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Personality Traits of a Dachshund Chihuahua Mix (Chiweenie)

Personality Traits of a Dachshund Chihuahua Mix (Chiweenie)
Among the many cute mix breeds of dogs stands the tiny, absolutely adorable, and immensely loving Dachshund-Chihuahua hybrid. Known by many nicknames, this dog is a thorough delight to have around. DogAppy lists some personality traits, accompanied with other facts and pictures of the Chiweenie.
Priyanka Athavale
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
So Many Names!
For such a small dog, the Dachshund-Chihuahua mix breed sure has many names. Some of them are Chiweenie, Chihiweenie, Chawinnie, Doxiwawa, and Dachuahua.
From the category of mix breed dogs comes another contender that is vying for your attention. It loves to cuddle. It loves to snuggle. It loves to receive all the attention you can ever give. It is a fan of playing games, and tug-of-war is its most favorite one yet. It will lick your face and keep you company through everything, good times and bad. And not only that, it is small in size and does not require a lot of space, so you can take it with you on your travels as well.

It is good for everyone―families, old folks, and people who live alone. It comes with the promise of being the most loyal companion you could ask for. Did you guess who it was yet? It is the Dachshund-Chihuahua hybrid! Yes, we know it's a very long name for such a small dog, which is why it is also called the Chiweenie! Cute, right? Read on to know some more facts about this rather interesting mixed dog breed.
Adult Chihuahua
Adult Chihuahua
Adult Dachshund
Adult Dachshund
Chiweenie Puppy
Chiweenie puppy
Personality Traits
This dog has a laid-back attitude, and it is quite even tempered as compared to a normal Chihuahua, that is prone to a certain amount of weariness towards people because of its small size. The Chiweenie loves people! It is quite social and likes mingling with everyone. It is extremely attached to its family, and can experience separation anxiety if left alone for too long.
With Children
Being quite friendly by nature, it is an excellent playmate for children. However, keep in mind that being a small dog, it is prone to physical injuries, and hence, it cannot really cope with the fast and rugged play of small children. Hence, slightly older children who will treat it with gentle care are more suited as playmates for the Chiweenie.
Family Love!
Being extremely loyal to its family, the Dachshund-Chihuhua mix is a dog with a lot of spirit. It does tend to bark more than required, but this quality makes it an excellent watchdog. It is quite courageous, and extremely protective of its family, often forgetting its own size when trying to take on a threat. It is also at its happiest when around those it loves.
Chihuahua dachshund dog
This dog, like its parent breeds, is small in size. However, the size varies depending on whether the parents are standard-sized or miniature dogs. The miniature Chiweenie weighs between 8 to 10 pounds (3 to 3.5 kg), whereas the standard-sized one weighs between 11 to 20 pounds (4 to 9 kg), sometimes more. It is not more than 10 inches tall in height.
Physical Traits
This dog's head can either be flat like a Dachshund, or rounded like a Chihuahua. The ears mostly point outward and look like bat wings. They are floppy, and stand upright when the dog is alert. The nose may be pointed or short, depending on which genes are stronger, and black or brown in color. The eyes are almond-shaped and can be black, brown, or even green in color. The tail is long and curved. The legs are short, and the paws are small.
The coat type also varies with a particular puppy's parentage. It can be short and rough, or long, silky, and flowy. The colors also vary. Most commonly found coat colors are black, tan, and brown. But white, red, blonde, or multicolored coats are also seen.
This dog does not require a very heavy meal owing to its small size. You can feed it small portions of food twice or thrice a day. As every dog is unique, it is recommended that you talk to your vet regarding the kind of food you can feed your pet, and the frequency of the same. Remember that overfeeding your dog will lead to obesity and consequent health problems.
The grooming frequency depends upon the coat of your dog. If it has a short coat, then brushing a couple of times a week is sufficient to remove the loose hair. However, if the coat is long and silky, then brushing every 2 to 3 days is a must. This is because longer fur tends to mat and tangle, which is what we need to avoid. A soft-bristled brush does the job well enough. Bathing is also not required on a regular basis. It must either be monthly, or in case your dog has rolled in mud or jumped in the trash can, then can't be allowed to enter the house without a bath. Otherwise, frequent bathing will strip the dog's skin of the natural oils that it produces to remain healthy.
The life expectancy of the Chiweenie is 12 to 14 years, which can also go up to 16 years. However, every owner must remember the specific care that the dog needs, and provide it diligently. Some of the common health problems that this breed can inherit from its parents are as follows.
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pollen allergies
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Disc problems
  • Teeth crowding
  • Diabetes
  • Tooth decay
  • Patellar luxation
Chihuahua dogs running
This is a lively little canine. Do not be fooled by its size; it is not the kind to laze around the house all day long. A longish walk or a short run, twice a day, is important. If you have a big backyard or a dog park nearby, then it doesn't get better. Playing is essential, and so is mental stimulation. This dog is prone to boredom, and usually likes to bark. Hence, make sure that you keep your pet engaged in something interesting to avoid it from finding destructive outlets for all that pent-up energy.
Living Conditions
This is basically a lap dog; and it is tiny. Do the math and you will realize that it does quite well in an apartment and does not require too much space. Just make sure that its exercise requirements are met, and you will have a delight of a dog as a pet. Another plus point of being so small and cute is that you can easily take it with you while traveling. Why not enjoy the sights, sounds, and new people of foreign lands with your loving pooch?
This dog is not exactly a piece of cake when it comes to house training. Don't get me wrong; it's not that hard to train, it just takes a little extra time. Firm and stern are two words that this dog does not keep in its vocabulary (on purpose). It expects you to be nice, gentle, and more like a friend (less like a teacher). Positive reinforcement and lots of encouragement work wonders. Include some treats for good behavior, and your dog will be willing to learn the tricks much more enthusiastically. However, make sure that the commands are not being followed just for the treats. If your dog looks at you expectantly each time it sits, rolls, or barks, or carries out these actions without being told, then you will have to change your methods.

The Dachshund-Chihuahua mix is a tiny dog filled with giant surprises. Right from its appearance to its nature and personality, this pooch is a mystery that can be solved only with time. Get a Chiweenie home, and be prepared to receive a lot of love from a very small package.
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