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Chiweenie (Chihuahua &#; Dachshund Mix)

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Height: inches
Weight: pounds
Lifespan: years
Colors:White, blue, silver, red, brown, gray, black
Suitable for:Active individuals and families, travelers, apartment dwellers
Temperament:Friendly, playful, affectionate, stubborn, energetic, dedicated

The Chiweenie is the perfect pooch for the person that wants to bring their dog everywhere they go. If you can’t stand to be without your dog for even a moment, then the Chiweenie will be a good fit, as they can’t stand to be left alone without their family. But as long as they’re with their owners, Chiweenies are super adaptable. You can take a Chiweenie anywhere with you. They’re the perfect companions for travelers as they’re small, easy-going, and don’t make much mess.

On the downside, Chiweenies do tend to be a bit yappy, though this is individual to the dog. Chiweenies are a mix between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund. They’re considered an F1 designer breed, which means that Chiweenies aren’t crossed with each other. Each Chiweenie is the result of mixing a purebred Chihuahua with a purebred Dachshund, which helps to reduce the susceptibility of the Chiweenie to any health concerns that are prevalent in either parent breed.

Chiweenie Puppies – Before You Buy…

What’s the Price of Chiweenie Puppies?

The Chiweenie is a relatively new designer breed that only emerged in the s. Because they’re so new, standards are yet to be established regarding the breed’s characteristics or pricing. Prices can range drastically right now, depending on where you purchase your Chiweenie.

To get a better understanding of Chiweenie pricing, we need to first take a look at the breed’s parents. Dachshunds are very popular little wiener dogs. From a reputable breeder, you’d spend between $ and $3, to bring one home, depending on its quality, health, lineage, and the breeder’s reputation.

Chihuahuas are priced pretty similarly. While you can grab one from a backyard breeder for just a few hundred, Chihuahua prices from a reputable breeder range from about $ to upwards of $2,

Granted, Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are both recognized breeds. Members of either can have papers and proven lineages, which boosts their cost substantially. Chiweenies aren’t a recognized breed since they’re a hybrid. This means that there are no papers for a Chiweenie. For this reason, Chiweenies don’t command the same high prices that their parents do. Additionally, there are very few breeders devoting their time and energy to the Chiweenie.

Unfortunately, this means that you might be forced to purchase a Chiweenie from a backyard breeder, so you’ll need to do some due diligence. Inspect the premises where the puppy is kept and ensure that their living conditions are acceptable. Try to meet your dog’s mom if possible. Her health and appearance can clue you in to what might be waiting in your puppy’s future.

For many people, rescuing or adopting a dog sounds like a better option. Not only is it much cheaper than purchasing from a breeder, but you’re also giving a lucky pup a second chance at a happy life. You’re not too likely to find a Chiweenie in a shelter though, so adoption might be out of the question. Though they’re rising in popularity, Chiweenies aren’t the most common dogs just yet, so it’s unlikely that you’ll find one available for adoption.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chiweenie

1. Chiweenies Tend to Bark a Lot

Chihuahuas are known for being rather yappy little dogs. They often seem to have little-dog syndrome, where they believe they’re much larger than they actually are, causing them to bark aggressively at just about everything. Or, maybe they’re just scared of everything! Either way, they bark a lot. Unfortunately, Dachshunds are in the same boat! These dogs also bark loud and often, making them an annoyance for neighbors. While Chiweenies are great dogs for living in small spaces because of their tiny size, they can be just as annoying for neighbors as either parent breed. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, and the Chiweenie is a dog that barks far more than most.

2. Most Chiweenies Are Stubborn

You can often learn a lot about an F1 designer breed like the Chiweenie by looking at the breeds that were crossed to create it. Chihuahuas are equally known for their stubborn nature as they are for their yappiness. Once again, the Dachshund is quite similar, proving to be just as stubborn as Chihuahuas. If you expect anything different from your Chiweenie, you’re practically guaranteed to be disappointed. Similar to both breeds that contributed genes to them, Chiweenies can be exceedingly stubborn.

3. The Breed’s Origins Are a Mystery

The origins of many newer breeds are well-known and documented. Breeders responsible for creating new dogs often keep good records since they’re so heavily invested in the new breed. However, the Chiweenie is an exception. No one really knows where this breed started or how it came to be. They’ve only been around for a few decades, but where exactly they came from is unknown.

Temperament & Intelligence of the Chiweenie

There are good reasons why the Chiweenie is exploding in popularity recently, and one of the main reasons is their massive personalities. What else would you expect knowing that the Chiweenie is a cross between a Dachshund and a Chihuahua? Neither of these breeds is large in size, but they’re sure big in personality, and the Chiweenie is no different. Chiweenies are generally friendly, loving, and affectionate with their families, though they can certainly be aloof with strangers. Because they’re always alert and tend to bark at everything, they do make excellent watchdogs. But with their small size, they’re definitely not going to offer much in the way of protection; just a loud canine alarm!

You’ll likely find that your Chiweenie is quite amusing. They tend to be curious and active, always wanting to play. These are energetic canines, so be prepared to spend a good bit of time playing with your Chiweenie to keep it engaged.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Chiweenies are dogs that prefer to be around their families at all times. They don’t like being alone and will often display negative behaviors if left on their own too often. This makes them difficult for single professionals who are away from home for most of every day. Families make great fits for these dogs since there’s someone at the house more often than not. This can help your Chiweenie avoid anxious behaviors that might occur if it’s left alone for large chunks of time.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Similar to Chihuahuas, Chiweenies have little-dog syndrome, and it causes them to often be aggressive towards larger dogs. You can mitigate this problem with proper socialization starting at a young age, but it’s still a common aspect of their personalities. Even so, if your Chiweenie is raised with other dogs, it should be fine with those dogs and is unlikely to be aggressive.

Things to Know When Owning a Chiweenie:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Chiweenies are little dogs that rarely weigh much over 10 pounds. As such, they do best on high-quality dry dog food that’s specifically created for smaller breeds. You will need to be careful though, as dogs of this size are easy to overfeed. It doesn’t take much to make a Chiweenie overweight or even obese.

Exercise 🐕

Chiweenies are active and highly energetic dogs. Thankfully, they’re small enough that it doesn’t take too much to expend that energy. For the most part, you can help dissipate the excess energy through a few vigorous play sessions. A couple of short walks throughout the day will also help. If you have a yard, that’s great, but it’s certainly not necessary for a dog this small.

Training 🎾

More than just friendly companion pets, Chiweenies are also very intelligent. That said, their stubbornness can make them quite difficult to train, so you need to have a lot of patience. Chiweenies won’t respond well to punishment and harsh tones, so make sure you stick to lots of positive reinforcement. Even though they’re quite stubborn, most Chiweenies also really want to please their owners, so it tends to even out. Still, they’re best trained by experienced dog trainers. Beginners can take them on, but they’re more work than many other breeds.

Grooming ✂️

Chiweenies usually have very short coats that require little upkeep. You can simply brush it out once a week to get rid of the loose and dead hairs. Many Chiweenies have droopy ears though, so you will need to take extra care to ensure that they don’t get any ear infections. Clean them out with a damp washcloth once or twice per week and make sure that you always keep the insides of their ears dry. Aside from that, just keep your dog’s nails trimmed and its teeth clean with regular brushing.

Health and Conditions 🏥

F1 designer breeds are often considered to be healthier and hardier than pure breeds. That’s certainly the case with the Chiweenie, as these dogs are healthy overall and not susceptible to many major health concerns.

Minor Conditions

  • Allergies: Dogs get allergies just like people do. The most common canine allergies are skin allergies, food allergies, and allergies to environmental factors.

Serious Conditions

  • Diabetes: Diabetes in dogs is similar to diabetes in humans. It’s a metabolic disorder that causes the pancreas to either over-produce or under-produce insulin.
  • Hypothyroidism: The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid is malfunctioning, causing the metabolism to slow down.

Male vs Female

Male Chiweenies tend to be a bit larger and heavier than females, but not by much. You are likely to notice that males are more aggressive than females, especially if they’re not fixed. That said, females tend to bark a bit more, and they can also be moodier than males.

