Chiweenie Hybrid Dogs (Mexican Hotdog)
The Chiweenie, affectionately known as the Mexican Hotdog, is a hybrid dog that results from a cross between an Chihuahua and a Dachshund.
As can be imagined these small sized dogs are short, typically measuring under 12 inches at the shoulder although those crossed with a standard Dachshund can be as tall as 16 or more inches. Weight will also vary from 8 pounds up to over 12 pounds. Miniature Dachshunds crossed with Chihuahuas are the smallest size combination.
The coat will also vary based on the coat types of both the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. In most cases the coat will be short to moderately long with fringe on the legs, tail and a slightly longer ruff. Almost any color is possible from solid blacks and browns through to merles, parti and tri-colors, black and tan and even brindle colorations can be found.The body is long and narrow and typically more in keeping with the Dachshund body type than the Chihuahau. A Chiweenie is a very energetic and athletic dog and they are incredibly fast for theirs short legs and small size.
The ears of the Mexican Hotdog are long and very broad at the base, typically held erect and slightly to the side or folded over, more like the Dachshund. They are the most notable feature of the head since they are very large and very prominent. The eyes are dark, round and slightly protruding and are very intelligent and alert in expression. The muzzle is long and tapered as is the tail.
The Chiweenie is one of the hybrid dog types that seems to embody the best of both parent breeds. They are clownish, fun loving and fully of personality even as very small puppies. With proper socialization they do well with other dogs, cats and children, however some will have a noticeable prey instinct and may not be suited to households with rodent type pets.
As with many small hybrid breeds this can be a difficult dog to housetrain. They need to be routinely taken outside to avoid getting into the habit of sneaking off behind or under furniture to go to the bathroom. Some can be stubborn to train however they respond well to obedience training and positive methods. If not properly trained and think they are running the household they can be demanding and may develop problem behaviors such as snapping, excessive barking and being very possessive of what they see as their items and space.
Grooming And General Care
Mexican Hotdogs with long or short coats need a routine grooming once or twice a week. They are average shedders year round however a grooming mitt or using a bristle brush can eliminate many shedding problems. Bathing should only be done as needed to prevent drying out of the coat and skin.
As with any long backed dog it is important to train these dogs not to jump up or down off of furniture or other objects. Jumping is likely to lead to spinal problems and possible skeletal issues that can lead to paralysis as the dog ages or in the event of a fall or slip during the jump. It is also important to carefully monitor the dogs food intake and exercise as obesity or even a few extra pounds will add stress to the long backbone.
Clubs and Registries:
- ICA, UABR
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