The Chiweenie Gold Standard

The Chiweenie is an adorable cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund and has zoomed to popularity as a designer dog breed over the last few years. Since it is not a purebred dog, it is obviously not recognized by any registry, but its name, Chiweenie, is recognized by both the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club . . .  whoever they are.

So, does there exist a standard for this adorable mutt? Conformation, size, color, haircoat, etc.? Probably not.

But since I have the cutest Chiweenie in the world, Tucker, I think he probably epitomizes the gold standard of the (non)breed. AND, when I peruse Chiweenie pictures on the internet, the majority of them look like him (though of course can’t quite compare).

What do you think of when you think of a Chihuahua? The classic, right? Smallish (though a bit variable in size), short-haired, big bat-like ears, and tawny gold in color. Like so:

And what do you think of when you think of a Dachshund? Also a classic: smallish (also variable in size, though the original model is larger than most Chihuahuas), short-haired, looong droopy ears, red in color, and quite long for its height (the proverbial weiner dog). Like so:

When you cross these two you get — ta da — Tucker! A Chiweenie! My little man, here.

Tucker

I mean, how gorgeous is THAT cross?!

I know. I know. Both breeds come in standard, mini, and teacup sizes. Both come in black and tan. Both have long-haired varieties (like my Frida, a long-haired, teacup Chihuahua, pictured here just for your continued viewing pleasure).

Frida - NOT Your Classic Chihuahua!

But it’s the old originals: the tawny, mid-sized Chihuahua and the loooong, red weiner dog that set the gold standard for Chiweenie parents, if you want my opinion. And even those hybrid dog clubs, or whatever they are, caution the prospective Chiweenie person to take extra care in making sure their puppy’s heritage is pure and strong — the good ole classic Chihuahua and Dachshund!

All I can say is, if you’re a dog person, and in the market for a small one, do not pass go and grab yourself a genuine Chiweenie. And prepare to be enchanted!

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    petslover said,

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    DogBreed said,

    I am doing a research for a project about dogs, and I found your blog very interesting. Thanks for the info

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    hmmm... said,

    My dog is apparently a chiweenie, but the breeder from whom i recieved her pronounced her breed a “Chewinkie” could that be a breed? For my Hallie does not look like your Tucker AT ALL…. 🙂

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      I’ve never heard that term, “Chewinkie,” but I suppose it could refer to a Chihuahua/Dachscund mix. ??? Since Chihuahuas do vary in size, color, and hair length, and Dachscunds do as well, I suppose a combo could turn out to look like just about anything! Wish you could post a picture here so I could see your Chewinkie. And I may have to Google that term now and see if I can figure out what it is! Thanks for your comment. Leta

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    Danielle said,

    Hi! Your blog is great! I just got a Chiweenie on Saturday from the All American Dachshund Reacue! She is a delight! She’s black and tan and looks very ‘weenie’ with kind of a ‘chi’ face. We love her!

    • 10

      Ooooh, wish I could see a picture! If I didn’t already have six dogs, I would take another Chiweenie in a heartbeat. My little Tucker man is still probably the happiest, most playful spirit in the bunch here on my little farm. He is a constant delight . . . and a warm cuddlebug under the covers on these now-chilly nights! Have fun with your little one and thanks for posting and for the compliments!
      Leta

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        Danielle said,

        If you’re on facebook my name is Danielle Snyder and I have a few up there. You’re welcome for the compliments! I have three dachshunds now and am considering #4 from the same rescue! 🙂

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    Pam said,

    Just adopted a chiweenie over the weekend. She has already warmed my heart over and over. I just lost a chihuahua that I had for 15 years. Didn’t think I wanted a new dog until I met Presleigh. Loved reading all the posts.

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      Oh you are in for a treat!!!! My Tucker is possibly the most full-of-joy animal I have ever had, and he exhibits that every single day! I cannot say enough for this “breed.” And talk about expressive eyes! Oh my. Have fun and thank you so much for posting! Leta

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    KjelRay said,

    Hi, just wanted to know if it matters which parent is male and which is female.

    • 15

      You know, this is a very good question. And I have no idea if it matters or if one way is better than the other! But thanks for bringing it up … something to think about re our new “designer” breed, the Chiweenie.

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    I JUST GOT MY NEW PUPPY WHO IS A CHIWEENIE AND HE IS THE SWEESTEST LITTLE GUY EVER. I AM NOW OFFICALLY THE MOST POPULAR PERSON WHEN I GO OUT ANYWHERE. JOJO (MY PUPPY) WILL NOT GET ANY BIGGER THAN 3 TO 5 POUNDS. EVEN THOUGH HE IS SMALL HE HAS TONS , TONS AND TONS OF ENERGY.

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    wow my jojo (dog) is all grown up now , he’s such a handsome guy , I can’t wait to his puppies when I breed him.


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