Final Thoughts

If you can handle the big personality and constant attention needs of the Chiweenie, then it will make a great dog for you, whether you’re an individual or family. These dogs can get along with everyone, but they’re generally wary of strangers. They’re always on alert, which makes them great watchdogs, but their small size means they can’t offer any protection. However, that small size also makes it easier to deal with their energetic nature since you won’t have to provide hours of exercise every day. They’re great dogs for travelers and apartment dwellers or anyone who lives in a small space, but poor pets for the person who is gone most of the day at work.

Looking for more crossbreeds? We have a full suite of both Chihuahua Mixes and Dachshund Mixes!

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An avid outdoorsman, Dean spends much of his time adventuring through the diverse terrain of the southwest United States with his closest companion, his dog, Gohan.  He gains experience on a full-time journey of exploration. For Dean, few passions lie closer to his heart than learning.  An apt researcher and reader, he loves to investigate interesting topics such as history, economics, relationships, pets, politics, and more.



Dean Eby

An avid outdoorsman, Dean spends much of his time adventuring through the diverse terrain of the southwest United States with his closest companion, his dog, Gohan.  He gains experience on a full-time journey of exploration. For Dean, few passions lie closer to his heart than learning.  An apt researcher and reader, he loves to investigate interesting topics such as history, economics, relationships, pets, politics, and more.



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You might call them chiweenies or choxies, but we call them adorable. In exchange for regular walks, bowls full of kibble, and lots of love, the dachshund and Chihuahua mixes known as chiweenies will play the role of loyal and affectionate lap dog. Little is known about how the breed originated&#x;and chiweenies are still considered "designer dogs" and not a true breed&#x;but one thing is clear: These pooches are popular. 

True to their lineage, chiweenies, just like dachshunds and Chihuahuas, have strong personalities and develop deep bonds with their owners. Their main mission in life? To be the center of attention at all times.


No two chiweenies look alike. Depending on the traits they inherit from their parents, chiweenies can have short legs, long bodies, erect ears, and bulging eyes, or long legs, short bodies, floppy ears, and overbites&#x;or one of a dizzying number of combinations of these traits. Whether they resemble their mom or dad more, all chiweenies are petite, standing just 6&#x;10 inches tall and weighing between 5&#x;12 pounds.

Young tan chiweenie lays in long grass and looks at the camera

These pups know exactly how adorable they are. If you're considering bringing home a chiweenie puppy, prepare to give him all the attention he craves—and it's a lot!

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Both dachshunds and Chihuahuas have two coat types: Smooth and long-haired, and dachshunds also have a wire-haired coat. Chiweenie fur can be in any of the three. Those with smooth coats typically shed less than those with wire or long-haired coats but are by no means considered "hypoallergenic." No matter the length or texture, coat colors can include white, tan, brown, and black; you can even find merle and brindle chiweenies. Smooth, tan-colored chiweenies are the most common, says Jennifer Gregory, vice president of Doxie by Proxy Rescue.


Just as chiweenies differ in appearance based on their lineage, their temperaments differ, too. Dachshunds are known for being rather strong-willed, while Chihuahuas are best described as feisty (or "saucy"). Chiweenies can inherit any traits from their pup parents. 

"Chiweenies will work in almost any family situation," says Catherine Gorton, founder of Texas Chihuahua Rescue. "They are happy-go-lucky dogs that offer the best of both breeds and make much better family dogs than Chihuahuas." 

Orange and white chiweenie stands on gravel road with floral harness on

There's no way to predict what a chiweenie will look like. Some have short hair, some have long coats, some are slonky, and some have short Chihuahua-like bodies.

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Gregory describes chiweenies as "small dogs with big dog personalities" who are steadfastly loyal and develop tight bonds with their owners. While the breed can be playful, affectionate, and cuddly lap dogs, chiweenies often reserve the sweeter side of their personalities for their owners. They tend to be suspicious of strangers, and may worry that their favorite toys, comfy bed, or yummy snacks will be kidnapped by these unfamiliar humans, Gregory says. Make sure to socialize your chiweenie early in life so he can learn to be comfortable around new people and in new situations. 

Consistent positive reinforcement training and using rewards such as treats can help curtail any undesirable behaviors your confident chiweenie might develop. Thanks to their dachshund heritage, chiweenies can be spunky and strong-willed, and might resist being told what to do; keep training sessions short and fun to hold their attention.

Living Needs

For such a small dog breed, a chiweenie has big ideas about his living situation&#x;and isn't afraid to let you know exactly what he wants. At the top of his list: Devoted owners who are committed to providing affection and making sure he's the center of attention. 

Despite their small size, not all chiweenies are well-suited to apartment life. Gregory describes them as "professional barkers" who will alert you to delivery trucks, passing neighbors, dogs barking in the distance, and strong winds (really). But remember: Each dog is an individual, and with proper training you can turn your chiweenie into a quiet gentleman who thrives as an apartment dweller and keeps peace with the neighbors. 

Brindled chiweenie dog lays down on brown leather couch, close-up

Exercising your chiweenie can be as simple as a quick stroll around the block or game of fetch in the living room. Once he's tuckered out, he'll turn into a lap dog.

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Children might love the little chiweenie, but the affection isn't always mutual. Due to their small size, the breed can easily be accidentally injured, and sharing doesn't come naturally to these petite pooches. But most chiweenies will do well in a home with older children. If you're considering adopting a chiweenie, contact foster-based rescues to find a dog that will thrive in a busy home with small kiddos. As with any dog, always supervise playtime with kids, and teach your child how to properly interact with pets. 

Chiweenies can also be picky about their four-legged friends. While some will happily share their homes with cats and other dogs, Gregory says others prefer to be the only pet at home. Typically, as with many breeds, chiweenies will do best with furry siblings when they're introduced in puppyhood. 

And keep in mind: Dachshunds were originally bred as hunters, burrowing into underground tunnels in pursuit of badgers. Because of this, chiweenies might be prone to chase smaller animals&#x;so they might not get along well in a home with bunnies, hamsters, or other little pets. This prey drive can mean squirrels are also a temptation just too great to resist, so make sure your chiweenie is on a leash or kept within a fenced-in yard when you take him outside. 

Sandy adult chiweenie with pink harness

"All dogs need jobs to do. Walking challenges chiweenies mentally and, even if it's a short walk, sniffing and exploring wears them out."

Credit: Michael Barajas / Shutterstock


Gorton describes chiweenies as a "low maintenance and low shedding" breed. Smooth-coated chiweenies have "wash and go" coats that require minimal grooming; an occasional bath and brushing are all it takes to keep him looking his best. In colder climates, smooth-coated chiweenies&#x;just like their two parent breeds&#x;may need a stylish sweater or coat to keep them warm.

Wire-haired or long-haired chiweenies also need occasional baths, but their coats will need more frequent brushing to prevent matting. Gregory advises brushing them a few times per week. Regardless of their coat type, all chiweenies need regular nail trims to keep them from click-clacking across the floor. And routine teeth brushing is essential, as these little guys can be prone to dental disease.

Despite being small enough to curl up in your lap, chiweenies won't want to stay there all the time. Both dachshunds and Chihuahuas like tagging along after their owners, often following them from room to room (and accidentally tripping you from time to time). Chiweenies have the same need to be part of the action. 

Blonde chiweenie dog sits on concrete and looks up at camera

Chihuahuas and dachshunds both live long, happy lives—a trait that's passed on to their hybrid puppies. You can expect a chiweenie to live anywhere between 12–16 years.

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You won't need to provide the same amount of exercise that active breeds like border collies or Labrador retrievers require, but your chiweenie will require daily walkies and regular playtime. Even a game of fetch or tug of war from your living room will keep him happy. "All dogs need jobs to do," Gorton says. "Walking challenges them mentally and, even if it's a short walk, sniffing and exploring wears them out." 

Tired chiweenies will happily claim lap dog status and curl up for a long nap beside their favorite people.   


These small dogs have long lifespans, living 12&#x;16 years. While mixed breed dogs are generally believed to have fewer health issues than purebred dogs, chiweenies are prone to some of the same health problems as their ancestors.

