Country of OriginEurope
Nicknames and Other NamesDachshund and Shih Tzu Mix
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupHound, Toy
Bred ForCompanion Family
Recognized ByDra, DDKC, DBR, IDCR, ACHC
Life Span12-15 Years
Ideal Weight9-20 Pounds
Ideal Height11-20 Inches
Fur TypeThick, Silky, Smooth, Long or Medium
Common ColorsWhite, Cream, Black, Brown, Golden,
Black and White, Merle, Speckled
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToShih Tzu

The Schweenie is a designer breed that is the result of crossing Dachshund and Shih Tzu. It is a small dog with a big personality that needs an experienced dog owner to meet their expectation.

Its characteristics and traits depend on the dominant parent breed. It does not need a great deal of activity, just running here and there and a walk sometime will do.

Schweenie is a small-sized, sturdy dog with a dense, medium-length coat, while some have a short coat like Dachshund. It will have a mustache like that of Shih Tzu. The ears are long hanging on the side of the cheeks and the eyes are of almond-shaped. They are a good-tempered dog that does great as a family companion.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of the Schweenie is a mixed one where it can have the delightful, sweet nature of the Shih Tzu and calm and affectionate nature of Dachshund. Schweenie gets well with other pets as well as strangers if introduced properly. If it senses anything suspicious, it will bark and warn its owner which makes Schweenie a good watchdog.

Behavior: Schweenie needs constant attention and love from its people. However, if they are not given any attention and left alone for a long period of time, they can get separation anxiety and can become destructive. So, do not leave them all by themselves.

Personality: The personality of the Schweenie is bold, calm, and friendly. They love their people and are very affectionate towards them. They get along with all the members of the family and form a strong bond with them.

Schweenie playing.


Training Schweenie needs firm leadership and a consistent leader who can train them with gentleness. Be patient with them and train by using positive methods of training. Reward them with delicious treats and lots of vocal praises. It will keep them motivated and encouraged to be focused on the training.

Is Schweenie Child-Friendly?

Yes, Schweenie is a friendly dog with children of all ages. They adore them and love their company. Although they do not tolerate their harsh behavior and might even bite if kids start to pull and pinch them.

So, it is necessary to teach your kids to behave around dogs and always supervise their interaction with each other.

Schweenie cuddling with a boy
Schweenie cuddling with a boy.
Image Source: Instagram-@atlastheschweenie


  • Schweenie is believed to be originated in Europe.
  • It is not yet recognized by any major Kennel Club.

Health Issues

General HealthHelathy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism,
Allergies, Lens Luxation
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Kennel Cough, Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialModerate
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 20%
Fat: 8%

The Schweenie is a designer dog breed that can inherit some of the genetic health problems.

  • Elbow Dysplasia: The dislocation of the elbow joints is called elbow dysplasia. It causes pain on the elbow part making it difficult to move by your dog. So, timely and proper treatment is necessary.
  • Allergies: It is caused due to the contact of foreign particles. It can affect skin, eye or ears. So, it should be kept away from stuff that is causing allergy to your dog. Also, consult a vet for proper treatment.


The Schweenie comes in the following colors:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Merle
  • Spotted
  • Black and White
  • Brown and White
  • Black


Schweenie puppy
Cute little Schweenie puppy.
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Cost: The average cost of the Schweenie puppy is between $400-$500 USD.


Height: The average height of the Schweenie is between 11-15 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Schweenie is between 9-15 pounds.

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