The Chiweenie is a hybrid between a Chihuahua and the Dachshund. Country of Origin: Chiweenies originate in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Chiweenie is a great companion for the whole family. Breed Characteristics: Chiweenies are bold, bright, learn fast and full of courage. Chiweenies tend to be independent and headstrong. With proper socialization Chiweenies are a great pet for the entire family. Chiweenies are intelligant and take to training very well. The Chiweenie make a great indoor pet but requires daily exercise. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for the Chiweenie is 8 - 10 years.