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Chiweenies – Nickname: Mexican Hotdogs

Chiweenies:  Chihuahua / Dachshund Hybrid

The Chiweenie is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Chiweenies are fascinating because no two that I have ever seen that look alike, probably because there are so many variations of both Chihuahuas and Dachshunds.  I have also heard them called Dachschis, but Chiweenie is the registered name for this generally sweet hybrid designer dog. At least our 3 are all loveable lickers, which they get from the Dachshund side but they are also independent, which they get from their Chihuahua mom. 

Recognized Names:
American Canine Hybrid Club = Chiweenie
Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Chiweenie
International Designer Canine Registry® = Chiweenie

Chiweenies, in general, have great dispositions!!

Daphnee, a 3 ½ year old Miniature Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie)

Daphnee is a Miniature Dachshund / Chihuahua mix. "Her mother was the Dachshund and dad the Chihuahua.

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 9 months old

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 9 months old. "This picture really shows the Dachshund on him."

"Jager’s Dad is a purebred Miniature Brindle Dachshund (he has the exact coloring) and his mom is a red Chiweenie (half Mini Dachshund half Chihuahua)."

Taffy is half long-haired Dachshund and half Chihuahua.

Luigi Von Hunkledink Sabo is full grown and only 6 pounds. His mother was a Dachshund, father was a Toy Chihuahua.

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 6 months old

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 6 months old.

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) at 2 months old

Gus, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie) – at 2 months old.

Chalupa, the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old

Chalupa, the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old.

Chalupa, the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old

Chalupa, the Chihuahua-Dachshund mix (Chiweenie) at 8 months old.

CoCo, the Dachshund / Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie). "Her mother is a miniature brown haired Dachshund and her dad is a long haired Chihuahua."

PJ, a Chiweenie at 11 years old

"PJ, at age 11. PJ lounging poolside after a dip in the pool.

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Apachi, at age 4, Dad was a Dachshund and Mom was a Chihuahua

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Angelina, at age 3, (attending a B-Day party in photo) is 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Dachshund (Apachi above is her dad and her Mom is a purebred 1/2 long-haired 1/2 short haired Fawn faced Chihuahua)

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Princess, at age 3.  Princess is 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Dachshund (Apachi above is her dad and her Mom is a purebred 1/2 long-haired 1/2 short haired Fawn faced Chihuahua)

Magnum, at age 18-Months. Magnum is 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Dachshund (Apachi above is her dad and her Mom is a purebred 1/2 long-haired 1/2 short haired Fawn faced Chihuahua)

Goji Posing for the Camera - 04.25.09

Goji, at age 2.  Goji is 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Dachshund (Apachi above is her dad and her Mom is a purebred 1/2 long-haired 1/2 short haired Fawn faced Chihuahua)

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Chiweenie Pups Angelina, Princess, Goji and Magnum at age 22-days with their Chihuahua Mom, Angel, Age 3 (a purebred 1/2 long-haired 1/2 short haired Fawn faced Chihuahua)

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November 27, 2010 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pets | 4 Comments

Alternative Dog Arthritis Treatment Series Part 1 – An Introduction

Dog arthritis has no cure; however, there are many forms of treatment available. Modern veterinary medicine utilizes painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, supplements, and if necessary, surgery, to improve the quality life of dogs suffering from dog arthritis. However there has been burgeoning number of dog owners and even vets exploring non-standard treatments – alternative medicine is not so alternative these days.

This article introduces you to some of the common alternative treatments for dog arthritis and watch out for more articles that explain alternative medicines in much more detail.

Alternative Treatments for Dog Arthritis.
  1. 1. Acupuncture. This ancient healing practice uses needles, finger pressure, heat and other methods on specific points of the body.   Acupuncture was first practiced in China several thousand years ago and it spread to the neighboring lands of Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. In China, acupuncture is accepted as mainstream medicine while in the US numerous studies are still being conducted to prove its efficacy. Despite not being proven to help there are many people in the US and abroad who feel it helps their dogs greatly. In veterinary medicine, acupuncture is used in the treatment for allergies, constipation, kidney disorders, and kidney disease. It is also believed to be effective in managing the pain caused by dog arthritis. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that the correct placements of needles on your dog’s body will trigger the production of endorphins. These block pain pathways in a dog’s nervous system.
  2. Chiropractors. Chiropractors use fast, gentle motions on a dog’s musculoskeletal system to restore normal movement of joints. The method focuses on the spine because it is here that ailments are able to cause negative effects on the body through the central nervous system.
  3. Herbal Medicine. Humans and even animals use the healing properties of plants. Plants with analgesic properties are used in the treatment of dog arthritis. A strong tonic made of  devils claw, corydalis, and  ginger might help in the pain and inflammation. Alfalfa or meadowsweet can also be used. Read my blog posts on Arthritis Treatment with a Natural Twist for more information.
  4. Homeopathy. This 200-year old healing practice believes in the use of certain substances to create certain reactions, so that their body can ward off ailments. Before remedies are prepared for your dog, homeopathic vet will analyze your dog’s lifestyle and environment. Once this is done, a concoction is made to both address any physical ailments and behavioral issues.
Is Alternative Medicine Safe and Effective?

The appeal of alternative medicine is in its use of nature-based methods. People think that what is found in nature must be good for the body. But it is important to point out that none of these forms of treatment have been proven to be uniformly effective – some treatments work for some dogs.

You should look for an alternative medicine practitioner who chooses their cases carefully, who use their treatments to complement western medicine and who have some qualifications in this field. Balance this with advice from your veterinarian and you can achieve the best dog arthritis treatment for your pet.

Look out for more articles in this series on alternative treatments for dog arthritis.

Source: Dog Arthritis Blog  -  Cross-Posted at Just One More Pet

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Holistic Pet Health, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | 4 Comments