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Chiweenie (The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix): Complete Guide The Mexican Hot Dog - PawSafe

Chiweenie (The Chihuahua Dachshund Mix): Complete Guide The Mexican Hot Dog

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe


The Chiweenie dog breed or the Chihuahua Dachshund designer dog may be the perfect dog you’ve been looking for to add some canine spice to your home. Their funny nicknames, like German Tacos or Mexican hotdogs, fit their hilarious and quirky personalities. 

True to their Chi and Doxie lineage, you’ll get a small dog with a big personality with this mix. The dog is a result of breeding a Chihuahua and a standard or mini Dachshund to get the small but mighty mix.

It’s best to research these dogs thoroughly before looking for “Chiweenie Puppies for sale near me” on Google. What to know includes their health, temperament, and maintenance, which we get into in depth in this article by looking at some of the best sources on dog breed trends and designer dogs.

Other names for the Chiweenie include:

  • Choxie
  • The Mexican Hot Dog
  • Dachuahua
  • Weeniehuahua
  • The German Taco
  • Chihiweenie
  • Doxichi
  • Chiwee
  • Doxiwawa

History of the Chiweenie Or Dachshund Chihuahua Cross 

Chiweenies are recent developments alongside other mixed breeds like Chug, Corgi Chihuahuas, and Jack-Chis. They’re only a few decades old and became a designer breed when people sought smaller versions of popular dogs, like a mini Doxie in this case. The first Chiweenie was probably an accident, bu there are records dating back to the 1950s and 1960s.  A more detailed look into their origins explores their parents’ histories. 

Dachshunds, affectionately referred to as “Doxies” and “Weiner” or “sausage dogs,” are centuries old from Germany. Don’t let their short legs deceive you because these tireless hounds were bred to work by hunting badgers some 600 years ago. 

Everything about their physiques was suited to digging into badger dens. From their short, long bodies to travel underground to their loud barks (that they maintain today) to inform the hunter of their location, they are made to hunt. Their name, “Dachshund,” captures their careers as it means “badger dog” in German. The AKC recognized them in 1885, and they gained nearly immediate popularity as pets today.

Chihuahuas are a Mexican and ancient dog believed to have come from the extinct Techichis. No matter how loud and yappy your Chihuahua is, believe it or not, they descended from a mute dog, Techichis. The Toltecs are believed to have first owned these Chi ancestors. 

Later, the Aztecs conquered the Toltecs along with their dogs and refined them into the lighter, feisty Chi we know and love. They didn’t receive American fancy until the 1800s, but their fame has never looked back ever since. 

Chiweenies are more common than other Chi-mixes like Chi-Danes and Chi-Huskies. All Chi mixes are 100% good boys and girls, no matter their size and parent breeds. The mixes don’t have AKC recognition because they’re not purebred, but they do have designer dog registries.

How big is the Chiweenie?

A full grown Chihuahua Dachshund mix size depends on how big the Dachshund parent is, as they can come from either a miniature or standard Doxie.  In general, their size is:

Height: 5 to 8 inches for miniature Dachshund parent (12 to 22 cm)

               7 to 12 inches for standard Dachshund parent (17 to 30 cm)

Weight: less than 10 pounds miniature Dachshund (4kg)

                10 to 20 pounds standard Dachshund (4 to 9 kg)

The smallest Chiweenies are sometimes called teacup Chiweenies.

What Does The Chiweenie Look Like?

close up of a chiweenie dog on a lawn standing next to red ball

The most distinct Chiweenie look is their short legs on a disproportionately long body like Dachshunds. Of course, their bodies are shorter than a purebred Dachshund’s. Their faces may remind you of a Chihuahua with their apple-shaped heads and dark eyes that slightly bulge out of the head. However, they usually have a longer nose than a Doxie.

They can be really tiny if a Chihuahua and a miniature Dachshund are used (below 10 pounds). However, they get significantly larger in height and weight if a standard Doxie is used ( about 16 pounds). 

