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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.

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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 1990s. 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.



Chihuahua / Dachshund Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Dolly the black with tan Chiweenie is sitting on a wooden picnic table in a park looking to the sky and squinting her eyes

Dolly the Chiweenie (Chihuahua / Dachshund mix) at 2 years old

Other Names
  • Chih-weenie
  • Chiwee
  • Chiweeni
  • Doxihuahua
  • Nickname: Mexican Hotdog

The Chiweenie is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

  • ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
  • DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
  • DBR = Designer Breed Registry
Recognized Names
  • American Canine Hybrid Club = Chiweenie
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Chiweenie
  • International Designer Canine Registry® = Chiweenie
  • Designer Breed Registry = Chiweeni
A little tan dog with a triangle of brown on the front of her snout laying down on a person's bed.

"This is Sugar. She is a Chiweenie. We adopted her from a woman who posted her photo via Facebook. I showed her photo to my wife and said here is a dog with a lot of love to give. She agreed, so we contacted the woman who posted her ad and said we would like to adopt Sugar. I took my grandson Triston with me and we picked her up. At first she was scared and intimidated due to people taking her and returning her because she couldn't provide them protection. I thought any reasonable human could look at her and know that the situation is just the complete opposite with small dogs. Anyway the first 4 days she stayed in our bedroom on our bed never moving. We became concerned for her health so my wife used a syringe filled with water and got her to drink. Eventually she started to eat what we put in her bowl and with lots and lots of love and attention she came out of her shell. Since it's just me and my wife at home Sugar gets 24 hour attention. Now she is pretty much spoiled and expects attention from the minute I get home from work till bed. We give it to her. She has brought so much happiness into our lives. It's incredible."

Side view of a small gray dog with black patches and solid tan paws and muzzle with large perk ears and wide round dark eyes chewing on a rawhide bone on a brown couch. There are several dog tags hanging from its brown collar.

Duke the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 3 years old—"Duke is a 3 year old rescue Chiweenie. He’s very smart and has a loving temperament. Loves to run and play and is very social with other dogs. They make excellent dogs if you have a small apartment but they also love big yards to run wild in. Hes a mix of a dapple Dachshund reflected by his unique markings but has the obvious Chihuahua large pointy ears."

Daphnee the red-brown Chiweenie is sitting on a carpet and looking up at the camera holder. Her ears are very large and sticking out to the sides.

Daphnee, a 3½-year-old Miniature Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)—"Her mother was the Dachshund and dad the Chihuahua."

Close Up - Frankie the black brindle Chiweenie is laying against the back of a couch and looking at the camera holder. His ears are very large and sticking up and out to the sides.

Frankie the Chiweenie at 4 years old—"He's just one big eared baby!"

Charlie the Chiweenie puppy is standing on two large flat rocks which are surrounded by grass in a yard

Charlie the Chiweenie puppy at 12 weeks old—"Charlie is so loving and beautiful. We are still learning all about him. And we are still trying hard to toilet train him. Arrghhh"

Side view of two long bodied, short legged, low to the ground reddish tan dogs with long tails, black noses and dark almond-shaped eyes wearing pink harnesses standing on a boulder-sized rock outside in the woods.

Frida & Kahlo the Chiweenies at 10 months old—"Frida and Kahlo are 2 female sisters’ 50% Chihuahua and 50% Dachshund. Their mother is a pear-head black predominant tri-colored Chihuahua and their father a red color smooth coat Miniature Dachshund. They already reached adult size, 16 inches in body length, 12 inches in their chest and 10 inches in their neck weighing 9 pounds each. We plan to control their food to keep them lean, so they don't suffer of back problems. They are a delightful pair of lap dogs! But they also love long walks, hikes, outdoors and travel by car. They are hard to train because they are stubborn, but very smart and with patience and treats, they learn rules just fine. Amazingly loving and playful dogs. They learned to walk without a leash after walking them for 10 months in a short 5 feet leash. Hunting instincts are very prominent. They bark, but they are not at all aggressive or shown any sign of aggressive behavior. Nails need to be trimmed or filed quite often because they are indoor dogs and long nails can damage the shape of their legs. I love this mix!"

Front view of two long bodied, short legged, low to the ground reddish tan dogs with black noses and dark almond-shaped eyes wearing hot pink collars sitting down on a light purple throw rug. The dogs have ears that hang down and out to the sides. Both dogs have white patches on their chest and necks.

Frida & Kahlo the Chiweenies at 10 months old

Front side view of two long bodied, short legged, low to the ground reddish tan dogs with black noses and dark almond-shaped eyes wearing light pink collars. The dogs look happy. Their tongues and baby teeth are showing. One dog has ears that hang down and the other has ears that are down and out to the sides. They both have white on their chest.

Frida & Kahlo the Chiweenies as small puppies

A shorthaired light brown dog with  huge ears that stand up and out to the sides wearing a sailor dress laying on top of a pee pad on the tan cloth seat of a car.

"Negra is the sister to Frida and Kahlo. Shown here at 10 months old. They are all 50% Chihuahua and 50% Dachshund. Their mother is a pear-head black predominant tri-colored Chihuahua and their father a red color smooth coat Miniature Dachshund. Negra likes to play ball and chew on bones."

The Evil Dr Porkchops the small tan with white Chiweenie is wearing a pink collar and is sitting on a bed and looking up at the camera holder. One of her ears is sticking straight up and the other is off to the side.

The Evil Dr Porkchops the Chiweenie (long hair Chihuahua / Dachshund mix) as a puppy at 10 weeks old—"Meet The Evil Dr Porkchops. It's a great name for her because #1 we love Toy Story and #2 she is super sweet and the farthest thing from evil. She was given to us because the litter was a surprise pregnancy and they didn't want all the puppies. She is so sweet! She has fallen in love with our Pit Bull. Our Pit did not have a litter and is mothering Dr Chops. They are very entertaining and good with each other. House training has been easy because we have two other dogs so we take her out every time they go. It has worked out better than expected. We don't get the channel Dog Whisperer is on. I have heard his techniques work. I need him to help me with my Doberman. He's an 75 pound baby and he's scared of Dr Chops if you can imagine. Thanks for this page. It's been very helpful!"

