How to Keep Your Chihuahuas & Chiweenies Happy, Healthy, & Wise

I can’t swear to the “wise” part, but I can definitely attest to the “happy, healthy” part of the above title.

My long-haired Chihuahua puppy, Frida, is 7 months old now, and she is the happiest little soul alive . . . and marvelously healthy.

Frida today doing her version of doggy yoga - not a care in the world!

Frida today, doing her version of sun salutation - not a care in the world.

Her best friend and heartthrob, Tucker, a Chiweenie rescue (that’s a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix), is about 3 now and is not the same dog I adopted from the humane society one year ago.

Chiweenie Tucker - a happy, healthy little guy who loves to horde his toys.

Chiweenie Tucker - a happy, healthy little guy who loves to horde his toys.

Frida weighs 4 lbs. + an ounce or 2; Tucker weighs in at around 18. They are both thriving beyond my highest hopes and expectations. Not having had small dogs in decades, it took me a little experimenting to find out the best combination of nutrients for their wee systems, but I think I’ve got it down.

When Tucker arrived he weighed 12 lbs. and you could see all his ribs and his hip bones. He had put on NO weight in his weeks at the shelter, even though they had been feeding him high quality food 2 or 3 times a day (yes, we have an exceptional shelter here in Santa Fe, NM!). For the first few weeks I had Tucker I was afraid I might fail as well. But by adding blue-green algae acidophilus and digestive enzymes to his diet, the diarrhea he came with finally cleared up, and after a while he began gaining. After a few months he was almost chunky, having added a third again of his body weight. But I noticed he still smelled — he had classic doggy odor, which is not part and parcel of a healthy dog.

When little Frida came at 7 weeks of age she weighed about 2 lbs. and could barely chew. I soaked her puppy kibble in warm goat milk and felt lucky if I could get 1 teaspoon of it down her at a time. And getting supplements or blue-green algae in her was impossible. Frida was very disinterested in food in general. Oh dear. This went on until she was almost 4 months old, and she wasn’t really growing much. Nor was she losing her baby fur.

One day I was eating steak and Frida began acting like a ferocious predator. She wanted some! I had noticed how she went after the big dogs’ bones, even though they were bigger than she was, so I gave her a tiny bite of steak. She went nuts. “Aha!”, thought I. “We have a meat-eating, raw-food freak in our midst!”

I had read and studied all about homemade dog food, the merits and demerits of a raw diet, etc., but had never made that leap — mainly because I always had 4 or 5 huge dogs to feed and, I’ll admit it, just couldn’t face creating that much homemade dog food every day. Besides their premium dog kibble they often got good scraps and bones, and of course plenty of blue-green algae, and were all very healthy, so I figured I would leave well enough alone.

But with the tiny, picky Chihuahua and Chiweenie types I thought just maybe I could make a difference by adding raw meat to their diet. And if they liked it then I could probably get them to eat as much algae as I wanted, mixed in with it.

Bingo. It worked like a charm. Watching Frida eat her first meal of raw meat was like watching a lion after a kill. Tucker too. Here’s my formula:

I vary the meat but keep it raw and chunky. I mix it with some crushed up premium dog kibble and occasional veggies, and add the powder from one Super Sprouts & Algae capsule and one Acidophilus capsule.

Within a month of beginning the new diet, Frida’s coat turned from baby fuzz slurry greys and browns to a long, silky texture and a beautiful caramel color. And Tucker’s doggy odor completely vanished!

I kid you not. If you have a Chihuahua or a Chiweenie who is a picky eater, try the raw meat with algae approach. I think you’ll be amazed, and I know your little ones will love you for it.***


One caveat:  Sometimes older animals who have eaten commercial food all their lives will not accept raw meat. It so, try it slightly cooked. If they still refuse it, well, just keep feeding them what they do well on — but try adding some blue-green algae to boost their health.


Chihuahua vs. Chiweenie

And you can read all about and order all kinds of super blue-green algae products HERE.


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    […] Some of my particular ways of rehabbing rescues include top quality food (I use Flint River for the pre-prepared part of my dogs’ and cats’ diets), Simplexity’s  Super Blue-Green Algae products, especially probiotics to replenish their depleted natural resources, and the herb powdered Slippery Elm (the inner bark) to soothe their highly irritated digestive tracts. There are different variations of these nutritional elements, and other things I use as well, but everybody who comes in as a rescue gets very, very special food and care until they are back to balance. As an example, you can read about Tucker’s special diet HERE. […]

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    Amanda Woodward said,

    aw my chihuahua whom is also 7 months old but a boy looks exactly like Frida

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    ray lawson said,

    i have a chiweenie and she is 6 years old. i got her from a person who didnt want her any more and was going to take her to the river and dump her. not a nice picture to think about. it is driving me nuts on what to feed her. i did get her caught up on her shoots. i love her to dead but what do i feed her so she will eat. she is a butter ball, because of human food but i know that cant go on. thanks for your help. you can call me at 406-260-0409 if you like. thanks again. ray lawson

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      Hi, and thanks for your post. I’m sorry to be late in replying but have been moving, so off-line. There is nothing better than a Chiweenie, and I am glad you have one to love and cherish! If she’s a butterball, I would suggest putting her on a diet that has NO GRAIN in it whatsoever. Human food is fine, but just NO GRAIN. And limiting her. And getting her some good running and exercise every day or two. You will see a difference, I feel sure. Let me know how it goes. And you might want to start following my blog now at (that’s where I now keep it active). Thanks again for posting! Leta

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    Admiring the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you offer.
    It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while
    that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material.

    Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your
    RSS feeds to my Google account.

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    ahhh Leta, your blog makes me so so grateful for you in the world. Thank you for all that you do for and with our animal brethren.

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