Five reasons why Chiweenies are Good Pets

What does a Chiweenie dog look like?

A Chiweenie is a cross between a full bred dachshund and full bred chihuahua. Their looks are unpredictable and are all unique. Typically they have a long body and big ears making them irresistible, however they can be any blend of their parents. They bond quickly to their owners, and enjoy playing fetch and spending time with their person. Their easy going personality makes it clear that Chiweenies are a great type of dog if you are looking for a companion. Here are the top five reasons why they make good pets

1. Chiweenies are small

A Chiweenie is a cross between a dachshund and a chihuahua . From teacup to standard, they can vary from 3lb to 12lbs, and everything in between. It is unpredictable what a litter of chiweenie will look like, however these dogs often have short little legs and a long body. They tend to have adorably big ears similar to a dachshund. There is always a chance of the puppies taking on multiple attributes of each parent. No matter what the genetics that are stinkin’ cute. Owning a smaller dog has its advantages. Although they enjoy being active, they need much less space to run around than a larger dog. A few walks a 10 min day can help keep your Chiweenie small and not overweight. Chiweenies make good choice for apartment living, or small homes with small yards.

2. Chiweenies have a big personality

This type of dog is the best of both breeds. Chihuahua was originally bred as a lap dog and dachshund was bred as a badger hunter. This is a very loyal breed and they quickly bond to their human. It is just in their bloodline to work with humans and companions or work buddies. The cross between the two breeds make chiweenies naturally devoted and playful energetic breed. They enjoy playing fetch and other games where they can use their hunting instincts. Using their short strong legs and long body, many dogs still like to dig holes mimicking their badger hunting skills, Regular activity keeps them happy and mentally stimulated. Chiweenies really enjoy their persons company and like to be lap dogs once they get tired out. Some even enjoy being the center of attention. This Chiweenie has a look that is all personality! Tuna the famous Chiweenie .is instagram sensation. He is so cute in his outfits. Check out his amazing story here.

3. Chiweenies are vocal

If you are looking for a pet that will let you know when strangers are near, a Chiweenie is a great option for you. They may be small but this breed has a fierce chihuahua bark. They are protective of their pack and will happily let you know if strangers are near. With proper training and socialization, this is a plus. A barking dog can be a good way to deter burglars and keep you and your home safe. A Chiweenie may look adorable but sound rather intimidating. It is in there nature to be brave protector.

4.Chiweenies are smart.

They are smart dogs. with luck they are also easy to train. They have a reputation for being stubborn. As with many breeds, using positive reinforcement and keeping the short lessons make training easier. They can get bored easily and having a variety of toys around can be helpful in keeping them out of trouble.

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5. They have a long life span

With proper love and care this breed can live to be at least 15yo. Maintaining a good weight, a proper diet, exercise and companionship will keep Chiweenies happy and healthy . They can be a precious loving part of your family for many years.

Chiweenies are relatively healthy dogs, experiencing minor health issues throughout their lives. The most common issue is allergies. As this is a cross breed, it may inherit health issues that are associated with its parent breeds (but it doesn’t mean your dog will suffer from any of them). These can include hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, diabetes, intervertebral degenerative disc disease, seizures, Luxating patellas, dental issues and hydrocephalus.

Chiweenie Dog Breed Health, Grooming, Feeding, Puppies and Temperament – PetGuide

In conclusion

Clearly there are many reasons why a chiweenies look like a good fit for your family. They are well suited for families with older children, singles and retirees. They are happiest if they are the only dog in the home, but can learn to be happy with another small dog or cat. The earlier you can start training and socialization the better chance of the pup leaving to live with others.

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Chiweenies make a happy fun energetic canine companion. Remember when looking to adopt a dog, check your local shelter. Often even specific breeds are surrendered. Here in Los Angeles, out shelters are over run with chihuahua’s .of all ages. Our model Chimmi was a breeder rescue. We love this breed of cuteness overload, please leave your adoption options open to more than a just responsible breeder.

Chimi Chong

Pal of the Week -Meet Chimmi Look at those ears!

A Wandering Pet pal of the week Chimmi found her forever home. This story really melts my heart. Look at Chimmi and those ears…..Grab a cup of tea and read on.

There is still love in this world and perhaps a little magic.

Chimmi is a 9 year old Chiweenie (half Dachshund half Chihuahua)

Chimmi’s new journey began when was rescued from a backyard breeder who had been breeding her with her own son. She is a “purebred designer breed”, her parents were purebred chihuahua and dachshund. But to keep the line pure often there is inbreeding, especially in backyard breeding situations.

Fortunately, Chimmi’s bright future was just beginning.

Her prospective pet parents were shopping at Petsmart for their cat. They weren’t looking for a new pet but sometimes we get surprises. Petsmart was having an adoption day. It is always fun for animal lovers to go visit and say hello to the prospects.

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” The day we met Chimmi we were at PetSmart getting cat treats because our cat was there getting treated for ear infections. They were having an adoption day and I saw Chimmi sitting quietly in a kennel. The woman running the event was trying to get a 6month old pitbull adopted so she shouted from the other side of the kennels saying “you can open that one and pet her if you want! ” “Chimmi walked out and crawled right into my lap and stayed put.”

The rest is history.

At the time Chimmi was 6 years old therefore was considered a senior. Being older she was in a little harder to adopt and was “on sale” by the adoption agency.

Her new parents took the time to get the house ready, prepare the living space. They made sure they had the time commitment and support of others who would be around the new furry family member.

Two weeks after the initial meeting, the foster mom brought Chimmi over to her new pet parents for a home inspection. With confidence, she was able to leave her, with her new pet parents that day.

That was three years ago and Chimmi has been a happy part of their family ever since. Despite being used for breeding, in her old age she still has a genuine motherly streak. She loves her stuffed hedgehog and carrying her favorite things around with her. I have had the pleasure of meeting this little cutie. It is so heartwarming to see the bond between Chimmi and her owners. Adopting an older pet is an admirable thing to do. Chimmi has many more years to live and love. It is awesome to see an older pet and a young couple come together to bring each other such joy.

If you have a story or would like to see your pet featured on A Wandering Pet, Pal of the Week, Like Chimmi was, reach out! I would love to share it. All pets are special and they all have a story.

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