A chiweenie is a very popular dog breed amongst dog lovers, every single year, thousands of chiweenies get adopted. The are cute, small and adorable and perfect for parents of all ages.
I remember when i first saw a chiweenie, it was love at first sight, yes!! All i thought about was living happily ever after. Anyways my chiweenie is now a mother of 2 cuties (Bella and Xena) thanks for asking.
I don’t usually like talking about a family member but for the purpose of education, I am happy to share my knowledge and a few experiences LOL.
In this article we are going to cover everything about a chiweenie dog breed, which includes:
History | Personality | Characteristics | Health & Care | Diseases | Shedding Grooming | Adoption | Training
Where did chiweenies originate from?
They first came into existence in the early 1990’s and slowly grew in popularity over the years. From what we know about the chiweenie parent breed (Chihuahua and the Dachshund).
The chihuahua originated from mexico although there are other theories, and the dachshunds are of German origin before they were discovered in United States in the late 1800s. Both breeds were formally recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as members of the toy and hound group in 1904 and 1835 respectively.
Today they participate in dog shows and have evolved to be Tv stars unlike their ancestor.
What kind of a dog is a chiweenie?
A Chiweenie dog is a Chihuahua-Dachshund mix breed. A small, long back designer dog that has risen in popularity and loved by many across North america.
Hybrid dog breeds are not usually recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but the chiweenie is recognized by other dog registries like the Designer Breed Registry, The Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America etc
Personality Of A Chiweenie Dog Breed
This dog breed is very watchful and intellectually active, They need lots of attention while they are growing. Be prepared to spend lots of time on the couch playing tug of war. they love and crave attention. You can always find them under covers or corners. They are fun loving. Their smallish nature makes them your number one choice for travels and vacations.
The Chiweenie puppy is a great indoor lap dog, very affectionate and protective. They love to cuddle, pay attention to your feelings and mood and somtimes show their affection by licking you.
Temperament Of A Chiweenie Dog Breed
- A Chihuahua tends to be strongly loyal to one particular person and in some cases can become overprotective of the person while the Dachshunds are statistically more hostile to both strangers and other dogs, From these traits we can see why a chiweenie breed tends to be aggressive.
- Chihuahuas and Dachshunds are frequently not introduced to dogs of other breeds, and as a result, they do not socialize or interact as well with other dog breeds, From this trait, we can also see why a chiweenie dog breed is very detached from other dog breeds.
- A Chiweenie dog breed is very territorial in nature just like his parents, preferring his clan superiority over other dog breeds. This trait generally makes them incompatible with small and undisciplined children. Older children tend to have better experiences with them
- A chiweenie dog does not like unfamiliar people, and can easily be provoked to attack if frightened.
The chiweenie is very alert and pays attention to everything happening around them and so they can easily spot potential dangers just like his birth parents, This dog breed can be stubborn, so they require adequate and professional training.
Characteristics Of A Chiweenie Dog Breed
- Appearance: It is common for the Chiweenie to have the long body and build of a Dachshund, perky ears of the Chihuahua or floppy ears like the Dachshund
- Coat and Colour: They have short, medium or silk coat, their colour could vary, they come in black, blond, chocolate, strawberry blond, chocolate, golden or brown.
- Neck and Eyes: The Chiweenie can have a very broad neck with large green, black or brown eyes.
- Life expectancy of a chiweenie: The life expectancy of this dog breed is around 12 – 17 years of age.
Weight and Height Of A Chiweenie Dog Breed
The weight of this dog breed is usually dependent on how much food it’s fed, they generally weigh between 8 –12 pounds ( 3.6 – 5.4 kg), and 7 –11 pounds ( 18 – 28 cm) in height.
Feeding And Caring for your Chiweenie Dog Breed
Feeding and Taking good care of your chiweenie is of great importance for optimal health.
When I first got my chiweenie, it was difficult regulating her meals, some days she eats more, other days she eats less.
You have to pay attention to her food intake, Leftovers can inform you on what quantity she can consume at a given meal. “I feed my dogs twice a day”, some people do it once, As much as we pay attention to quantity, the quality of the food is also important. Avoid Low-quality dog foods
Chiweenies play a lot, so high-quality food is highly recommended. You could try:
- Raw or lightly cooked meat or eggs mixed with kibble: This is good for dogs that have become overweight due to high intake of carbohydrate. Also to reduce the overall grain content, adding high-quality meat or egg will do the trick which is a good boost in protein for active dogs.
- Feed raw, meaty parts of chicken or turkey mixed with kibble: Raw bones from young poultry is good for your chiweenie because they are soft and provide calcium and other minerals in the proper ratios, as well as proteins, fats, with many other valuable nutrients.
- Add raw or lightly steamed vegetables mixed with kibble: Veggies are rich in vitamins, which helps in strengthening the immune system of your chiweenie breed. It should be finely grated in a blender or food processor before serving it to your dog
A chiweenie dog breed needs regular exercise, 20-30 minutes walk a day is recommended. Engauge them in fun events so they don get bored.
Chiweenies do not require large spaced apartment to have fun or play, compact environments are ideal so you can easily find them. Be sure to keep them warm and properly covered during winter.
Health and diseases.
Chiweenies are more susceptible to allergies when compared to other dog breeds. They can be allergic to dust and pollen causing their eyes to water excessively after spending a long hours outside. They naturally have very good skin and can be affected by minor debris build-up in their ears which could lead to infection, minimal cleaning is advised.
