Chiweenie can live for 16-17 years, but the lifespan will depend on how well you care for your dog. All pets, dogs included requiring care, attention, love, and compassion. If the dog is distressed, they'll live a few years, and as a pet parent, it's painful losing your pet at an early age.
Feed them a balanced diet, plan an exercise schedule, train them, and regularly check with a pet doctor to live longer. A regular health check is necessary, as you can know if there's an underlying condition.
Ears: During summer you can trim the hair of a Chiweenie but take extra care around the head particularly the ears.
Eyes: When bathing the dog, avoid the nose area and eyes as dogs due to soap sensitivity. Rinse well with clean water and wipe with a soft cloth.
Teeth: Sadly, generally, these dogs have dental problems and require dental hygiene, such as brushing every week.
Nails: Need to trim their nails at least once a month so that they stay neat.
Hair: This coating is easy to clean and maintain. You only need to brush at least two times every week. However, it's important to use a small soft brush to prevent a lot of hair from shedding. As the dog grows, it may have long hair, and you can brush every day of the week to collect the excess hair. Also, you can clean the dog every month by giving it a warm bath.
Chiweenie is allergic to a certain food, which generally arises from their parental heritage. However, it's important to exclude such food from their diet plan. Likewise, it's vital to feed your dog with a well-balanced diet as this boosts his/her immunity and contributes to overall well-being.
Recommended daily intake:
The Chiweenie is a picky eater and eats very little food. They need regular feed change to prevent boredom and loss of appetite.
What food to choose:
A puppy requires frequent feeding to support growth and get all the nutrition needed to boost immunity. As such, the food should contain more fat and calories.
How many times to feed your dog:
You can feed the puppies four times a day. Just put a little food in the bowl since they are poor feeders. However, as they grow, you can reduce food intake to three times a day. Also, you can choose food low in fat and calories to prevent obesity in adult dogs which is a dangerous health condition.
How to keep the good shape:
Your Chiweenie can keep good shape by exercising. You can play small games at home or take short walks in the evening.
Common diseases and how to treat:
These dogs have some health conditions inherited from their parents, such as diabetes, dental issues, allergies, and hydrocephalus. Other diseases such as obesity are due to poor diet.
Dental or gum disease
The Chiweenie is prone to dental problems and poor dental hygiene can lead to the accumulation of bacteria and tooth decay or loss. Chiweenie needs proper dental hygiene which includes regular brushing.
The Chiweenie suffer from disc problems inherited from the Dachshund breed. Some Chiweenie has short legs which can over-strain the spine and cause disc problems. As they age, their bones become weak, and sometimes it can lead to paralysis. Hence, they may need corrective surgery depending on how severe the condition is.
Obesity is a minor health issue that can be prevented by providing a healthy diet with little amounts of fats and calories.
Rabies is a common viral infection to all dogs and Chiweenie is not an exemption. It’s important to vaccinate your dog to prevent rabies. The same applies to distemper and parvo.
A Chiweenie constantly gets attacks from bugs, worms, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. These can cause discomfort and pain. In the worst-case scenario, they can cause death. It's important to give preventive drugs to prevent infection.
Eye disease such as Glaucoma
Failure to treat eye diseases can lead to pain. watery eyes or redness. Any eye disease should be treated by a vet doctor.
Common bacteria/viral ailments
Other common ailments such as ear infections, diarrhea, heartworms, coughs can be treated by medication.
If you have a Chiweenie, then the rule of the thumb is to train them when young. At least after vaccination. The reason being, they are stubborn and difficult to train.
They are very intelligent, and a grown-up Chiweenie will require a professional for training. They are dominant dogs and quite often ignore commands. However, once you're past the training stage, then everything else falls into place, and your dog will follow all instructions.
They are an ideal choice for people looking for a pet for compassion and companionship. However, they are stubborn and not difficult to train. You may need a trainer to help you with the learning process.
They like to play in small spaces, and therefore you can organize an indoor training routine for these dogs. Also, you can take them for short walks as part of their exercise routine.