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Does anyone have a Chiweenie?

DH have been researching dog breeds to decide what kind of dog to get.

Yesterday I saw a Chiweenie (Chiuaua and Weiner Dog mixed) puppy and I think I fell in love. 

I tried to Google them but not a lot of information came up.

 The few pictures that came up didn't look quite as adorable as the puppy I saw yesterday.

So, does anyone have one and can tell me more about them?  

ETA: Or post a picture of yours :) 

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Re: Does anyone have a Chiweenie?

  • Okay- first of all the dog breeds are Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Second, there is no such thing as a "Chiweenie."  There are Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes.  You can find plenty of mix breed dogs in shelters and rescues, including the specific mix you are looking for.  Lastly, ADOPT don't shop.  4-6 MILLION animals are  euthanized every year and these faux "breeds" contribute to the problem by supporting backyard breeders.

    eta; The reason there isn't a lot of info on the mix is because they're just a mix.  And, it's also the reason why the dogs you saw online were different than the one you met.  They are mixes.  There are NO breed standards because they are not a breed.  It's just the random mix of genetic material. 

     

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    Okay- first of all the dog breeds are Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Second, there is no such thing as a "Chiweenie."  There are Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes.  You can find plenty of mix breed dogs in shelters and rescues, including the specific mix you are looking for.  Lastly, ADOPT don't shop.  4-6 MILLION animals are  euthanized every year and these faux "breeds" contribute to the problem by supporting backyard breeders.


    Wow, holy over reaction. For your information, the puppy I met had been adopted from a shelter.

    And, if DH and I do decide to get a dog, we were planning on getting one from the shelter. The area where we live has a lot of animals that are put in the shelter and I know several people who have gotten a variety of different breeds and mixes from the shelter. 

    We can have an idea of what breed of dog we want and still get it from the shelter.

    But thanks for the judgment.  

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    Okay- first of all the dog breeds are Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Second, there is no such thing as a "Chiweenie."  There are Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes.  You can find plenty of mix breed dogs in shelters and rescues, including the specific mix you are looking for.  Lastly, ADOPT don't shop.  4-6 MILLION animals are  euthanized every year and these faux "breeds" contribute to the problem by supporting backyard breeders.


    Wow, holy over reaction. For your information, the puppy I met had been adopted from a shelter.

    And, if DH and I do decide to get a dog, we were planning on getting one from the shelter. The area where we live has a lot of animals that are put in the shelter and I know several people who have gotten a variety of different breeds and mixes from the shelter. 

    We can have an idea of what breed of dog we want and still get it from the shelter.

    But thanks for the judgment.  

    Yes but thr point is, what you are talking about is a mix, not a breed.
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    But thanks for the judgment.  

    Here's a tip for you: know your audience. LURK FIRST.

    Would someone pass the popcorn?  

  • My point is that I would like to know what type of care an animal might need before committing to owning it in regards to grooming, exercise, health problems, etc.

    If an animal is mixed between two different dogs, I would assume it would have similar needs to another dog mixed between the same two breed of dogs, even if every mixed dog isn't exactly the same.

    Maybe that is an incorrect assumption, but there was no reason to jump down my throat about adopting vs. purchasing (especially when NOTHING in my original post referenced either of those choices) or even about the difference between a mix and a breed.

    Like I said, over reaction.  

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    My point is that I would like to know what type of care an animal might need before committing to owning it in regards to grooming, exercise, health problems, etc.

    If an animal is mixed between two different dogs, I would assume it would have similar needs to another dog mixed between the same two breed of dogs, even if every mixed dog isn't exactly the same.

    Maybe that is an incorrect assumption, but there was no reason to jump down my throat about adopting vs. purchasing (especially when NOTHING in my original post referenced either of those choices) or even about the difference between a mix and a breed.

    Like I said, over reaction.  

    If you knew the "culture" of this board (by having lurked first), you'd know that we don't use cutesy-doodle, made-up designer dog names around here, because it perpetuates the intentional breeding of cross-breed dogs, and you'd have gotten useful answers to your post.  

