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A Basic Guide About the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix

Having to face the decision of getting a dachshund Chihuahua mix can be a tough spot if you don’t know much about this mixed breed or either of its parents. Deciding to take in a new family member is a serious decision that one shouldn’t take lightly. So many dogs end up on the streets, in shelters, or in unsuitable homes as the result of owners who didn’t do the proper research to determine the best breed for their lifestyle. To save both you and your future dog from the possibility of unsuitability, take a moment to read up on the dachshund Chihuahua mix so that you can get a good idea about its background, physical traits, behavior, temperament, and possible drawbacks.

About the Dachshund Chihuahua Mix

The dachshund Chihuahua mix, or chiweenie as it is often referred to in designer breed circles, is a relatively small dog. This breed is not actually a pure breed or even a sub-category of canine because it is a cross-breed between the dachshund and the Chihuahua. That being said, many mixed breeds work out very well for owners because they are able to absorb some of the best bits from two separate species, thus “filling in the holes,” you could say, in their genetics and temperament.

There aren’t any specific guidelines for the chiweenie because there are so many possible combinations that could occur. Although the exact traits of the chiweenie can differ a lot, there are a few general traits that you could expect to see in this cross-breed. For starters, this is going to be a fairly small pooch. The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and the dachshund is not much larger than the Chihuahua. Overall, you could expect a chiweenie to be between five and ten pounds and around eight inches tall. They can have short or long hair with silky or normal texture. As you will likely be glad to learn, this mixed-breed can show a variety of colors including fawn, brown, tan, black, white, and even mixed colors.

Dachshund Breed

The dachshund, also lovingly referred to as the weenie (wiener) dog , is the epitome of bravery and charm. This breed may be known for having very short legs and a body so long that it appears to have been stretched out, but his physical characteristics are not without cause. The dachshund is a German breed that was cultivated to fit into nest openings in the ground so that it could fetch out rodents. They may have either smooth or long hair with glossy or wiry texture. They come in many colors, including red, brown, black and tan, cream, dapple, brindle, piebald, and blue and tan. They top out around eight to nine inches tall and should be less than 10 pounds at maturity. Due to this breed’s long spine, they tend to be much more prone to back injuries from jumping off of furniture as well as arthritis in their later years.

The dachshund’s personality is a combination of fierce, unwavering loyalty and unabashed stubbornness. This breed absolutely loves to have a good time and they thoroughly enjoy their own charming goofiness; it’s a bonus if they can bring the whole family in on the antics, as they love receiving attention and can even hound for it (take or leave the pun). The dachshund doesn’t make much of a guard dog due to his limiting size and short teeth, but he does make an excellent alarm. He has a sharp bark that carries well and he certainly won’t hesitate to use it if he hears someone approach the house. They are fiercely territorial and will give an earful to anyone who treads on their territory, primarily strange dogs.  A lover of company, dachshunds do very well with others of their breed but they will usually tolerate other family pets, too. If left too long on his own, a dachshund could exhibit destructive behavior. This breed can be extremely stubborn, especially during training, but they are food driven and respond well to small treats and praise rather than physical correction. Excessive physical correction can lead this proud breed to resist training simply out of spite.

Chihuahua Breed

As mentioned earlier, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world. Their motherland is Mexico where they can actually be found running in the wild. This breed has a fairly proportionate body type that is almost boxy safe for the fact that the body is a little longer than the legs are tall. The Chihuahua’s torso is quite thick and sturdy compared to his dainty-looking legs. This breed is well known for its cute round or apple-shaped head and round, alert eyes which sit just above a short button nose. The coat may be either smooth or long and may be a variety of colors, including white, fawn, sand, sable, blue, brown, black, tan, and multi-colored. Most Chihuahuas weigh less than six pounds and are no more than nine inches tall.

Much like the dachshund, the Chihuahua can be very suspicious of strangers, especially if they are not socialized well in their early months of life. The thing about the Chihuahua’s temperament is that it has a lot to do with its bloodline. With this breed, the temperament of its predecessors will have a huge impact on its temperament and overall behavior. This dog breed is known for working in extremes, such as bold or timid; anxious or self-assured; comical or no-nonsense. Ideally the Chihuahua will be brave and even a little stubborn. He should be proud but not un-trainable and have a sense of adventure and loyalty to his family. Some bloodlines are taken to being fiercely protective of their owner (usually a single person in the family) and struggle to be in a different room as their master or to let other pets and sometimes even family members near their owner.

Is this Breed Right for You?

The dachshund Chihuahua mix will take on traits from both the dachshund and Chihuahua bloodlines, so be sure to do some digging on the pup’s background before you invite him into your family. Inquire about the temperament of the parents and grandparents, especially on the Chihuahua’s side, as this will be the best indicator as to what you can expect from your chiweenie. The resulting chiweenie, regardless of bloodlines, will likely be a loyal friend who will welcome and even crave affection from you and your family. He may be a little suspicious when people or other animals approach the house, but this can be managed if training starts at a young age. Stubbornness is a trait that you may need to pay special attention to, as well as preparing yourself to handle potentially destructive behavior if the dog will be left alone for more than a few hours.

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