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The only dog breed that any dog lover would not be aware of is a mixed one. This is because there are so many mixed dog breeds available around the globe that it becomes a problem to keep a record of all the breeds. One such breed that many of you might not be aware of is a Schweenie. A Schweenie is a mixed breed bred from a Dachshund and a Shih-Tzu.

The Shih-Tzu is originally from Tibet, and the Dachshund is from Germany. Their history is pretty old, but their mix lacks the dates for when it was bred. It is roughly 30-40 years when a Schweeie was bred from the two pure-breds. The birth of the Schweenie had some concerns regarding health as the breed could have gained some health problems from its parents. As a result, the dog adopted some problems like joint issues, eye problems, and more. These dogs rarely shed.

Below, you will find all the Schweenie information that you need to learn about this hypoallergenic dog. Starting right from what the dog breed is to what they eat, you will find everything.

You may also check out the articles on corgi facts and blue lacy dog facts from Kidadl.

Fun Schweenie Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?

Dog food and meat

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

9-20 lb (4-9 kg)

How long are they?

11-20 in (27.9-50.8 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

White, black, brown, cream, black and white, speckled, merle

Skin Type


What were their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?

Homes, Apartments




Not Evaluated







Schweenie Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Schweenie?

A Schweenie is a dog that is a Dachshund Shih-Tzu mix.

What class of animal does a Schweenie belong to?

Dogs are mammals, and hence, this Shih-Tzu Dachshund hybrid belongs to the class Mammalia.

How many Schweenies are there in the world?

The population of the Schweenie dog breeds is not mentioned exactly. However, as it is a Shih-Tzu Dachshund hybrid, it is present in enough numbers across the globe.

Where does a Schweenie live?

The Dachshund Shih-Tzu mix dog breed can live at homes, pet shops, and apartments with ease. These dogs live easily with their owners anywhere they can keep them. They are originally known to be from California.

What is a Schweenie's habitat?

The habitat of the Schweenie dog consists of places where they can live freely.

Who do Schweenies live with?

Schweenie dog breeds live with their owners. They can also live with other dog breeds or with other animals. There is no problem in living with children either because of their temperament and friendly nature.

How long does a Schweenie live?

The lifespan of a Schweenie, the Shih Tzu and Dachshund mix, is 12 - 15 years.

How do they reproduce?

A dog, being a mammal, reproduces sexually. The dog breed Schweenie is a mix of two breeds, Shih-Tzu and Dachshund. The mixed dogs can be reproduced after taking the gametes from both the breeds and breeding them. When the female is ready to mate, males and females mate. After copulation takes place in the breeding season, the females undergo a gestation period. When the gestation period is over, the female gives birth to the puppies. The mixed puppies of the breed feed on the mother's milk till they are mature enough to feed on other solid foods. Once they are ready to feed on solid foods, the puppies can leave their family as well.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the mixed breed of Schweenie is Not Evaluated by IUCN as it is a mixed breed. As the Schweenie is a mixed breed, the AKC does not recognize it, but this breed is recognized by DDKC (Designer Dogs Kennel Club), DBR (Designer Breed Registry), DRA (Dog Registry of America), ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), and IDCR (International Designer Canine Registry).

Schweenie Fun Facts

What do Schweenies look like?

Schweenie puppy looking down

The Schweenie is a small dog that has a body length smaller than its parent, the Dachshund. As the dog is born from a Shih-Tzu and a Dachshund, it has features from both dogs. The parent breeds have their appearance mixed in the Schweenie. They have a silky and shiny medium-length coat and are available in various colors like cream, white, black, merle, and more. They have long floppy ears, broad shoulders, and adorable big eyes. Their fur coat is similar to their parents.

How cute are they?

When you find a dog that is smaller in size, it will surely melt your heart. This is the scenario that will take place when you will see a Schweenie. A Schweenie is already smaller in size even when it is an adult. The puppy Schweenie will fit so easily in your hands that you would not want to leave it. As they have a sun-fun personality along with adorable features, you will bring them with you once you pick them up. The big eyes will make you go 'aww,' and your heart won't allow you to leave them behind!

How do they communicate?

Schweenies are known to communicate in similar ways to other dogs. However, they use two types of communication - vocalizations and body language.

