Chiweenie Dogs 101 – Mexican Hotdog
The Chiweenie dog breed is known for being
small, but mighty!
And, although the Mexican Hot Dog is known
for being a wee “designer dog”, you could
never convince it of that!
This pup believes it is 10 feet tall, and
its personality reflects that entirely.
Courageous, smart and loving- these pups are
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The Chiweenie has a very recent history as
compared to other “designer crossbreed”
The first mix of this breed was completed
in the 1990s; a cross between the Mexican
Chihuahua and the German Daschund.
The goal with this mix, as with most designer
breeds, was to create a pup with the best
qualities from each of the two parent breeds.
This type of dog is highly desired due to
its small size, low maintenance fur, and friendly
These little guys sure did inherit the best
of both breeds!
The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in
Hailing from the Mexican state of the same
name, their lineage dates back to ancient
Remains have been discovered that suggest
the Chihuahua breed dates back to before 300
Chihuahua’s can be highly entertaining
and comical, but it is not ALL fun and games
with this breed.
Their temperament ranges from calm and sweet
to wiley and territorial.
The Daschund was bred in Germany to hunt burrowing
prey and loves to follow its nose for small
prey such as rabbits, squirrels and birds.
Clever and stubborn, yet alert and expressive,
Dachshund is ridiculously cute.
Known for its “wiener-shaped body” and
precious tiny legs.
Their personalities, like the Chihuahua, varies
from pup to pup.
Some are independent and defensive, while
others are playful lovers.
The mix of these two breeds makes the perfect
designer dog and there’s no wonder that
the Chiweenie is fastly becoming one of America’s
most popular mixed breeds.
Now that we know the history of the Chiweenie,
let’s dig a little deeper and really get
to know “The Mexican Hot Dog pupper”!
The Chiweenies appearance might be small
and can look fragile, but you couldn’t tell
it to these guys!
Full of spunk and loads of
intelligence, the Chiweenie makes a great
family pet and a great entertainer.
They are fantastic lap dogs, great with children
and tend to be incredibly affectionate.
With that being said, your Chiweenie will
most likely require LOTS of your attention.
These guys are prone to jealousy and can be
a little stubborn when it comes to training.
This is why it is best to give your little
one as much attention as you can.
Especially in their younger years when training
is usually easier and preferred.
The Chiweenie’s activity level is low to
Exercise for your Chiweenie, while still a
necessity as with all other breeds, it is
not as important for this wee breed.
The Chiweenie does great with a 30-minute
daily work or just a romp in an enclosed back
yard or space in order to stretch his or her
Due to this breed’s smaller size, they do
great in small apartments or large homes.
While the Chiweenie is a great family pet,
their tendency to be jealous pups does make
having other pets in the house slightly more
difficult, but it is not impossible.
You will find it much easier to socialize
your Chiweenie with other dogs his or her
size and similar to their breed.
The “German Taco” can be quite the “yapper”.
Especially, if they are feeling jealous.
You will easily be able to tell if he or she
is needing more attention and cuddles.
They vocalize their needs with lots of “borks”
This is not to say ALL Chiweenies are noisy.
As with just about any pup, it depends on
their personality and environment.
They can be quite the barker or they can be
little more quiet and tame, depending on the
company they keep and their perception of
the world that surrounds them.
Due to their widely varying personality traits,
the Chiweenie can be difficult to train.
However, you will find them quite trainable
once you make it through their stubborn side.
Just give them a little time, energy and loads
Their personality does not share much in
common with their hunting ancestor, the
These little pups are much more like the Chihuahua
when it comes to their temperament.
They are loyal to a fault and more times than
not, they tend to bond with one member of
a family household.
They will be most loyal to “the chosen one”
throughout their days.
Easy going and happy, the Chiweenie is a perfect
dog for small families or even a family of
The Chiweenie has the long body and
“munchkin” legs of a Dachshund.
can vary, either being the classic long, floppy
ears as their German ancestor or the sharp,
pointy ears that we see on Chihuahuas.
Colors can vary for this doggo.
The variety of colors known for the Chiweenie
ranges from Black, Blonde, Tan, Brown or even
Solid or a mix of these colors is common for
Coats tend to be short to medium and glossy,
however, some can have a more “wiry” fur
Due to the variety of their coats, they are
not always hypoallergenic.
Although, these guys barely shed at all due
to the length of their coats.
Your Chiweenie, like most other pets, will
require regular bathing, despite its overall
low maintenance coat.
This energetic mix breed will require lots
of attention when it comes to his or her ears.
They are prone to ear infections.
Keep your little one’s ears nice and clean,
but also be mindful to not allow a lot of
water in those pointy or floppy ears!
Floppy ears do have the most risk of infection,
so be vigilant about those ears and keep them
clean and dry.
In addition to ear infections, the Chiweenie
is also quite susceptible to knee and back
This is due to their shorter stature and small
This is why it is best to not over exercise
This breed is also known for being quite the
Which also makes it very important to keep
those claws nice and
In addition to the aforementioned health concerns,
proper dental maintenance is a must for Chiweenies.
They can be very prone
to dental deterioration without proper teeth
Brush those chompers, guys!
With the proper care and attention, their
lifespans are relatively long.
12 to 16 loving and fun years await you with
While not AKC recognized to date, that does
not mean the appearance of the Chiweenie is
This is due to the fact that they are not
Although, they have found recognition from
The Designer Dog Kennel Club, The Dog Registry
of America, American Canine Hybrid Club, and
The Designer Canine Registry.
Standing 7 to 9 inches tall average and weighing
in at 5 to 10 pounds average, these guys are
anything but lacking.
Which is a perfect balance between their two
parent breed’s average sizes.
The Chiweenie’s head is typically small
and dome-shaped, like the Chihuahua.
Although their snouts are usually elongated
like the Daschund, their feet are quite small
as well, which is seen in both of their parent
No matter what parent breed this little guy
takes after, you can bet they will be adorably
When it comes to the nutrition of your
Chiweenie, they tend to become bored with
the same daily, mundane diet.
It is important to discuss with your veterinarian
and tailor make their diet to fit their personal
Since they are small dogs, they do not require
a lot of food.
However, you will find that a variation in
approved foods will be best for their breed.
Both of the ancestor breeds are known for
loving to eat!
This makes them at risk for being obese, which
can introduce a world of neighboring health
This means, be sure that you are not overfeeding
your little one and keep an eye on that treat
We know they are too cute and deserve those
extra little goodies!
Try to refrain from the cuteness and watch
her diet closely.
The Chiweenie requires lots of fresh water
and due to their small size, it is recommended
that you also have a water supply with you
during exercise times.
I know, you may be saying to yourself, “Is
Chiweenie right for me?”
The answer to this
really depends on the amount of attention
you have to spare for a pup.
Chiweenie’s are characters with a personality
all of their own.
They are not perfect and since they tend to
be stubborn, many of these guys are found
So, ask yourself….
Are you willing to become a forever friend?
Chiweenie’s find themselves very attached
to their owners, so it would break their hearts
to be abandoned, so be ready to take on this
breed entirely if you decide to home a Chiweenie.
If you are willing to give this pup what he
or she requires, it will
be a match made in heaven!
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