Buster the black with tan Chiweenie is sitting outside in a lawn and its head is tilted to the right. There is a red car in the background. He has large perk ears.

"This is my Chiweenie Buster. He is about 8 months old here. His ears are always up and he is very aware of everything that is going on unless he is tired then both his ears flop over and his eyes get droopy. He has such a great personality, he grew up coming to work with me and he has all my co-workers wrapped; he goes to one for food, another for a belly rub and another for cuddles. When he gets a new toy or a treat he has to walk to each desk showing it off! He loves kids, when we are out for walks he has to go get pets from them all. When he was young I would take his treats away from him or put my hands around his mouth while he was eating, so that when there is a child around and they do that he would not bite them, and that worked when my friend’s 2-year-old is grabbing things from him. He just sits and waits for her to lose interest then he picks it up again. I love watching Dog Whisperer and I have used some of his methods, such as making Buster wait for me to enter/exit the house before he can come in. When I am outside with him, if I see another dog or a person I say "No Bark" and he will watch them closely but he will not bark. He is a very smart dog, I get lots of compliments on how well behaved he is. I have not really had any problems with training; he was pretty easy to housetrain and he learns tricks quickly."

Dexter the black and white Chiweenie is standing outside in snow with a leash on. He has long drop ears.

"This is our mini Chiwee Dexter. He is 9 months old in this picture and hates the snow. He was owned by another family and wasn't being taken care of properly, so my kids and I took him. Our Beagle dog of 12 years had died and Dexter came into our lives at a perfect time. He is such a sweet dog and my 3 kids give him lots and lots of love. Having some potty training issues, but with patience and a routine, it should all work out."

Chevy the Chweenie is standing in a garden behind a rusted steel wheel. He is brown with black tips and big drop ears.

Chevy the Chiweenie at 3 years old

Close Up - Luigi Von Hunkledink Sabo the black Chiweenie is laying in the lap of a person. He has very large ears that stand straight up.

"This is my 1-year-old Chiweenie named Luigi Von Hunkledink Sabo. His mother was a Dachshund, father was a Toy Chihuahua. He is full grown, weighing only 6 lbs. He is very loyal and sweet. He makes the funniest growling and squeaky noises when he plays. He is extremely intelligent, already knowing how to sit, lie down, speak, beg, stand up. Knows what go outside, go bye-bye, and go on a walk means! I am extremely proud of him and love him with all of my heart! He is very sweet, and he loves to cuddle. I forgot to mention his ears!! They are almost as big as his whole body, and he likes to control them. He can make them stand alert, to the side (and he looks like batman) or straight back! They definitely make him one of a kind!"

Close Up - Daphnee the Chiweenie is laying on a person laying on a couch. He is large ears that stick up.

Daphnee, a 3½-year-old miniature Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)

Close Up - Jager the tan Chiweenie puppy is laying on a gray Ugg Boot. He is merle colored with drop ears

"Jager's dad is a purebred miniature Dachshund (he has the exact coloring) and his mom is a red Chiweenie (half mini Dachshund / half Chihuahua).

"Jager is about 14 weeks old now. He is a very happy, wiggly little boy who aims to please. He loves attention—sometimes he will whine or bark for it, although he does not get attention when he does this. He gets lots of ‘good boy and ‘good Jager’ when he is quiet and behaving. He is learning ‘sit’ and ‘down,’ although I find him so excitable for the treat, it takes extra time and patience for him to calm down enough to do the trick. I am using clicker training, and he seems to respond well. He loves his ball—he can already play fetch! He caught on to that fairly quickly. I live in a condo, so I try to take him on at least two 10-15 minute walks a day, seeing as I don't have a yard for him. He follows at my heel so well, that he is usually off leash.

"He is a beautiful coloring, and so small. One couple thought he was a ferret at first, and I have heard he looks like a rat or mouse more than once. Mostly, I have people ooohing and awwwing and telling me he is the cutest, tiniest thing they have seen. He is on the small side—I almost wish he wasn't going to grow much more."

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Chiweenie Breed Information: The Dachshund Chihuahua Mix

If you’re looking for a small dog to join your household as a family pet, you may be considering taking home a dachshund or a Chihuahua. But why not go for a cross between these two ever-popular breeds so that you can enjoy the best of both? A dachshund Chihuahua mix is more often called a “Chiweenie.”

Chiweenies are a good fit for many would-be dog owners, including seniors, families, and single dog owners. When you welcome one into your home, you’re essentially getting a mini bodyguard who’s loving, playful, and loyal to his owners to the point of recklessness.

In this comprehensive guide, we take a good look at this delightful mixed breed. In this article, you’ll find everything you’ll need to help you decide whether this feisty little dog would make a suitable addition to your home. Let’s jump in and learn about each of the Chiweenie’s parents, as well as what you can expect when you welcome this mix into your home.

Breed Overview

  • Child Friendliness
  • Canine Friendliness
  • Training Difficulty
  • Grooming Upkeep
  • Breed Health
  • Exercise Needs
  • Puppy Costs


Parent Breeds

Designer Dogs are created by cross-breeding two purebred dogs. The puppies of mixed-breed matings will always inherit a proportion of their looks and personality from both parents. Often, one parent’s influence will outweigh the other. So, you could finish up with a puppy that takes more after his dachshund mom in looks but has more of the personality of his Chihuahua dad.

You should also be aware that, although mixed breeds are often healthier than purebred dogs, some health conditions that are common to both parents may also appear in the puppies. With that in mind, it’s crucial that you know more about both parent breeds. That will give you a good idea of what to expect if you decide to take on a Chiweenie.


Dapple Dachshund

The dachshund is a member of the hound group, and is a little dog with a big personality! Known by the breed’s many fans as a “sausage dog,” the dachshund has an unmistakably long, low silhouette. These dogs come in three coat types, including smooth, long-haired, and wirehaired.

The plucky dachshund won’t run long distances, jump great heights, or swim in rough waters. However, he’s a tireless little chap who’ll keep playing all day. Despite his size, the dachshund is brave and independent, making a surprisingly vigilant watchdog.

