Receptive Language of My Chiweenie
Baby Chi Chi, My Chiweenie
Unique Breed of Dog, Chiweenie
I came across an advertisement in the paper about two years ago (2009), and at the time I was looking for a Chihuahua. I raised them and loved their breed. My favorite of all was a dog called Tugger, who will touch my heart in a special way. He will always be missed by me and my family. He was a long hair Chihuahua. My journey to find another Chihuahua ended up without finding that breed I was looking for at the time. Instead of the Chihuahua, I found a uniquely cute breed called a Chiweenie. At first, I was thinking to myself that this is the closest that I will come to the Chihuahua that I missed. I am glad that I went out that day to see that Chiweenie for myself. His family was a four pound Chihuahua daddy, and a ten-pound Dachshund. There were 5 of them in the litter. I got the last of the litter, but he was probably one of the most unique of the litter. I am just guessing, but it is strictly bragging rights here.
This dog is considered a hybrid breed of crossing a Chihuahua with a Dachshund. So there you will see the best and also the problems of both breeds
Chi Chi is a dog that started his language with his master as a baby. He never liked his water in a dish. He always wanted you to get it for him. One spoiled little brat that wanted his attention. I had to figure out a way to get him to communicate with me. So I told the puppy to say wah wah for water. He picked that up, and when he would say that in his language, then I would immediately get up and get his water in a small flat dish that he liked. Later as he grew up he recognized that word water and would indicate the need to have it, if his bowl was empty. We had advanced from the fetch the water on his dog language.
This Chiweenie started learning a lot of receptive languages. The first he learned was the word out. If I said to him, "Do you want to go outside, then he knew what I was saying to him, and immediately jumps on the coach to get his leash put on to go for a walk. He liked it so much, that I had to change the word when speaking to someone else like my husband. I would say does he need to go OU for out? The only thing is in Oklahoma that is the name of our University by initials. Then he got smart and put two and two together, and he got ...go outside. I have to watch what I am saying to him, because he knows he can get out all the time, if I think he has to go and entertain himself by chasing cats or something else. Too smart for his own good sometimes.
Now he has other vocabulary that amazes me, because now he knows the word bath. If I say do you want to get a bath, then he runs the other way. It is funny, because if I need to do something without him up under me, then I say do you want to get a bath. He goes into the other room. He is really comical with it.
If he wants something, and I am busy, then I say, go and tell Daddy! He knows what the words mean, and he goes and whines to my husband. Then, of course, Daddy says,"go and tell Mommy!" Well, that goes back and forth, until he gets your undivided attention. Sometimes it is to play with his toy. Sometimes it is to go out.
Other words he knows is food and eat, toy, other peoples names in the house. He knows what couch is, and what bed is, and what get under the cover means. Those words reinforces his need to burrow, because he was trained as a breed to chase Badgers in their hole. So you can say that he has his human side of receptive language. If worked on and being creative with him, then it probably would grow larger.
If you have a Chiweenie, then think of his language skills. Receptive language is different from expressive language. It is the unspoken language that they know the words used. Expressive is the language that comes out in his communication, and for a Chiweenie that is bark, bark, bark, and bark very loudly. That is the hound in him. These are the words that Chi Chi knows:
Dog Receptive Vocabulary:
Mommy, Daddy, bath, water (wah wah), names, eat and food, bed, couch, toys, play, cover, get under, go out, OU ......and my list is growing.