Chiweenie 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 pure. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
It is common for the Chiweenie to have the long body and build of a Dachshund. They may have long floppy ears like the Dachshund or perky ears of the Chihuahua. A fully grown Chiweenie can weigh between 5 to 10 pounds and stands around 8 inches tall.
The Chiweenie is a very sweet, gentle, intelligent, affectionate, protective dog with a high energy level. They are very well behaved but may bond more with one owner like the Chihuahua and tend to listen to that person better than the rest of the family. Some Chiweenies bark very little while others bark excessively when the hear somebody outside, when visitors arrive or when they feel threatened.
The Chiweenie requires very little food and is able to self-regulate their eating habits. It has been reported that some tend to be picky eaters and get sick of their food after a while and need have it changed while others will eat just about anything. They may be fed dry or canned food twice a day.
The Chiweenie is an overall healthy dog. The life expectancy of the Chiweenie is around 15 years of age.