Chiweenies, like dachshunds, are at risk for back issues like a degenerative spinal condition called intervertebral disc disease. A hardening of the intervertebral disc, a material that helps cushion the spaces between the discs, causes IVDD. The disease causes severe pain, impairs movement, and can lead to partial paralysis. In severe cases, surgery is the only treatment for IVDD. 

"We see IVDD more often in chiweenies that have long backs like dachshunds," Gregory says.

The disease might not be an issue in chiweenies with Chihuahua-like bodies. Just like with dachshunds, keeping chiweenies' weight in check and not allowing them to jump on or off the furniture can minimize the risk of back injuries and IVDD.

Blonde chiweenie dog sits in lawn chair during golden hour or early morning sun

Chiweenies are small dogs, but have huge personalities. He'll let you know when he's wants you to refill his bowl or give him scritches.

| Credit: Michael Barajas / Shutterstock

Luxating patella is another health issue that's common in small breeds like the chiweenie. It's diagnosed when the kneecap moves out of its normal location, making it difficult for the dog to put weight on the affected leg. 

Although a luxating patella often causes no pain&#x;and some dogs learn how to kick out their leg so the kneecap moves back into place&#x;more severe causes can cause chronic dislocation and increase the risk of other injuries such as torn cruciate ligaments. Surgery can help correct more severe or chronic cases.

Like all small dog breeds, chiweenies are also at high risk for dental disease. Bad breath, tartar buildup, and swollen, red gums are early signs of dental disease which, left untreated, increases the risk of infection. In addition to regular professional cleanings, Gregory says an at-home dental care program that includes dental chews and an at-home tooth brushing routine can help keep your pup's teeth looking (and smelling) fresh.

Black and tan chiweenie shot with camera from above during snowfall

Smooth-coated chiweenies have "wash and go" coats that require minimal grooming; an occasional bath and brushing are all it takes to keep him looking his best.

Credit: Christiana_Bays / Getty


The chiweenie is a Chihuahua-dachshund hybrid and isn't recognized by the American Kennel Club as an official breed. Therefore, there isn't much documentation about their history.

Gregory suspects that a dachshund and Chihuahua produced a litter of puppies that were so adorable, demand for the "breed" skyrocketed. These pups are the new dogs on the block, and their popularity has been growing over the last couple of decades.

Beware of "too good to be true" chiweenies, because many designer crossbreeds are the product of puppy mill schemes. This means they might not be born into a healthy environment that focuses on their well-being. Here are some warning signs of a potential puppy scam: 

  • A website states specific wait times for puppies.
  • A breeder offers multiple mixed breeds for sale. 
  • You're not allowed to visit the breeder, or don't receive satisfactory answers to your questions about their lines of dogs. 
  • A breeder offers to ship puppies.
  • The breeder's website has vague contact information, such as no phone number, no email, doesn't offer video or in-person previews of your pup and her environment, and so on.

Fun Facts

  • A chiweenie named Tuna has million followers on Instagram, where he shares pup-tastic pictures of his worldly adventures. 
  • Chiweenies are sometimes called "Mexican hot dogs" or "German tacos" because of the origins of the Chihuahua and the dachshund.
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Chiweenie is not a purebred dog, but a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. It is also called Chiweeni or Chiweeny, Chiwee and Mexican Hotdog, and is emerging as one of the top favorite designer dogs. It makes a very friendly and fun-loving toy lap dog, which would love to cuddle on its owner’s lap, and is best suited for families with older children, singles or seniors. They can adapt themselves well in smaller apartments too that have or do not have yards.

Chiweenie Pictures

Quick Information

Dog BreedChiweenie
CoatMedium, short, silky
ColorBlack, brown, black and tan
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group (of Breed)Hound, toy
Lifespan years
Weight pounds
Height (size)
Small; 12 inches (maximum)
TemperamentSocial, energetic, loving, stubborn
Good with ChildNo
Litters puppies at a time
Health ConcernsGeneral like most other dogs
Originated inUSA
Competitive RegistrationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR


Teacup chiweenie is a miniature variation of the chiweenie that is even more smaller in size. The chiweenie-terrier mix, chiweenie-pomeranian mix, the long-hair chiweenie are popular variations of these dogs, however, the ‘blue chiweenie’ is one that is quite rare.

Temperament and Behavior

Chiweenies are loving, caring, zealous and playful, wanting to constantly play around with their owners, and is dedicated to the family and the household. Being an extremely cautious dog, it would constantly keep an eye on everything going on around it. For this very simple reason, it also makes an excellent watchdog, and would give out a series of barks to any stranger or someone approaching the house. Hence, they are noisy. They might not as well be able to be compatible with younger children, as they would not tolerate too much of noise and activity. They can’t also withstand other pets or animals or dogs. However, if raised together along with other pets from its puppy-days, they would come to terms with them. At times, they are also known to be a bit stubborn.


Chiweenies burn a lot of energy in activities. Nevertheless, to tire them out, a daily routine walk suits them fine. A robust play session can also work effectively to keep them fit. However, because of their size, they don’t really need a very large space to run or play around. Just a sufficient amount of area right inside the apartment can also work. They enjoy the company of their owners or family during their playtime.
Both the grown-up dogs and the puppies need very less grooming, unlike other breeds. An occasional brushing of their coats is necessary, along with a bath only once a month. Frequent bathing might lead to loss of their natural coat oil. Trimming their nails once to twice a month is fine. However, they need a brushing of their teeth at least once a week (or more), since Chihuahuas are prone to dental problems, and the chiweenies are carrying their genes.
Being a relatively healthy dog breed, the chiweenies seldom suffer from diseases. Although, the commonest form of their health issue is allergy. They are also prone to catch certain diseases from their parent breeds, including hydrocephalus, intervertebral degenerative disc disease, hypoglycemia, diabetes, seizures, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas and some dental issues.


Both baby and adult chiweenies need very less amount of food, and they are able to regulate their own eating habits. Some eaters follow pick-and-choose diet, while the others eat it all. Feeding them dry canned food twice a day should be enough for these dogs.


Being a bit obstinate by nature, it might be tough and time-consuming to train up the chiweenies. Nonetheless, being an intelligent breed, they can take up training easily, if taught consistently, and by an experienced, affectionate, patient owner or trainer. Sessions of training should be short and must be accompanied by lots of praises and treats. Being a playful dog, incorporating training sessions playfully might work best for them.

Interesting Facts

  • Tuna, a chiweenie, became famous over Instagram because of its unique and strange look and had a few thousand followers in a short span of time, and now its owner has a website to sell products related to this dog.
  • Most chiweenies are not as long in shape as the Dachshund and not as frail and tiny as the Chihuahua.
Dogs 101: Chiweenie

Chiweenie Dog Breed: Information and Personality Traits 

The Chiweenie is an energetic, loyal and playful pooch with a spunky attitude and a zest for life.

Chiweenies are hybrid dogs known as designer breeds. They're the product of breeding a first-generation, or F1, purebred Chihuahua with an F1 purebred dachshund. Reputable breeders avoid generational crossbreeding, whether by breeding Chiweenies with either of the F1 breeds or by breeding them with other Chiweenies. This is primarily because F1 mixes tend to be the healthiest, says

As a relatively new breed, no standards exist for a Chiweenie's size and appearance. Like their parent breeds, Chiweenies tend to be small. According to DogTime, adults weigh anywhere from 5 to 12 pounds and measure from 6 to 10 inches at the shoulder — though your own pooch may be smaller or larger.

While typically short-coated, both Chihuahuas and dachshunds can be long-haired, as can Chiweenies. A Chiweenie's coloring is also like that of its parent breeds. Their most common coat colors are solid fawn, brown, black and white. It's also possible for a Chiweenie to be a mix of colors.

A Chiweenie's body is typically shorter and sturdier than that of a dachshund and their tail is usually long and narrow. The ears may be large, upright and triangular like those of a Chihuahua, or long and floppy like a dachshund — or they may be a combination of both. The face and muzzle are typically longer and narrower than that of a Chihuahua but shorter than that of a dachshund.


Chiweenies possess boundless levels of confidence and spunk — traits they inherit from both parents. Charming and playful, these dogs love attention. They tend to develop a strong bond with and an intense loyalty to one person, but they can also get along well with other family members.