Dachshunds are pretty healthy little dogs, but they can suffer from a few noteworthy health problems, including back problems, bloat, epilepsy, skin conditions, and eye disorders. Deafness is also common in dachshunds whose parents both have dapple patterned coats, which are spotted. A healthy dachshund will have an average lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.

Dachshunds are not noted for being the most obedient of dogs, but with persistence and patience, they can be trained to basic obedience. However, a dachshund is by nature a hound, and he may become selectively deaf when he’s off the leash, especially if he picks up the scent of something that could count as prey.

A dachshund has a very strong, independent character and you’ll quickly find your pup ruling the household if you don’t show him who the boss is!  Dachshunds are commonly mixed with other breeds, including the lab.


Chihuahua Outdoors

The tiny Chihuahua is a member of the toy group. Just like the dachshund, the Chihuahua has a huge personality! These little dogs are the national symbol of Mexico and have been adopted by many celebrities as “purse dogs.” However, despite their cute appearance, the Chihuahua is also known as the “armpit piranha,” as they will defend their owner with vigor, whether it’s necessary or not!

The Chihuahua’s ancestry dates right back to the ancient pre-Columbian kingdoms, and these super little dogs are still very popular as family pets today.

Chihuahuas make perfect pets for apartment dwellers, although they’re not ideal for households with small kids, as these brave little critters are delicate and easily injured. The charming, loyal Chihuahua will happily spend much of his time curled up in your lap, especially in cold weather.

Something to note is that the Chihuahua is a confirmed yapper. That can be a big problem for you if you live in an apartment or close to your neighbors. They are also notoriously aggressive if not trained properly from a young age.

Although the Chihuahua is a tiny dog, he comes with big health issues! A healthy Chihuahua has a life expectancy of between 12 and 20 years; however, the breed is prone to a whole array of health conditions, including eye disorders, heart disease, obesity, dental problems and breathing difficulties.

Bear in mind when taking on a Chiweenie that he may be prone to some of the conditions that often affect his Chihuahua parent.  With that being said, these pups are very popular as crossbreeds, and you can find them in several other adorable designer dog mixes, like the chi-pom, or the chi-pug mix.


Chiweenie Playing with Toy

So, now you know more about both the parent breeds that are used to create the dachshund-Chihuahua mix, let’s check out some facts about the Chiweenie. Like all mixed-breed dogs, they takes some of his personality and looks from each parent. Essentially, this mix is a tiny pup that’s incredibly loyal and fearless too.

The designer Chiweenie cross-breed first appeared in the early 1990s and has grown in popularity over the following decades. And if you’re in any doubt about the Chiweenie’s appeal, check out Tuna on Instagram; he has an incredible 2 million followers!


Chiweenie on a Walk

The dachshund Chihuahua cross is a loyal, loving little dog that’s also fearlessly protective of his family and home. So, you’ll get a tiny guard dog who’ll happily sit on your lap and be petted when the day is done!

One downside to the Chiweenie is his tendency to bark. Unfortunately, both the dachshund and Chihuahua are proven, serial barkers, so your Chiweenie will almost certainly have this trait. So, although you’ll have an excellent guard dog, your neighbors might not appreciate your pup’s enthusiasm for protecting his home!

The dachshund Chihuahua mix is highly affectionate toward those they love. However, the breed can be quite choosy and often has one favorite human parent.

The dachshund Chihuahua mix is not suitable for a household with small children. Unfortunately, the breed can be fragile and don’t stand up to rough play. Also, if it’s taken more of his Chihuahua personality may be prone to nipping.

Size & Appearance

Brown Chiweenie Dog

The Chiweenie is cuteness personified! Your tiny canine companion typically inherits the short legs of the Chihuahua parent and the long, sausage-shaped body of the dachshund. They will typically weigh no more than 10-20 pounds when fully grown. They will usually stand no more than 12-15 inches tall.

Their face can be both slightly elongated like the dachshund or rounder and more apple-shaped like a Chihuahua. A Chiweenie can have perky or floppy ears, and you won’t know which until your puppy grows up!

The dachshund Chihuahua mix coat is short to medium length and is usually delightfully silky. The breed’s coat color ranges from tan and brown to black or blonde. You can also get brindle or multi-colored Chiweenies. Eye color can be brown, green, blue, or black.

Coat & Colors

Black Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Dog

The Chiweenie’s coat is going to depend mostly on their parents. If either parent has longer hair, there’s a chance you’ll end up with a long-haired mix. Most of them have shorter hair though, as longer coats are somewhat less common.

Their coat texture is going to vary as well, but since both parent breeds have softer coats, there’s a good chance your Chiweenie will inherit the same. When it comes to colors, these pups are all across the board. While some shade of black, brown, or tri-color will be most common, it’s possible you may end up with a Brindle colored coat as well.

Exercise & Living Conditions

Small Brown Dachshund Chihuahua Mix

Although the dachshund Chihuahua mix is small in stature, he still needs daily exercise to keep him in good health and prevent obesity. A 20 to 30-minute walk is all that’s required each day. Together with some playtime that can be indoors or out in your backyard if you have one. A Chiweenie is not an outside-dwelling dog!

Both dachshunds and Chihuahuas tend to feel the cold, so life outside in a kennel is not an option for this mix. Also, the dachshund Chihuahua cross-breed adores to be around his human family, and separation anxiety (accompanied by a lot of barking) will be an issue for these pups.


Brown Dachshund Chihuahua mix on bed

The dachshund Chihuahua mix is quite an intelligent dog, but they can also be easily distracted. That can make training a challenge! Start training your Chiweenie from puppyhood. Use plenty of positive reinforcement and unlimited amounts of patience!

The dachshund Chihuahua mix can be very feisty toward other dogs and strangers. You can help to tone down this behavior by training and socializing your dog from an early age. Try taking your puppy to doggy daycare, puppy classes, and your local dog park.

Walking around your neighborhood is also very helpful when it comes to exposing your Chiweenie puppy to a whole host of different sights, sounds, and people.  If you plan to train your pup to walk on a harness, make sure you pick the right size.


Healthy Chiweenie on the Ground

Cross-bred dogs tend to be more robust and healthy than purebreds. However, it’s possible that your Chiweenie puppy could inherit health problems from one or both of his parents.

