Chiweenies are part Dachshund and part Chihuahua and have a friendly and loving disposition. This small dog weighs 8 to 10 pounds and does well in a variety of households, including those with children and seniors, as well as homes with or without yards.
Chiweenies are very active and playful, so they require exercise and a healthy diet that supports their activity. Once they get all of their energy out, they are very likely to cuddle up to one of the household members. When training a Chiweenie, keep sessions short and interesting. Chiweenies are stubborn and require a lot of praise and treats for any job well done; being aggressive with this breed does not work. They become even more resistant if they sense any kind of frustration.
Despite their small size, their vocal nature makes them a great watch dog as they are not shy about notifying their families about the presence of visitors and impostors. When they are puppies, it is best to introduce them to as many other people and animals as possible. This helps to bring out their naturally friendly nature as they grow older. The life expectancy of a Chiweenie is 12 to 15 years.