As is clearly established in the name, the Chihuahua Dachshund mix is a combination between the Dachshund and the Chihuahua. This mix goes by various names, such as the Chiweenie, the German Taco, and the Mexican hot dog.
The best way to find out what type of dog you are getting with a Chihuahua Dachshund mix, as with most other designer dogs, is to look at the characteristics of both breeds of dog.
When growing up, your Chiweenie is going to require a great deal of attention and playtime. They absolutely crave attention and love nothing more than to be close to the members of their family. You will find that they can be a very affectionate dog that loves to be paid attention to and wants nothing more than to sleep, play, and relax with their family.
Even though they love being around people as most Chihuahua breeds do, it is important to make them socialize early on. If they are not introduced to social situations early in their life, they may develop a habit of becoming very shy.
They are good around kids, especially if they are introduced to children early on. Because of their small stature, it is a good idea to make sure that young children (your own or those visiting) know to be gentle with your Chihuahua Dachshund mix.
The Chiweenie is ideal for those owners who do not want a great deal of fuss to deal with, because like most Chihuahua breeds, it sheds very little. When you compare it to other designer dogs or even other Chihuahua mixes, it requires very little grooming. The only thing you need to do is occasionally brush them.
Unlike some of the other Chihuahua mixes discussed before, Chiweenie’s are able to regulate their own eating habits quite well. This means that if you leave some food out, they are not going to overeat until everything is gone. They do tend to get sick of their food quite quickly however, and are known to be fussy eaters. Because of this, it is recommended that you change the food you give to your Chihuahua Dachshund mix quite regularly.
Some people may be surprised at how much energy can be stuffed into such a small dog. If the owner is unable to go for a walk every day or play with them daily, these dogs are not a good idea. They have a ton of energy and need enough space to play and run around.
If they spend a long time outdoors, they may have excessively watery eyes due to pollen, however they are overall a healthy dog. The only known issue is that they may be prone to knee problems, especially in the area near the dog's knee that is supposed to support it, where they are prone to have their cartilage separate. It is a good idea to have your Chiweenie checked by a veterinarian before bringing them home to ensure that they will not develop those problems later in life.
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"Ellie Durango" is 1/2 chihuahua and 1/2 long-haired dachshund. Not rated yet
I adopted Ellie from the Humane Society at 3 months old on the day after her spay surgery and a 5 hour transfer drive to the shelter. When I first saw …
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My Chiweenie mix, Latte', rescued me. I found her so I'm not sure of her exact breed. I find that Latte' eats once a day and sleeps while I'm at work. …
mother was shorthair chihuahua, father dachshund Not rated yet
I got the mother from a neighbor who kept her in extremely poor conditions. Sadly she was already pregnant but I did not know at the time. She had 5 puppies …
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I found my dog Beautie at a friends house.Her family wasn't the best family for a little dog. So I asked if I could have her. She said yes because I guess …
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My 1 year old Chiweenie Sadie Jo, is a loving, spoiled pup. Her mom was a full breed Dachshund and her dad is full breed Chihuahua. Sadie's mom is light …
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