The smallest dog breed in the world, the Chihuahua was discovered in Mexico in 1850, and subsequently introduced to America. The popularization of the Chihuahua as a pet was a result of media coverage given to celebrities who adopt Chihuahuas as pets such as Marilyn Monroe and Paris Hilton. There are two official Chihuahua breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club today. These are the Long-haired Chihuahua and the Short-haired Chihuahua. Unofficially, other different breeds of Chihuahuas exist. These include the Teacup Chihuahua, Mini Chihuahua and Toy Chihuahua amongst others. The origins of these unofficial names were a result of Chihuahua breeders who dub their dogs accordingly based on their full grown size.ChihuahuaViansBigMacAttackMac2

The Long-haired Chihuahua is characterized by their smooth undercoat and long overcoat. The texture of its coat is long, thin and smooth to touch. The Long-haired Chihuahua has large eyes and erect ears, similar to that of a Pomeranian. In fact, it is not difficult for most people to mistaken a Long-haired Chihuahua for a Pomeranian given such similar characteristics. Surprisingly, this Chihuahua breed sheds little hair as compared to its Short-haired cousin. As a result, it is relatively popular with people who suffer from allergies. However, its long overcoat of hair can take a relatively long time to reach its full grown length, in most cases as long as a few years. It is important for owners of this breed of Chihuahua to frequently brush the hair of their Long-haired Chihuahua to prevent tangles that may occur to the hair of the Long-haired Chihuahua. It is also important for owners of the Long-haired Chihuahua to bath their pets on a regular monthly basis to prevent fleas and to maintain hygiene standards of their Long-haired Chihuahua.

Comparatively, the Short-haired Chihuahua as its name suggests has a shorter coat of hair as compared to its Long-haired cousin. However, it tends to shed more hair as compared to the Long-haired Chihuahua. Texture of the overcoat of this breed of Chihuahua is also different as compared to the Long-haired Chihuahua. Given its shorter coat of hair, the Short-haired Chihuahua is popular amongst people living in relatively warm countries.

Unofficial breeds of Chihuahuas such as the Teacup Chihuahua, Mini Chihuahua and Toy Chihuahua. These breeds of Chihuahuas are comparatively smaller as compared to regular Chihuahuas. Amongst these unofficial breeds, the Teacup Chihuahua is the most popular as a result of extensive media coverage of Paris Hilton’s Teacup Chihuahua, Tinkerbell Hilton. Spotted everywhere with Paris Hilton, Tinkerbell’s small size allows it to fit snugly into the socialite’s handbag. The small sized of these dogs make them popular with apartment dwellers as they do not require big open spaces as compared to other dogs. They are also relatively easy to train, sparing the owner the need to send them to dog schools for training. However, their small size results in greater fragility. These adorable dogs are extremely prone to health problems such as dehydration and respiratory problems. Their small size also means that they are unable to provide sufficient warmth for themselves, especially in colder countries.

In any case, Chihuahuas are relatively fragile pets and special attention must be accorded to taking care of them. Chihuahua adoption is also a long-term commitment as the average lifespan of these dogs is between 11 – 18 years. Given such, its is important for potential owners to consider carefully their ability to commit to their pets before adopting one.


You might have wondered, “What types of Chihuahuas are there?” Some said that there are 2 while other said that there are more than 2. Getting confused? You might have heard of terms like “toy”, “deer head”, “apple head” and “teacup” that are used to identify different types of Chihuahuas. In reality, there only 2 kinds of Chihuahuas. Those terms mentioned earlier are commonly used but they are not internationally recognized by major canine organizations like AKC or UKC.ChihuahuaDaisyphlox0417

The 2 types of Chihuahua are longhaired and shorthaired. Other then the type of coat that they possess, both Chihuahuas are very much alike to one another. Both are little in size and weighs 6 pounds or less. They are only 6-9 inches tall. It is definitely a good shopping companion for the ladies as they fit right into the handbag!

Both types of Chihuahuas have the same type of behavior. They can be pretty sensitive and can get easily jealous too, especially when in the presence on other dogs.

These Chihuahuas deserve the right amount of training so that you would not need to worry of it barking unnecessarily when your friends or relatives come for a visit.

This calls for some socializing. Be it shorthaired or longhaired Chihuahua, both types of Chihuahuas need some amount of socializing. This is not the case for Chihuahuas, which grew up in the presence of other dogs. Dogs that mature in the presence of other dogs can give-and-take.