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    Okay- first of all the dog breeds are Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Second, there is no such thing as a "Chiweenie."  There are Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes.  You can find plenty of mix breed dogs in shelters and rescues, including the specific mix you are looking for.  Lastly, ADOPT don't shop.  4-6 MILLION animals are  euthanized every year and these faux "breeds" contribute to the problem by supporting backyard breeders.


    Wow, holy over reaction. For your information, the puppy I met had been adopted from a shelter. Winecat didn't overreact. She told you the facts; that a "Chiweenie" isn't a breed. Again, that's a fact.

    And, if DH and I do decide to get a dog, we were planning on getting one from the shelter. The area where we live has a lot of animals that are put in the shelter and I know several people who have gotten a variety of different breeds and mixes from the shelter. That's great. It sounds like you see the need to rescue and not support BYBs so please don't call a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix a "Chiweenie" as that just propels the notion that mutts are designer breeds and they aren't. By calling them that people will want that new "breed" which goes back to economics 101 with supply and demand. As the demand goes up so will the BYB's supplies.

    We can have an idea of what breed of dog we want and still get it from the shelter. Yes you can, but you are looking for a mutt, not a breed so please understand that. If I breed one of my pugs (who are both spayed so it's impossible anyway) with a Chihuahua:
    1) I would be a BYB
    2) The litter would be mutts, not some fancy designer name like "Pughuahua" or other stupid name.

    3) Calling a mutt a special "breed name" doesn't make it a breed, even if you've heard/read it places (ie: puggle, labradoodle....etc).

    But thanks for the judgment.

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  • So, if I would have stated, "Does anyone have a Chihuahua/Daschund mix" vs. "Does anyone have a Chiweenie" I would get useful answers to my question?

    I find that utterly ridiculous.


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    Okay- first of all the dog breeds are Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Second, there is no such thing as a "Chiweenie."  There are Chihuahua/Dachshund mixes.  You can find plenty of mix breed dogs in shelters and rescues, including the specific mix you are looking for.  Lastly, ADOPT don't shop.  4-6 MILLION animals are  euthanized every year and these faux "breeds" contribute to the problem by supporting backyard breeders.


    Wow, holy over reaction. For your information, the puppy I met had been adopted from a shelter. Winecat didn't overreact. She told you the facts; that a "Chiweenie" isn't a breed. Again, that's a fact.

    And, if DH and I do decide to get a dog, we were planning on getting one from the shelter. The area where we live has a lot of animals that are put in the shelter and I know several people who have gotten a variety of different breeds and mixes from the shelter. That's great. It sounds like you see the need to rescue and not support BYBs so please don't call a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix a "Chiweenie" as that just propels the notion that mutts are designer breeds and they aren't. By calling them that people will want that new "breed" which goes back to economics 101 with supply and demand. As the demand goes up so will the BYB's supplies.

    We can have an idea of what breed of dog we want and still get it from the shelter. Yes you can, but you are looking for a mutt, not a breed so please understand that. If I breed one of my pugs (who are both spayed so it's impossible anyway) with a Chihuahua:
    1) I would be a BYB
    2) The litter would be mutts, not some fancy designer name like "Pughuahua" or other stupid name.

    3) Calling a mutt a special "breed name" doesn't make it a breed, even if you've heard/read it places (ie: puggle, labradoodle....etc).

    But thanks for the judgment.

    And that's all great but that's not the way it was stated the first time.

    So, please forgive my incorrect use of terminology.

    And, if anyone has a Chihuahua/Daschund mix, I would still love to hear about typical needs, such as grooming, exercise, health problems, etc.

  • The original post asks for pictures, not really about the needs & care for this type of mix. I think of you asked more specifically about care for small breeds rather than 'post your pics of your chihotdog', you'd get a drastically different response.
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    So, if I would have stated, "Does anyone have a Chihuahua/Daschund mix" vs. "Does anyone have a Chiweenie" I would get useful answers to my question?

    I find that utterly ridiculous.

    Well, I don't see the board culture changing to suit you.  

    The fact is that a majority of women on this board are active in animal rescue, working to shut down the people that create an overpopulation that causes 4 to 6 million companion animals to be euthanized each year.

