know, we always recommend you think long and hard before adopting a four-legged friend into your family, whether you will assume it or buy it. 

The important thing is that the dog that will cohabit in your home is compatible with you and your lifestyle. You’re not doing a dog that needs a lot of exercises (like a Malinois) any good if you expect him to spend all day lying in his bed or accompanying you on your marathons… of series.

Well, the Chiweenie is an ideal dog for singles due to its lapdog character, and very given to becoming attached in a unique way to a single family member. Also, for retired people or people with enough time to dedicate to it, it is an active dog and very prone to accessible barking (something you will have to work on with patience.

 Not so for families with children. Since his nervous character can collide with the hyperactivity of the little ones, a dog will want to play a lot and then cuddle up with you. But it is more likely to stick to one person, so if this detail is not taken into account, it can lead to jealousy towards the little ones.

It is an ideal dog for those who love to travel (or do it constantly for work), given its small size. Taking it anywhere is very easy in this regard. But the dog must be socialized from a young age to adapt quickly to these changes—something not very difficult since it is a dog, in general, quite bold and brave.

It is also a good guard dog due to its protective instinct and attachment to its owner. Although we must be careful with its tendency to bark because it can become the terror of the neighborhood if we are not careful, and every noise in the surroundings of your home has its loud barking as a response.

Official recognition of the breed

It is the result of crossing two purebred specimens – a dachshund and a chihuahua – that makes it a “first generation dog” problem when considering this breed as official. There is, as we explained above, an excellent reason for every Chiweenie to be a cross between two other breeds: 

It is proven that they are the healthiest specimens (or the ones with the fewest health problems ). That is to say; some Chiweenies are not crossed with others out of their responsibility towards these animals since it could lead to various veterinary issues and the consequent suffering for the puppies.

However, this circumstance has a direct consequence: The American Kennel Club does not recognize the breed and consequently does not allow any Chiweenie to be registered for official pedigree documents.

 However, other smaller American clubs offer breed certifications for hybrid or designer dogs (American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc., International Designer Canine Registry, and Designer Breed Registry).

The critical thing in this sense is that whenever we get a copy of this breed -or any other-we turn to a trusted breeder or to an institution or shelter where they provide us with all the animal’s documentation.

How to care for a Chiweenie dog

What should a Chiweenie eat?

As with many small breeds, the Chiweenie tends to be overweight. For this reason, we must be very responsible with the food we give him. In this case, the ideal will be a premium feed for small breeds, adapted to their age and activity level.

 Although it is not always easy to get it right the first time, and with some dogs, it is difficult to find a feed that they like, the Chiweenie is not usually very “demanding” or “picky” with food. Remove the contrary. They tend to have a great appetite and a tendency to overeat. That is why it is essential to measure the rations we give him and never give him free access to feed.

If even following these guidelines, the animal ends up overweight, we will have two options: Either give it more activity (more walks and play to burn calories that it eats) or go to your trusted veterinarian to provide you with the necessary guidelines and ask you how many you take and in what quantities you should eat them until you reach your ideal weight. 

What is apparent is that, although you are training him, you should also be careful with the dog treats you give him. Because in this sense, some Chiweenies can be insatiable.

How to educate and socialize a Chiweenie?

One of the most interesting points is the training and education of a Chiweenie. As an active and energetic dog, he will enjoy challenges and games. But it must be admitted that they are somewhat stubborn dogs on a behavioral level. Therefore, it may require a little patience on your part to achieve the results you are looking for.

 The best way is always to do it with games, praise, and treats. Since Chiweenie will enjoy having all the attention of his master from him, after the training sessions, we carry out a game session as a reward will also help significantly since it will favor their predisposition in the following training days.

Try not to get frustrated because he will notice. And never resort to punishment either (don’t do it with any dog) because only positive training works with the Chiweenie. It will also be necessary that from a young age, you socialize with other dogs.

 And, if you are going to spend a lot of time away from home, try to train it to get used to your outings, thus avoiding separation anxiety and stress or nerve problems that can lead to excessive barking.

How much exercise do you need?

Small… but thug -what would that say-. Do not confuse its small size with its energy because it is immense. The wrapper may be small, but it packs a dog full of energy to burn. With such tiny legs, you will not need each walk to be a Camino de Santiago. 

But at least one long walk a day is ideal for exercising, burning calories, having fun, and getting balanced on all levels.

Due to its size, it does not need to live on a large farm in which to run.

 It’s perfect if you live in a small apartment. I will be happy to go through it from top to bottom and chase you through it wherever you go. If you let him play in a garden, you must first ensure that everything is well-fenced so that he does not escape through any small gap.

What are Chiweenie puppies like, and how to take care of them?

Being a hybrid of two breeds noted for their small size, the Chiweenie is also a tiny pup. So we must be cautious and protect them from other dogs and children. They are pretty friendly and curious puppies, so it is better to take advantage of this circumstance to socialize them and get them used to dealing with new people and other pets. Doing it at this age will avoid future problems and will give you the guarantee of a confident, affectionate, and friendly dog.

You have to protect him because of his fragile physique. But socializing is key, so they do not develop long-term behavior problems, such as anxiety, fear of other dogs or people, or aggressiveness. And there are some Chiweenies with a strong character in which the genetics and temperament of the Chihuahua can be seen with the naked eye.

Common health problems

We are talking about a relatively healthy dog ​​in most cases. What most often affects them are allergies. In addition, the leading health problems associated with this breed are those familiar to chihuahuas and dachshunds:

  • hypothyroidism
  • hypoglycemia
  • diabetes
  • seizures
  • patella dislocation
  • dental problems
  • hydrocephalus.

A typical dental problem in petite breeds is the risk of losing teeth early. That is why it is essential to take good care of their oral health and that we help them with possible tartar problems.

How many years does he live?

The average life expectancy of this designer dog is between 12 and 15 years—a true marvel. And, not surprisingly, similar to that of his Chihuahua and Dachshund parents. For a Chiweenie to live up to 15 years old, you must take care of it, give it a correct diet, exercise, and a lot of love, and take it periodically to the vet.

Essential Characteristics of the Chiweenie

How much does a Chiweenie weigh?

Being a small breed, the mix of Chihuahua and Dachshund, the Chiweenie weighs around 4 kilograms.

How tall is a Chiweenie?

Like the breeds from which it comes, it is small: they measure approximately 15 and 25 centimeters.

What character does he have?

Energetic, brave, affectionate, and playful. It’s easy for him to want to be on top of or near you constantly: protective instinct and always alert. You don’t want to miss out on anything that’s going on around you. Although it is easy to bark, it does not like noise. Nor is he very fond of sharing space with other dogs or pets. So the idea is for it to be the only pet in the home. However, it is always possible to adapt. Even more so if it is raised with other dogs from puppyhood and we socialize it properly.

Hair colors and type

Depending on what type of Dachshund and Chihuahua have been crossed, the color and style of hair of our Chiweenies will vary. From short and hard hair to long hair. In the same way, the colors also vary, ranging from white to black, through brown and reddish tones.

Be that as it may, these dogs need their proper weekly brushing. Not only will we avoid dirt in our homes, but we will also avoid skin problems, dandruff, or bad smells.

How much does a Chiweenie cost?

We are talking about a very rare dog in Spain, so it is not as easy to find a Chiweenie as it would be with other breeds, hybrid or not. But it is also true that it is not a breed with a spectacular demand, so the prices of these dogs, for the moment, have not skyrocketed too much. This way, a Chiweenie’s price ranges between 300 and 800 euros.


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