Chiweenie Complete Breed Profile: Lifespan, Temperament and More…

A chiweenie is a designer dog, first seen in the 1990s.

They are a cross of a dachshund and a chihuahua.

Created by accident, dachshund-chihuahua crosses have risen in popularity within the last 10 years due to their appearance, energy and loyalty.

This increase in popularity is unsurprising as they make an ideal lapdog due to their small size, cuddly nature and never-ending energy. This dog is perfect for seniors or singles, being able to thrive in a bustling city and away from suburbia.

Is the chiweenie the right choice for you? Read on to find out more about this adorable little pooch!

What is a Chiweenie? (Overview)

Affectionately nicknamed “the Mexican hotdog” or “the German Taco”, chiweenies are a small and loveable companion. They are a type of designer dog, a cross of a dachshund and chihuahua.

It is a multi-purpose dog, thriving wonderfully as a lapdog and companion but they also make wonderful guard dogs due to their tenacity.

Chiweenie Appearance


Chiweenies usually have the build of a dachshund, with a longer body and tail and little paws. Their ears and face can vary between features from either the chihuahua or a dachshund.

Eyes can either be black, brown or blue.

Height and Weight

Chihuahuas don’t usually weigh more than 6 pounds, and miniature dachshunds weigh about 12 pounds. As a result of this, the chiweenie, being even smaller in size, weighs between 8 and 10 pounds whilst standing between 8 and 12 inches. There does not tend to be a huge amount of difference between male and female dogs.


They comes in a variety of colors; most commonly black, blonde, tan and white. Although, they can also be silver, fawn or blue. Due to the dachshund influence, these may be solid or bi-coloring.


They usually have short, smooth and glossy coats, however this isn’t always the case.

Chihuahuas are known for having much thicker (almost wirehaired) fur, so depending on its parents chiweenies coats vary in length and thickness. One thing you can almost guarantee though is that their coat should be smooth and soft to the touch.

Chiweenie Personality and Temperament

In order to understand the chiweenies’ personality, we must first look at the breeds it was crossed from.

A chihuahua is a dog of Mexican descent and is also the smallest dog in the world. These small dogs have huge personalities, they are known to be stubborn, but when well socialized they can be loving and tenacious pets.

Dachshunds come from Germany, with ‘dach’ meaning badger and ‘hund’ meaning dog. This small yet majestic dog comes in a variety of sizes, coats and colors. Bred to hunt badgers and wild boar when in groups, dachshunds are wonderful diggers. Clever and lively dogs, they are perfect for a family.

Dachshund-chihuahua crosses have the perfect combination of personality from their parents.

Small, cute and cuddly, they are highly sociable dogs and aren’t fussy about who they cuddle with. However, these loyal sweethearts usually tend to favor one person over everyone else.

Due to this favoritism, they can suffer from separation anxiety. This may also result in aggression towards strangers. However, with effective training, positive reinforcement and good socialization these issues can be minimized.

Alongside these personality traits, they tend to inherit the dachshund’s tendency to dig. They love to dig, both outside and inside, including their bed and house carpets.

Chiweenies tend to be quite loud, yippy dogs, barking at anything and everything (from the postman to new people in the house). They are also known to be howlers.

Again though with positive training this undesirable quality can be corrected.

Being socialized from a young age will help calm their loud personality to that of a loving and social nature that mixes well with new people. They have very high energy levels, loving to run and play with their favorite companion(s), but they are also equally happy to curl up and nap on the couch with their human counterpart.

It is important to remember that, like all mixed breed dogs, they may inherit more tendencies from one purebred parent than another, or may be a perfect hybrid. It is very difficult to tell what specific qualities your dog may have. After all, dogs often also take characteristics from their owners!


Is A Chiweenie A Good Family Dog?

Chiweenies can be suited to families, providing they are socialized from puppyhood.

However, due to their tendency to favor one person over all others, they are best suited to a smaller household (such as singles and seniors). This dog is also a good match for couples without kids.

How to Train a Chiweenie

These dogs are very intelligent and love to learn. However, like their parents, they tend to be quite stubborn. This is not an issue as patience is the key to unlocking your chiweenies’ full potential.

Short sessions with delicious and varied food rewards will really encourage them and increase her capacity to learn. They learn quicker when their body is well exercised.

We recommend short daily walks to unlock your dog’s physical potential as well as their mental one. Remember there is no strict time limit on how quickly your dog should learn; once again patience is key. Keep your sessions short and if you find that you are getting frustrated come away and try again later.

If problems persist, try looking at how quickly you are rewarding the behavior; they should also respond very well to clicker training.

Like their parents, it is not unknown for chiweenies to develop little dog syndrome. Little dog syndrome is the name given to a series of bad behaviors seen in little dogs to overcome their small size.

