Raising One Spoiled Chiweenie Dog
My Chiweenie, Chi Chi
Cross Up Between Dachshund and a Chihuahua
The most unusual little puppy I ever heard of was a Chiweenie. This baby was born of a 4 pound chihuahua daddy, and a 10 pound Dachshund mother. I saw them advertised in the newspaper, and decided that I would take a look and see, if that is what I wanted. He was so adorable and cute and cuddly that I decided to adopt him right away and gave him a new home. The mother Daschund had a total litter of 5 puppies and all were adopted out but this little fellow. Off I went with my new found baby puppy.
Picking a name was kinda hard for this one, but we finally ended up with the name Chi Chi. He is one spoiled little puppy, and from the time he was a baby he tried to copy my puppy language back to him. For water we would say wah wah and he knew what that was and tried to say it back to me. From then on he uses his puppy and adult language to get his needs met. We can count of the loud hound voice in him. I never knew that Daschunds were bred to hunt badgers and other animals like rabbits. So anything that moves in the house or out, then he becomes extremely vocal. He is also very territorial. If he is up on my bed , then that becomes his territory, and no one other than myself can cross it without some serious growling and barking. He just considers himself part of the family.
He goes outside and demands to own his territory just like a male dog. Except he knows not how to be cautious about what big dog he attempts to bark at, or who might ever come down my street. It is his way of making it his place. All during the night, when anything moves he jumps up and starts barking. I am thinking dog just hush and go back to sleep. Then finally after his duty shift is over, then he feels like curling up under a blanket and getting some shut eye.
Now let us look at his appetite .... he loves everything we eat but eggs. That he turns his nose up at a heart beat. Of course he loves pasta, chili, and some vegetables like garden peas. So he gets his own little dish of whatever I am serving up with the exceptions of onions or garlic, and he knows he cannot have what we call chocolate. He is not an over weight dog but a healthy one. He does eat his dog food as well. I guess I can say my granddaughters spoiled him by feeding him nibbles under the table. So he now looks for a bit of every ones leftovers. That does make for cutting proportions on my part. If I have a nice sandwich of turkey or whatever, then he wants to nibble too. So I have to tear him a bit and put it in his dish. He thinks he is human also.
Strangest thing I ever saw about a Chiweenie is how they can sleep. He will be lying on his stomach and in a twinkle of an eye, then he has flipped himself upside down with his legs sticking up in the air, and he is out to sleep before you realize he has done it. Not sure if that is more comfortable or not, but my Chiweenie sleeps on his back sometimes flipped up side down. It just comes natural to him.
If you ever get a chance to raise one of them, then you can see the traits of both animal breeds in them. The protector is the Chihuahua,and the loudmouth is the Dachshund in him.
I call his name so much around my house that my love parrot Mango calls out his name quite often.........................."Chi Chi". Mango is another story waiting to happen, but in my house all creatures big an small respect each others space. Outside the house is another matter. That domain belongs to Chi Chi.
Update: I am on a new health issue with my Chiweenie. I experienced a Dachshund having a seizure and it scared me so bad that now I have to rethink things with my own Chiweenie. Diet wise I must make sure he is not getting something that is not good for his health. Small dogs can cross a line with age and become diabetic or have problems that can cause them to have seizures and heaven forbid a stroke. So instead of giving this little one human food of any type, then I look more like giving special dietary treats that is considered safe for dogs. So when he thinks we are eating something he wants, then I substitute a healthy snack for him. He feels more like you are including him in on things.
Now I am not sure , if you happen to experience this with another Chiweenie, then you will understand what I am talking about. Literally mine has become the ultimate defender of ever inch of my house. Nothing....... and I mean nothing...... moves in this house or outside without his barking aggressively and with no consideration for who he is barking at. He is literally driving me bonkers with this barking at my husband, my son, and anyone else he knows lives here. I can see the yard and his dominance but not inside the house. I love my Chi Chi, but sometimes he gets on my nerves. I keep trying to figure it out, and wonder how am I going to get him under control toward others. He never barks at me. Others tell me he is defending me. I really do not know, but I wish he could communicate why he is doing this.