The life expectancy of a Chiweenie dog breed is between 12 and 15 years, even more, depending on the breeder’s ability to keep them healthy.
The Chiweenie may be prone to back and knee problems especially with the tissue that is supposed to support the knee causing the cartilage around the knee to separate and sit to the side. Treatment may require surgery which can be expensive. So Be sure to have your pup checked. Regulated trips to your veterinarian is advised.
If routine health checks are not implemented, your chiweenie dog could suffer from :
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is the most common cause of spinal cord injury in dogs. Intervertebral disks are the “cushions” in the space between spinal vertebrae. These disks are subject to so many chronic conditions and forces that eventually gets them to swell or rupture over time. This rupture causes damage to the spinal cord.
The Dachshunds have a history of disc problems. Due to their long backs balanced on very short legs, overtime with much activity, spinal degeneration is inevitable. Therefore there is a high chance that your the chiweenie breed will develop this condition.
The two most common locations of IVDD are and cervical (neck) and spinal (mid-spine). Dogs with cervical IVDD often have severe pain alone while dogs with spinal IVDD usually have weakness in rear legs, eventually not able to walk. Other symptoms include Hunched back, reduced appetite etc.
Treatments For Intervertebral Disk Disease
Treatment varies with the type of symptoms present. Oral anti-inflammatory medications and cage rest are reserved for dogs with mild signs, and often result in improvement within 48 hours. sever case require surgery. It helps at relieve pain and increases your dog’s chances of recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Intervertebral Disk Disease In Dogs
What is the success rate of these surgeries?
This factor solely depend on the severity of the case. In cervical IVDD about 80 – 90% chance of elimination of pain and return to an active lifestyle. The prognosis for spinal IVDD patients depends on the symptoms present. Most dogs show dramatic improvement within the first few weeks after the procedure.
What are the potential complications with these surgeries?
Overall complication rates are low. All patients are closely monitored for any reactions.
How long will my dog be hospitalized after surgery?
The length of stay of your dog will be determined based on your pet’s postoperative comfort and type of surgery.
Should I bring my dog back for a check up?
Yes. Follow up visits are necessary in assessing the progress of the surgery.
What aftercare techniques are recommended after surgery?
About 3-4 weeks of activity restriction is mandatory, Your dog needs to be on-leash 100% of the time.
Is physical rehabilitation necessary after spinal surgery?
Yes. To aid speedy recovery proper rehabilitation is required. When your dog is discharged, some basic at-home rehabilitation exercises will be illustrated for you.
Periodontal disease is the most common form of dental disease in dogs. According to researchers at Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, periodontal effects 59 out of every 100 dogs seen by vets,. Many dog breeds (Chihuahua, toy poodles, Chiweenie etc) that mature to less than 20 pounds suffer from poor dental health due to inherited overcrowded teeth.
This disease is similar to periodontal disease in humans. It is an inflammation [reddening] of the gums that can lead to loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth, bleeding and tenderness.
- a few discolored teeth
- gum redness
- Not eating properly
- Brush your dog’s teeth at least every other day
- Never use human toothpastes for your pet.
- Feed your dog dry foods most of the time because wet foods leave a sticky coating on the teeth that makes it easier for plaque to accumulate.
- Provide tooth-friendly toys.
“Please consult your Vet for proper diagnosis and treatment of these diseases”
Shedding and Grooming Of A Chiweenie
The Chiweenie is a low shedding dog. The Chiweenie requires very little grooming as compared to other breeds.
The grooming frequency depends on the coat of your dog. Short coat breeds require minimal bushing, a few times a week would be sufficient, for a long coat breed, brushing every 2 to 3 days is recommended. Periodic Bathing at-least once or twice a month will definitely keep your chiweenie clean and fresh.
Adopting A Chiweenie Dog Breed
Adopting or buying a designer breed is usually expensive, however the cost varies depending on the age of the chiweenie. You can either choose to purchase your dog from a reputable breeder or purchase from a rescue shelter. Generally chiweenies average between $500 to $700 if purchased from a breeder.
Getting your chiweenie from a good rescue organisation has its benefits. Most times they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
Sometimes you may not find your perfect chiweenie at first, don’t give up. Some shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds, so don’t be afraid to ask!
In most reputable rescue organisations, a home visit is mandatory for all adopters before your application is processed. If you refuse a home visit, your application will be declined.
Naming your Chiweenie Dog
After all the hassle of owning a chiweenie, naming your chiweenie is the fun part, you could spend some days getting to know your dog, so you can choose the perfect name to match her personality.
Here are a few popular girl dog names: Bestie, Daisy, Elsie, Elle, Emma, Foxy, Lexi, Lulu, Paris, Zoey, Stella, Muffin etc
You could find more girl dog names here Girl dog names
The chiweenie is a special breed, so hiring a professional trainer for this fluffy fella might cost you a few box. You could choose to give your dog a few basic training which could be found on youtube. Also
- Look for behaviors indicating your pet may need to go out. Signs to look for are nose down and walking in a circle
- Reward good behaviors with treats
- This dog breed is naturally stubborn, just like the parent breed. So don’t give up, give them time to understand you
- Use short training sessions
- Keep a strict feeding and bathroom schedule
Adopting a chiweenie was one of the best decisions I made some years back. The journey has been smooth all the way, no regrets at all. You are guaranteed fun times and not so fun times but the overall experience is amazing. Thinking of adding a fun and intelligent dog breed to the family? Think chiweenie.
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