Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
If you are looking for a pet or designer hybrid dog that is affectionate, sweet, healthy, lovable, why not try adopting a Dachshund Chihuahua mix. The good thing about Chiweenie is that they are available in many colors such as black, chocolate, strawberry blond, black with tan markings so you won’t miss something to adopt.
So What Is A Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
Well, Dachshund Chihuahua is a hybrid dog, resulting from cross – breeding between a purebred Dachshund and a pure Chihuahua. The resultant breed from these two breeds is commonly known or referred as Chiweenie or in some instances Doxiwawa. The most common characteristics of Chiweenie dog include:
- small head,
- floppy ears,
- long body,
- weigh up to 10 pounds at the maximum
- and have a height of about 8 inches.
Dachshund Chihuahua mix is a friendly dog that easily bonds with everybody around the home including kids, though it may be shy at first. Their puppies however need a lot of proper care and attention. The puppies not only crave for attention but they also require lots of playtime during their formative years.
If you plan on adopting a Dachshund Chihuahua, then here are several pointers to think about.
Physical Appearance of Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
Dachshund Chihuahua mix most common characteristics are small head, long body and floppy ears. Chiweenie derives its long body and build from Dachshund and its ears may be perky like those of a Chihuahua. In a nutshell a Dachshund has a small sized head, black or brown nose, large eyes either green, brown or black, floppy or perky ears, medium to long muzzle, broad neck, long body and stalky build, delicate feet and long tail medium length coat.
Dachshund Chihuahua Mix General Behavior
Chiweenie is a very gentle, sweet, intelligent, affectionate, and a very protective dog with lots of energy. Dachshund Chihuahua mix is a very well behaved dog and will easily bond will all people in the family. Chiweenie barking behavior is mixed as some may bark excessively while other very little. It’s however important to note that Chiweenies’ will always feel threatened whenever visitors or strangers walk into the home, hence will usually bark a lot.
Living With Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
Living with a Dachshund Chihuahua mix is very interesting, as these dogs always love company and attention, which is probably why the breed is always referred as a lap dog, so you should prepare to do a lot of cuddling. You should also be ready to do a lot of child play as the dog is very playful. Chiweenie temperament can be described as very calm, easy going and social.
In terms of grooming Dachshund Chihuahua mix is generally a clean dog meaning you will often do minimal cleaning or brushing. When it comes to living with pets there is nothing more irritating as having a dirty pet. Chiweenie dogs are therefore ideal pets as they are always clean and require minimal grooming.
Dachshund Chihuahua mix dogs are generally not big eaters meaning you will spend less on dog food. The breed also tends to be picky with food and dislikes eating same food repeatedly for longer periods of time. It’s therefore recommended that you change Chiweenie diet more often or regularly. You should however take caution and ensure that you introduce diet changes gradually to prevent diarrhea or stomach upset. Try feeding your Dachshund Chihuahua mix with canned or dry food at least 2-3 times a day.
Exercising Your Dachshund Chihuahua Pet
Dachshund Chihuahua mix breeds are quite energetic, meaning you can walk your dog regularly. It’s important that you have enough room in your backyard, so that Chiweenie can play without any interruptions. It’s also vital to fence your backyard in order to protect the puppies as they are very fragile and cannot defend themselves. Chiweenie is also very fast and agile compared to other breeds.
Dachshund Chihuahua mix is a vey intelligent yet stubborn dog. You will need to put lots of effort into training sessions. Though it may appear stubborn at first, Chiweenie will eventually adapt to training and eventually do what you want it to do. Training Chiweenie will take longer than other breeds but the results will be worth it – just take your time and be patient.
Chiweenie General Health
Take note that Dachshund Chihuahua mix is usually allergic to elements such as pollen or dust, which will often show through signs or symptoms such as watery eyes and puffiness. Other than allergic reactions to the eyes, the pet may also be prone to knee injury or problems, so you should ideally take all necessary precautionary measures or else you will have to spend quite a lot of money on treatment.
Other Facts About The Dachshund Chihuahua Mix
Most Chiweenie’ are usually uncomfortable with cold weather conditions such as rain or cold. The pet will often hide indoors during such conditions. It is therefore recommended that you keep your pet in a warm environment when such weather conditions occur.
Chiweenie life expectancy is usually between 12 -15 years. The Dachshund Chihuahua mix is generally a healthy dog meaning it’s not prone to diseases or infections that can cut short its life. Regular visits to the veterinary doctor are recommended as well as a healthy diet and a exercising. If you take care of your pet properly, then be assured that you will have a long, happy and fulfilling experience together.
Dachshund Chihuahua mix has medium length silky coat that is very glossy and they shed mildly.
If you are looking for a sociable, good looking hybrid dog, then selecting Chiweenie is a good choice to consider. The dog is an excellent companion for any homeowner looking for a pet. Dachshund Chihuahua mix is one of the best family dogs you can have around.
Is The Dachshund Chihuahua Mix The Right Breed For You?
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