The most common health issue that’s seen in these pups is allergies. The breed often suffers from coughing, sneezing, hair loss, and skin irritation that can be caused by something as simple as dust or pollen. The average life expectancy for a Chiweenie is from 13 to 16 years.


Hungry Dox Chi Pup

Ask your dachshund Chihuahua mix puppy’s breeder what your pup is fed. Stick to the same food for the first six months or so of your puppy’s life. An adult dachshund Chihuahua mix should be fed around half a cup of good quality dry kibble every day. Divide the ration into several small feeds to keep your pup feeling full and prevent gastric upsets that are associated with overeating.

It’s important that you feed your Chiweenie dry kibble. The biscuits help to scrape plaque-causing bacteria off your dog’s teeth, preventing gingivitis (gum disease) and canine periodontal disease.


Chihuahua Doxie needing groomed

The dachshund Chihuahua mix is a pretty low-maintenance pup with uncomplicated grooming requirements. All you need to do to keep your Chiweenie looking good is routine brushing a few times each week to remove loose and dead hair.

Because both the dachshund and Chihuahua can suffer from dental problems, be sure to brush your dog’s teeth daily with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste, which you can get from your vet. Dental treats are a good alternative if your Chiweenie won’t tolerate brushing.

Breeders & Puppy Costs

Chiweenie Puppy

In comparison to other, larger designer breeds, a dachshund-Chihuahua mix puppy is reasonably affordable, at around $500 and up in price. The price may vary, depending on the quality and show records of both the puppy’s parents.

Check out local vets and boarding kennels for breeder recommendations. Be wary of buying a puppy from a backyard breeder or a pet shop, even if the price is temptingly low. When you find a reputable breeder, always to ask to see documentary health-screening certification for both the puppy’s parents.

Rescues & Shelters

Senior Chiweenie Needing Adopted

Raising a puppy can be hard work, especially if you have a busy job or you’re a senior who might find taking on training a puppy too demanding and tiring.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the happiness and companionship of owning a dog. So, why not consider adopting an adult Chiweenie from a shelter? There are lots of rescue centers right across the country that may have the perfect pet for you.  Here are a few!

As Family Pets

Now that you’re more familiar with the Chiweenie let’s see if one of these super-cute, spirited little dogs would make the perfect pet for you.

  • Dachshund Chihuahua mixes are tirelessly loyal little dogs.
  • These pups are typically happiest in a one-person home.
  • They do best where there are no small children or other pets.
  • This mix is low-maintenance when it comes to grooming.
  • Although these pups do shed, the hair loss is negligible.
  • Dachshund Chihuahua mixes need just half an hour of daily exercise.
  • Chiweenies are active and enjoy playtime at home.
  • They are friendly, but will sometimes bond with only one family member.
  • Both parent breeds have health issues that a Chiweenie puppy might inherit.
  • Ask the pup’s breeder to you health screened documentation of the parent pups.
  • Although they are an ideal size for apartment living, these pups do tend to bark.

So, if you fancy taking on a dachshund-Chihuahua mix pup, you just need to make sure you can provide an environment that’s safe and meets each of the recommendations above.

Final Thoughts

If your ideal canine companion is a pocket-sized pup who’ll give you love and devotion to the point that he’ll protect you from strangers, a dachshund-Chihuahua mix could be the perfect pup for you.

You don’t need a huge house to accommodate a tiny Chiweenie. A small backyard is perfectly adequate for one of these tiny pups. A dachshund Chihuahua mix is the perfect low-maintenance dog. Grooming requirements are minimal, there’s hardly any hair to vacuum up, and Chiweenies don’t need hours and hours of exercise.

On the downside, these little pups can be prone to quite a few health conditions. Also, if your dachshund Chihuahua mix takes most of his character traits from the Chihuahua parent, he could be snappy and aggressive toward strangers and other dogs.

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life span
breed size
good with
  • seniors
  • families
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  • dogs
  • cats
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  • timid
  • willful
  • playful
  • anxious
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coat length/texture
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other traits
  • easy to groom
  • apartment-friendly
  • high potential for weight gain
  • strong loyalty tendencies

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—and chiweenies are still considered "designer dogs" and not a true breed—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—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 6–10 inches tall and weighing between 5–12 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." 

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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—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. 

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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—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. 

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

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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—just like their two parent breeds—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. 

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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 12–16 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.

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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—and some dogs learn how to kick out their leg so the kneecap moves back into place—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.

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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.

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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 2.1 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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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 3-5 times a week. Nails need trimming once or twice a month, and teeth should be washed almost daily;
  • Exercise: they need at least a 30-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. (2.2-5.5 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 20-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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Chihuahua Dachshund Mix: The Weenie Chiweenie

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Whenever two dog breeds mix, the resulting pup can be a little bit of a surprise. You never know which parent it will take after more, or whether it will be a combination of the two in equal measure. If you’re mulling over giving a Chihuahua Dachshund mix a home, you should get familiar with their most common traits, especially in terms of their temperament, appearance, maintenance requirements, and any variations of the same. To do that, you should also know a thing or two about the parent breeds—that too can give you a hint about what you can expect from your new buddy. The good news is that you’re in luck, as this article is a perfect place to learn the ropes about this puppy mix.

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Why and When Did Dachshunds and Chihuahuas Mix?

The adorable Chihuahua and Dachshund mix is one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world, so let’s take a quick look at their history.

Opinions about the origin of the Chihuahua breed are divided, with some thinking that it is over 3,000 years old, and others saying it comes from 16th-century China. The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially dates back to 1904. The Dachshund breed originated in Germany in the 16th-century, and it was made to be a small game hunting dog, particularly apt at chasing badgers. This breed has been registered with AKC since 1885. Both are widely loved as lapdogs, and the same is true for the Dachshund and Chihuahua mix!

Breed designers started mixing Chihuahua and Dachshund in the 1990s in North America. The goal was to come up with a breed that won’t have as many back issues as the Dachshund, and we can say that they’ve actually (partially) done it.