    You seem to understand the importance of rescue, but you don't see how calling a mixed-breed dog by a "designer" name perpetuates the problem??  

  • As PP said, why wouldn't you lurk first? Or at least read the FAQ? If you researched a "designer breed" on Google, why couldn't you research on here first before posting?

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  • Others have posted about the silly designer name (there is a great link in our FAQs as to why it is requested that you don't post using those terms).

    Thanks for considering rescue! I love a good rescue dog, although my two are both from reputable breeders. 

    As far as characteristics that are going to be consistent with those mixed breed dogs, there won't be any consistent characteristics, because each dog is different.

    If you liked the puppy, I would see if the shelter/rescue will do a trial, and see if he is a good fit in your home.

    I think it is terrific that you are doing your homework and trying to find the best fit for your household!

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  • Even i you plan to rescue a dog (Which is awesome! Thank you for doing that!), calling a dog by it's made up designer name actually encourages the backyard breeding (BYB) problem.  Because other's who aren't as intent on rescuing will see your adorable puppy and rush out to get that "breed."  That's why so many people here get upset.

    To your original questions, there are no definite answers.  With a mutt you're getting a random mix of genetics from the parents.  It could be split 50/50 and be an even blend of the 2 breed's traits, you could get extremes (almost exactly like 1 breed or the other), or anywhere in between.  So if you'd like an idea of what to expect, look at the characteristics of both breeds and you should see some variation of those.

    You can also make some generalizations, for example grooming shouldn't be too involved since they're both short haired breeds.

    I have 2 chihuahua mixes myself (one with jack russel and the other with, we think basenji,) from shelters and they are amazing.  But we picked them based on personality. So my advice would be to just go visit some of your local shelters/rescues and see who you fall in love with. 

  • A chiweenie is a stupid name. I have a pit bull mixed with...something. boxer maybe? Should I go around calling her a boxbull? Doesn't that sound stupid?

    Anyway, GOOD for you for rescuing! 

    My friend has a doxie and he is okay, he's kind of an azzhole, but she doesn't do any training with him plus he is not neutered so I blame a lot of it on her. He does have a tendency to have back problems, she really has to be careful to not let him jump down from the couch, footstools, or bed because he will slip a disc and be in a lot of pain and on crate rest for 3 or 4 weeks at a time. 

    I think mutts are so so cute anyway and I encourage you to enroll him in obedience training as soon as all his shots are complete and you will have a splendid dog on your hands!

     

  • I have a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix (adopted from a shelter) and she's a great dog. Last year when researching breeds I also came across some incredibly cute pictures of this mix, and through petfinder I saw quite a large number in local shelters (ours was abandoned in a box with her sister). 

    Since all mixes are different, I can only give you my own experience: she's a wire-hair and doesn't have an undercoat, so she needs very little in the way of grooming. She's done really well on grain-free foods (mainly Orijen), and she picked up obedience training and housebreaking with very few problems. Our obedience trainer is actually president of a dachshund organization, so she gave us a lot of tips on dachshunds, like being aware of potential spine problems.

    She also said dachshunds (and chihuahuas I believe) have a reputation for being tough to housebreak, so maybe read up on techniques. We used crate training and that worked really well; plus even at 9 weeks old she was able to hold it through the night (I think she has a magical bladder or something). 

    And, because pictures are always awesome, here's a puppy pic and a grown-up pic:

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  • Wow, you guys would be nicer to the new people, just learning.... rather than scare them away with rudeness.... and then they just go buy that designer dog, because the people on the nest were so rude, and not wanting to help those that have actual questions.  Why should someone have to lurk before they post?  Hot damn, you ladies are ruder than ML, on a bad day!  FFS.
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    Wow, you guys would be nicer to the new people, just learning.... rather than scare them away with rudeness.... and then they just go buy that designer dog, because the people on the nest were so rude, and not wanting to help those that have actual questions.  Why should someone have to lurk before they post?  Hot damn, you ladies are ruder than ML, on a bad day!  FFS.

     

    Honestly, this wasn't rude. OP was simply told that there is no such thing as a chiweenie, told WHY she shouldn't use a designer name, etc.

