Chihuahua Dog Breed Information and Facts

The Chihuahua is a balanced, graceful dog of terrier-like demeanor, weighing no more than 6 pounds. The rounded “apple” head is a breed hallmark. The Chihuahua is one of the smallest breeds of dog, and is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Chihuahua is graceful, small, and compact, slightly longer than he is tall. The Chihuahua has a saucy expression and alert, terrier-like attitude. The Chihuahua’s coat can be long with soft and straight hair, smooth with glossy and soft hair, or wavy with fringed ears.

History of the Chihuahua

The modern Chihuahua is descended from dogs originally bred in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Since then, the Chihuahua has made its way to the United States. The first Chihuahua imported to the United States was shipped in 1883 from Mexico City to New York City. By the late 19th century, the Chihuahua was appearing in circuses and on farms in the United States. Classified in the same category as the Yorkshire Terrier, the Chihuahua does not fulfill the size requirements for that breed. History of the Chihuahua in USA In the USA, the Chihuahua has been best known as a small, adorable puppy. Its popularity as a dog grew in the early 20th century as the toy dog was born. Toys and stuffed Chihuahuas were sold in both North America and the United Kingdom.

Description of the Chihuahua

Age The Chihuahua may range from 6 months to 10 years old, with average life expectancy of about 7 years. Size On average, the Chihuahua is about 10 to 13 inches tall and weighs about 6 to 9 pounds. Tail The tail may be raised or curled up. Color The Chihuahua’s coat color may be black, cream, chocolate, or red. The more common colors are black, brown, white, and tan. Weight Average weight of a 3-year-old Chihuahua is about 6 to 7 pounds. Size at the withers The chest size is about 26-29 inches. Height at the withers The height is about 9 to 10 inches. Hip Height at withers The height at the hip is about 13-16 inches. Dress standard The Chihuahua standard-dressing is usually just a white top and short sideburns.

Personality of the Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are loyal, gentle, and affectionate. They are intelligent and quick learners. Chihuahuas are good with children, and energetic and curious. They are also adventurous and curious. The dog’s size and temperament make them perfect family dogs, and excellent in society. However, the breed is prone to neurotic behavior, as it also is susceptible to dog anxiety, depression, and stress. The Chihuahua has been bred for a long time for looks, sound, and temperament, with a firm allegiance to his family. The Chihuahua is also related to the Old English Sheepdog, as well as the Saint Bernard and Schnauzer breeds. Some dog experts speculate that Chihuahuas originated as a cross between a Chihuahua, a small but brave wild coyote, and a Jack Russell Terrier, in the second half of the 1800’s.

Temperament of the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is sweet, responsive, and affectionate and very intelligent. He is bright, alert, playful, and confident, even with loud noises. He is fun-loving and intelligent, and doesn’t mind a challenge. Type of owner recommended by owners The Chihuahua is an affectionate dog and doesn’t mind sharing his toys. However, he also loves to guard them so it’s best that your house is child proofed and he never gets left alone. This little dog will get lonely if you’re not there all the time to play and take care of him. Cognitive and learning ability of the Chihuahua The Chihuahua is a very smart dog that can learn tricks quickly. He learns easily and loves to please his person. He is also a good mimic and will often imitate other dogs.

Health Issues of the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is not a very strong breed and it is prone to skin and eye infections, even small amounts of over-dramatic exercise can cause leg injuries. The Chihuahua is not a strong swimmer and does not require any amount of physical activity in a pool to drown. Because of its small size, the Chihuahua can easily fall off a sofa or bed and it does not require any amount of strength to rescue itself. The Chihuahua is not a danger to humans and it is much smaller and more than capable of putting out a massive bite. It should be noted, the Chihuahua bites are usually playful, not life threatening. The lifespan of the Chihuahua is about 10 years. Because of its small size, the Chihuahua will not interfere with your home routine of household chores.

Grooming Needs of the Chihuahua

Grooming is a must with a Chihuahua. The Chihuahua’s coat should not be brushed because this will remove the soft outer coat that the dog needs to protect against the cold. A blow dry, brushing or combing is sufficient to avoid matting. Grooming your Chihuahua will require a great deal of patience and effort, but you will quickly find out that it is worth it! The little dog will grow so much faster and with less grooming. The teeth and jaws are so small and cute that your dog can have a hard time eating, so you will have to keep your dog’s food and water bowls close to him, especially if your dog is prone to stealing food from you. Grooming Tips. Cleaning the Pooch: Cleaning the little dog’s paws, ears, and nose is essential. The corners of his mouth should always be wiped with a dry paper towel. If you don’t do it often enough, you’ll find a fresh scent all over your couch or upholstered chairs. Every little bit of dirt helps a dog to be less smelly.

Training Needs of the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua needs plenty of exercise and lots of mental stimulation and stimulation. He should learn how to socialize with people and other dogs as early as possible. The Chihuahua is loyal, affectionate, and very friendly. Because he was bred to work in small-animal boarding, he is very smart and has a good nature. He is good with small children and rarely bites. He can be fearful of strangers, so no one should allow him to interact with children or other dogs until he is more confident. Chihuahua Breeders The Chihuahua has made a splash on the scene in recent years. Chihuahua lovers and breeders, wanting a small dog that can “get the job done,” have helped to drive up the prices of the breed.

Exercise Needs of the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua needs moderate to high energy input. It needs a large outdoor area with secure fencing for exercise. The Chihuahua is a fast runner and will not appreciate long periods of walking. The ideal Chihuahua would be a terrier, especially one with close to the same temperament and characteristics as the Mexican Spitz. Chihuahua Care The Chihuahua has a fast growth cycle, and requires frequent haircuts. Females should be spayed or neutered. Chihuahuas should be kept on a leash while inside the house and on a leash when outside for exercise. Dogs that have not been properly socialized are prone to anxiety, aggression and nervousness. If your dog is found to have an unhealthy appetite or is suspected to have heart disease or liver problems, please contact a vet immediately.

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