- Dog suitable for owners with some experience
- Extra training required
- Generally healthy breed
- Enjoys active walks
- Needs under an hour of walking a day
- Small dog
- Minimum drool
- Requires grooming every other day
- Chatty and vocal dog
- Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
- Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
- May need additional training to live with other pets
- May need additional supervision to live with children
- Needs a small garden
- Can happily live in the city
- Can be left occasionally with training
|Colours:||The colours of the Chiweenie’s coat can be any of those common to the Dachshund or Chihuahua, including:
brown, black, or white
Their colouring may be solid or a mix of colours.
|Easy to train:||2/5|
|Tolerates being alone:||2/5|
|Likes other pets:||3/5|
Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Chiweenie depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but both the Chihuahua and the Dachshund are affectionate companion dogs who bond closely to their owners.
The personality of a Chiweenie seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As if a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Dachshund or the Chihuahua personalities) or else be bred to another Chiweenie - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).
Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Chiweenie should be outgoing and confident and not nervous, shy or fearful, and never aggressive.
Did You Know?
- The Chiweenie isn’t currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as it’s a mixed breed dog.
- Despite their small size, they’re known to be fairly high energy and always up for playtime.
- A Chiweenie has taken Instagram by storm, Tuna — tunameltsmyheart, has over 2 million followers!
- They can be quite protective over their home, so they make excellent watchdogs.