The process of adopting chiweenies begins before you contact the pound, humane society or rescue group with determining if they are the right dog for your home. These little dogs often find their way to the adoption organization because a family took them without understanding their special needs. Rescue organizations often require the family to complete an application and pay an adoption fee. Some organizations also require a home visit.
Chiweenies are crosses between a Chihuahua and dachshund. While they do not mind cuddling for a while, they also have lots of energy and like to play. Both of the parent breeds bark a lot, which sometimes makes chiweenies inappropriate for living in an apartment, where they sometimes disturb the neighbors.
The chiweenie is a small dog, typically weighing between 8 and 10 pounds. This small size makes them inappropriate for homes with young children. While they are typically healthy pets, with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years, they have some of the health problems from their parent breeds, including back problems.
Chiweenies are somewhat stubborn and difficult to train. This makes housebreaking the small dog difficult. They respond best to treats and praise, but they are very resistant to harsh training methods. When a chiweenie notices its owner is getting frustrated with it, the dog is likely to resist training altogether. Owners that incorporate play into training are the most successful with these dogs.