    And I'm assuming that you're an AE. And honestly, someone should ALWAYS lurk before posting on a messageboard to get a feel for the community. That's just common sense. You don't just walk into a room of people who already know each other and start asking questions without introducing yourself.  

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    I have a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix (adopted from a shelter) and she's a great dog. Last year when researching breeds I also came across some incredibly cute pictures of this mix, and through petfinder I saw quite a large number in local shelters (ours was abandoned in a box with her sister). 

    Since all mixes are different, I can only give you my own experience: she's a wire-hair and doesn't have an undercoat, so she needs very little in the way of grooming. She's done really well on grain-free foods (mainly Orijen), and she picked up obedience training and housebreaking with very few problems. Our obedience trainer is actually president of a dachshund organization, so she gave us a lot of tips on dachshunds, like being aware of potential spine problems.

    She also said dachshunds (and chihuahuas I believe) have a reputation for being tough to housebreak, so maybe read up on techniques. We used crate training and that worked really well; plus even at 9 weeks old she was able to hold it through the night (I think she has a magical bladder or something). 

    And, because pictures are always awesome, here's a puppy pic and a grown-up pic:

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    Thanks, this information is very helpful, especially about the house training.

    Your dog is adorable.

    The puppy I saw looks very similar to your puppy picture.  

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    Wow, you guys would be nicer to the new people, just learning.... rather than scare them away with rudeness.... and then they just go buy that designer dog, because the people on the nest were so rude, and not wanting to help those that have actual questions.  Why should someone have to lurk before they post?  Hot damn, you ladies are ruder than ML, on a bad day!  FFS.

    Obviously you never lurked here.

    This is far from rude, it's telling you the truth.  

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    So, if I would have stated, "Does anyone have a Chihuahua/Daschund mix" vs. "Does anyone have a Chiweenie" I would get useful answers to my question?

    I find that utterly ridiculous.

    Well, I don't see the board culture changing to suit you.  

    The fact is that a majority of women on this board are active in animal rescue, working to shut down the people that create an overpopulation that causes 4 to 6 million companion animals to be euthanized each year.

    You seem to understand the importance of rescue, but you don't see how calling a mixed-breed dog by a "designer" name perpetuates the problem??  

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  • Honestly OP stick around and lurk a bit. If you really want to adopt I suggest reading through some old posts maybe considering ones about what to feed your dog ect. Check out the FAQs. You would be far better off going to a rescue and inquiring from a foster mom about the specific personality of a dog rather then assuming a dog follows breed traits. There are always variables. I bet you find a perfect match by telling the rescue what you are looking specifically in a dog.

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  • This is so ridiculous. She asked a simple, friendly question on a board titled "pets." The idea that people need to lurk here for a week before asking a pet-related question or else run the risk of being flamed for semantics is absurd. I get the reasoning behind not using cutesy names for mixed-breeds, but seriously, the average person is not passionate or well-educated enough about the subject of companion animals to make an immediate connection between a term like "chiweenie" and "BYB." So cut the girl some slack. Polite explanations about the reasoning behind this (some of which she got) are great, but the snotty "what are you, an idiot?" tone of some of the other responses are just uncalled for.

    I'm sorry, but this is just a huge pet peeve of mine about some posts I see on this board. Is it not possible to educate people without completely alienating them?  

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    This is so ridiculous. She asked a simple, friendly question on a board titled "pets." The idea that people need to lurk here for a week before asking a pet-related question or else run the risk of being flamed for semantics is absurd. 

    As a PP said, it's the polite thing to do. It's suggested on ALL message boards, not just the Pets board, and not just the Nest message boards.

    And she WAS given an explanation, and got snippy about it. Some of us find the term truly offensive, given all the work that we do to shut down BYBs and puppy mills.  

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    This is so ridiculous. She asked a simple, friendly question on a board titled "pets." The idea that people need to lurk here for a week before asking a pet-related question or else run the risk of being flamed for semantics is absurd. 

    As a PP said, it's the polite thing to do. It's suggested on ALL message boards, not just the Pets board, and not just the Nest message boards.