Their long, short-set bodies explain why people affectionately refer to Dachshunds as “weiner dogs” or “sausage dogs” and “hot dogs.” They can have long, floppy, Doxie ears or short and upright ears like Chis, and they have deep chests. 

They mostly take after the Chihuahua’s famous small size, although they’re somewhat larger. Chiweenies mostly have short, glossy coats, but they can be medium-length with long-haired parents. They may even have a wire coat if their Dachshund parent was a wire-haired Doxie. They are usually mild-to-moderate shedders and they are not hypoallergenic.

Chiweenies may be almost color, including but not limited:

  • Black
  • Black and tan
  • Chocolate or chocolate and tan
  • Red or blue merle
  • white
  • Cream
  • Brindle
  • Wheaton
  • Red piebald dapple

How Much Does A Chiweenie Puppy Cost?

Depending on the breeder, you can get a Chiweenie puppy for about $700 to $1500. Extremely cheap puppies may have genetic issues due to a lack of health testing in the parents and behavioral problems. Adopting a Chiweenie can cost around $300 if you find them in a shelter. 

General Care For a Chiweenie Chiweenie dog brown standing in front of white fence

Chiweenies have a lot of energy crammed into those little bodies. However, their size allows you to easily meet their exercise and energy with a short daily walk. Though they possess impressive energy levels, they can lounge around with you too, making the perfect lapdog.

Housing needs

Chiweenies do fine in an apartment or small space where they can be as close to you as possible. A yard would be great because it allows them to stretch their short legs and get their daily dose of zoomies, like after a bath. 

Exercise Needs

chiweenie dog playing with a ball in the grass

Chiweenies need about 20 to 45 minutes of daily walking to maintain health and mental and emotional well-being. Remember to keep the exercises low-impact because their long backs can develop issues if subjected to too much pressure. Earthdog trials, like in the video below, are a great activity to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

Food & Diet Requirements 

Chiweenies need relatively normal dog food for small to medium-sized dogs. They need a balanced diet with quality animal protein (at least 25 %) and ample vitamins, carbs, and minerals. Depending on their size, they should have 1 to 1 ½ cups of dry dog food daily.

Some people supplement their Chiweenies with Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and hip mobility chewies for joint health

Your vet will factor in medical conditions affecting this dog’s diet, like thyroid and liver problems. They can inherit hypoglycemia since their Chi parent burns calories faster than average, so increase their meals to 2 to 3 per day but be careful not to let them become overweight.

Grooming needs

Chiweenies, especially the short-coated ones, are easy to groom, needing a swift coat brush at least twice a week. Long-haired varieties may need more regular brushing to keep tangles and matting away. A monthly bath with quality dog shampoo should suffice. 

They need regular teeth brushing 2 to 3 times a week, alternating with frequent mouthwashes. Nail trims with dog clippers and cleaning their ears, especially long and droopy ones, keep infection away.

The Health of a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix

chiweenie puppy on red blanket black and ta

Chiweenies, those adorable mixes of Chihuahua and Dachshund, are generally hearty little dogs with lots of energy. Thanks to being a mixed breed, they often enjoy better health than their purebred counterparts, a perk known as “hybrid vigor.” However, they’re not immune to certain health conditions passed down from their Chihuahua and Dachshund parents.

One common issue in Chiweenies is back problems, such as Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), where the discs in their spine can degenerate and potentially press on the spinal cord. This is due in part to their long backs and short stature. Other conditions like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation (slipping kneecaps) can also affect them, especially if they put on too much weight. Keeping your Chiweenie slim and preventing them from high-impact activities like jumping off furniture can help manage these risks.

Chiweenies might also face several other health challenges:

  • Severe Risks: Apart from back issues, they might be prone to neurological conditions like Lafora Disease, hormonal issues such as Cushing’s Disease, various cancers, heart problems like degenerative mitral valve disease, eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts, collapsed trachea, hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
  • Moderate Issues: They can have allergies, ear problems, skin infections, and dental issues. Ear margin keratosis, leading to greasy scabs, and food sensitivities might also pop up.
  • Occasional Risks: In some cases, epilepsy and blindness due to their prominent eyes can occur.

