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Dachshund / Shih Tzu Mix

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Other name(s): Schweenie

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes. 

The first generation Schweenie is a cross between a pure Dachshund and a pure  Shih Tzu, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer hybrid is intended to create an apartment-sized toy that fits easily into many families.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Schweenie is a small-- even tiny-- long-bodied cutie with big eyes.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, owners have reported that their Schweenies are devoted and eager to please. They don't like being left alone for long hours of the day.