While Chiweenies have a lot of energy, their small size means their exercise needs can be met by half an hour or so of walking combined with play sessions throughout the day. Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt rodents and have a strong prey drive that might pass on to some Chiweenies. But more often than not, Chiweenies show no interest in hunting.

If you're looking for a good watchdog to alert you to potential trouble, Chiweenies are definitely up to the task: They have a tendency toward excessive, high-pitched barking, and some people consider them to be yappy dogs. If you're not looking for a guard dog, though, early socialization and training can help curb a Chiweenie's barking.

Chihuahuas and dachshunds share a stubborn streak, which Chiweenies possess in spades. While this can make them difficult to housetrain, their intelligence and eagerness to please can outweigh their stubbornness. With patience, a calm but firm regimen and consistency, you can train Chiweenies quite successfully.

Living With:

Thanks to their small size, Chiweenies make great apartment dogs, though their barking might not win you any points with your neighbors. They tend to be best suited as only pets for singles, couples or small families with older children. They may get along better with cats or other small dogs than with larger dogs. Because of Chiweenies' small size, be sure to closely supervise their interactions with small children, as rambunctious kids could accidentally hurt a tiny dog.

Grooming needs tend to be low. A weekly brushing and occasional baths should suffice. These tiny dogs tend to be sensitive to colder temperatures and will happily wear sweaters and coats to stay warm. Because both their parent breeds are prone to dental issues, make daily tooth brushing and regular dental cleanings part of their overall grooming regimen.

Overfeeding Chiweenies can cause them excessive weight gain. Ideally, they should eat dog food formulated for small breeds with high energy. It's best to stick to a regular feeding schedule. Avoid leaving their food out and allowing them to graze. Also, keep in mind that treats should comprise no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake.


While the first Chiweenie puppies were certainly the result of unintentional crossbreeding, breeders didn't pair up dachshunds and Chihuahuas until the late s. While the origin of this designer breed is uncertain, the trend most likely began in North America, ostensibly for the purpose of creating a dog that looks like a purebred dachshund without the accompanying back problems. Owing to the cuteness and charm of this mix, demand quickly soared. Because Chiweenies are hybrid dogs, the American Kennel Club doesn't recognize the breed, though it is recognized by several clubs devoted to designer dogs.


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Sassy the white with tan Chiweenie is standing on a sidewalk and looking up at the camera holder

Sassy the Chiweenie at 6 months old—"Sassy is a very active puppy, who came to live with us at 7 weeks old. We have two 6-year-old Bichon mix dogs that just tolerate her. She likes to pick on our female. She is very head-strong but very smart. She does chew on everything. We have made sure she has a lot of chew toys. She is pretty skiddish to meet anyone, and barks at strangers. She does well on puppy pads -although she poops where ever she wants. (mainly on the carpet.) She is showing improvement on that as she gets older. Her favorite place to be is on my shoulders (she thinks she's a cat.)"

Other Names
  • Chih-weenie
  • Chiwee
  • Chiweeni
  • Doxihuahua
  • Nickname: Mexican Hotdog
Spots the Chiweenie is sitting in front of a cabinent and looking toward the camera holder. His ears are very large and sticking straight out to the sides like wings

"Spots is a dappled brown/light brown Chiweenie. My 3½-–year-old daughter named him and when she said Spots, I said "You mean Spot." She said, "No mommyhe has more than one Spot!" She said it as if I was crazy. Spots is about 5 months old in this picture and very mischievous. He has energy about 22 hours a day. He chews up everything and especially enjoys pooping and peeing on my carpet!! He also enjoys playing hide-and-seek when it is time for me to go to work. His ears used to hang down but they are up all the time now like a Chihuahua's. His body is more like a Dachshund's."

Nestle the Chiweenie is standing on a pillowed bench and looking out of a window in a sun room. His coat is black with tan ears and legs, with fringe on the ears and tail.

Nestle, a Chiweenie at 11 months old—"Nestle (longhaired Chiweenie) loves to stand guard in the window. She loves to smell the air when the window is open and will "point" when people walk by. You can really see in this picture how tall she is for a Chiweenie!"

Nestle the black with tan Chiweenie is sitting on a black bed and there is a blanket behind her. Her coat is medium length with longer hair on her ears.

Nestle the longhaired Chiweenie (longhaired Dachshund / Chihuahua hybrid) at 11 months old—"She is really unique! Moments before this picture, she used the couch as a napkin, like most dogs do! Her ears tend to get a lot of static, as you can see in this picture!"

Close Up - Frankie the large-eared, black brindle Chiweenie is walking across a tiled floor. There is a wooden cabinent behind it

Frankie the Chiweenie at 4 years old—"My big eared baby!"

Taffy the tan and white Chiweenie is sitting on a rug and looking up in the air. She has perk ears.

"This is our Chiweenie Taffy. She is half longhaired Dachshund and half Chihuahua. She is 1 year old, and is an animal shelter rescue. Taffy is calm, submissive, warm and loving. She is shy around new people, but rarely barks! She loves to sunbathe on our front porch, and sleeps right next to us as close as she can. She is relaxed but attentive. Really enjoys her daily walks with us. We have successfully used some of The Dog Whisperer's techniques to train her. She learns quickly. Gets along well with our 2 cats (who are bigger than her!). No maintenance is needed except an occasional washing. This dog is great!"

Taffy the Chiweenie is eating dog food out of a bowl. He is standing in between two cats who are also eating food from bowls

Taffy the Chiweenie, half longhaired Dachshund and half Chihuahua, in the middle eating with two of his cat friends

Taffy the Chiweenie is laying on a pillow that is on a couch with a dining room set behind him

Taffy the Chiweenie, half longhaired Dachshund and half Chihuahua, on the couch

Sham Wow the black and tan Chiweenie is wearing a red collar laying in a field of grass

"This is our Chiweenie Sham Wow! (We just call him Sham.) We adopted him from a local animal shelter when he was about 10 weeks old. He had been taken from his original owner because that person had more animals than allowed by city ordinance. We realized that the shelter had rescued dozens of other small purebred dogs and puppies from that person’s house. Many of them were in very bad condition —covered in fleas, dirty and un-groomed, but in spite of the bad environment they had been living in, they were still friendly and social.

About a week after we brought Sham home he became very sick, and we almost lost him. The shelter had given him a vaccination, but it was too late to prevent him from contracting distemper. The vet worked very hard to save him and help him get better, but for a few weeks we did not think he would make it. Sham is certainly a fighter—he recovered from the disease, but sadly, some of his littermates were not so lucky. The distemper also caused a permanent twitch in his left leg, so that he is constantly “bobbing” up and down when he stands.

"He is now 10 months old, and he’s a rowdy, enthusiastic, and feisty little "teenage" dog! Other than the twitch in his leg, you would never know that he had been so terribly sick.

"Now that he is a healthy teenage Dachshund / Chihuahua mix, we are working diligently to make sure that he does not become the king of the house. We watch The Dog Whisperer all the time—Cesar's advice has worked wonders with our Beagle (and we all know how those Beagles can be!), so now we're making sure that Sham grows up to be a "balanced dog" too.

"I try to share Sham’s story as often as possible for two reasons. First, to help discourage people from buying from puppy mills or other disreputable breeders. I believe that his original owner may have been using all those small dogs for breeding and selling puppies. Obviously the owner could not properly care for all of them, and sadly, several of them died as a result of the disease and parasite infested environment. Secondly, to encourage people to get their dogs vaccinated—and to keep their vaccinations up-to-date! Canine Distemper is a horrific disease—dogs don’t usually survive, and they suffer unimaginable physical deterioration as the disease progresses. Please don’t risk losing your family’s loving companion—be sure to get them vaccinated!!"

Two little dogs, a tan and black with prick ears and a fawn with ears that fold over to the front laying down on a brown couch side by side

"The little red guy (right) is our rescued Chiweenie, Bentley. He is 6 years old and the best dog I've ever had! The little fawn girl (left) is his sister, Sookie and she is a pure Chi. We got her when Bentley was 3 and they are totally inseperable! They are quite the funny couple and have helped each other with little quirks they each have. I've had Doxies my entire life and discovering a Chiweenie is even better than all my lovable Doxies! For smaller dogs, they are fun, snuggley, and they have pretty good endurance for outdoor activities. I had no trouble potty training him and thanks to his sister, he now loves the car! He used to get carsick until we got her and she showed him car rides were fun! His only quirk is he is petrified of fireworks but so is his sister! I LOVE my little buddies and would recommend a Chiweenie to anyone!"

