While many people often use the terms “watchdog” and “guard dog” interchangeably, the important difference between the two is that watchdogs may alert you to threats but may not protect you (because of their size or otherwise). But what if you could get the best of both worlds?
Chiweilers are a mix between the Chihuahua watchdog companions and working Rottweiler guard dogs. These dogs strike a wonderful balance between alerting you to potential dangers and standing between you and the identified issue.
If you’re in the market for a loving companion and adept guardian, keep reading to learn more about this unusual mixed breed, its parent breeds, and more!
Rottweiler, Chiweiler, and Chihuahua Comparison Table
|Height||22-27 inches||12-20 inches||5-8 inches|
|Weight||80 to 135 pounds||30-80 pounds||Less than 6 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||9-10 years||12-16 years||14-16 years|
|Colors||Black and mahogany|
Black and rust
Black and tan
Black and rust
Black and tan
Red and white Black sabled silver
Chocolate brindled fawn
And a lot more
|Coat Type||Double coat with short to medium length||Smooth with short or medium length||Smooth with short or medium length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Pretty loving|
|Shedding Level||Moderate with two intense shedding sessions in spring and fall||Some shedding||Some shedding|
|Pretty playful Pretty protective|
|Health Issues||Elbow dysplasia|
Juvenile laryngeal paralysis and polyneuropathy (JLPP)
Idiopathic epilepsy potential
|Trainability||Very easy to train||Average trainability||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Average drooling||Less drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Very high mental stimulation required||Pretty high mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Barks to alert||Average barking||Lots of barking|
Rottweilers are descendants of the working mastiff-type breeds from Ancient Rome with a proud heritage and appearance to boot.
Throughout history, Rottweilers have been used to guard livestock in pastures and convoys but these days their work is focused on protecting people as world-class police dogs and as guide dogs for those with disabilities.
Although these large dogs look intimidating and have an aggressive reputation thanks to negative media portrayal in television and movies, Rottweilers are actually incredibly affectionate and playful with a well-loved and trusted owner.
This is especially apparent when these 80-pound-plus dogs leap into your lap because they have little regard for their classification as a large dog and not a toy breed.
Some care must be taken when obtaining and raising a Rottweiler, however, because its strong territorial instinct can cause problems. With a little training and socialization, a Rottweiler can easily adapt to foreign presences without fear of aggression and bites.
There’s no doubt that everyone in a house will know when there is an intruder if there is a Chihuahua present. Between the giant personality stuffed into their tiny bodies and their innate tendency to bark nonstop, Chihuahuas are a premier choice for a watchdog.
Some positive training will curb the worst of their yippy nature but you can always look on the bright side that no one will be able to enter your house uninvited and unannounced.
These proud Mexican dogs hail from the state of Chihuahua, hence their name, and are descendants of the Techichi – an ancient breed kept by the Toltecs of Mexico.
It’s understood that the modern Chihuahua is much smaller and lighter than its ancestor but it’s not entirely clear how the Techichi was bred down to size.
Despite their tiny stature, Chihuahuas are quite peppy and need more exercise than most people realize. This is especially true when many people like to tote them around in their arms everywhere.
Chiweilers have a variety of fun nicknames and are also known as Rottchis, Chirotts, and Rotthuahuas.
These hybrid dogs have a great deal of variability in their size and shape simply because their parent breeds are so dissimilar. That being said, their appearance is not entirely random and can be predicted somewhat with time.
What Will My Chiweiler Look Like?
While the exact appearance of your Chiweiler may be unique and depend heavily on which parent it takes after more, certain characteristics seem to prevail across the majority of these designer dogs.
Although Chiweilers can inherit many of the different patterns and colors seen in Chihuahuas, it is more likely that they will display some variation of the black and tan bicolor that is so prevalent in Rottweilers. More often than not, they will also have the droopy ears of a Rottweiler than the attentive and alert ears of a Chihuahua.
The size of a Chiweiler can be a big point of contention but it is simply a fact that there is a wide range of heights and weights that Chiweilers can be.
Some people go as far as classifying Chiweilers into size classes of their own loosely based on the weight groups of other breeds. These distinctions often include large, medium, and mini Chiweilers.
How Allergy-Friendly Are Chiweilers?
Both the Rottweiler and the Chihuahua have short and “long” hair variants but the truth is that neither sheds their hair very much (except for the shedding sessions in spring and fall for Rottweilers).
Even so, Chiweilers cannot be considered hypoallergenic when it comes to hair and dander. They will also produce enough drool that could be another potential source of allergens.
If you have allergies, it is best to look for a classically hypoallergenic breed or mix but air filters and allergy medications can usually keep the worst symptoms at bay if you must have a Chiweiler.
Are Chiweilers Easy Dogs To Train?
Unfortunately, training a Chiweiler can be quite the undertaking. The aloof nature of a Rottweiler that hasn’t really bonded with you and the stubborn, prideful personality of a Chihuahua all within one dog can make it quite difficult.
You will need to start training and socialization from an early age. Be patient and focus on positive training with plenty of praise and treats. If you let a Chiweiler get away with too many bad behaviors, you can expect a defiant miscreant to rule your household with an iron fist.
A well-trained Chiweiler, however, is a delight to be around and will be responsive to commands, posing little threat to invited guests, small children, and other pets of all shapes and sizes.
Depending on the size of your Chiweiler, you will have a loyal and loving guardian who not only alerts you to unusual presences but will also have the courage to protect you if things escalate.
Between this protective streak and their adorable features, you might think these dogs are good for families and first-time dog owners but we would advise you to proceed carefully with that train of thought.