    And she WAS given an explanation, and got snippy about it. Some of us find the term truly offensive, given all the work that we do to shut down BYBs and puppy mills.  

    I think it was the explanation that was snippy in many cases. And while the fact that you find the term truly offensive is justifiable, it still doesn't mean this is something that is common knowledge to most people. And the FAQ is a gazillion pages long and would take the better part of an evening to wade through in it's entirety. I've been there.

    My point is, if you want to do something good for animals, do something good for the people who come here with honest questions, even if you've seen them a million times before and find them to be bone-headed. Answer them, politely, and try to redirect their thinking without implying that they are cruel and stupid for not automatically having the same views as you. You aren't helping your cause by coming off as condescending, you're just turning people off to everything you have to say. 

     

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    My point is, if you want to do something good for animals, do something good for the people who come here with honest questions, even if you've seen them a million times before and find them to be bone-headed. Answer them, politely, and try to redirect their thinking without implying that they are cruel and stupid for not automatically having the same views as you. You aren't helping your cause by coming off as condescending, you're just turning people off to everything you have to say.  

    To be honest, the board has had this conversation before. Several times, in fact. 

    Tone is hard to convey on the boards. I did not read the initial explanation (which was not given by me) as snippy. However, rather than try to understand the culture of the board she was visiting, the OP went on the attack. I'm not going to bother responding in a "polite" way. Been there, tried that, didn't work.  

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    image Mrs.Hizzo:

    My point is, if you want to do something good for animals, do something good for the people who come here with honest questions, even if you've seen them a million times before and find them to be bone-headed. Answer them, politely, and try to redirect their thinking without implying that they are cruel and stupid for not automatically having the same views as you. You aren't helping your cause by coming off as condescending, you're just turning people off to everything you have to say.  

    To be honest, the board has had this conversation before. Several times, in fact. 

    Tone is hard to convey on the boards. I did not read the initial explanation (which was not given by me) as snippy. However, rather than try to understand the culture of the board she was visiting, the OP went on the attack. I'm not going to bother responding in a "polite" way. Been there, tried that, didn't work.  

    I did not find the initial explanation snippy. It did, as the OP suggested, contain a lot of assumptions about where she was planning to obtain the dog, which is what apparently got her back up. Subsequent explanations were snippy.

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    He tends to have a nervous disposition when left alone, meeting new dogs, or extended periods away from home. He is CGC certified however (passing the part where he meets dogs, but he is still not fond of them) and loves to go out on dates.

    One thing we never really mastered was housebreaking. He was neutered young but continues to mark under stress..it comes and goes. Yes, we ruled out health issues first. He is otherwise potty trained but it was also difficult.

    He's very play driven, easily trained, incredibly friendly with people, and likes to chase cats. He LOVES LOOOOVES to dress up. He will put the clothes on himself if you hold them for him..He has so much attitude and personality, people always assume I mean 6 MONTHS old. Nope, he is 6 years! About 4 in the picture above, where he is on a playdate with my MIL's eskimo dog mix.

    Idk if they are all like this, we adopted him as a puppy from a local shelter and is the only "small" dogs I've ever really had. He's wonderful and I'm glad to have him in my life, I wish he would come live here. Wink

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  • This post is part of the reason why I don't come here anymore....FFS!  Can't take this s&%$.
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  • image Mrs.Hizzo:

    This is so ridiculous. She asked a simple, friendly question on a board titled "pets." The idea that people need to lurk here for a week before asking a pet-related question or else run the risk of being flamed for semantics is absurd. I get the reasoning behind not using cutesy names for mixed-breeds, but seriously, the average person is not passionate or well-educated enough about the subject of companion animals to make an immediate connection between a term like "chiweenie" and "BYB." So cut the girl some slack. Polite explanations about the reasoning behind this (some of which she got) are great, but the snotty "what are you, an idiot?" tone of some of the other responses are just uncalled for.

    I'm sorry, but this is just a huge pet peeve of mine about some posts I see on this board. Is it not possible to educate people without completely alienating them?  

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    This post is part of the reason why I don't come here anymore....FFS!  Can't take this s&%$.

    I agree 100%.

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