Chiweenie puppies are the unbearably cute crosses between Chihuahuas and Dachshunds. These small dogs are adorable as separate breeds, but put them together and you have a cross that lots of people really want.
Before getting any dog, however, you should do your research into the breed, or the mix of breeds in this case. This is everything you need to know about Chiweenie puppies before taking the leap into owning one.
Where To Get Chiweenie Puppies
Because Chiweenie puppies are a designer breed cross, it’s unlikely you’ll find one in a shelter. Of course, if you’re willing to be flexible, you’ll have better luck. Perhaps you don’t mind a mix that just looks like one, or are willing to take on an older breed. However, for Chiweenie puppies, you’ll have to find a breeder. This is Basil…
Designer breeds tend to attract backyard breeder, who will often sell puppies for cheap that aren’t the promised breeds, or haven’t been checked by a veterinarian. That means the buyer is often saddled with medical bills that far surpass the price of the puppy. The reason backyard breeders get away with this more with crossbreeds is that AKC registration isn’t required, expected, or even possible for mixed breeds.
However, there’s still a way to check the breeder is ethical.
You should look for the following green flags to check the breeder is a good one:
- Health checked parents
- Puppies who’ve seen a veterinarian and had their first round of shots
- Ability to meet the parents where they live
- Open to questions and willing to help match you to a puppy
- A spay/neuter contract
Chiweenie Puppies – Cost
If you do manage to find a Chiweenie puppy at a shelter, you’re only going to pay around a couple of hundred dollars. However, the more likely scenario is a breeder, which means paying up to $500.
This is still cheaper than many mixed breeds. Houseofpaws…
As a direct close between Chihuahuas and Dachshunds, you’ll get a mix of both in this dog. They’ll likely have the long body of the latter but smaller due to the former, and their coat could be any length, depending on the parents.
Training And Temperament
The personality will be a mix of both breeds. These breeds have some similarities and some differences! For example, both are loyal and stubborn, but the Chihuahua tends to be more spunky. The Dachshund tends to be braver to the point of recklessness.
Because both breeds are stubborn, your Chiweenie puppy likely will be. This means you need to get a handle on training early. It’s never too early to start teaching the basics, though you should have patience. This is especially true with potty training. Small dogs take longer to potty train because of their bladders. Take them out frequently and don’t punish them for accidents. They’ll get it eventually! Pennychance…
Chiweenie Puppies – Veterinary Needs
The Chiweenie can end up with some health problems either breed is prone to, such as intervertebral disc disease or hip dysplasia. You can make sure the parents are health tested to make sure this doesn’t happen, but it’s never guaranteed. Ultimately though, the best thing to do is have pet insurance. Make sure it covers all of the conditions your pet may end up with, as some don’t cover things like hip dysplasia.
Otherwise, your Chiweenie puppy will need the same things as any other puppy. They’ll get a series of shots between eight and sixteen weeks (usually administered every three weeks) that will protect them against parvovirus and other nasty illnesses and, until that series is complete, should be kept away from other dogs and high traffic areas. They will also receive their rabies vaccine after this. You can opt to vaccinate them against bordetella and the canine flu too.
Make sure you take your dog to the vet every year for a check-up and booster shots, as this will keep them protected.
When it comes to diet, there’s one main debate between owners. Some owners feed their dog a raw diet, and others choose kibble.
If you do choose to feed them a raw diet, it should be thought out and prepared by a nutritionist. Dogs are omnivores with complex dietary needs, so raw meat on its own doesn’t give them all they need. Some subscription services offer this.
The main thing to be aware of with kibble is that all food isn’t created equal, and the cheapest isn’t always the best one to grab. Some food is cheap because it’s full of fillers rather than nutrients, and isn’t good for your dog, so make sure you ask your veterinarian about what’s best for your puppy. You should also never feed your dog grain-free food (unless they’re allergic to grains, in which case, consult your vet), as this has been linked to heart disease. This is Lennil…
All dogs need their nails cut, ears cleaned, and teeth brushed. You should get them used to this from an early age, so that it isn’t a hassle to do any of it when they’re older. Trimming nails can be especially tricky if they aren’t used to it early in life, especially if you plan to use a Dremel to file them down. The noise can be off-putting, so make sure you desensitize them and provide lots of treats.
The grooming needs of the coat depend on the length. Long coats need to be brushed every day, and trimmed on occasion. You rarely need to shave a dog with a long coat, as long as it doesn’t get matted.
So, if you’ve been looking at Chiweenie puppies, you’re making a great choice! These pups are playful and loyal. Just be prepared for the stubbornness by getting on top of training and socialization early.