The Shih Tzu Dachshund mix is more commonly known as Schweenie among breeders. This is a small lovable dog that makes the perfect family pet as it is kind and easy to look after. Generally this dog is small in height like the Shih Tzu and longer in length like the Dachshund. It has a sweet endearing face and big floppy ears. This dog’s eyes usually resemble those of the Shih Tzu and tend to be quite big and dark in color. It has broad muscular shoulders and it’s quite a strong dog despite its small stature. These dogs usually have a medium length coat that can sometime look a little scraggly and they have a beautiful rusty color.
Shih Tzu Dachshund mix temperament:
The Schweenie is a loving and extremely loyal dog and for a small dog it has a big personality. Because of their intelligence and their eager to please, they are very easy to train. They get used to their surroundings very quickly and sometimes rely too much on their owners and if they are separated for too long they have a tendency to suffer from separation anxiety. While they are sweet dogs, they can sometimes be a bit moody so it is best to socialize them with children from when they are young.
Dachshund Shih Tzu size:
These small toy dogs do not grow to be very big and the average weight can be anywhere between 9-20lbs (4-9kg) when full grown. The average height is about 11-20 inches (27-50cm)
Schweenie health problems:
Overall this mixed breed has good health and they do not suffer from bone or hip problems like their parents. They also do not suffer from the same spinal problems as the Dachshund as they are quite a bit shorter than them. There most typical problem would be susceptibility to fleas and ticks due to its longer coat which can be prevented with the use of topical flea treatments. If cared for properly these dogs can enjoy a long life due to its lack of health problems and the life expectancy is anywhere between 10-14 years.
This dog is versatile and can adapt to different homes. However, because it gets quite attached to its owners it is not a good idea to change owners; therefore buying this particular kind of breed needs to be thought about as dogs that switch owners can suffer from depression and anxiety. This is perfect for apartments as it is so small. It should never live outdoors and it needs its own bed in a warm area of the house.
Although small, the Schweenie needs daily exercise and about 20 minutes should be enough. When it’s raining you can have your dog running up and down the hall playing fetch to help it release its energy.
This dog loves people and it needs to be around people a lot. It likes to cuddle and often prefers to sleep in the same room as its owners as it craves constant human touch. This is the perfect dog for children as it is calm and does not have an aggressive nature; however, it does need to be socialized from a young age.