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The Chiweenie is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds and while fairly popular in the US, it’s still not common in the UK, although it is slowly growing in popularity around the world.

The breeds that make up the Chiweenie are the Miniature Dachshund and the Chihuahua. As with all intentionally breed crossbreeds, the Chiweenie can be a first cross (with one Dachshund and one Chihuahua parent) or they can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Chiweenies bred together - so there are varieties in shape, size, colours and coat types. This is especially true in the Chiweenie given the mix of the long, low Dachshund - which comes in three coat types (smooth, long-haired and wire-haired), and the tiny Chihuahua (which comes in two coat types smooth and long-haired).


The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12–16 years
Weight: 2.5–5.5kg
Height: 15–25cm
Colours: The colours of the Chiweenie’s coat can be any of those common to the Dachshund or Chihuahua, including:
brown, black, or white
Their colouring may be solid or a mix of colours.
Size: Small


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 4/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 1/5


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Chiweenie depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but both the Chihuahua and the Dachshund are affectionate companion dogs who bond closely to their owners.

The personality of a Chiweenie seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As if a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Dachshund or the Chihuahua personalities) or else be bred to another Chiweenie - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Chiweenie should be outgoing and confident and not nervous, shy or fearful, and never aggressive.

History and Origins

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Chiweenies

Training Chiweenies

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Did You Know?

  • The Chiweenie isn’t currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club as it’s a mixed breed dog.
  • Despite their small size, they’re known to be fairly high energy and always up for playtime.
  • A Chiweenie has taken Instagram by storm, Tuna — tunameltsmyheart, has over 2 million followers!
  • They can be quite protective over their home, so they make excellent watchdogs.

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