Chiweenie the Dachshund Chihuahua Hybrid
Lifespan: 14 to 17 years
Activity Level: Medium
Coat: Short, smooth or Long, Wavy
Temperament: Playful, good watchdog, great cuddler
Information / Facts: The Chiweenie is becoming increasingly popular with lovers of "designer" dog breeds. The Chiweenie is a mixed breed dog comprised of a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. Just like pure-bred Dachshunds and Chihuahuas, the Chiweenie can have a couple different types of coats. These include a long, fluffy coat that is soft and curly, or a short, smooth coat. Chiweenies come in a variety of colors, from blond and red, to brown or black, and any combination of these colors. This dog is small and will generally weigh around ten pounds when fully grown. Some Chiweenies can weigh up to 20 pounds, however, depending upon the types of pure-bred dogs that created them. The Chiweenie combines the temperaments of the Chihuahua and the Dachshund into one little ball of fluff. As every dog is, these dogs are a joy to have around. Chiweenies are very loyal and loving with their owners, but may take a while to warm up to strangers. These dogs are very alert to danger and will bark incessantly when a perceived intruder is near. Chiweenies have a lot of energy and like to run and play, so it's important to have toys and treats on hand. It is also important that their owner keeps them well-exercised to keep them out of mischief.
Pros: Chiweenies are great for single people and those who are retired. They are also great traveling companions due to their small size and ability to fit in just about anywhere. The Chiweenie is a great addition to many homes.
Cons: The Chiweenie may not be the best choice for families with young children, as they can be easily irritated by noise and activity. The Chiweenie is a fairly healthy breed of dog, but can have some health problems that are seen in his Chihuahua and Dachshund cousins. These issues include eye problems and breathing problems.