There has been a growing interest in designer crossbreeds when searching for a new puppy. Intentional mixing of breeds in this way is an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of each breed.
One such crossbreed that has been gaining attention is the Chiweenie.
A cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund, this is a small pup with a lot of spunk. They are spirited and full of attitude, but also loyal and affectionate.
If you’re considering adopting a Chiweenie, here are a few facts that you may want to know.
How Much Should a Chiweenie Weigh?
Unlike with a purebred dog, there is no breed standard with crossbreeds. This includes both mutts and intentional crossbreeds.
But, the standard sizes of the breeds included can give you a good idea.
The average weight for a healthy, adult Chiweenie is approximately 5 to 12 lbs. Within this spectrum, a healthy weight will be determined by your Chiweenie’s build.
You can assess this using the dog body condition score.
This is a chart that identifies an ideal weight based on physical indicators. For example, it assesses the shape of the body and how your Chiweenie is carrying his weight.
You should be able to easily feel his ribs with only a thin layer of fat over them.
Additionally, he should have a visible waistline that curves behind the rib cage. If you can’t see this tuck, it’s a sign that he is carrying excess weight.
Why Should I Pay Attention to My Chiweenie’s Weight?
There is a growing problem with obesity in dogs. As a result, many chiweenie owners are actually conditioned to see healthy chiweenies as underweight.
This is from the normalization of being overweight.
For this reason, it’s important to familiarize yourself with what is considered healthy for your chiweenie.
Check-in on your chiweenie’s weight and body condition regularly. This will allow you to catch weight changes early and address them.
Losing too much weight is a sign that your chiweenie is ill or is experiencing malnutrition. He isn’t getting what he needs nutritionally to keep up with his daily needs.
Whereas gaining unwanted weight is a sign that your chiweenie may be eating too much.
Both of these conditions carry risks and potential health concerns. Any trending changes in weight should be taken seriously.
Ways to Help My Chiweenie Lose Weight
Is your Chiweenie packing on a few extra pounds? The first thing to do is to reassess the food you are feeding (and how much).
High-quality food will provide the nutrition your Chiweenie needs in a smaller meal size. So, read the recommended feeding guideline carefully.
When calculating your chiweenie’s daily intake, don’t forget to include any treats or snacks.
You should also take a look at your chiweenie’s daily activity levels. Is he getting at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day?
Regular exercise is necessary to keep your chiweenie strong and healthy.
If adjusting your Chiweenie’s meals and activity levels don’t work, speak with your veterinarian. There is a chance that your chiweenie’s weight gain is caused by an underlying health problem.