What! You’ve never heard of a Chiweenie!
Full disclosure, I hadn’t either, at least not until after I learned my adoption application had been approved and I decided I’d better learn a little more about the type of dog I was bringing into my home.
It turns out that a Chiweenie is the result of a dachshund and Chihuahua cross. I’m not why someone originally thought to cross the two breeds, but I’m the first to admit that I’m glad they did. This is a fun little breed that has a lot going for it.
The Chiweenie’s size can vary, with the size of its parents being a crucial point. If the parents were miniature or toy, the chiweenie pups will be small. If both parents were the standard size of their breed, the resulting pups will be larger. I’ve heard of some that are as little as 5 pounds and some that are over 20 pounds. At this moment, Anya is a little over a year old and weighs approximately 13 pounds.
Chiweenies can come in a variety of colors and hair coat types. Some have cute little floppy ears like Anya, while others have ears that stand straight up. Although there are some exceptions, most seem to inherit the cute, sharp face of their Chihuahua parent.
It’s my understanding the chiweenies have been growing steadily more popular since the 1990’s. At this moment, the AKC doesn’t recognize chiweenies as a breed (and whenever I mention the name to someone tend to get some pretty funny reactions. Most people have never heard the them. The vet has Anya listed as a Chihuahua cross.) The breed is recognized by several other dog registries, including:
- Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
- International Designer Canine Registry® (IDCR)
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
If you’re interested in learning more about this fun little breed of dog, there are some Facebook groups you should check out.
Do you have a chiweenie? What are they like? Feel free to share your stories or dog photos in the comment section.