Chiweenie

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General Appearance: A designer breed between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund, the Chiweenie, AKA the German Taco, Mexican Hot Dog, Choxie and Weeniehuahua is a great companion. Chiweenies are small and energetic dogs that love to play with their owner.

Proportion and Symmetry: Due to the inheritance of physical characteristics from the Dachshund, the breed exhibits a much greater length compared to height. Low to ground, long in body and short of leg, with robust muscular development; the skin is elastic and pliable without excessive wrinkling.

Substance: Chiweenies are small dogs, only getting 6 to 10 inches tall, and weighing around 5 to 12 pounds. Because of their small stature, they have the lengthy lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

Head: A well-rounded "apple dome" skull, with or without molera. Expression - Saucy. Eyes - Full, round, but not protruding, balanced, set well apart-luminous dark or luminous ruby. Light eyes in blond or white-colored dogs permissible. Blue eyes or a difference in the color of the iris in the two eyes, or two different colors within one iris should be considered a serious fault. Ears - Large, erect type ears, held more upright when alert, but flaring to the sides at a 45-degree angle when in repose, giving breadth between the ears. Stop - Well defined. When viewed in profile, it forms a near 90-degree angle where the muzzle joins the skull. Muzzle - Moderately short, slightly pointed. Cheeks and jaws lean. Nose - Self-colored in blond types, or black. In moles, blues, and chocolates, they are self-colored. In blond types, pink noses permissible. Bite - Level or scissors.

Body: Long, muscular, clean-cut, without dewlap, slightly arched in the nape, flowing gracefully into the shoulders without creating the impression of a right angle. The trunk is long and fully muscled. When viewed in profile, the back lies in the straightest possible line between the withers and the short, very slightly arched loin.

Forequarters: For effective underground work, the front must be strong, deep, long and cleanly muscled. Forequarters in detail: Chest - The breast-bone is strongly prominent in front so that on either side a depression or dimple appears. When viewed from the front, the thorax appears oval and extends downward to the mid-point of the forearm. The enclosing structure of the well sprung ribs appears full and oval to allow, by its ample capacity, complete development of heart and lungs. The keel merges gradually into the line of the abdomen and extends well beyond the front legs. Viewed in profile, the lowest point of the breast line is covered by the front leg. Shoulder blades – long, broad, well-laid back and firmly placed upon the fully developed thorax, closely fitted at the withers, furnished with hard yet pliable muscles. Upper Arm - Ideally the same length as the shoulder blade and at right angles to the latter, strong of bone and hard of muscle, lying close to the ribs, with elbows close to the body, yet capable of free movement.

Coat: Chiweenie coats are usually short and good for allergy sufferers, though they can have long coats, too. The Chiweenie is especially easy to groom.

Color:  The usual colors of Chiweenies are brown, black, and white. Their coats can be solid colors or a mix.

Temperament: Active, friendly, and loyal.