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Description: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas are graceful, alert, swift-moving little dogs with a saucy expression. There are two distinct breed types, one with a long coat of soft texture, the other with a short coat. Identical otherwise, both can be whelped in the same litter. They have round apple-heads, large protruding eyes and a short, stout muzzle. Their bodies are slightly longer than they are tall, and ears are large and flaring. Although their bodies are fairly evenly-muscled, their bones are prone to injury due to their fragility. In the past they may have been considered rodents by their ancestral owners, who may have raised them for food! Now adored for their small size, the Chihuahua is a bright eyed, dainty dog who is perfect for apartment living. They do better with indoor living than outdoor living. Puppies are so small they can fit in your hand easily. Most breeders recommend adopting a Chihuahua puppy between the ages of 4 - 12 months as they will be more mature and agile and not so apt for injury.
Type: Companion Dog
6 - 9 inches.
Any color or mixture is allowed. The coat can be solid, marked, or splashed
in any color combination. The more common colors are red, sable, fawn, black
and tan, tricolor, and brindle.
are bold or shy, playful and very alert. They love to alert their owners to
whatever is going on, and some tend to bark. Some breeds are afraid when the
wind blows, while others will challenge dogs many times the size of themselves.
They tend to be quite devoted to one person. They are sometimes reserved with
strangers and a favorite among the elderly. They are graceful, humorous, and
a good watchdog. Although playful, Chihuahuas are not to be messed around with.
They can be aggressive towards other dogs and wary of strangers. On top of that,
they are quite fragile and do not tend to realize it when picking a fight.
Watch-dog: Very High.
They are very alert and some love to bark.
Care and Training:
Short haired Chihuahua should be brushed gently or wiped with a damp
cloth. The long haired Chihuahua should be brushed daily with a soft bristle
brush. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears regularly and keep nails trimmed.
Chihuahuas should be socialized early so that they will get along with other
dogs and pets. Minimal exercise is required for both varieties of Chihuahuas.
Activity: Low - Moderate.
Some Chihuahuas will play and jog with their owners, while others are just too
small to do a lot of exercise. They are the ultimate lap dog.
Health Issues: Collapsing trachea. heart problems, hydrocephallic, and patellar luxation. Other health concerns include eye problems and hypoglycemia. Chihuahuas are very fragile dogs whose bones can break easily.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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