Information on the Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Breed
Why are Chiweenie puppies so adorable with other animals? Some Chiweenies will naturally have a strong prey drive and owners must carefully introduce a new Chiweenie into smaller, more gentle family pets like hamsters. A Chiweenie with a natural prey drive may also incline aggression or resistance toward other animals. Some Chiweenies can be calm dogs with little interest in chasing after cats and other small animals. Others may have a natural desire to hunt and attack larger animals.
Some Chihuahuas, particularly those bred for the pet toy market, are overly affectionate toward their owners and show a high level of devotion. These dogs are often abandoned by their owners and brought to shelters or rescue groups, where they spend their lives. Many times the new owners of Chihuahuas are surprised at the loyalty of these little dogs when they are older and have left their owners. Unfortunately, some Chihuahua mixes that were originally adopted and loved by humans can have inappropriate interactions with other people when they are older.
Some mix is likely to be fearful and skittish toward people, but others can be surprisingly affectionate.
It is important to remember that temperament is a hereditary characteristic and that some parents are more outgoing and adventurous than others. While Chihuahuas from reputable sources such as the AKC or dog shows are more likely to have desirable temperaments, it is important to know the different temperaments of purebred Chihuahuas to be able to select the right puppy for a mixed-breed family.
If you are planning to include a Chihuahua in a mixed breed family, you should know that they are likely to have certain physical characteristics. They should be alert and energetic with long, silky hair and a long, silky coat. The coat of a Chihuahua needs to be regularly groomed, as loose hair can mat easily and is a potential health risk. As the owner of a Chihuahua, you are encouraged to keep the coat long and silky so your dog can wear shirts and dresses with confidence.
The most common Chihuahua mix traits are those of a long-coated dog with short legs. While it is not recommended that Chihuahuas with long, silky coats become a part of a Chihuahua/Chihuahua mix, they do make an ideal pet for long walks and daily grooming requirements. When a Chihuahua/Chihuahua mix is bred with another breed, the resultant offspring will have longer legs than either parent and will likely share your own grooming requirements. However, these dogs tend to have pugs-like paws that help them grip and climb easily.
Because the majority of a Chihuahua mix is a small size dog, they are often mistaken as being the traditional poodle.
A Chiweenie is often mistaken for a poodle because of its small size. It shares the Chihuahua’s loyalty and affection but is more spirited. A Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix is loyal, friendly, and loves to play around, but can be a bit jealous of larger dogs.
When a Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix is owned by an experienced breeder, they will develop a strong temperament. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. The benefit is that a Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix is generally very healthy and has a large gene pool to select from when breeding. The drawback is that they are not always loyal or gentle. If you are looking for a dog that will be friendly and mild-mannered around other people and household pets but is extremely protective of its owner and home, then a Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix may not be the right choice.
A Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix is usually a great pet for one or two people. They are energetic, loyal, and love playing with a variety of toys, including, but not limited to, nylon balls, Kongs, and wooden bridges. They are also very active and, because of their small size, are very comfy. They are not the best choice for a guard dog, because they are usually too quick to snap at smaller creatures such as cats and toy dogs, but a Chihuahua/Chiweenie mix makes a great pet for anyone who wants a loyal and caring companion with an interest in learning about raising and training.