In case you think that Chihuahua Dachshund mix is a bit of a mouthful, you’re not alone. This could be one of the breeds with the most pet names. The most adorable and widely used one is Chiweenie, but it also goes by these nicknames:

  • Weeniehuahua
  • Choxie
  • The Mexican Hot Dog
  • Dachuahua
  • The German Taco
  • Chihiweenie
  • Doxihuahua
  • Chiwee
  • Chihuahua Doxie
  • Doxiwawa

Three Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix

As much as you love puppies, some breeds may just not fit in with your lifestyle. That’s why you must take all their traits into consideration. Here are three that may not agree with you, your needs, or abilities:

  1. They don’t get along with small children.
  2. They need a lot of care and attention. (But check out our care tips for new dog owners)
  3. They are temperamental and hard to train. (Or find out the best ways to train your puppy)

Three Reasons Why You Should Get the Chihuahua and Dachshund Mixed Breed

Now that you’ve been warned why getting a Chiweenie may be a bad idea, let’s see what makes them a pup you will want to get to know better:

  1. They adapt quickly to new surroundings.
  2. They are perfect for small apartments.
  3. They are excellent guard dogs.

What Does the Chihuahua Dachshund Pup Look Like?

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Chiweenies are generally quite small, but there are still variations in their sizes, depending on the size of their parents:

  • Mini Chiweenies come from the standard-sized Chihuahua breeding with a Miniature Dachshund, and they can weigh 3–11 pounds.
  • Teacup Chiweenies are Teacup Chihuahuas mixed with standard Dachshund, and they can have anywhere from eight to 32 pounds.

In terms of coat color, they can have solid, brindle, or bi-colored fur. The color combinations are endless, as they also depend on the parents’ coat hues. The same applies to coat types, which can be short or long, smooth, coarse, or wirehaired. For example, if the parents are a Long Hair Chihuahua and a Wirehaired Dachshund, the Chiwee will likely have long and shaggy fur. As you can see, just like with their personality, anything is possible with their coat, too!

Chiweenie Traits Overview
Weight3–32 pounds
Height6–9 inches
SizeLapdog (small)
Coat typeShort, medium, or long; fluffy or smooth
Coat colorTan, brown, black, blonde, brindle, or bi-colored
EyesBulging; brown, green, blue, black
NoseBlack, tan, blue, chocolate
EarsFloppy or stand-up
TemperamentPlayful, inquisitive, stubborn, loyal
Life expectancy12–20 years
New owner friendlyYes

What Should I Know About the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Temperament?

What they lack in stature, these pups certainly make up for in personality. When Chihuahuas mix with Dachshunds, you know that the offspring will have loads of confidence!

If you already know something about the parent breeds, you can probably guess the character of the Choxie mix. One of the 10 facts you should know about Dachshunds is that they were made to hunt badgers, which speaks volumes about their brave demeanor. Since they are a hunting dog, even their mixed offspring can take after them and chase any other small animals they lay eyes on, which may be an issue if you have other pets, especially non-canine ones.

The Chihuahua mix dogs are some of the most devoted pups in the world. These dogs are generally social and love hanging around (slightly bigger) humans. Once you grow on them, and they see you as one of their pack, count that you’re in it for the long run. They love spending time with their owners, so once you adopt this adorable pup, you’ll have a loyal and slightly overprotective companion for life! They tend to live long lives, so you’re in it for the long haul!

Chiwees also adapt quickly to new homes, which is excellent for people on the go or if you plan on moving house. Just make sure to show your pup that although their home is different, their owner is still the same.

When they see an unknown person approaching their human, they will get right down to barking and assume guard. They are no strangers to being aggressive at times, so it’s wise to be on alert when a new friend comes to your home. If you get your Chiweenie while still a puppy, start socializing it immediately, as it is known to reduce their aggressive streak.

Unfortunately, these furry balls of energy are not great with kids, as they are particularly short-tempered, feisty, and snappy. They won’t take your little ones fussing with their ears for long! They will act out, so it’s best to keep them away from young children. That personality trait is one of the most unfavorable characteristics of this otherwise lovable pup.

They are also pretty loud and yippy, and they’ll make sure to vocalize their every observation and need. Be it a random window passer-by or a distracting fly buzzing around; they won’t let it go unnoticed! If your pooch is hungry or needs to go out potty, trust us that you’ll know about it.

Is the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Hard to Groom?

Chiweenie grooming depends on the coat. If your pup is short-haired, you’re in luck, as it needs minimal brushing. Give its coat some attention every week or so, and you’re golden. Medium- and long-haired dogs need to be brushed more often and may even need professional grooming from time to time. If you want to learn how to take care of your Doxie yourself, refer to our dog grooming tips.

Seasonal shedding is expected, as it is common for both parent breeds. You should also clip their nails when needed and clean their ears about once a week.

You’ll have to devote a lot of attention to finding the perfect way to clean their teeth. These feisty pups are not going to give in easily when you try to brush their pearly whites. On the contrary, they’ll put up quite a fight! You are more likely to give their teeth some love by tricking them into using one of the top 10 best dog dental chews or toys designed specifically for small dogs.

The Chihuahua Dachshund dog needs to be taken care of properly so that they could live a healthy life without serious health problems. This is an essential detail to consider before you adopt one of these pooches into your family. You will need to take it to regular checkups with the vet, take proper care of their health, and mind their exercise routine and weight to curb back issues for as long as possible.

Brushing frequencyBrushes for the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
Daily or weekly, depending on the hair length
  • Pin brush
  • Comb
  • Nail clippers

What Chiweenie Health Issues Should I Be Aware Of?

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Chiweenies are generally healthy, but they can inherit some chronic conditions from either of their parents. There are also some health concerns that they may get with age or if they are not adequately taken care of.

The most common ailments among this canine cross-breed are:

  1. Intervertebral disc disease
  2. Teeth issues
  3. Patellar luxation
  4. Color dilution alopecia
  5. Hip dysplasia

Intervertebral Disc Disease

This is a hereditary condition that Chiweenies can get from Dachshunds. The latter was bred to have wiener-like elongated bodies and short legs so that they could get in pursuit of their prey with ease. They were targeted to hunt for badgers, in particular, so they needed to get inside narrow crevices and holes. However, that left these crafty pooches vulnerable to spinal degeneration, and their mixes tend to be prone to it as well. As they move, the pressure is put to the spinal discs, which may rupture and herniate, thus causing intervertebral disc disease. If the problem persists or worsens, the dog may be reluctant or unable to move their hind legs. If rest and temporary restriction from exercise doesn’t help, and the condition progresses, the only option may be surgery.