Good socialization while they are young will help them respond better to new people and dogs. They can be particularly sensitive to younger children; therefore good socialization with this age group is also essential.

Caring for a Chiweenie

Chiweenie Walking

Exercise Needs

Being a toy dog, chiweenies have very low exercise needs. That is not to say that it doesn’t need exercise but a short walk and indoor play will make for a happy and healthy dog.

They tend to be quite fast paced and headstrong, so if you let him off the leash make sure he’ll come back! Due to the potential for inherited back problems, play should be kept light with limited jumping.

Because of their size, they don’t need a lot of room to move about. A moderately sized apartment or garden would be enough space for them to stretch their legs in. It is important to make sure this garden is fenced so they cannot dig their way out!

Grooming and Shedding

Remember we mentioned above that their coat can vary depending on whether they mainly inherit a Chihuahua or Dachshund coat.

Well their grooming routine will need to be tailored to the their specific coat.

For example if your chiweenie has a longer coat, they will need grooming once a day; otherwise they will get matted hair, and potentially cover the whole house.

They need bathing roughly once a month but feel free to increase the frequency depending on their activity level. They are seasonal shedders, so tend not to shed much beyond growing in a summer and winter coat. With regular brushing, their coat will be very manageable.

Feeding and Diet

They do very well on a dry diet such as dry kibble. This also has the added benefit of helping them avoid potential dental problems (more on this later).

If you are going to feed your dog kibble, select a high quality, grain free version.

You should feed your adult dachshund-chihuahua cross twice a day, half in the morning and half in the evening. However, if you are click-training with treats remember to factor this into their diet.

Known Health Problems

They are known to be very healthy dogs. The combination of dachshund and chihuahua corrects a lot of breed specific health problems seen with the pure breeds.

For example, dachshunds are known to have spine problems created by their long body, and dental problems created by their long noses. Due to them having a shorter back and snout, in most cases these health problems are removed.

The same thing can be seen in chihuahuas, which have weak bones and fragile hearts, but this issue is significantly less likely to be seen in chiweenies due to the influence of the dachshund.

However, a few typical canine health problems including hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin conditions and allergies are still there. However these aren’t too common and should not be a reason to not get one of these guys.

Also due to their dachshund heritage, they may be prone to dental problems, so require regular tooth brushing.

How Long Do Chiweenies Live?

Chiweenies tend to have an average lifespan between 13 and 16 years. Although, the oldest recorded is currently 21 years old.

Buying a Chiweenie

When purchasing a puppy, the most reliable designer breeders are those from reputable dealers.

Unfortunately puppy farms are all too common and tend to operate through social media or Craigslist.

Where possible your best bet is to get a referral. Do you know anyone that already has a Chiweenie and can put you in touch with their breeder?

If not then you should thoroughly inspect the breeder before buying from them. When purchasing a puppy, ask to see the mother with the pups and take a close look at the housing conditions.

With the puppy itself the most important thing to look at is temperament. You want a puppy that is not too shy, but not too bold. If the puppy appears to be aggressive, look at another breeder.


If you would prefer to adopt rather than purchase a puppy, charities like the Dachshund Rescue of North America (DMA) do re-home these dachshund mixes.

How Much Do Chiweenies Cost?

Due to their increasing popularity, Chiweenie puppies sell for anywhere between $200 and $500. On top of this, average yearly “maintenance” can be anywhere up to $800.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed CharacteristicsChiweenie
Size:8 to 12 inches tall
Lifespan:13-16 years
Coat:Short and glossy, but can also be longer and wire-haired
Color:Most common colors are black, brown, tan and white, either solid or bi-color.
Do They Shed:Seasonally, shedding is minimal outside of this time period
Temperament:Social, loving, loyal, loud, stubborn and tenacious
Intelligence:Tend to be quite clever dogs
Socialization:Large amounts required, especially with children
Destructive Behavior:Digging and separation anxiety
People Skills:Tend to favour one person over all others
Good with Children:Yes, with the correct socialization
Activity Levels:Light: A short walk each day combined with light play is plenty


Is the Chiweenie the right dog for you?

Loving and loyal, they are the perfect dog for anyone who is looking for a side kick. Happy to go out and play or curl up on the couch at home, the dachshund-chihuahua cross is perfect for someone looking for a little extra love in their life.

Who wouldn’t want something this cute looking up at them when they come in through the door?

Feel free to share your opinion on this loving little dog in the comments section below…

Things to Consider

Chiweenies sure are lap dogs, whether they are mixed breeds or pure, they are small and lively dogs. These designer dogs are lively and feisty, but once they trust you, they are great furry companions that will keep you and your friends and family well entertained. 

Just like every important decision, there are lots of things to think about before committing to caring for a furry bundle of joy. Because of this, we have put together a checklist of things to consider before you take home your new barking family member. 