Training can take place at home. As the owner, you will need to be extremely patient with your Chihuahua. Most breeders said that Chihuahuas are pretty easy to train.

Training should actually start as soon as you think that your Chihuahua is ready for it. Chihuahuas are very fragile creatures, so in the midst of training, do not hit and yell at your pet. This will only increase his fear towards you. At the end of the day, he will be even more scared to obey you. So, the least you could do is to make training sessions short and fun for both you and your pet.

Shorthaired Chihuahuas are definitely easier to take care. Longhaired Chihuahua would usually require more grooming. IF you notice that the fur coat is a little bit too long, then maybe it is time to give it a snip. Grooming is very important to keep your longhaired Chihuahua happy and healthy. Make sure that you give your longhaired Chihuahua a good brush after a big day out. Shampoos with “natural green tea extracts” are good for a fluffy and healthy coat.

While you might notice that every Chihuahua have different physical appearance, their attitude and behavior is very much alike. If you love the fluffy looks on dogs, then you should go for the longhaired Chihuahua. If you prefer a simple looking dog, the shorthaired Chihuahua will do just fine. Teacup and toy Chihuahuas are just used to differentiate these dog sizes. Not much difference lies within them.

here are so many breeders selling so called teacup dogs, but are they really a teacup size? Teacup dogs are dogs that are small enough to fit in a teacup, giving rise to the name. They are being bred smaller and smaller, because it is believed that is what people want. Puppies whose size has been intentionally reduced to fit into a teacup are prone to all sorts of health complications. Should we continue to reduce their sizes or just enjoy the miniature sizes that are available now.TeacupChihuahuapedro2

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Often the term “teacup dog” is used as a marketing ploy to drive up the price of a puppy, as some people find the extremely small size desirable. The term teacup dog covers many varieties of miniature or toy breeds of dog.

Chihuahuas and Maltese are examples of toy dog breeds. There is no such thing as a “Toy Chihuahua“, or “toy Maltese”. Chihuahuas and Maltese are already toy breeds so the term Toy Maltese is a misnomer and leads the buyer to believe they are getting something even smaller. The AKC standard for a toy breed is 6 lbs and under which, at the time of writing, would cover so-called teacup breeds. To say a dog is a teacup Chihuahua possibly suggests that its growth was stunted at birth and therefore have defects that may not be obvious when purchased.

Making the most of normal small breed dogs will give you more satisfaction than a dog that is not correctly bred.

Introduction of size breeding

Some dog breeds such as the Shi Tzu (Tibetan Temple Dog, Tibetan Lion Dog) have always been small while other breeds have been reduced from their standard size to miniature and toy.

Before and during the early part of the 19th century all dogs were working dogs to a certain degree. Breeding of dogs specifically for appearance was introduced in the mid 19th Century. Take for example the classic Poodle.

Poodles were used as a water fowling dog for many years until their size was reduced to allow them to become a housedog and reduced further to become a lap dog. Many people like the smaller breeds because they have a more genteel appearance. Breeds that are naturally small are fun but also very protective despite their size.

For many small breed owners, dressing their “babies” in cute clothes has become the latest trend. There is nothing wrong with that as long as the puppy is comfortable. Wearing a coat indoors may not be necessary and may make the puppy unnecessarily hot but the use of a jacket when outside may be beneficial in keeping a chill at bay, especially when they have been short groomed.

Maltese, Pomeranians, Yorkies, Miniature Pinscher, and Papillion’s are just some of the dogs that are ideal to wear clothes. There are all sorts of small dog clothing available and includes dog robes, dog raincoats, dog dresses and dog coats. There are even booties available to protect their tiny feet.

The saying, adopt a dog, save a life has never embodied a more urgent a plea. Across the fruited plain, in cities, towns and hamlets, upscale, downscale and no scale communities, dogs are being abandoned and too often forgotten. Confused and frightened, dogs and puppies are simply left alone without food or water in foreclosed homes. Others are dropped off on lonely roads, in parks and woodlands. The lucky ones have been given to new homes and families, to dog rescues or no kill dog shelters for later adoption.ChihuahuaChiChiBelleRottieFence

Revealing just how the severe the crisis is, Sharon L. Peters of USA Today writes, ” They’re arriving by the thousands every month, homeless, hapless victims of foreclosure…are landing in…(dog) shelters in large numbers in some parts of the country.