Chalupa the tan with black Chiweenie is laying on a wooden deck with trees behind it

Chalupa the Chihuahua / Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old

Close Up - Chalupa the Chiweenies tongue is out

Chalupa the Chihuahua / Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old

Gus the black and tan medium haired Chiweenie is standing outside in grass. Gus is looking towards the camera holder

Gus the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 9 months old—"This picture really shows the Dachshund in him."

Gus the Chiweenie as a puppy is sitting inside one of the tiles on a white tiled floor

Gus the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 6 months old

Gus the Chiweenie as a puppy is wearing a blue collar and being held in the air by a person

Gus the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 2 months old

PJ the black with tan Chiweenie is sitting in a yard in front of a paved walkway

"PJ, a Chiweenie back when he was "single" (no other dogs in the house) at age 11 is lounging poolside after a dip."

Coco the Chiweenie is being held against the chest in the arms of a person

CoCo the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)—"Her mother is a miniature brown-haired Dachshund and her dad is a longhaired Chihuahua."

PP the short-haired Chiweenie is laying in a recliner.

PP the Chiweenie at 6 years old—"PP is very smart, very sweet and lovable. Her favorite foods are ham and cheese. She is an absolute indoor dog. Was really easy to potty train, goes on a newspaper or outdoors. She sleeps with me every night. I wouldn't have it any other way. She is the best dog ever! PP loves to snuggle!"

Batman the black short-haired Chiweenie is laying on a pillow on a couch. His ears are very large and bat-like sticking straight up.

Batman the Chiweenie as a puppy at 4 1/2 months old&#;"Batman is the son of my niece's dachshund. The father was mixed with Dachshund and Chihuahua. I just got him back from a family that we realize was not giving him the attention he needed. So he's a bit skittish. But after only a day he is attached to me, cannot leave the room with him. Long way to go, but I got time and patience."

Batman the large-eared black Chiweenie Puppy is being held in the arms of a lady who is driving

Batman the Chiweenie as a puppy at 4 1/2 months old

Batman the black, large-eared Chiweenie puppy is standing outside. Batman is squenting and looking up

Batman the Chiweenie as a puppy at 4 1/2 months old

Close Up - Hercules the brown with tan and white Chiweenie is sitting in front of a wooden table. He is wearing a black leather spiked collar.

"This is my Chiweenie at 1 and a half years old. His name is Hercules. We saw him at a friends' neighbor's home. The children that owned him at that time were grabbing himby his tail and throwing him around in the yard. It literally made us sick to watch. We immediately talked to the children's father to alert him to what was going on. He, to my astonishment, didn't care and actually asked if we wanted to buy the pup off of him. We definitely were not expecting that response nor to own a dog. Thought it over for a moment, but realized if we didn't do this, the poor puppy would suffer more. That night we took the little guy home. It's been almost a year now and he has never been happier. He gets along great with my two cats and my new Aussie Shepherd. We were at the right place at the right time. You could say that Hercules was a blessing in disguise."

Close Up - Hercules and a cat are cuddled together on a bed

Hercules the Chiweenie sleeping with the cat

Chewbacca the brown long haired drop-eared Chiweenie is laying on a bed. There is a Taylormade tennis ball sitting in front of him.

Chewbacca the Chiweenie at 6 years old—"Chewie is very loving, loyal,energetic,playfuland very smart. He loves to walk amd play fetch,he plays fetch with anything. At 6yrs old hhis only quirk is,when we are at another's house, I have to be within 6 ft of him when it is time for him to eat. He will look to make sure that I am there."

A wet Chewbacca the Chiweenie has his front paws on the edge of a blue splash pool outside on a patio. There are flower pots and a wicker chair behind him.

Chewbacca the Chiweenie at 6 years old playing in his splash pool.

Close Up - Chewbacca the brown with black tipped Chiweenie is sitting on a person on top of a blanket looking at the camera with a colorful ribbon in his mouth

Chewbacca the Chiweenie as a puppy with his toy

Chewbacca the Chiweenie as a puppy play bowing on a bed next to a white tissue

Chewbacca the Chiweenie as a young puppy

Left Profile - Chewbacca the Chiweenie as a puppy is standing next to a tennis ball and a yellow plush giraffe toy

Chewbacca the Chiweenie puppy, shown here at 7 weeks old with his toys. He is full of energy.

Close Up - Bernie a graying brown and tan Chiweenie is sitting on a brick porch with a white pillar

"Bernie is a year-old Chiweenie. He is very lovable and is a survivor. I rescued him from one of my students. Grandpa was about to go throw him in the river! I took him home and have been smitten ever since. Bernie has survived 2 separate dog attacks, a Doberman and a Rottweiler. He loves his little "brother" Oscar, a Dachshund."

Bella the brown Chiweenie is standing outside in grass looking to the right with his mouth open and tongue out

Bella the Chiweenie (Chihuahua / Dachshund hybrid) at 10 months old

Left Profile - Rosey the black with tan Chiweenie is sitting in front of a person in shorts and white socks.

Rosey the Chiweenie at 1 year old (Chihuahua / Dachshund hybrid)

Rosey the black and tan Chiweenie is sitting on a carpet and looking up at the camera holder

Rosey the Chiweenie at 1 year old (Chihuahua / Dachshund hybrid)

Rosey the Chiweenie is kneeling on a carpet

Rosey the Chiweenie at 1 year old (Chihuahua / Dachshund hybrid)

Cody the black and tan large-eared Chiweenie is sitting outside with a ring toy next to him. Cody has its mouth open and tongue out

Cody the Chiweenie (Chihuahua / Dachshund mix breed dog) at one year old—"Cody is a loving dog. He has a lot of energy in that little body of his. He drags me every time we go for a walk. In this picture I told Cody to sit so I can take his picture and isn’t he cute? I just love to brag about my dog."

Hope the black, drop-eared Chiweenie is sitting at the foot of a bed

Hope the Chihuahua / Dachshund mix (Chiweenie)

Hope the black, drop-eared Chiweenie is laying on a white crocheted blanket and looking towards the camera holder

Hope the Chihuahua / Dachshund mix (Chiweenie)

Hope the black, drop-eared Chiweenie is laying on a white blanket and looking up at the camera holder

Hope the Chihuahua / Dachshund mix (Chiweenie)

Jerry the Chiweenie is jumped up against the back seat window. The window is down and he is looking to the right

Jerry the month-old Chihuahua / Dachshund hybrid (Chiweenie)—his owner says, "He is very brave and fast for his size; his favorite thing in the world is to go to the dog park and chase the dogs that are chasing balls, even if they are two or three times as big as he is! He loves children and always goes up to them to say hi, but as far as adults go he has his favorites and everyone else is only good for a sniff or two. He is a very happy little clown and I adore him."

Coco the Chiweenie Puppy is sitting in a little red cup on a glass table. Luigi the Chiweenie is climbing on to the table and looking at him

CoCo the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) as a young puppy with Luigi, a full grown Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)

Close Up - Coco the Chiweenie Puppy is sitting in a little red cup on a glass table

CoCo the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) as a young puppy—her mother is a miniature brown-haired Dachshund and her dad is a longhaired Chihuahua.

Action shot - Coco the Chiweenie Puppy is running across a hardwood floor with a toy in its mouth

CoCo the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)

Close Up - Coco the brown Chiweenie puppy has a toy in its mouth

CoCo the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)

Roscoe the brown and white ticked Chiweenie puppy is laying in a dog bed with a rawhide chewy on his front paw.

Roscoe the Chiweenie puppy

Close Up - Penny the black and tan Chiweenie puppy is sitting on a blanket and looking at the camera holder

Penny the Chiweenie at 12 weeks old (Dachshund / Chihuahua mix breed puppy)

Close Up - Penny the black and tan Chiweenie puppy is laying on a blanket

Penny the Chiweenie at 12 weeks old (Dachshund / Chihuahua mix breed puppy)

All about The Chihuahua Dachshund mix (Chiweenie)- Should you get a Chiweenie for your family?