Chiweenies aren’t cheap dogs, they have a high ticket purchase price and expensive maintenance costs. Let’s take a look at how much Chiweenie puppies cost from a reputable breeder:

Pure Breeds

Pure breed Chiweenies cost anywhere from $200 to $600. Of course, most of us would prefer to rescue a pup; however, you will rarely see a Chiweenie puppy in an animal shelter due to their popularity. Their price will be slightly less if the parent dogs are mixed breeds. 

Mix Breed 

Chihuahua and dachshund mixes vary in price from $150 to $500. They aren’t much cheaper than purebred Chiweenies due to their popularity in the United States. There are three types of dachshund mixes: wiry-haired, long-haired, and smooth-haired dachshunds mixed with chihuahuas. 


Chiweenie dogs have a long life span of up to 16 or 17 years. They do however have a few health problems which can result in annual medical bills reaching upwards of $400. We recommend signing your Chiweenie puppies up with a reliable health insurance provider and saving massively on your pet’s medical costs for some or all of the following conditions;

  • Hyperthyroidism 
  • Hypoglycemia 
  • Diabetes
  • Intervertebral degenerative disk disease  
  • Seizures 
  • Luxating patellas 
  • Dental issues

Note: Chiweenies are prone to early tooth loss, so making canine dental care a priority is a must with this breed of dogs. 


You will be pleased to know that Chiweenies are not picky eaters. They will quite happily eat anything you put in front of them, and because of this, it is important to feed them small, regular, and healthy meals to avoid excessive weight gain. 


Chiweenies have high energy and activity levels and love getting up to mischief. Your responsibility as their owner is to take them for daily walks to stop them from getting cabin fever and becoming overly hyperactive. 

It is important to train a Chiweenie puppy from the get-go; otherwise, they run the risk of being very feisty and not very pleasant to have around small children or older children for that matter. A well-trained Chiweenie is guaranteed to be a loyal family member that makes a great (not very scary) guard dog. 


If you take the time out of your busy day to give your Chiweenie a lot of love and plenty of positive reinforcement, they will adore you forever. These small dogs may be yappy, but they love a good cuddle. 


Chiweenies, just like many other dog breeds, have sensitive skin. If you wash them with gentle canine shampoo, their skin should stay soft and rash free. 

If you or a family member suffers from dog allergies, unfortunately, Chiweenies are not hypoallergenic. That being said, many long-haired Chiweenie owners with allergies have managed to raise their fur baby without being too uncomfortable. 


Q: Are Chiweenies aggressive?

A: Chiweenies can be aggressive if they are not trained properly.


Q: How much is a Chiweenie?

A: prices vary from $150 to $600 for a Chiweenie puppy. 


Q: What is the life expectancy of a Chiweenie?

A: Chiweenies are expected to live between 13 to 17 years. 


Q: Do Chiweenies bark a lot?

A: Yes, Chiweenies bark quite a lot. 


Q: How long should I walk my Chiweenie for?

A: A walk that takes anywhere from half an hour to an hour is great for a Chiweenie. Make sure they have plenty of space to play at home and let run around the garden as much as possible. 


Q: Are Chiweenies prone to weight gain?

A: Yes, Chiweenies are known for eating more than they should, so keeping their diet under control is crucial. 

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Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.


  1. I adopted my cheewinie, Annie when she was 5 1/2 years old.
    She just turned 8 in July.
    She is a loving cute little dog that sleeps with me at night. In the winter she sleeps under covers. She will lye down next to me in my recliner.
    She loves for me to chase her around the house. She will chase her rubber pig when I throw it around the house.
    She loves to ride in the car. She has a little seat that is high up so she can look outside!
    I just love her to death.

  2. I love this breed. I have found they are great with children. We socialize ours right from the start. They do not seem to be overly yappy. I have found that females tend to be more vocal than the males. ❤️

    • Great info to share…thanks! My husband & I are thinking about this breed/hybrid in the near future.


  3. I have a male and he is the best dog ever. He’s very smart,loving,and sociable. He loves kids!! He is very protective of his family. I take him everywhere. We love him so much. Great breed.

  4. I rescued “Sassy” at 3 months old from someone that had no idea how to handle this small energetic puppy. She makes every move I make. Easily trained, she responds to treats and “Good Girl” comes when I call her. She has a job, she goes to work with me in the afternoon and is around other much larger dogs. We have a routine in the morning she knows she will stay at home until I pick her up at noon each day, and is good with that. I love this baby girl!!!

    • I rescued an abused Chiweenie puppy two years ago. Bella is so smart, loud, affectionate, and hilarious! Everybody just adores her!

  5. I just got one and we are so in love!!!! Hes the sweetest little guy. I cant believe how good he is with my three kids. He plays and acts like they are puppies to play with.