And this is not an isolated occurrence “We’re seeing more and more cases of people leaving their homes and dropping the dog off at the shelter and…. in the local park,” says Michael Mountain, president of Best Friends Animal Society. “Sometimes they even just tie the dog up outside and drive off.”

Eileen Drennen of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution brought it all home in with an actual case history “One abandoned dog Lt. Mary Lou Respess can’t get out of her mind is a Chihuahua. He’d been tied up so long, said the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter manager, his collar had gotten embedded in his skin and had to be surgically removed. He’s one of hundreds whose owners have left them behind.

Small enough to fit in a shoe box, this Chihuahua’s guardians saw fit to abuse and desert their tiny dog.

While we are sympathetic to the plight of folks who are suffering as a result of the economic and mortgage meltdown we have zero tolerance for cruelty and neglect as demonstrated here.

And this abject cruelty and neglect extends across dog breeds and sizes as well.

In Stockton, California, Evelyn Nieves of the Associated Press wrote, “The house was ravaged by owners who trashed their home before a bank foreclosed on it. Hidden in the wreckage was an abandoned member of the family: a starving pit bull.

The dog found by workers was too far gone to save …”

So what can be done?

Here’s a few suggestions:

– The ASPCA suggests that you try to find someone to foster or adopt your dog. Check with your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers.

– Make the effort to find a no-kill shelter. It’s extra work but it is your responsibility. There is no excuse for taking the easy way out when your dog’s life is at stake.

– Contact local dog rescue organizations to see if they can help you find a home.

– Advertise your adoptable dog in a dog-specific classified ad listing. Screen potential adopters carefully. Rescue groups can help you with a set of questions such as: where the dog will live and what would be a reason for them to get rid of a dog . Do not advertise “free dog” in your ad as there are unscrupulous people who will take free dogs with little regard for their well being and some have even sold family pets to animal testing labs.

– Contact your veterinarian. He/she may also be able to find a new home or temporary guardian for your dog. Never drop your dog off in a crate or box on the veterinarian’s doorstep as this can be unsafe. He might escape or suffer from a lack of water or temperature fluctuation before help arrives.

– Contact your local animal shelter or animal control facility to see whether it will accept your dog and assist in finding it a new home .

– Support legislation in your area:

California, one the of states hit hardest by the sub-mortgage meltdown is considering Assembly Bill 2949, which would allow bank representatives to immediately seek potentially life-saving help for animals abandoned at foreclosed properties. The bill is supported by the ASPCA and the California Animal Association.

It is never OK to leave the family pet to fend for himself. There are options and we should all be compassionately vigilant to help educate those facing economic hardship that will tear them from their home and split up their family. Many people will welcome the help at a time when they simply don’t know where to turn or what to do.

Others, sadly, will not be responsive to help and will continue to take the easy way out by abandoning their dogs. That’s where all of us have a responsibility to work within our own communities, with dog rescues, veterinarians and dog shelters to help re-home man’s best friend, when his family, in an act of inexcusable cruelty, forecloses on his love and loyalty and he is left behind.

When you go into a shelter, I’m sure you’ve noticed that they are usually full of dogs. The actual statistics on how many dogs die each year in the shelters vary, but I think I’d be safe to say that at least 60% that go in, don’t come out. I thought that I would explain why this issue is so important and what we can all do to help save the dogs in our country from becoming another shelter statistic.ChihuahuaChiChiBelle2FrenchFries

Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders are one of the main causes of dog overpopulation. They breed dogs as a commodity, not caring about the health and welfare of their breeding stock, or the puppies they produce. These dogs usually are sold in Pet Stores as pure breed or designer breed dogs. They are sold at a premium price and oftentimes are sick and their temperaments are suspect and usually end up in shelters and rescues with serious illness or behavior problems.

People who allow their dogs to remain unaltered are also a main cause of dog overpopulation. The resulting puppies are almost always mixed bred who are sold in newspapers and grocery store parking lots. The people who sell their puppies this way have no way of knowing where these puppies are going and most will end up in the shelters due to a variety of reasons.

People who don’t think through the process of getting a puppy or adult dog also contribute to the dog overpopulation problem. These are the ones who end up getting rid of their dog several months or sometimes years later, because; the dog got too big, the dog needs too much attention, the dog needs too much exercise, or the dog doesn’t get along with the new baby.