Chiweenie &#; Your Tiny Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

Chiweenie Breed Review

The Chiweenie is the name given to the cute Chihuahua Dachshund mix. Small in stature but big in personality, this lap dog is a loyal, tenacious and strong minded companion.

What&#;s In This Guide

Welcome to your complete guide on the Chiweenie!

The Chiweenie is popular with every small dog lover!

Is it the right pup for you and your family?

Chiweenie FAQs

Here are some of our readers&#; most popular and frequently asked questions about the Chiweenie.

In this guide, we’ll learn about the origin, personality, appearance and potential health issues of the Chiweenie cross.

Along with the designer dog controversy of the “Wiener” dog and Chihuahua mix.

Helping you decide if this is the best breed for you.

Breed At A Glance

  • Purpose: Lap Dogs
  • Weight: 3 &#; 32lbs, depending on size of parents
  • Temperament: loyal, brave, tenacious

Chiweenies are an adorable mixed breed, but can vary massively from one dog to the next.

Let’s look at the different appearances and personalities your Chiweenie could have.

Chiweenie Breed Review: Contents


The Chiweenie is a cross between two popular breeds that are actually quite unique!

To learn more about the Chiweenie mix, let’s first try to understand its history.

History and original purpose of the Chiweenie

A Chiweenie is a cross between a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Dachshund.

Both of these parent breeds have been around for quite some time.

But the Chiweenie is a much more recent creation that has become more popular since the s.

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Chihuahuas became popular in the United States sometime in the s.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed as a member of the toy group in

The Dachshund was recognized by the AKC a little later, in

This breed was originally used to hunt badgers, foxes, and rabbits.

However, the Dachshund and Chihuahua are both more commonly used as lap dogs these days.

This purpose is shared by the Chiweenie, who is loved as a lap dog by its owners!

Fun facts about the Chiweenie

Chiweenies are popular dogs that have taken the world by storm!

Their popularity is clear even on social media!

A Chiweenie named Tuna has over 2 million followers on Instagram!

Tuna even has his own website, and a blog of his latest travels!

Chiweenies are also sometimes called the Mexican Hotdog, by owners with a sense of humor!

Chiweenie appearance

There are hundreds of adorable pictures of Chiweenies online.

But you might have noticed each Chiweenie dog can look quite different from the next.

We must stress that predicting a hybrid puppy’s exact appearance is impossible to do.

One thing that can be predicted, though, is that the puppies will resemble one or both of their parent breeds.

Let’s take a look at what a Chiweenie generally looks like.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

Chiweenie weight

Based on the size of the Dachshund and Chihuahua, a Chiweenie will be a small dog.

However, the type of Chihuahua or Dachshund that parents a Chiweenie will determine exactly how small the Chiweenie will stay.

Mini Chiweenies result from a normal-sized Chihuahua mating with a miniature Dachshund.

Their offspring may weigh anywhere from 3 to 11 pounds.

Teacup Chiweenies result from a teacup (unusually small) Chihuahua mating with a standard-sized Dachshund. Their puppies may weigh anywhere from 3 to 32 pounds.

This can seem like quite a big scale, but taking a look at the exact parent dogs used will give you a general idea of your Chiweenie’s adult size.

Chiweenie height

The same difficulty applies when predicting the height of your Chiweenie.

It’s appearance could be any combination of its parent breeds, including their heights.

A Chiweenie can measure up to 9 inches tall at the shoulder.

But obviously this may decrease if either parent breed is a miniature.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

Miniature Dachsies typically mature to 6 inches at the shoulder, which is the same for standard Chihuahuas.

Their small size may be adorable, but it comes with some serious potential health implications, which we’ll look at in a bit.

Chiweenie colors

Chiweenies may be solid-colored or bi-colored.

Both the Dachshund and the Chihuahua come in a wide variety of solid colors.

These include: black, chocolate, red, cream, fawn, and blue.

But they can also be a mixture of colors!

They could be black and silver, fawn and tan, blue and cream, and many more combinations.

Your Chiweenie’s parents are a good indicator of the colors it could inherit.

Chiweenie coat type

Due to the variation in their parents’ fur coats, Chiweenies may have a short or long coat that is smooth, course, or wirehaired.

Standard Chihuahuas have a short and smooth coat.

But Long Haired Chihuahuas have a much longer and shaggier coat.

Dachshunds may be smooth-haired (medium in length), longhaired, or wirehaired.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

There is no easy way to tell which coat type a litter of pups will end up with before they arrive.

We’ll look at the maintenance of these different fur types a little later.

Chiweenie temperament

Since the Chiweenie is a mix of two pure breeds, we can only make an educated guess about his temperament.

This guess is based on the general temperament of his parents.

Generally, Chiweenies are brave, confident, tenacious dogs.

They are typically not good with small children.

But they’re very social and love spending time with their owners.

Let’s take a closer look at what instincts they might inherit from their parent breeds.

Chiweenie natural instincts

Dachshunds originated as hunting dogs, and Chihuahuas were bred for their devoted personality.

Therefore, Chiweenies can be feisty and occasionally snappy dogs.

They also tend to be bold and take-charge dogs.

Don’t expect to see a Chiweenie who is aloof when it comes to strangers being around “their” human!

If a Chiweenie takes after its Dachshund parent, she may also enjoy chasing after wildlife.

This can become problematic if you have other small pets in your home.

Are Chiweenies loud?

Chiweenies are generally pretty yippy dogs.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

Dachshunds, a hound breed, are loud, and Chihuahuas are also known for their vocalization.

These tendencies for barking may exist in your Chiweenie mix.

This could be part of its natural guarding instincts and loyal tendencies, as Chiweenies are known to bark to announce the arrival of strangers.

If you are looking for a quieter dog, the Chiweenie might not be the one for you.

However, you can train your Chiweenie not to bark in some situations!

Chiweenie aggression

Chihuahuas are very loyal to their owners, so they are prone to aggression against strangers.

And Dachshunds tend to shy away from children.

Chiweenies can inherit these tendencies.

Aggression against strangers and children can make daily life with a Chiweenie difficult.

Aggression is a dog owner’s biggest fear.

However, there are some ways we can try to minimise potential aggression.

Chiweenie socialization

Socialization is the most important way to help minimise potential aggression in your Chiweenie.

You should socialize your Chiweenie mix from the day you bring him home to try and alleviate this potential.

Socialization will help your Chiweenie feel confident in new situations, and can help avoid a fear-driven response.

Chiweenies can also be socialized to be more accepting of children.

However socialization must be started whilst your Chiweenie is as young as possible.

It’s important to remember that with any hybrid, the temperament of the dog may closely resemble one of its parents.

Or it may be a happy mix of the two.

You’re taking a gamble every time you mix two different dog breeds.

Training your Chiweenie

Obedience training from a young age is often a must with Chiweenies, especially as they can be a little stubborn.

They may inherit some mannerisms from their parent breeds that aren’t too favorable to deal with.

As we mentioned earlier, Dachshunds were originally bred to be fearless hunting dogs.

This bold attitude that still resides in many a Dachsie may show itself in your Chiweenie attempting to take your place as the head of the household!

Additionally, Chihuahuas may also display dominant or occasionally “temperamental” behavior.

Especially if they do not like someone approaching their owner.

They typically need to be socialized to other people in order to keep this extreme loyalty at bay.

Exercising your Chiweenie

Chiweenies can inherit certain health problems that make extreme exercise problematic.

Because of these potential issues, it’s best to keep their exercise limited to light play, without much jumping.

Additionally, if your Chiweenie has teacup Chihuahua or miniature Dachshund lineage, then their extra small size may put them at risk for breaking bones easier than larger, hardier breeds.

That’s not to say that a Chihuahua and weenie dog mix should be mostly sedentary.

In fact, they should be allowed plenty of play time to get keep their excitability in check!

One nice thing about a Chiweenie (or any other toy-sized dog) is that they don’t require a large space to run around in.

They are so small that a moderately sized apartment would be plenty for them to stretch their legs.