Teeth Issues

If your Chiweenie resembles its Chihuahua parent and has a small head, it is likely to develop teeth issues early on. This is a common problem with miniature dogs that grow to be lighter than 20 pounds, as their small skulls need to accommodate the same number of teeth as a much larger dog. That leads to teeth that are squeezed close together and are often crooked. That makes them harder to clean and is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. If you neglect your dog’s teeth, they may develop gingivitis, severe tooth decay, and even tooth loss.

Patellar Luxation

The small dogs are at high risk of suffering from kneecap dislocation, also known as patellar luxation. The condition can be caused by genetic malformation or trauma. What happens is that the kneecap dislodges from its normal position at the end of the thigh bone, making the dog lift their leg up while they walk. Usually, the vet can put the bones back in place easily. If it gets more severe, the condition can lead to lameness.

Color Dilution Alopecia

Color dilution alopecia is common in dogs with a fawn or blue coat, and it affects both the Dachshund and the Chihuahua. It is no surprise that we can often see it in Chiweenies, too. You can recognize it by the thinning or patchy loss of hair. The condition is not curable, but it can be managed with topical products that the vet suggests.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia happens when the socket and ball of your pup’s hip are malformed. Instead of gliding smoothly together, they grind and cause further hip damage. Although it is more common in large dogs because of their weight, Dachshund Chihuahuas are also affected because they have tiny hips and legs that need to support a much bigger and longer torso. To prevent things from reaching extreme proportions and causing your pooch a lot of pain, do your best to keep their joints healthy.

Even if your pup seems to be the spitting image of health, you should still take it to regular checkups with the vet. Some of the conditions don’t show clear early signs, or you may not know how to recognize them, such as mild seizures. Having a professional take a look at your dog is always a sound decision! This is particularly true for the sneaky Dachshund skin conditions that you may not even notice from their fur.

Major concernsMinor concernsOccasional tests
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation
  • Color dilution alopecia
  • Dental problems
  • Hemophilia
  • Spina bifida
  • Neuroaxonal dystrophy
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Eye examination
  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Knee and hip checkups
  • Spine X-Rays

What Does the Chihuahua Dachshund Like to Eat?

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Chiwee is a small dog with a predisposition to back problems, so you should make sure your pup doesn’t overeat. As a cub, it needs food rich in fat, protein, and fiber and more frequent meals as provided by best puppy food brands, but a grown-up dog shouldn’t have more than one-and-a-half-cup of kibble divided into three meals a day. Your best bet is to go for the best dry dog food for small dogs; although the best large breed dry dog food brands are all high-quality kibbles, they may not meet your pooch’s nutritional requirements.

Check out our suggestions for top-notch dry food for Chiweenies:

  1. Wellness Core Dog Food —this is a grain-free, organic dry dog food that is easy on your pup’s digestive system.
  2. Taste of the Wild Appalachian Valley—another great dry food option that is rich in protein from venison, lamb, egg, and fish. It also contains prebiotics and probiotics, and it is packed in tiny kibble, so it is ideal for small dog breeds.
  3. Dog For Dog Food— this dry food option allows you to introduce raw meat into your pooch’s diet that adds protein, fat, and calories to their food regime.

In their senior years, the need for nutrients shift. Reducing fat and adding fiber is general advice when it comes to older doggos nutrition. Check out our selection of the best senior dry dog food and pick the one that suits your furball.

When the balance of nutrients is the dog’s body is disturbed, there are products that can help them restore it. Read our in-depth review of Nutra Thrive dog food supplement and learn more on how to achieve the balance of macro- and micronutrients so that your Chihuahua Dachshund can lead a healthy life.

For starters, we suggest you consult our extensive research into the worst dry dog food and the best dry dog food we found on the market.

How Much Exercise Does the Dachshund Chihuahua Puppy Need?

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Chihuahua Dachshunds are bright little fireballs, and their owners should be aware of that fact. Not only are they always on alert mentally, but they like breaking a sweat, too!

In terms of exercise, you should still stick to moderate activities, so as not to overwork Chiweenies’ tiny bodies. Their miniature stature puts them at risk of developing specific health problems, so the smaller they are, the lighter the activities should be. The same applies to the duration of the exercise—it should last no more than half an hour two times a day.

Dachshund Chihuahuas’s bones break more easily the smaller they are, especially if there is some underlying condition. This is not to say that you should encourage a sedentary lifestyle (although you couldn’t even if you wanted to, in such a lively little pup), but moderation in physical exercise is elementary.

Light jumping, short walks around the block, and gentle play are the best options for a doggy of this size. Because of their size and minimum daily exercise requirements, this mixed dog breed won’t be a problem to take care of—an average-sized apartment will have just enough space for them to run about, which is precious when the weather outside is terrible. Larger breed owners don’t have that luxury!

Here is what you should pay attention to if you do decide to take your Chiweenie out in cold weather.

Activity levelRecommended miles/dayActivity minutes/day
Low or medium, depending on the size5–7 miles/day30–60 minutes

The Best Environment for the Chihuahua and Dachshund Cross-Breed

Although Chiweenies adapt to small apartments perfectly, there should be as few stairs as possible to prevent disc dislocation and other skeletal problems. A good idea would be to get a PawRamp to help your little pup climb on furniture — it is an ideal Dachshund gift! Trust us that your tiny furry friend will love you all the more for it!

If you have a yard, make sure that pickets on your fence are dense enough to stop the dog from running off to the street and getting hurt. They could also get stuck in the fence and injure their back in the process, so make sure to Chiwee-proof your yard.

In case your pooch inherits the inquisitive nose of its Dachshund parent, you can say goodbye to your flower beds—these dogs are always ready for mischief, and will dig up your garden in no time!

Is the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix Puppy Easy to Train?

Early training is of the essence with these little cuties. Start obedience training them from a young age, and you may just get somewhere by the time they are fully grown up.