The solution to this problem is simple.

1. Don’t buy puppies from puppy mills, backyard breeders, Pet Stores or grocery parking lots. Cutting off those that supply sick puppies or dogs breed purely for money will force them to get into a different business as soon as the money runs dry. When purchasing a puppy, either adopt them from a shelter, rescue or a reputable breeder. How do you know they are reputable? They allow you to come to their kennel and meet BOTH parents. They care about the breed and they care about YOU. They should ask you a variety of questions to ensure their puppies are going to a good home. You should feel as though you are going through a serious inquiry. This means they care.
2. Always have your dogs altered at six months of age. They will be healthier, less hormonal and thus, easier to handle, and they will not have puppies and contribute to the problem.
3. Consider adopting an older dog from the shelter. People tell me all the time that they want a puppy so it will bond with them and so they can ensure they grow up well socialized with good manners. These assumptions are INCORRECT. An older dog may have some “bad habits”, but most can be alleviated with a good dog behaviorist and a couple of months;  while a puppy will take over a YEAR to raise. All dogs require time and effort….why not give that time to a dog that will otherwise be put down?
4. And last, but not least, THINK before you get a dog. Consider all the things that go with owning a dog and make sure you are prepared for it.  Do you have the money, the space, the time to devote to another living thing in your house? And make sure you choose the RIGHT dog for you. This will eliminate the dog from being brought to a shelter or rescue when it’s discovered that dogs need all of the above to be happy.

Owning a dog is one of the most wonderful things in the world. EVERYONE should know the love of a dog. Please make sure you are informed when you decide you are ready to add more love to your family and help us who advocate for the dogs to keep them out of shelters and rescue and keep them in the home; where they belong.

The Miniature Pinscher might be small, but these compact, resolute, muscular dogs should not be ignored. In spite of their unintimidating size, Min Pins provide excellent protection for their family as watchdogs. These wonderful dogs can be summed up in the interesting contrast of being fearless yet loving and gentle.ChihuahuaChiChiBelle1

A common misconception about these chiseled, energetic dogs is that they are the tiny descendents of Doberman Pinschers. They are actually not related at all to their large counterparts. Min Pins were developed in Germany from Terrier breeds. Many experts also think that there was some crossing done with Italian Greyhounds. This breed is popular today as a household pet, but originally they were meant hunt rats and other vermin.

Many owners believe this breed is not for everyone. They can become aggressive with other dogs, but are good with well behaved children as long as authority are socialized early. In fact, a lot of their personality depends on how they that is raised as puppies. A large number of breeders also recommend that owners purchase an exercise pen.

Though they sometimes appear delicate, Miniature Pinschers are quite a healthy and hearty breed with few genetic disorders. Simple, minimal maintenance such as cleaning their teeth and trimming their nails will keep them healthy. In fact, their biggest health risk is a child that plays with them too roughly. They aren’t for everyone, but they will make a wonderful pet for anyone willing to love them as much as they deserve.

So you want a new best friend. Well why not choose a new best friend known for its undying loyalty and dependability…a dog. But what kind of dog should you get? Simple…first you need to understand your reason for getting a dog.

For example, are you looking for a protector? Then maybe a German Shepherd or a Rottweiler is what you are looking for. Are you more interested in a dog known for its ability to do tricks so you can impress your friends? Then any dog in the terrier or poodle families may be the best choice for you. Maybe you’re overly impressed with the “cuteness” factor of toy breeds.2 Cocker Spaniels, Chihuahuas, or Shih Tzus may be for you. So let’s take a look at the different breeds.

It can be a daunting task to decide on what kind of dog to buy. There are breeds from which to choose. So how do does the inexperienced future dog owner decide. Simple. The first thing every future master should know is that all dogs, no matter their breed, can be lumped together into four major groups; Working dogs, Sporting Dogs, Toy Dogs and the Mutt. First you have to know why you want a dog. So let’s look at the four categories.ChihuahaMilo1


Working dogs include German Shephards, Rottweilers, Collies, Hounds and nearly all of the larger breeds. These are breeds known for the fierce loyalty, their quick minds and their ability to learn quickly. Shephards and Rottweilers are good for protection and search and rescue. Retrievers and Setters are highly valued to hunters for their ability to swim and track prey. Collies are known for their instinctive herding ability and have been a very important member of the rancher’s families for hundreds of years. Hounds are fantastic trackers and are used by search and rescue teams all over the world because of their incredible sense of smell.


