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Chiweenie Hybrid Dogs (Mexican Hotdog)

Updated on January 27, 2012

Chiweenie Puppy

Physical Description

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.

Temperament

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.

Chiweenie Dog

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:

  • ACHC
  • DRA
  • ICA, UABR
  • APRI
  • CKC

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      Tina 6 months ago

      Just rescued a chi/doxie, she is spunky and definitely likes the couch...lol she is 2 yrs old and a great addition to our family. Our dog Abby is getting used to her. She is easy goi g at 13 yrs old so I don't see a problem..

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      Brenda 5 years ago

      I have a chiweenie. Her name is Bella. I have a chi that is 12 yrs old, Buttnugget, Nugget for short. He is my most precious baby boy. I never thought I could love another puppie like I love him but I was wrong. Bella came from a rescue shelter, she was 8 weeks old. She is now a little over 2 years old. She is so so precious, she was not hard to train, Nugget has taught her a lot, not all good, but none the less, she is the stuff. She sleeps with us in the bed, Nugget does too when he wants to, that can get interesting. My husband and I love these two as if they were our children and yes we have children and grandchildren. We have friends that says when they die they want to come back as Bella, all Bella knows is love love love. I pray that's all she every knows. She is so funny, she is terrified of a house fly. Don't know why but she will see one and run and hide or run to me to pick her up. Bella will actually reach for you like a child. Once I let her know I have killed the fly she is ok...LOL I would not have anywhere near the joy in my life without Nugget and Bella. Oh, almost forgot, Rachael, our cat loves Bella too. She mother's her. Rachael baths her and plays with her, Bella loves it. Thanks for listening.....

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      Bryan Carter 5 years ago

      Just rescued a Chiweenie yesterday from the spca in Houston. After 3-4 minutes exploring around the house (about 1200 sq ft), then promptly jumped on sofa next to me and took a 3 hour nap.

      Sweetest disposition of any dog I've owned or seen elsewhere.

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      vicky 5 years ago

      why are they so cute

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      Penny Lovelady 5 years ago

      I got my chaweenie when she was six and a half weeks old. She keeps me young and laughing with her antics. Potty training her was simple. I trained her using a litter box and litter. I still take her out regularly but if I don't wake up at night or I'm away from the house she doesn't have to strain to hold it. I named her Kitty and she's my joy in life.

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      sylvia christian-south africa 6 years ago

      I have Rosita Chiquita, an adopted rescue dog. She is a mexican hot dog and has crept into our hearts. She adores my other two bigger rescue dogs as well as the cat. She has an amazing personality and is quite a "drama queen". She goes everywhere with me.

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      Lexie 6 years ago

      We just adopted 2 great chiweenie puppies and they are very sweet and cute. One of them looks like the picture of the Chiwennie puppy featured above!

      They will play with eachother then curl up together when they are tired. They are very affectionate and will jump into your lap and any given time and smother you with kisses :) they also get along great with other dogs and are very friendly dogs!

      They were also cheap (as shelter dogs mostly are) and cost much less than what they would cost at a breeder.

      I'd suggest people looking for dogs for check out petfinder.com. All of my dogs came from petfinder and for you puppy-crazy people there are puppies there too. You can honestly get great, loving and friendly dogs from that website, for much less than a breeder.

      Lexie

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      Kodell 6 years ago

      Has anyone here ever seen pictures of Mexican Dog Pounds ?. They are worse than disgusting !.

      Kodell

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      Cinthia 6 years ago

      We have a Chiweenie.We adopted her at 2mo and she is now 2yrs old.She is the best dog I have ever had. She was not easy to potty train,but she learned cute little tricks real fast and she is the most loving dog.Only one problem we have had.We have 4 little boys and she is not good with them.If she is sitting with me and they come by me she growls and has snapped at them.She does bite when she is around me.She is very protective and what I have heard all chiweenies are protective to one person.She only acts like this when she is bonding with me,but when she is not laying around with me she treats them fine.I would not suggest a family with a lot of kids adopt a chiweenie unless you are willing to deal with this problem.

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      jjmoore.memphis 7 years ago

      We just adopted our chiweenie "Pippin" from a dog rescue group off of petfinder.com. You have to look for small dogs/dauschund mix or chihuahua mix. The good thing for us is that the rescue mom told us what we needed to know about him. We absolutely love our chiweenie, actually we didn't know such a thing existed until we did some researched online.

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      Steve C., Jr. 7 years ago

      I have a Chiweenie, yeahp, I do. And I'm conviced he (who I adopted, from PetSmart in GA) has got to be the best dog on the planet. He's super! Toby is the best. The little guy is worth his weight, X2, in... Actually, he's... priceless.

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      Kia Baker 7 years ago

      Im looking for a chiweenie puppy in LasVegas, NV (Summerlin area) having a hard time finding any that are not $1000 or more please contact me if you have any for sale Thank You!

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      tlc 7 years ago

      We adopted a chiweenie from the local shelter, and have loved him every day we have had him! LOADS of personality, and a pure joy to have. We didn't know he was a chiweenie until we took him to a vet who identified it for us. Great dogs!

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      Jen 7 years ago

      We am looking in to getting a Chiweenie dog but is having a hard time finding a breeder. We live in IL and would like someone close. At least in the states around us. Can anyone help? Also we have a 3yr old and want to make sure they are good with kids. Thanks!

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      Stefani 7 years ago

      I have a Chiweenie he is about 4-5 months old. We had tried several other types of dogs. They were too much to handle. I have always liked small dogs but my husband doesn't... however... Moose (our chiweenie) is the best dog we have ever had. Even my HUSBAND loves this dog. Very easy to train, and just the cutest dog!

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      Laura 7 years ago

      I have had a chiweenie for 5 month. It has been a very joyful experience. He is the BEST!!!! I always liked Chihuahuas and Dashounds and now I can have the best of both worlds!!! A very good idea.

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      Stephanie 7 years ago

      I love Chiweenies. My friend has 2 of them. They are such lovable, playful dogs!

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      Nate 8 years ago

      I believe I just got a chaweenie. He's so cute, he's brindle with a white chest and a black back. Big huge ears and an insane amount of energy! He can jump what seems like 4 feet in the air, He was abused before and then left out in the country, I took him in... he follows me everywhere I go and is pretty well house trained, aside from a few times trying to mark. The only thing that's bad is he barks and cries when i leave the house and apparently doesn't stop. and he knows how to open doors.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Awww sad story. Thanks for sharing!

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      MomsMakingMoney 8 years ago

      Very cute, however I don't like the idea of a dog "sneaking off behind or under furniture to go to the bathroom." We rescued a very special little chihuahua about a year ago in Las Vegas and fell in love. The rescue organization wouldn't let us take him with us when we moved to San Antonio, though, because he was not neutered. They promised to bring him to us but never did, leaving my girls heartbroken. This article made me think of him.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Looks a cute dog. I bet its is a handful though. Little dogs usually have such big personalities

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      rb11 the crossing increases health unless you do soemthing inane like breeding two breeds that are known for the same issues.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      It is a cute little dog. I just don't see the point of cross breeding dogs when there are a million mixed breeds in the world that generally have a better temperment and live longer.

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      how cute! huggable.. i think this type is best for homes..

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is a cute little dog, low maintenance too. Just curious, when you have all this hybreeding going on does the genetic crossovers ever create health issues?

      Regards