These little fellows are so stubborn that they can give a headache even to the most composed and experienced trainers. They inherit these mannerisms from the Dachshund parent, but the Chihuahua one is also quite strong-minded. They can get quite bold, and when they set their mind on something, there are no dog treats in the world that can put them off course! Incidentally, we have a rundown of the worst dog treat brands that you should steer clear of. In any case, make sure not to fall victim to these common training mistakes.

All things considered, if you are a first-time owner, a Dachshund Chihuahua is not the best choice for you.

How Well Does the Chihuahua Dachshund Fit In With Families?

Chiweenies are social puppies, and they love to play around and have fun with their owners. Until they change their minds and go tend to more pressing matters, like barking at … nearly everything.

They also have a short fuse, so these mighty half-Dachshunds, half-Chihuahuas, are not the best dogs for families with small kids. They have a low tolerance threshold and won’t put up with toddlers pulling on their tails or tugging their ears.

They can be socialized up to a point, but you can never be too careful with small children and these doggies—to be on the safe side, don’t leave them unsupervised together. That is one of the vital Dachshund facts to keep in mind.

Want to Compare the Chiweenie With Other Dachshund Mixed Breeds?

Dachshunds are one of the best dog breeds to adopt — the famous Picasso even fell for their charms. If you know that you want a Dixie (could it be because of all the adorable Dachshund memes?) but are unsure whether a Dachshund mixed with Chihuahua is the right choice for you, we’ve got you covered! Check out our other Wiener mix crushes!


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11 Facts About the Chiweenie (Chihuahua Dachshund Mix)

Some people just need a travel buddy. Well, the Chihuahua and Dachshund mix is exactly that. Formally known as a Chiweenie, this lovely dog can fit anywhere and would look good doing it.

This crossbreed has been around since the 90s, and its popularity is increasing every day.

The Chihuahua is considered the smallest dog in the world, but we all have seen him chase away thieves. The Wiener dog is also small, but he is just as good as any retriever in fetching stuff.

The mix of these lovable pooches is a small dog as well. Except, the Chiweenie could be any combination of his two purebred parents.

If you have a thing for small dogs, but you are undecided for which one to pick, this crossbreed may be what you’re looking for.

We’ll talk more about the Chiweenie below.

Chiweenie dog

Who Are the Chiweenie’s Parents?

Like any and all crossbreeds, everything we can say about them is a guess based on the temperament of both parents. That is why we always advise you to learn more about the purebreds that make your mix before getting one.

The Chihuahua

That smile is the best I have ever seen on a dog!

I have it on good authority that Chihuahuas don’t know how small they are, or at the very least, they don’t care. Their personality is 10 times larger than their size, and it shows.

While the little guy can join you anywhere you take him, he can also cause you some problems. Chihuahuas love their owners and can grow to be overly protective. Add to it their wariness of strangers, and you got yourself a 6-inch tall scary puppy with sharp teeth, .

Considering his size, he may not do harm. But that first aggressive impression will scare the life out of you. He is agile and ready to please his owner. He loves to stay close to you and won’t leave your side for a second.

All in all, the Chihuahua could have been the king of dogs if he wasn’t the smallest one ever. He is cute, smart, agile, loving, and will defend you to death.

Learn more about Chihuahuas.

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The Dachshund

Those are some strong paws right there!

For many years, the Dachshund has been a fun dog to draw, animate into cartoons, and have fun with. This representation has made it seem as if this dog is just a joke. However, he is way tougher than he looks.

How tough?

Tough enough to take down a badger. In fact, that was why he was bred in the first place. He’s got strong paws to dig, find tunnels, catch badgers and pin them down.

This long little dog has more to offer than what he appears to. And that is exactly why appearances are deceiving.

The Dachshund first instinct may be to hunt, but in today’s time, he is considered a companion dog. In other words, he chases your sadness away. All he does is make you happy as you walk with him in the street.

There are some reports that he hates being called the Wiener dog. We cannot confirm nor deny such allegations, but it’s kinda funny.

More about the Dachshund here.

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Who Is the Chiweenie?

We have been talking about the purebred parents, and you now know a little about them. Of course, that’s not enough. You definitely need to spend more time learning about the Chiweenie’s parents.

But it is also important to learn about the dog himself. Come on, just look at this picture below!

This is the infamous Chihuahua and Dachshund mix. A cute lovely dog that can easily win your heart. He is ready to protect and serve you alone. He will establish a strong bond with you sooner than later.

He is an adorable fella, designed to keep you company and make you happy. He loves to sleep in your lap and won’t resist fighting over that right.

It is time to dive a bit deeper into our knowledge about the Chiweenie. We have a lot to tell you about this peanut-sized dog. So, keep reading.

List of Facts About the Chiweenie

By principle, we are required to inform that everything you will ever read about the Chihuahua Dachshund mix is purely based on educated guesses. The list of facts below has been collected through research on the general temperament as described by owners of this crossbreed.

We don’t hold these to be absolute truths. Every Chiweenie is possibly different than the next one. However, there are many similarities between dogs in this crossbreed.

1 – The Chiweenie Is (so) Tiny

Maybe the only breed of dogs smaller than the Chiweenie is his parent, the Chihuahua. This crossbreed is barely 9 inches tall, and that depends on how large his Dachshund purebred parent is.

If you keep your dog well-fed and exercised, he will grow to be a whopping 10 pounds. That’s basically as big as they can get, which is still very small compared to other dog breeds.

This small size makes it easier to travel around the world with your pocket-size best friend. I’m not even sure you need papers for that. You can pass him off as a very small teddy bear.

2 – They Make a Great Apartment Dog

Again, all thanks to his small size, the Chiweenie is an awesome apartment dog. He barely takes a square foot of space. The problem is that he doesn’t stick to it.

This dog is tiny enough to get under almost everything. If it has a small hole in it, he will try to fit in and hide there.

Actually, if you have anything missing from your home, a sock, a shoe, or anything, just look for those small spaces.

Most of the time, the Chiweenie plays an unwarranted game of hide and seek. This means they are either hiding or hiding your stuff.

3 – Training the Chiweenie May Prove Difficult

Smaller dogs have bigger personalities. When you start training them, they feel the need to defy your commands, even you have treats in your hands. They are stubborn that way.

Training a Chiweenie is just as difficult. The stubborn dog won’t easily follow your commands. If you think being harsh on him might bend him to your will, think again. You’re just feeding his need to prove himself as a dominant alpha-male.