Retrievers and Setters are the two major exceptions to the rule that most large breeds belong to the working dog category. Retrievers and Setters are highly valued by the sporting and hunting communities for their instinctive ability to retrieve. Hunters use Labrador Retrievers for hunting various birds, especially ducks. Labs are known for their love of the water. That, combined with their innate love of the game fetch, makes the lab the number-one choice of hunters and other sportsman.


Toy breeds seem to have the most press in recent years thanks to their popularity with celebrities. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have brought the Chihuahua back into the spotlight. Jessica Simpson is pushing the lovability of the Maltese. The strongest drawing card for these breeds is the all-powerful “cute factor.” These are the breeds, which also include Shih Tzu’s, Terriers, Pugs and Dachshunds, which are routinely spoiled to the point that their owners no longer realize they even have a canine. They are convinced they have a little human in the house.


Of the breeds available, Mutts are probably the most plentiful and the most diverse. Everything from a Cockapoo (part Cocker, part Poodle) to a Rottsund (part Rottweiller, part Dachshund) is available. Mutts come in all shapes, sizes, colors, temperaments and personalities. And they can be found in every Humane Society and Rescue Society in the world. They can be smart and they can be stupid. They can be cute and they can be downright ugly. And the best part…with a Mutt, there’s definitely a dog out there for everyone.

There are of course other things to consider when buying a dog. What is its reputation with children? How big do they get? What are the health problems associated with a certain breed? Am I going to show the dog or is it primarily going to be a pet? All good questions, and all should be thoroughly researched before deciding on a certain breed. But before you consider the answers to breed-specific questions, you should understand your own reasons for owning a dog. If you are looking for a protector and go to the local pound and take home a Chihuahua, neither you or Tinkerbelle are going to be happy. So before you do your research and decide to buy a dog, do a little soul searching. If you understand and accept your own reasons for getting a dog, it will make you a more understanding owner. That understanding translates to a happy dog. And isn’t that what all dog owners want.

Chihuahua Care

October 15, 2009

Chihuahuas, like any other purebred dog, need some special care. When considering a new breed to purchase, always be informed. Read what you can and ask others who own the particular breed for their opinion. The more information you have, the happier you and your dog will be.TeacupChihuahuapedro11

There are differing opinions on how often to bathe a Chihuahua. Bathing too often can dry out the natural oils in the coat, thus causing dandruff and itching. Others say shampooing occasionally with special shampoos enhance the coat’s sheen. Another suggestion is that you bath your Chihuahua once per month. Ask your veterinarian or local pet store what they suggest. One certainty is that when bathing, take care to not get water in the chis ears. It can lead to infection.

Since Chihuahuas are most often indoor dogs, their nails will need trimming. Trim at least once per month. Start this routine early and be consistent. It will help your dog become used to the clippers as well as having its paws handled.

Ask your veterinarian about your dog’s nutritional needs. Some suggest that puppies be fed four times per day after weaning at six weeks. From three to six months, reduce the amount to three meals per day. Then, from six months to one year, two meals. Lastly, once they reach adulthood at one year, one meal per day is fine. Regular dry adult food works fine for this breed. Soft, canned dog food can lead to diarrhea. A mix is often preferred.

A Chihuahua’s large eyes attract dust and dirt. And, being so close to the ground, it will pick up quite a lot. So, Chihuahuas produce tears to cleanse their eyes. It is normal to see the area around the eye slightly wet. The tears should be clear with the consistency of water. Should the tears have any other appearance, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Be careful when selecting treats for your chi. Choose those made for small breeds and if rewarding with “people” food, only in the tiniest amounts. Do not over-indulge your dog. It can easily lead to an overweight and unhealthy companion!

Ask your veterinarian about a schedule for periodic cleaning of your dog’s ears and teeth and for vaccinations.

Chis are delightful, hardy little dogs. Given the proper care, they will thrive for many years.

