Designer dogs are not for everyone, but no one could really deny the charm and adorability of Chiweenie puppies. If you’ve never heard of Chiweenie puppies before, you’re in for a treat. Chiweenies are a breed of dogs that’s a mix between Dachshunds and Chihuahuas. They are the perfect lap dogs, but don’t mistake their size as a reflection of their temperaments. These dogs may be small, but they tend to have the biggest personalities. Before you go on to get yourself a Chiweenie puppy, read about these 10 tips on how to care for them to get yourself ready.
As small as these dogs are, it’s interesting to know that they are most prone to obesity. This is due largely to the Chiweenie’s incredible appetite. You absolutely cannot allow the dog to free feed during the day. It’s important that you stay on schedule and offer your pet a properly balanced meal. The best foods you can give your Chiweenie would be high-quality dry dog food. With a small stomach, your puppy will likely need to eat twice a day. However, you should split a full meal into two portions instead of offering your pup two full meals—that would be too much.
They are definitely stubborn animals, especially as pups. This is where your patience needs to kick in. You’ll likely find it challenging to train your Chiweenie, but that’s when you need to be ever more vigilant about it. The trick is to keep your training sessions as short as possible. Always keep treats available to reward your puppy for a job well done. Remember that Chiweenie pups don’t respond very well to harsh treatments, so try to avoid that as much as possible.
All dogs need some type of exercise. With the size of Chiweenies, they really don’t need as much. However, they do need regular exercise because they have a lot of energy to expend. Whether your Chiweenie runs around the house or in the yard doesn’t really matter. All it needs is a little bit of space. Just remember that if you allow your dog to play outdoors, they are small enough to be snatched by a bird of prey—you wouldn’t want that to happen at all.
4. Rough play
Because of a Chiweenie’s temperament, they don’t respond very well to rough play. This means that they wouldn’t be the best pet for families that have younger children or toddlers. Older kids will have a better understanding on how to play with Chiweenies properly. In addition, they are extremely small dogs and are prone to injury if not treated with care.
Part of being a Chiweenie is being jealous. These puppies tend to get attached to their humans easily, as they like to always be cuddled and held. Because of this jealousy, it’s difficult to own other pets when you have a Chiweenie. Your dog will want all your attention to itself and no one else. Though they may not do well with other animals in the house, there’s still hope for multiple pets in the house. As long as you introduce a new animal while the Chiweenie is still a puppy, it might be able to just get used to the idea of another pet in your home.
6. Guard dogs
Chiweenies happen to be excellent guard dogs. It might be due to the Chihuahua side of their genetics, but they tend to be fierce and fearless. Although it’s generally a good thing, a fearless dog can also be a danger to itself. Fearless pups are almost always the ones who will dare to get out of its safe and comfort area. There’s so much danger to a dog that just wanders off on its own. It can get lost or killed or even taken. Make sure to always keep an eye out for your puppy, and never leave open any doors or gates to the outside.
7. Coat care
Chiweenie coats come in two different types: short or long. If you have a Chiweenie with short hair, you really don’t have much to worry about in terms of care apart from the regular wash. If you have a Chiweenie with longer hair, you’ll have to brush your dog’s coat at least 2 to 3 times a week. This will minimize the shedding tremendously.
This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your pet pup. Socializing your Chiweenie will give it an opportunity to learn about other animals and humans. It’s also important that you start socializing your Chiweenie as early as possible. It’s as easy as taking your pup to the dog park or allowing your friends and/or family to interact with your Chiweenie.
9. Mental health
Chiweenies are known to be intelligent animals. They like entertainment as much as they like challenges. To consistently stimulate your pet’s brain, make sure you provide it with a number of activities to do—especially if you aren’t going to be home to interact with. Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your Chiweenie entertained and focused. You wouldn’t want your pet to get bored and maybe even depressed.
As mentioned earlier, Chiweenie puppies like to cuddle. For these animals it’s more of a preference thing rather than a habit. They like attention, and they won’t let you be until they get it. If you aren’t particularly the cuddly type, then Chiweenie puppies might not be the right dogs for you. But if you foresee yourself cuddling and holding your Chiweenie every chance you get, then you might be the perfect human match to own one of these adorable pets.