A few days ago I was reading HelloRigby! and she shared a post about her beautiful Shiba Inu, Rigby. I was immediately excited as the Shiba Inu is one of my favorite dog breeds. If I ever had a yard and the space I’d buy one in a second but I feel kind of bad having one in the middle of Atlanta. I’m just not convinced it’s a breed intended for my urban lifestyle. In her post Jenn mentioned that if you have a Shiba Inu you should go ahead and just be prepared to be asked, “What breed is that?” all of the time. I laughed immediately because I get the same question every single time I go out with my chiweenie.
People ask me on the street, at the restaurant, and in the elevator so I decided to follow suit and take today to introduce you to my breed, the Chiweenie!
What is a Chiweenie?
A chiweenie is a chihuahua/dachshund mixed breed and yes, Chiweenie is the recognized name (although not by AKC) for this mixed breed so don’t even try calling it a chishund or dachuahua, ok? They are typically 8 – 10 lbs but mine comes in at a hearty 12lbs. They average a lifespan of 12-14 years but mine is already 2 and I don’t like to think about only having 10 more years with my little snuggle pup.
Training is Awful
I read very early on that the Chiweenie is an “independent thinker” and quite stubborn making them difficult to train. They weren’t kidding! Training sessions have to be short and if you start to get frustrated (like, at all) they will shut down and quit. You also have to offer up plenty of love and treats as a reward (the Chiweenie is very food-motivated) because that independent thinker streak in them constantly prompts them to wonder, “What’s in it for me?” when told to do something. The thing is…you can’t give them just any food because they can be picky, especially when it comes to the treats. I struggled for a while to find a treat that he considered worthy of obeying for but he absolutely LOVES these Nutro Ultra snacks that we got from Chewy.
He will do anything for one of them, just look at how well he sits when he knows he’s getting one of these all-natural Salmon & Sunflower oil snacks! (Kidding, that dog is a fool)
Snuggling Loving Temperament
They are the sweetest, most loving, playful and cuddly dogs! Sometimes I struggle because all he wants to do is be on my lap or by my side ALL DAY LONG. I mean, it’s great when you want to cuddle but when you don’t you are simply out of luck. He is going to find a way on your lap and in your face. They also love to play but because they are a small breed you can play inside. Sometime I dance and he jumps around with me. Sometimes I throw his rope across the living room and we play fetch. Sometimes we go on a walk but he’s so small he wears out after 2 – 3 blocks. I’ve been told they should be a solo dog but he’s our dog #2 and our dogs get along great. He’s super friendly with other dogs but he can be skittish around other people. We adopted him from a rescue and he was abused in a previous home when he was only 6 weeks old so I’m sure that affects him. He’s a cuddler though once he knows you. He just wants all the love.
One last tip – don’t bother trying to attach their leash to a collar. Just invest in a dog harness right away and you’ll be much happier for it. Their long dachshund bodies and their huge bursts of energy mean they are super wiggly and a harness gives you much better control over your little monster!
- Do you have a dog? Tell me about your breed!