Chiweenie pros and cons
What is a Chiweenie? Chiweenie (also called Mexican Hot Dog) is a mix between Chihuahua and Dachshund dog breeds. Owning a Chiweenie has pros and cons. Pros include the dog's playful and sociable temperament. Other advantages to owning a Chiweenie is that this is a long lived breed and with good care can live up to 15 years or even longer. Chiweenies are relatively easy to groom and care for. Chiweenies have a moderate amount of shedding and need to be brushed to keep the coat in best condition and to help minimize the amount of dog hair around the home. Chiweenies are loyal and affectionate towards their owners and are happiest when spending time with human family. Chiweenies are easily transported because of the small size. Chiweenies love long walks and as long as they get enough daily exercise they can be happy living in a large country home or in a city apartment.
Cons to owning a Chiweenie include the dog's barking level - most Chiweenies enjoy to bark. Barking is usually not a problem for Chiweenies who live in a country, but for Chiweenie owners who have a loud dog in an apartment the excessive barking may cause inconveniences as the neighbors may not always be delighted to hear the big bark that small Chiweenies can produce. Training a Chiweenie to stop barking on command is one of the solutions for excessive barking. Sometimes dogs bark because they are left alone often. Chiweenies are not an exception and really dislike being left alone with nothing to do. Invest in some chewable dog toys, treat dispenser toys and squeaky toys that will keep your Chiweenie entertained while you are gone. Tire a Chiweenie out by giving him or her a long walk before you leave for work. After a long walk most dogs tend to rest and relax rather than engage in destructive behavior or in excessive barking. Chiweenies are active small dogs and need to be walked several times during the day to get their exercise and some mental stimulation which comes with being outdoors.
Disadvantages associated with Chiweenie's health include the dog's back. Chiweenies who inherited the long back from their Dachshund parent may be susceptible to back problems. Always be careful when lifting a Chiweenie and do not let Chiweenie jump on high furniture or in the car to avoid any back injuries. Half Dachshund half Chihuahua dog owners can help to protect the dog's sensitive back by providing the dog a ramp that allowes Chiweenie to easily climb instead of jumping on a couch or bed.
Chiweenies have become popular in the recent years as Dachshund Chihuahua mix produces small dogs that have the bold and sociable temperament and unique appearance that so many Chihuahua and Dachshund owners cherish in their pets. Chiweenies are essentially companion dogs that enjoy being around their family. Since Chiweenies have Dachshunds and Chihuahuas in their bloodlines, these charming small dogs have traits of both of these breeds and resemble their parents in looks and personalities. Chiweenie is a designer breed that is created when purebred Chihuahua dogs are crossed with purebred Dachshunds.
How active are Chiweenies? Chiweenie is a naturally active dog that has enough endurance for longer walks. Potential owners need to be able to provide the Chiweenie with several walks during the day as well as some playtime to keep the dog physically and mentally stimulated. Bored Chweenies may engage in unwanted behaviors and easily get in trouble. Problem behaviors in Chiweenies include excessive barking, digging or chasing small animals. Some Chiweenies have stronger hunting instinct than others and should be supervised around unfamiliar smaller pets.
In size Chiweenies can reach up to 25 pounds and in height Chiweenies are up to 14 inches tall. Chihuahuas mixed with Mini Dachshunds produce smaller Chiweenies.
Dachshund Chihuahua mix, or Chiweenie has the temperament that comes from both of the parents. Dachshunds are bold, stubborn, alert and courageous while Chihuahuas are affectionate towards the owners, playful and sociable. A cross between a Dachshund and Chihuahua, otherwise known as Chiweenie inherit these temperament traits and are often courageous, sociable and loving towards their owners. Despite the small size, Chiweenies are active and have plenty of energy for long walks. Chiweenies tend to enjoy barking and if the voice comes from Dachshund's genetic pool, then expect a deep sounding bark from a Chihuahua Dachshund cross. Chiweenies are delightful companion pets that can be happy living with active seniors or in a family with older kids. Chihuahua Dachshund mix dogs get along good with other pets in the home, as long as Chiweenie was socialized to other pets from an early age. Dachshunds have a strong hunting drive and Chiweenie owners need to be careful when introducing smaller pets to Chiweenie. Some Chiweenies can be aggressive towards other unfamiliar dogs and this aggression is frequently a result of inadequate socialization during puppyhood.
Potential Chiweenie owners can expect to pay from $250 to $550 per Chiweenie puppy. The cost of each individual Chiweenie dog can vary based on the dog's appearance, age, training and many other factors. New Chiweenie owners will have initial expenses that will include all the puppy or adult dog supplies such as dog food for small breeds, food and water bowls, a harness and a leash, dog shampoo, dog bed and an indoor potty as Chiweenie potty training should begin the moment the Dachshund Chihuahua mix puppy is brought home.
Chiweenie potty training
Chiweenie owners can start preparing for potty training their new pup even before the dog arrives home. Decide whether you want to set up an indoor potty for the dog. Indoor dog potty for a Chiweenie has many advantages as the dog has the freedom to use the potty any time nature calls rather than wait for the owner to take him or her out for a walk. Chiweenies who live in apartments especially benefit from being able to use an indoor potty. Fortunate Chiweenies who have a nice yard that they can use as a potty may not necessarily need an indoor potty, but during the bad weather or snow storm some dogs prefer not to come outside which makes having an indoor dog potty very convenient.
When the Chiweenie arrives, pay attention to the dog's body language and if you notice that the dog looks restless, walks in circles or sniffs the floor, take the dog to the designated dog potty area and let him do the business there. Have some treats available and give Chiweenie a treat as soon as half Dachshund half Chihuahua used the dog potty. While potty training Chiweenies be patient and never punish the dog for an accident. Intead, thoroughly clean up the mess so that there's no smell of the dog's urine or poop left on the floor to prevent the dog from using this area as his toilet in the future. Be patient with Chiweenies and always take the dog to the dog potty after the dog wakes up, after a meal or as soon as you see potty readiness signs descirbed above. Some Chiweenies can be successfully potty trained within a few days, others may take a few weeks. With consistency and patience a Chiweenie owner can count on success in potty training the new furry family member.
Chiweenie video - (Dachshund Chihuahua mix)