  6. We have one that bosses around his 2 huge pitbull house mates. I was leery about the living situation at first due to his little man complex w big dogs. No issues, he can hold his own very well. In fact, the pits are scared of him. They all play chase together, share toys, GREAT DOG.

  7. Some info on my Chiweenie.

    Chloe is my red Chiweenie. She has an apple shaped head, bent ears. She was given to me by someone who didnt know what a great dog this is.

    Compared to Chihuahuas, which I also own, Chloe is slightly bigger than them all, is a little less energetic than other Chihuahuas, but more energetic than many other breeds, and doesn’t bark as much. She does howl when left alone sometimes.

    Overall she is quite alert and picks up on household patterns well, Such as when I grab the leash, or put on shoes or she hears the alarm go off, she acts predictably.

    Like the article said, she is prone to digging and will always try to dig out ground moles, field mice, and chipmunks. Occasionally she catches and kills them.

    She doesnt like to be approached by strangers or small children, but if people ignore her, she will take her time and come to you.

    When Chloe was Bread (only once before being fixed), with a Full blooded dear headed chihuahua, She had five puppies, Chocolate, Tan, White, White/brown fawn, and red like her mom. Chiweenie ears may or may not stand upright like a chihuahua, however all stood up with 75/25 Chiweenie mixes. I kept the white one.

    Now the White Chiweenie 75/25 mix has massive upright ears. In terms of behavior, this mix is notable, because she can “communicate” with other full blooded chihuahuas, yet also can bonds with her mom. Those with multiple Chihuahuas understand that Chihuahuas are unique in their communication, complete with whines, whimpers, groans, growls, grunts, Weezing noises, etc. Added to this, is the chiweenie howl, and grown, and we have a highly expressive dog with a much bigger range of understandable emotion.

    In my opinion A Chiweenie with more Chihuahua is ideal over an exact 50/50 split if the genetics and very specific breeding is done, but my Chloe is a phenomenal dog in her own right… confident as ever.

  8. There is no such thing as a “purebred” chiweenie. They are a mixed breed, AKA mutt. And they can be wonderful dogs! But as a mix, their personalities cannot be predicted as much as their purebred counterparts, and because they are mixes, some of the tests used in purebreds to look for genetic disorders are not usable. It is also unlikely that “designer breeders” are doing health testing. If you want a cute mixed breed, shelters are a great place to look. No one should be shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a mutt. If you want a well-bred, health-tested dog, go to a reputable heritage breeder who breeds purebreds to standard. If you want a cute pet and don’t care if it’s a purebred, look into rescue. Don’t encourage these “designer breeders” by paying them exhorbitant prices for their mutts.

  9. Adopted my little guy as a rescue at 8 weeks old. The first thing I thought was that he is the cutest dog I have ever seen! He has a red, long-haired coat. Yes, Dash is quite yappy and stubborn. Although intelligent, potty training was a challenge taking 9 months. But he is extremely loving and loyal giving tons of kisses. Dash has a favorite toy, a plush orange ball that he brings to bed. Dash does not like to take walks but does enjoy playing catch and being chased. He does love food rewards and is prone to weight gain. This little creature has captured my heart completely. Separation anxiety was an issue when he was younger but has improved over time. He has a really happy and sweet nature and is an easy to please dog. Dash has made me 100% sold on this breed. People stop us on the street when we are out for a walk to ask what his breed is.

  10. I got my chiweenie when she was 6 weeks at 1/12 lbs she is now 6 month at 7 lbs and the smartest dog I have ever had.
    I taught her to sit in 5 minutes she will also lay come and rings a bell on the door to go potty. Potty training took about 4 months.
    She LOVES everyone. I have 5 grandkids (ages 3 yrs to 12 yrs) and loves all of them. She travels well in our rv. And on road trips.
    She is very curious and she does love to dig. She is a delight!

  11. Before I meet my “Chubby” I did not like dogs due to a bad experience I had when I was a child. When my sister brought him I was so upset and would really disliked him, but he was patient with me and made me fall in love with him. It’s being now 10 years and o love him to death, I could not imagine my life without him. He was the first family member I bought Christmas presents for. Chiweenies are definitely a wonderful bread as they are very lovable and it is true that they tend to gravitate towards a couple family members over others, for Chubby I am one of them.

  12. I just got a female. I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life and this breed is completely different from your typical dog. Clever and Inquisitive with a strong desire to just lay on top of you. Very cute dogs. I’ve never had trouble with potty training a dog but this breed is difficult to train. She does bark a bit. Very sweet dogs. Very gentle but extremely playful. She loves to throw her toys up in the air and catch them. I’m really enjoying her. She gets along well with her brother, a Border Collie.

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