The best way to deal with the Chihuahua Dachshund mix is to use positive reinforcement, treats, games, and make the training sessions as fun as possible.

You may need to call for professional help. If you see yourself unable to control your dog, or you find yourself spoiling him too much (he’s cuteness does that to you), you should ask a professional dog trainer to help you out.

4 – Chiweenies Are Great Watchdogs

The crossbreed parents are very alert dogs. Nothing moves without them letting you know about it. The same thing goes for the Chiweenie; if it moves, they will let you know right then and there.

You may not use him as guard dogs or expect him to protect you against grizzly bears. But he won’t back down from a fight either. What’s important is that he stands ground and alerts you as anything gets close to your home.

He will bark at the door, the window, or even the yard. That means when your friends to come visit you, he will be the first to greet them. And it won’t always do so with a smile.

That is what brings us to the next point.

5 – Socialization Is Crucial to Your Dog

A Chiweenie has a tendency to be overly protective of his owner and his home. Barking at the door or at strangers is maybe the least of your problems when it comes to an adult Chiweenie who has not interacted with the outside world.

It is important for your dog to see as many people as he can from an early age. He needs to feel comfortable when others visit and come close to you. With enough interaction with strangers and friends alike, he should learn that not everyone is a threat to his kingdom.

This does not mean that you should throw a party when your puppy makes it to his second week in your house. He should get comfortable around individual people first, and then larger groups.

You can also take your dog to a nearby park and keep an eye on how he reacts. Once the experience becomes overwhelming, pull him back up, reward his courage, and take him back home. Increase the time spent outside and among people in small doses.

In case you need more details on how to socialize your small dog, this article has exactly that.

Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

6 – Chiweenies Aren’t Best for Homes With Children

And it is not because of the dog, but it is a problem of the children. The Chihuahua Dachshund mix loves to play a lot, but the kids may not realize how fragile he is. Most accidents happen because kids play a little too rough with the dog.

That means that the dog may also add a bit more teeth into the game. Much like his parents, he’s got pretty sharp ones, and he is not afraid to use them to defend himself.

If you have kids and are bent on having a Chiweenie, you need to train your children to be careful around the dog. He can play gently as long as your kids respect his space.

Here is a video that proves my point:

It almost goes without saying that all these interactions must be under your supervision. No one wants any unfortunate accidents to happen. None of us wants to read a news story about either of your babies getting hurt while playing with your pet. So, please assume your responsibility as a pa(w)rent.

7 – Chiweenies Don’t Usually Look Alike

Except those born in the same litter, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix rarely look like one another. Both Chihuahuas and Dachshunds have many possible appearances. It is hard to predict how their litter would look like.

Genetics play a huge role in the appearance of your new puppy. You cannot pick and choose when it comes to the appearance of a newborn crossbreed dog. The Chiweenie follows the same principle.

There is really no way to know what type of coat, what color it would be or his ears, tail, or anything between. This makes your puppy a unique dog that does not look like any other one. And that’s indeed the best description of a Chiweenie: a special, unique dog.

8 – They Lives Long, But Health Is a Concern

The Chiweenie is one of the few dogs that have a long lifespan. He averages between 15 and 18 years old, and some owners say their dogs lived up to be 20. Small dogs are known to live longer than larger ones. However, that is just the upside.

The downside of having a small dog is preparing for all the health concerns that inevitably catch up with your little pooch. There are a few problems that small dogs develop as they grow older. Some of these issues include weak legs and back problems.

A crossbreed dog may be less likely to get diseases, but he can inherit some from his parents. In fact, the health issues mentioned above are likely to be inherited from his Dachshund parent.

It is important to keep an eye on your dog as he grows up. Regular check-ups and visits to the vet should keep him safe in case a problem start to show.

9 – The Chiweenie Is A Playful Dog

Small dogs love to play inside the house, and the Chiweenie is no different. Besides looking for places to play hide and seek, you will find him running around the house as fast as he can. He may have a small body, but he’s got a ton of energy to burn.

Your Chiweenie would love to run after you, fetch a little ball for you, and do more advanced tricks. He is pretty agile for a dog his size, but he will surprise you.

While he may not need a ton of exercise to release his energy, he is still sure to have some left at the end of the day. But as he makes his way up and down the sofas and runs around the kitchen table, he won’t have as much left in the tank and would come running into your lap for some cuddling.

His playful nature requires that he always have something to do and someone to do it with. Separation anxiety is common among companion dogs, and the Chiweenie is on that list. If you want one, you need to stay close to him as much as possible.

Run, Chiweenie, run!

10 – He is a Low Maintenance Dog

Among the reasons why many people love the Chiweenie is his low-maintenance. Depending on his coat length, he will require brushing only once or twice weekly. You don’t need to take him to the bath for more than once a month. His nails need to be trimmed regularly as they can get pretty sharp.

When it comes to food, Chiweenie can regulate their daily intake. All you have to do is provide the best quality dog food you can afford and serve him twice a day. Food allergies are common among Chiweenie’s parents, and his food sensitivity may be inherited. That means you should give him only high-quality dog food that is specifically made for dogs his size.

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11 – Getting Your Chiweenie

Now, if you still think the Chiweenie is the right dog for you, you should get yourself one as soon as you can.

We often recommend adoption as many dogs are looking to have another chance at being good boys and girls. This is also the case here.

Many owners drop off their Chiweenie because they are too active or they have had accidents playing with their kids. Most of the time, it was not the dog’s fault. It would mean the world to him to get a savior. Contact your local shelter for information.

However, if you want a new puppy, you should find a reputable dog breeder. Always ask the right questions, demand to see the parents and their medical papers, and make sure they are not selling you puppies from mills.

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The Chihuahua Dachshund mix is a companion dog that fits right in your luggage, so you can take it along with you on a trip. If you live in an apartment, that’s a kingdom for him. However, he won’t be the best dog to have around young children.

Owning a Chiweenie increases the chances of having more happy hours in your day. Although there is no science behind that statement, we all know it’s true.

Let me know in the comments down below what you think about Chiweenies.


  1. The Chiweenie – Chihuahua Dachshund Mix – Animal Corner

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