It is a Chihuahua’s nature to be aggressive and stubborn and very difficult to train. A Chihuahua takes itself very seriously and expects you to take it seriously as well, when you do not it gets angry. When you take on a Chihuahua rescue dog not only do you have all of that going on, but now you have the added dimension of whatever damage the trauma has caused the and what you will need to do to get through that. It is a frustrating thing to train a Chihuahua and they do not adapt well to being mistreated so it will take time to get through to your new dog.Attack Chihuahua

Before you can even hope to getting to even the most basic of house training you are going to need to get through to your dog and let them know that everything is alright and that they are safe in their new home and they are loved. All you can really do is shower the dog with love and attention and wait for it to sink in that it no longer needs to defend itself in its own home.

Chihuahuas normally do not respond well to any type of punishment at all. Under a normal training circumstance any sort of punishment runs the risk of creating aggressive behavior in the dog and undoing any progress that may have been made in the training of the dog. When you get a Chihuahua rescue dog you are dealing with a dog that has a great amount of negative experience behind it and that is something that you are going to have to deal with, without using punishment. It can be frustrating but refrain from punishment of any kind when interacting with your Chihuahua.

Under the best of circumstances housebreaking a Chihuahua can take months and in some cases may never even work. When you get a Chihuahua that has been through trauma it is either not housebroken or it refuses to be housebroken in response to what it has been through. Use standard housebreaking methods but be prepared to have to resort to litter box training or something else if standard methods do not work. Give standard methods a few months to work as it does take time.

A normal Chihuahua will begin life feeling that it has to defend its own possessions and territory. While this will look terribly cute it is behavior that needs to be curbed immediately before it gets worse. In a Chihuahua rescue dog that instinct to violently protect itself and it’s possessions may be very strong so you are going to need to exercise a lot of patience and show the dog that it is loved and safe where it is. It will take time but more than likely you will have to deal with it.

If you need advice or help with your rescue dog you can always call your vet, as they will usually have some great advice for you on what you should do in various situations. If you know of a Chihuahua breeder in your area then see if they will offer you advice as well. You can never get too much good advice when raising a rescue dog.

Mull over the Chweenie! The what, you say?! The Chweenie is a charming breed, melding all of the best characteristics of its ancestors, the Chihuahua and the Miniature Dachshund. wholesale dog breeders do not breed this odd combination intentionally; but natural desire sometimes insists and voila! The half of the moniker “weenie” derives from the nickname for Dachshunds: “weiner dogs” because of their elongated, slim, Oscar Mayer torsos. The look is so sweet you can barely keep from hugging them!ChihuahuaEYES

What characteristics of the two kinds blend in the chweenie? Is is thought that the Chihuahua was raised to contain the rodent population in Mexican cities, where the dogs used to wander in wholesale dog gangs to find prey. But they went on to become the dears of the rich and famous, particularly debutantes. Carried in purses and accompanying their best human friends to restaurants, wholesale dog stores, and everywhere else, the little dogs became a mark of success. As little as just two pounds, with pointy ears, silky or smooth coat, of brindle or tan, the Chihuahua is the embodiment of the babying that humans do to indulge dogs. Remember the pictures of Paula Abdul with her fascinating Chihuahua? These little darlings get dolled up; groomed; have ribbons put in their little topknots, and they nestle blissfully with their besotted owners!

The Dachshund is nearly the contrary. It was raised as a hunter. It is a true scent hound, following its prey mainly by sense of smell, although its hearing is very sharp as well. Its broad front, longish floppy ears (that can also perk up straight), squat limbs and elongated torso make it perfect for searching out animals that live underground and, in fact, it was originally a specialist in hunting badgers. The Dachshund is adamantly steadfast, but not particularly fond of humans other than its own. The miniature Dachshund has the characteristics of its more ordinary-sized counterparts, but packed in a bitty torso. Even as a miniature dog, it is not inclined to exhibit the wholesale dog human syncophancy that the Chihuahua works on.

Put them together and what have you got? A little mutt with ears that are either straight up or drooped down, broad chest, elongated torso, but often without the stumpy limbs of the Dachshund. The chweenie keeps some of the enthusiastic qualities of the Chihuahua, but hunting talent goes to its core and the chweenie more often than not will be enthused about the chance to hunt in his backyard. The cheweenie does not comprehend that it is pint-sized and won’t confine itself to prey its size, so don’t permit it to run free in the woods! Don’t count on gussying up your chweenie or transporting it around with you to the fancy wholesale dog food stores; they are too freedom-loving for the kind of fussing that Chihuahuas naturally attract.

The chweenie: really, really appealing but no-nonsense. If you buy one, you won’t have second thoughts.