Chiweenie health and care

There are some health issues that may affect a dog, regardless of their breed.

Chiweenies are no different; they may be born with health issues, or they may develop certain issues over time.

A few common canine ailments include hip dysplasia, eye diseases, allergies, and skin irritations.

In the case of hybrid dogs, they may inherit any health conditions that their parents carry.

Specifically with a Chiweenie, inherited health issues are intervertebral disc disease and dental disease.

Intervertebral disc disease

Dachshunds have long backs and are held aloft on very short legs. This combination is the result of targeted breeding over the years.

Unfortunately, it’s contributed vastly to the prevalence of intervertebral disc disease (spinal degeneration) in Dachshunds and Dachshund hybrids.

Like humans, Dachshunds’ spinal columns are composed of vertebrae, with a “disk” separating each vertebra. Every time a dog moves, pressure is exerted on these disks.

As the dog ages and their bone structure wears down some, the disks are unable to withstand and disseminate shock like they used to.

Too much force can cause a disk to squeeze and rupture.

At this point, an affected dog may be unwilling or even unable to move his hind legs.

Depending on the severity of the condition, he may or may not recover.

To do so he&#;ll need rest, temporary confinement, or even surgery.

How common is intervertebral disc disease in Chiweenies?

A study showed that intervertebral disc disease may also, in a way, be hereditary.

Meaning, if several dogs in a family of Dachshunds or Dachshund hybrids have weak backs (risk of disk calcification) and are prone to herniation, future generations will be more likely to develop intervertebral disc disease.

Therefore, it is really important to choose reputable breeders when getting a Chiweenie.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

Make sure to ask about the health of the parent dogs used to create your Chiweenie, and to see health certificates if possible!

Miniaturism Problems

Another possible Chiweenie health issue to consider is the extreme shortening of legs when a Dachshund is bred to a Chihuahua.

Mating Dachshunds with Chihuahuas generally results in a smaller Dachshund lookalike.

However, depending on the size of the parents, the offspring’s legs could be so short that they are unable to fully support their bodies.

This type of body structure puts even more stress on the spine as well as the legs, putting the dog at even greater risk of disk herniation.

Dental disease

If a Chiweenie has more of a Chihuahua facial appearance (small skull with large eyes, a bulbous forehead, and large, upright ears), then it may have issues with overcrowded teeth.

According to a study, many dog breeds that mature to less than 20 pounds suffer from early-onset poor dental health due to inherited overcrowded teeth, the formation of periodontal disease, and subsequent tooth loss.

Simply put, if a small dog has the same number of teeth as a much larger dog, their teeth are spaced very closely together (and can sometimes come in crooked).

Such close proximity makes it very easy for plaque and bacteria to grow on and between each tooth.

This contributes to the formation of gingivitis and eventual tooth decay and loss.

Maintaining dental health

Given the potential problems with dental disease in Chiweenies, maintaining dental health is even more important.

This means taking him for his annual check-ups as well as brushing his teeth.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

If your dog doesn’t like to cooperate with teeth brushing, you can give him dental health or teeth-cleaning chew sticks and toys that are specifically made for small dogs.

Chiweenie Lifespan

You can expect a mixed breed dog to live about as long as its parent breeds.

Therefore, the Chihuahua Dachshund Mix can be expected to live for approximately 12 to 20 years.

This is at the higher end a good life expectancy.

However, the risk is that it will be spent riddled with back and/or dental problems.

This is something you will need to seriously consider as a potential owner, not only for your own benefit, but for the quality of life of your dog.

Chiweenie grooming requirements

The grooming requirements of your Chiweenie will depend entirely on the type of coat it inherits.

Although this is something we can make a guess about, but can’t really know until our Chiweenie puppy arrives.

Both parent breeds shed seasonally, so you can expect this from your Chiweenie.

If a Chiweenie inherits a short and smooth coat, then it will require minimal brushing, maybe a bit more if it has the Dachshund’s medium-length coat.

If a Chiweenie inherits a longhaired or wirehaired coat, then it will need some brushing as well as a bit of grooming.

With a longer coat comes increased grooming requirements during shedding season.

Do Chiweenies make good family pets?

Before you make the big decision on your next family dog, there are a few things to consider.

Especially if your heart is set on a Chiweenie.

While their small size is favorable if you have a smaller living space, it can also bring with it some health concerns.

For the Chiweenie that inherits its Chihuahua parent’s small skull and mouth, you’ll need to be more diligent about his dental health. He’ll need regular cleanings and checkups.

Since his teeth will likely sit very closely together and may trap bacteria more easily than a dog whose mouth can adequately accommodate their teeth.

You’ll need to ensure you have the time to dedicate to keeping on top of this.

You’ll also need to dedicate time to the grooming requirements of your Chiweenie.

If a Chiweenie inherits the long fur of their Long Haired Chihuahua or longhaired or wirehaired Dachshund parent(s), then they may need to be professionally groomed every so often.

However, if they have a smooth and short to medium-length coat, then they’ll be fine with some brushing.

Best home for a Chiweenie

We’ve seen Chiweenies inherit the Dachsie’s short legs, long and weak back structure, and possibly a genetic condition that predisposes them to back problems.

It’s best that they live in a home where jumping or going up and down steep steps won’t be part of their daily activities.


This is especially important to remember if the Chiweenie’s stature is even further diminished by having a teacup Chihuahua and/or a miniature Dachshund as a parent.

Furthermore, Chiweenies that will be able to play outdoors while at home will need a fenced-in yard that’s inescapable or hard to get under.

If they inherit the Dachsie’s strong nose, eye for prey, and front legs that are great for digging, they could get up to some mischief outside!

Chiweenies and children

Both Dachsies and Chihuahuas are not the most tolerant when it comes to young children. Or being poked, prodded, and pulled on.

We’ve already talked a little about socializing your dog to children and strangers from a young age.

However, it’s also important to teach any children in your family not to mess with your Chiweenie!

Never leave them unattended together, and make sure the dog always has access to an area away from them to escape to.

As long as children are taught to respect your Chiweenie, it can make a great family pet, as it loves being around people!

Rescuing a Chiweenie

If your heart is set on getting a Chiweenie, but you don’t mind about its age, you might want to consider a rescue dog.

The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix - The Chiweenie

Not only is this a great way to get the dog of your dreams, but it also gives an older dog a second chance to have a loving home.

Additionally, it can help provide older Chiweenies with health problems the chance to have a family.

Finding a Chiweenie puppy

Many breeders focus solely on raising purebred dogs. However, because of the popularity of this designer dog, you may have a slightly easier time finding a Chiweenie breeder.

Designer breeds usually range in price from a few hundred dollars to $1, or more, depending on the parent stock and the value that the breeder places on them.

When purchased from a breeder, Chiweenies average from about $ to $

It is important to make sure the breeder you choose is reputable.

Make sure they take care of the puppies and breeding stock (good health is obvious!), and participate in genetic testing.

If you don’t wish to purchase a Chiweenie from a breeder, then you may be able to adopt one from an animal shelter or rescue.

However, finding a Chiweenie puppy from shelters and rescues may be more tricky.

Hybrids and mixed breeds are more commonly found in shelters than purebreds are.

With an adopted older Chihuahua Dachshund mix you can have more information about their temperament and general health too.

If you want any more help with choosing a puppy, check out our Puppy Search Guide.

Pros And Cons of Getting A Chiweenie

So, as we’ve seen, there are good and bad parts to the Chiweenie breed, just like any mix!

Here’s a brief summary of everything we’ve learnt about the Chiweenie.

Cons of the Chiweenie

The Chiweenie has some quite serious hereditary health problems.

You’ll need to spend lots of time with them.

Their coats can be high maintenance.

Their dental health requires lots of attention.

They can be aggressive towards strangers and young children.

Chiweenies can inherit natural chase instincts, which is problematic if you have other small animals.

Pros of the Chiweenie

They are loyal to their owners.

They don’t require a lot of space.

Chiweenies don’t require a huge amount of exercise.

If healthy, they can have a really long lifespan.

Comparing the Chiweenie with other breeds

Are you wondering how the Chiweenie compares with other mixed breeds?

Have a look at our Dachshund Mixes review to see how the Chiweenie compares to other Dachshund hybrids!