How long does a Chiweenie live?

Chiweenies are hardy dogs living for 12 to 16 years. Regular medical checkups, proper diet, exercise, and proper breeding allows for longer life.

Chiweenie Temperament and Trainability 

Chiweenie dog tan or brown close up of face

Chiweenies may be small, but their personalities are huge, and they’re not scared of letting you know what they want. They are courageous, loyal, confident, lively, and affectionate, with a hint of mischievousness.

They mostly bond most deeply with that one special human, although they love other people they get to know too. They can be suspicious of strangers and make excellent watchdogs. Chiweenies can get too courageous to the point of rashness, taking on much larger opponents. They are world-class barkers, so your apartment neighbors may not be too thrilled. 

Chiweenies can be stubborn during training, true to their terrier heritage. This may make training slightly more challenging, but treats and praise will get them to listen. Early training and socialization are crucial, as these dogs can go up against bigger animals. 

Sociability with Children and Other Animals 

Chiweenies can be good with older children, although their Chihuahua side can make them a little less tolerant, sometimes making them a bit snappy. They should never be left alone with small children to avoid unnecessary accidents and they do best in homes without small children.

They may chase smaller animals like hamsters or harass cats, but they can get along fine in multi-dog households. Early training and socialization improve their chances of peace with kids and animals.

Ideal Home For A Chiweenie

Chiweenie dog outside close up portrait of face

Wondering if the the Mexican Hotdog is right for you? Let’s look at why you may want this Mixed breed:

  1. People who live in smaller spaces
  2. Non-allergic homes as the Chiweenie is not hypoallergenic
  3. People who go for daily walks but who do not want to exercise excessively
  4. Regular schedules where you can spend time with them as these dogs don’t like being left alone too long.
  5. Families with older children or adult-only homes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is a Chiweenie A Good Dog?

When properly trained and socialized, the Chiweenie is a great dog. They do well with families with older children and other friendly dogs. They are also a good option for retired adults or adults looking for relatively low-maintenance companion. They can adapt to cats if they are introduced early. They are friendly, confident, and alert dogs who make great pets.

Do Chiweenies Cuddle?

The Chiweenie is a tiny dog that loves to sit on your lap and cuddle. Although they are active dogs, snuggling with their owner is their favorite thing in the world and means they will probably sleep in you bed if you let them.

Do Chiweenie Dogs Bark A Lot?

Chiweenie dogs are prone to barking even though they are mostly a lap dog. They tend to bark at passerby and are quite alert and suspicious of strangers. If their barking is excessive, they may not be getting enough exercise and mental stimulation. Make sure you know what to do is if a dog barks at nothing.

What Dogs Make A Chiweenie?

A Chiweenie comes from a Dachshund and Chihuahua. A first generation Chiweenie that has one purebred Dachshund parent and one Chihuahua parent is an F1 generation Chiweenie.  Two Chiweenies bred together are an F2 generation, and so on.

Is The Chiweenie Hypoallergenic?

The Chiweenie is not a hypoallergenic dog so this is not a good choice for anybody with pet allergies.

Are Chiweenies Hard to Potty Train?

Chiweenies can be hard to potty train, especially as they have small bladders and need to pee often. To house train a Chiweenie, one needs to be patient, consistent, and use a lot of positive reinforcement as stubbornness is also one of their personality traits. Make sure to read our article on how to discipline a dog for pooping in the house.

Final Thoughts 

Chiweenies are great family dogs that are as energetic as they are loving. They are great for first-time owners because they’re easy to train, and their moderate exercise requirements make them easy to exercise. 

They must always have adult supervision around kids to avoid injury, especially those on the smaller side. A mini or standard Dachshund can be used in breeding, influencing the resulting dog’s size. 

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Tamsin De La Harpe


Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.