The Chiweenie is a crossbreed between Chihuahua and Dachshund. These are loyal, energetic, and playful dogs. Some other names for this breed include Weeniehuahua, the Mexican Hot Dog, German Taco, Choxie, etc. Chiweenies are perfect dogs for one-person households and small apartments. One thing is certain, you will never be bored with a Chiweenie in your house. These are the reasons why Chiweenie puppies are so popular and hard to find these days.
However, if you want to buy a puppy, you first need to know if that dog breed is the right choice for you. This article will help you to answer that question.
What You Need To Know Before Buying Chiweenie Puppies?
Before buying Chiweenie puppies or any puppy for that matter, you need to first ask yourself several questions.
- Do you have enough financial stability to properly care for the dog?
- Do you have enough time to fulfill the dog’s needs (exercise, walks, playtime)?
- Is your apartment or house big enough to accommodate a dog?
- Are the dog’s temperament and personality compatible with yours?
Below you will find some basic information about the Chiweenie breed that will help you decide if this is the right breed for you.
As is the case with all designer breeds, there is really no clear breed standard regarding the Chiweenie’s weight and size due to differences between individuals of the breed. However, since Chiweenie is a mix between two small dog breeds, you can expect to own a small dog.
Therefore, an average Chiweenie will stand between 6 and 10 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 5 and 12 pounds.
Personality & Temperament
Chiweenies are playful, charming, and affectionate, but they are also spunky and confident dogs. A Chiweenie tends to have one favorite person in the household and develop a strong bond with and loyalty to that individual. These dogs are best suited for smaller families with older children as they need lots of attention.
Short coats Chiweenies are a great option for people that suffer from allergies. There are also long coat Chiweenies, but luckily both types are fairly easy to groom. Generally, one good brushing per week will do the trick. Also, make sure to brush your dog’s teeth at least three times a week, although daily brushing would be perfect. Bathe the dog and trim his nails when needed and check the dog’s ears for the signs of infection and inflammation.
These are intelligent dogs, but they also tend to be stubborn and strong-willed. Therefore, training them can be a challenging task. However, with a bit of patience, persistence, and positive reinforcement methods you will eventually succeed.
Like all dog breeds, Chiweenies are also prone to certain diseases and health issues. The most common ones include:
- Dental issues
- Knee and joint issues
- Degenerative disc disease
An average Chiweenie will live between 12 and 15 years old.
Cost of owning a Chiweenie puppy?
Chiweenie puppies are very popular, especially among urban dwellers. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Chiweenie puppies are also quite expensive. Generally, expect to pay from $400 to $800 for a puppy. Also, owning a Chiweenie will cost you $800 per year on average.
Goldens Club Guide: What To Look For When Buying A Puppy?
When buying a puppy, never give your money before meeting the breeder in person and visiting the facility. A good, reputable breeder will ask you questions to see if you are fit to care for the puppies. Also, a good breeder will be happy to talk about the puppies, their parents and answer all your questions.
Make sure to ask for the health clearances of both parents and ask to see them if possible to check their demeanor and behavior.
Even if you receive all the necessary health clearances and guarantees, you still need to check the puppies, interact with them and choose the best one. This is what you need to do:
Check the coat
Check the puppy’s coats for dry scaly flakes, bumps on the skin, dandruff, or open sores. The puppy’s coat should be clean, without excess oil, dried skin, or bald patches.
Look at the eyes
Puppy’s eyes should be bright, clear, and shiny, whites of the eyes should be white with no traces of other colors. Also, look for the traces of discharge as they are a signal something is wrong with the puppy.
Check the ears
Pick the puppy and look inside the ear canal, check for the signs of black specks, drainage, or wax buildup. Also, there shouldn’t be any bad smell coming from the ears.
Look at the nose
Contrary to popular belief, a warm and dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog is ill. On the other hand, a discharge is never a good sign, especially a green mucous discharge that is a sign of fungus or bacterial infection.
Take a look at the puppy’s mouth
Open the puppy’s mouth and check the teeth and gums. Teeth should be white, gums pink and there should be no bad breath.
Also, make sure to check the puppy’s bite. A Maltipoo puppy should have a scissors bite, which means that the top and bottom teeth should fit together evenly and smoothly.
Listen to the breathing
Pick up the puppy and listen to its breathing. If you hear the wheezing and rasping sounds, it’s not good.
Observe how the puppy walks
A healthy puppy will walk without any visible problems. However, dizzy, wobbly gait, limping, or signs of pain are big warning signs.
Check puppy’s responsiveness and alertness
A healthy puppy should be active, alert, and responsive to you. Avoid puppies that seem lethargic and weak.
Check if the puppies in the litter have been socialized
The best way to check if the puppies have been raised with attention and love is to drop something that will make noise. If the puppies startle but very quickly recover, it’s a good litter. On the other hand, if the puppies seem terrified and run away, it’s a good sign they have been neglected and raised in isolation.
Observe puppy’s interaction with other puppies
Stand back and observe how puppies play with each other. Mark the puppies who appear dominant and headstrong and those that are withdrawn, these are not puppies for you. Dominant puppies tend to develop into dogs that have behavioral issues, while withdrawn and skittish puppies are most likely ill.
Choose the puppy whose behavior sits in the middle of the range, one that is neither dominant nor shy.
Interact with puppies
Now it’s time to interact with puppies. As soon as you enter the puppy pen, they should jump on you and swarm you. However, if they are afraid or run away from you, this is not the litter for you.
Pick up puppies you find most interesting
Pick up and interact with the few puppies you find most interesting. Turn the puppy on his back gently and place your hand on his chest. If the puppy squirms and tries to get away, but it’s not aggressive and doesn’t try to bite you, things are looking good. Otherwise, don’t buy any of the pups.
Always ask for health guarantees
Always ask for health clearances of both parents and health guarantees for the puppy. All breeders should offer at least a basic health guarantee. You will probably need to sign a contract that obligates you to see the vet within 48 to 72 after purchase for a full health examination. If the puppy doesn’t pass the health test, you can then exchange it for another puppy.