Similar Breeds

Although Chihuahua Dachshund mixes are gorgeous, there are a lot of potential pitfalls you could come across when buying and raising one.

You will need to think seriously about whether you are happy to bring up a puppy with such a big potential for health and temperament problems as these cute little guys have.

Here are some other lovely smaller dogs we recommend you consider as alternatives:

Chiweenie Breed Rescues

If you’ve decided rescuing a Chiweenie is the way forward for you, take a look at these rescue sites.

If you know any other rescues or shelters we can add to this list, let us know in the comments below!

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6 Facts about Chiweenie (A.K.A. Chihuahua &#; Dachshund Mix or Chihuahua Doxie Mix)

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Chihuahua Dachshund Mix also known as Chiweenie or Dachshund Chihuahua MixChihuahua Dachshund Mix is a cross of a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Dachshund, also known as Chiweenie or Dachshund Chihuahua Mix. Its a small dog at about 6 to 10 inches tall, weighing between 5 to 12 pounds. The average lifespan of a mixed breed is around 12 to 20 years.

They’re small, adorable, and, most importantly, they love to play. This makes them the perfect pet for people of all ages, from fifth graders to grandparents.

As long as you understand their personalities and learn to evaluate their abilities correctly, I think, these dogs have great potential both as family dogs and as companions for single people.

I’ve put together some interesting facts about the Chiweenie to help you have a better idea about these cute little fellows, and what you can do to make them happy.

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Quick Chiweenie Characteristics

Life Span

As mentioned above a Chiweenie can live between 12 and 20  years.

Intelligence and trainability

These dogs are very intelligent, but their independent personality and stubbornness make them hard to train, especially when the owner has little or no training experience.

Chiweenie Temperament

They’re sociable dogs and love spending time with their families. Sometimes they can develop a stronger bond with one member of the family, to whom they’ll become very loyal.


  • Grooming: short-haired coats require brushing once or twice a week, while a long coat should be brushed times a week. Nails need trimming once or twice a month, and teeth should be washed almost daily;
  • Exercise: they need at least a minute walk every day;
  • Feeding: they don’t eat too much, but sometimes they’re picky and can get bored by their regular food;

Children and Chiweenies

These dogs are good companions for families with older kids. On the other hand, they’re known to be “selfish” and don’t always get on well with other pets.

Activity level

Chihuahua dachshund mix dogs are medium-active dogs and love to play with their owners, so they need to stay busy for about two hours a day, besides their daily walk.


These lap dogs are among the smallest breeds like I mentioned at the beginning , they are around 6 to 10 inches tall and their average weight is between 5 and 12 lbs. ( kg).

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1. A Chihuahua Dachshund Mix might not look like a watchdog, but she definitely acts like one

Both the Chihuahua and Dachshund are excellent watchdogs, despite their different temperament, and the Chiweenie hybrid has inherited these abilities.

They’re protective, and pay attention to everything that’s happening around them and in their homes, and are always ready to warn you about potential dangers.

So even if your Chiweenie seems friendly, you shouldn’t be surprised if she barks whenever someone or something new invades her territory.

These dogs tend to be a little aggressive and make noise, and they bark every time they feel threatened &#; and this can happen often when you’re that small. However cases of excessive barking are rare among dogs from this crossbreed, and they usually occur if the dog spends too much time alone.

2. Dogs from this mixed breed rarely look alike

chihuahua doxie dog wearing a pink and brown outfit. Isolated on white.As both parent breeds have different appearances, there’s a high possibility your Chiweenie doesn’t look like any other dog from her breed.

These dogs can have various colors, such as white, black, tan, blond, brown, or a mixture of any of them.

Furthermore, their coats can be silky or rough, and will generally be either short or medium length; or, in some cases, quite long.

I don’t know if it’s because of their different appearances, but these dogs have received many names since they’ve been created.

Besides Chiweenie and Chihuahua Dachshund Mix, other names you may hear are Chih-weenie, Chiwee and Doxihuahua, and the unofficial one (my favorite), the “Mexican Hotdog.”

Chiweenie is recognized by International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), and Designer Breed Registry (DBR), which makes them an official mixed breed. This means we can say the Chiweenie is a “classy” dog, despite the fact that she’s not purebred. 


3. You might need a professional trainer to teach your dog some manners

dachshund or sausage dog, sitting on a toilet seat with digestion problems or constipation reading the gossip magazine or newspaperTraining a Chiweenie isn’t an easy job, especially if you don’t have that much experience in the field.

So if you want to teach her to eliminate in a specific spot outside or inside your home you should be ready to ask for professional help.

The main reason why they’re not particularly responsive to training is their stubbornness, inherited from the Chihuahua parent.

Don’t get me wrong, though, they’re very smart dogs, and most of them manage to “educate” themselves pretty well when it comes to general behavior.

Despite their independence, with a lot of patience and using positive reinforcement many Chiweenie owners have arrived at great results when it comes to potty training.

So I wouldn’t give up on the idea of teaching your dog to eliminate outside without at least giving it a try.

Chiweenies are desperate for attention and enjoy spending time with their owners, which gives you the chance to watch your dog closely and take advantage of any training opportunity.

It will require a lot of your time, but as long as your dog is having fun during training sessions, there’s a good chance she’ll cooperate.

4. A small apartment is a castle these dogs

If the only reason why you don’t have a dog is that your home is too small, then this crossbreed is exactly what you’ve been looking for, as they’re small and require relatively little space.

While a dachshund chihuahua mix needs to exercise, thanks to her dimensions this doesn’t mean she should be running in the yard for half a day. A nice safe playpen inside your living room is enough space for your small friend to burn off her extra energy.

To complete her daily routine you should take her out for a minute walk, twice a day, to make sure she stays healthy and fit, and she’ll be the happiest dog in the world.

Just be sure to keep her safe from rain and protect her during winter, as these dogs don’t do well in cold weather.

5. Caring for your Chiweenie is not a full-time job

Day of The Dead girls in costume and make up blowing kisses to Chiweenie dogTaking good care of this mutt is not going to take over your life, as they don’t require too much time when it comes to feeding or grooming.

As a general guideline, your dog needs to eat between 1/2 and 1 cup of food every day, split into two meals.

Luckily Chiweenies tend to regulate their food intake to cover their daily needs, so if you pay attention to leftovers, you’ll know pretty easily how much food she needs and when to feed her.

Give your her high-quality food only, to prevent allergies and obesity, which are two common health issues among this crossbreed.

Grooming doesn’t take much work, either. Her nails need to be trimmed monthly, and her coat is low maintenance. This means bathing once a month and brushing once a week for short-haired dogs, or a few times a week for long-haired ones.

Chiweenies don’t shed a lot, too, so you don’t have to worry much about pet hair.

Brush her teeth once every one or two days to prevent dental diseases, which are unfortunately common among the Chihuahua, one of her parent breeds.

Outside of these small tasks, all you have to do is love your dog and enjoy her company, as Chiweenies are wonderful lap dogs that prefer to take a nap next to you while you’re relaxing on your couch.

If you are as lazy busy as I am, then this is the perfect breed for you 🙂

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6. Chiweenie and families with small children don’t mix

This is probably the main disadvantage of having such a small dog. Chiweenie is great with older kids, but many accidents can happen when small children are allowed to play with her.

The most common reasons why it’s not safe to keep your small dog next to little kids are:

  • she has a sensitive back as part of her Dachshund blood, and she could be hurt easily as children don’t always pay attention when interacting with dogs;
  • a small child could also injure her paws, which are more delicate than a Chihuahua’s;
  • a Chiweenie loves to be the center of attention, so she might become aggressive around small children as a result of jealousy.


As you can see, there’s plenty of reasons why the Chiweenie is such a popular breed. These dogs are smart, healthy, loyal and they bond very well with their owners. Sometimes they might prefer one owner to the rest of the family, which makes them suitable also for single persons.

However, the thing I like most about the Chiweenie is that you have plenty of time for yourself, as these dogs won’t make too much of a mess around the house and don’t need to be outside for most of the day, either.

Tell us what you think about Chiweenie in a comment below. Is this the right dog for you, and more importantly, are you prepared to have one?


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