- Personality: Graceful, charming, and sassy
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Though they love to scamper around a bit, Chihuahuas don’t need much exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Older Children
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 5-8 inches
- Weight: not exceeding 6 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
About the Breed
The national symbol of Mexico These playful and alert “purse dogs” stand among the most ancient breeds in the Americas and have a heritage that dates back to the early pre-Columbian kingdoms.
The Chihuahua is a well-balanced, graceful dog with a terrier-like appearance that weighs less than that 6 pounds. The smooth “apple” head is a distinctive characteristic of breeds. The erect ears and the large bright eyes are incredibly expressive. Coats are available in a variety of designs and colours, and maybe short or long. The designs are similar, except for the coat. Chihuahuas are a breed that is renowned for their charisma, loyalty and big-dog-like attitude. Even small dogs require training. Without it, this smart scamp will rule your house like a miniature Napoleon. The Chihuahua is a compact and confident dog. They are the perfect city pet. They’re not big enough to play roughhousing in a group with kids, and extra care should be taken during cold weather; however, Chihuahuas can adapt as long as they spend plenty of time in their favourite lap.
Most Chihuahuas are healthy dogs. However, there are genetic issues that can impact the breed. It is best to choose your puppy from a breeder who regularly performs genetic health screenings on all breeding animals to ensure that the pups they create are as healthy genetically as possible. A few problems affecting the Chihuahua include heart-related issues (patent arteriosus or ductus mitral valve diseases) and eye disease or patellar deformity (losing the kneecaps).
The two coats of the Chihuahua have different grooming requirements. The smooth-coat Chihuahua will require just a few brushings and regular baths to keep his coat looking stylish. A good dental hygiene routine is essential and should include brushing your dog’s teeth, and your vet may suggest treats as part of a dental program. Examine the ears of your Chihuahua often, and then clean out any debris or wax to prevent problems with the ears.
The Chihuahua is an extremely alert small dog with high intelligence. Chihuahuas appear to be conscious of how adorable they are and will learn to be good dogs. From the beginning, you need to make it clear that you’re in charge. Don’t let the Chihuahua puppy engage in behaviour that is unacceptable to an adult. They can be very successful in obedience training as well as other dog-related activities.
Some Chihuahuas can be prone to become overweight, so keep an eye on your dog’s consumption of calories and weight. Treats are a great help in training; however, excessive amounts can lead to overweight. Be careful with table scraps, when possible, and especially not to give cooked bones and other foods that contain a lot of fat. Find out which human food items are suitable for dogs and which ones aren’t. Consult your veterinarian in case you have concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.
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