Chiweenie Owner’s Guide

By Julie •  Updated: 11/02/20 •  5 min read
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Would you love to add a small dog to your family? Are you looking for the perfect breed for your lifestyle? Choosing a breed of dog can be difficult. But it is important to take the time to learn about each one so that you can find the perfect companion for you. For example, a lot of families love the Chiweenie. Let’s take a look at this small but high-energy canine.

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What is the Chiweenie?

First of all, the Chiweenie is not a purebred dog. Instead, this is a canine that is a hybrid breed, combining the characteristics of the Dachshund and the Chihuahua. These adorable toy breeds have created a small pup that is a fun companion to be around. Indeed, due to their popularity, they are often referred to as a designer dog. They can also be called different names, which can include the Choxie and Weeniehuahua. It is likely that they are all the same crossbreed but they will all look slightly different due to breeding.

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The Chiweenie is classed as a small canine. They can reach a height of 6 to 10 inches, as well as weighing anywhere from 5 to 12 pounds. When they are happy and healthy, the Chiweenie can live to 12 to 16 years old. They can enjoy a variety of colors. This can include black, white, and brown.

It is most likely that the Chiweenie started back in the 1990s. This was a time when people were experimenting with different breeds. It is likely this furry friend first emerged in North America. In particular, it was to minimize back problems suffered by Dachshunds. Although, the Chiweenie is now popular as a designer dog.

Do They have a Good Temperament?

The Chiweenie can be a loving small dog to have in a family household. But they can be described as sassy and stubborn. Early training will be necessary to try to curb bad behaviors. But this will take a lot of perseverance and consistency. It is likely that the Chiweenie will become attached to one person in the household. They are known for having their favorite person. But this does not mean that they will not show love and affection to others.

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One thing to know about the Chiweenie is that a lot of owners say that they are yappy dogs. In other words, they can be a good watchdog when you are in the house but it can also become irritating. You will have to dedicate time to train your canine to avoid this behavior. Otherwise, you may start to annoy your neighbors.

One thing to remember is that the Chiweenie may be better as the only dog in the household. While they can socialize with other canines, this can take some time to work through. This will require training from a young age. If you are rescuing a Chiweenie and are not aware of their history, they might be best as the only pup in your family.

Do They Need a lot of Exercise?

Due to the size of the Chiweenie, a lot of people assume that they do not need a lot of exercise. But this is a canine that is known for being energetic and having a lot of energy to burn during the day. So, you will need to ensure your pooch has at least two walks a day. They are going to love playing fetch and going on a hike with you. While you will not have to be out for hours a day like you are with a larger canine, they still need challenging exercise to expend their energy.

In addition, do not forget to provide your furry friend with toys in the home. This is another way for them to expend energy and have some fun. Otherwise, they might develop negative traits, such as excessive barking and chewing.

Do They Need a lot of Grooming?

If you are looking for a furry friend that is low maintenance when it comes to grooming, the Chiweenie is going to be the perfect companion for you. They do not have a lot of demands due to their short coat. Brushing them a few times a week is all you need to do, as well as regular baths. In addition, the Chiweenie is often referred to as being a good dog if you have an allergy. But this is something that you should check with the breeder. It can happen that your canine has a longer coat, which may not be hypoallergenic.

Do remember that since your canine has a short coat, they will not be able to cope well with extreme weather changes. For example, they are going to need a warm coat during the winter. In addition, during the summer months, they are going to benefit from having sunscreen on any exposed skin.

There is one thing that you have to watch when it comes to the Chiweenie. This is their oral health. It will be necessary to brush your canine’s teeth every day and this can lower the risk of dental problems. You can always ask your veterinarian’s advice to ensure you look after your Chiweenie’s oral health.

How do I Find a Chiweenie?

There are several ways you can add a Chiweenie to your family. For example, one of the best ways is to adopt a canine that needs a home. Head to your local animal shelter or check online to see if there is a Chiweenie for adopting. This can be an affordable way to have this pooch. Alternatively, you can approach a breeder for a puppy. Something that can affect the price of a Chiweenie puppy is the fact that the litters are small. Due to the size of this pooch, they may only have a litter with two to six puppies. This factor drives up the price that you will pay for an adorable pup. Thus, be prepared to pay a lot of money for a Chiweenie puppy.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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