In vocalizations, different types are used, like barking, whimpering, whining, and growling. All the different vocalizations mean different things. Barking can be used to warn you or try to ask for food. Whimpering is used when they act inferior or are being submissive. They whine when they want you to go easy on them or take pity on them. These dogs are known to growl when they are angry or are warning you to back off. When you get your dog, you will get familiar with them and will understand them better.

The body language of a dog plays an important role and can tell you what they want to say. The tail wagging is one such gesture that shows the excitement of the dog. The stronger the tail wagging is, the more excited the dog is. Other than this, they straighten their ears when they are alert. They often jump on their owners or lick their owners when they want to show they love them or want to play with them. As they are good companions, they also hug their owners if they sense their owners are sad and need emotional support. They are ready to provide physical assurance to their owners. Once you get familiar with your dog, you will understand better what their gestures mean.

How big is a Schweenie?

Schweenie is a small dog with a length ranging between 11-20 in (27.9-50.8 cm) and weight ranging between 9-20 lb (4-9 kg). It is smaller than breeds like Labrador, German Shepherd, and setters. Females are a little shorter and a little lighter than males as well.

How fast can a Schweenie run?

Shih-Tzus run at speeds of 6-8 mph (9.7-12.9 kph), and Dachshunds run at the speed of 15-20 mph (24.1-32.2 kph). As both parents are not that fast, it is obvious that the speed of a Schweenie is somewhere between or close to the parents. However, the exact speed is not mentioned.

How much does a Schweenie weigh?

The weight of Schweenie ranges between 9-20 lb (4-9 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Generally, a female is called a bitch, and a male is called a dog.

What would you call a baby Schweenie?

A baby Schweenie is called a puppy.

What do they eat?

This dog, even though small in size, has a big appetite. These dogs should be fed kibble or meat at proper intervals. The reason is that they can get obese easily, and their health can get affected. The reason for obesity should not be ruled out, but they should be fed properly so that their energy levels are maintained. A nutritious diet for the puppies and adults should be prepared so that the coat stays shiny and health stays fine.

Are they slobbery?

Schweenies are slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

A Schweenie will make an amazing pet. As they are smaller in size, they can be easily taken care of. They can live in the apartment without any problem. Their friendly nature makes them a great choice for children. Along with children, they can live easily with other pets as well because a Schweenie is pretty good around everyone. They should not be left alone as they suffer from separation anxiety. Training these dogs is easy as well as they are always eager to please their owners. The trainability of these dogs can be done best when they are just a puppy. Other than these things, keep in mind that they should be given proper exercise during the day. The lack of exercise or physical activity can affect their personality and turn their fun and playing personality into destructive because of their agitation.

Did you know...

Schweenies make great lap dogs and are really good companion dogs. These dogs are good at digging as Schweenies love digging. They are known to have a good memory as well.

This dog takes around four to six weeks to complete their potty training.

Characteristics and health issues

Schweenie dog is a great dog with a really fun personality and good temperament. They love to play and have fun with children and other animals. They have separation anxiety as they are mixed breed and hence, should not be left alone. Their temperament is really nice, and they are loyal dogs. They don't need very strong grooming, but a little bit of grooming is required for sure. Training them is easy as well because they try their best to please their owners. Due to this, training them gets easy. Training a puppy is easier when compared to training an adult. The temperament of the dog is no problem, but there are some health issues that you need to know about. These dogs suffer from epilepsy, joint issues, Intervertebral Disk Disease, and eye problems. Other than these health problems, they are healthy dogs. These health problems can also affect their coat and hinder the dog from living a good life not only as a family dog but also normally.

Getting your own Schweenie

If you are planning to get your own Schweenie, you should know that a puppy can be found in pet stores or with a reputable breeder and will cost around $75-$900. They are fun dogs that are small in size. They are easy to train and can live happily with your family. They are known to suffer from separation anxiety and should be taken care of. They suffer from some health conditions which once you take care of won't cause any problem later. If you have a new Schweenie puppy, take care of it by brushing them three times a week to remove excess fur and wipe out its ears with a cotton pad.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these chihuahua facts and pitbull lab facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable schweenie coloring pages.

Thank you to Kidadler Mark for providing the images of their pet Schweenie in this article.

Written By
Divya Raghav

<p>With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.</p>

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