Purebred Chihuahua Facts
Little dogs have become a pretty popular pet these days. They’re easy to carry around, making them perfect travel buddies. Their tiny bodies make many people feel like these little guys will be puppies forever.
The purebred Chihuahua is a much sought after pet today. The many movies and commercials that have featured these pups have undoubtedly helped fuel the Chihuahua craze.
Chihuahua’s who are going to be strutting their stuff in competitions must fall within a certain number of guidelines in order to compete. Show quality dogs must not be over six pounds. Height varies in these dogs and is not something that is usually judged in competitions. Conformation, how the body is shaped, is what is most important to show quality Chihuahua’s.
The purebred Chihuahua coats come in two varieties: Long hair and short hair. The short hair variety is often called “Smooth-coats”, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the hair is smooth. Chihuahua hair ranges from silky and soft, too kind of wiry feeling. Contrary to what many people believe, the long-haired Chihuahua’s usually shed a lot less than the short-haired kind.
These dogs come in a vast array of colors and combinations of colors, blue being considered one of the rarest. Blue brindle is probably the most rare. Tan is still one of the most common colors you will see with Chihuahuas, but there are countless other colors as well. All small dogs seem to have a reputation for acting bigger than their size portrays.
Purebred Chihuahuas are notorious for appearing to think they’re the biggest dog in the bunch. They can be feisty little pups and don’t always get along with other breeds of dogs or children. They often bond with one particular person and can be fiercely protective of that person. This can lead to many problems and is best handled at the first signs. It may be cute at first, but it’s not so cute when someone you love is bleeding from a bite wound.
Chihuahuas are the only breed of dogs that are born without their whole skull. When they’re born they have a soft spot on their heads that doesn’t fill in until about six months of age. Great care needs to be taken during these months to make sure no damage is done to the developing skull. All purebred dogs are at risk of developing specific diseases and abnormalities. This breed is no different.
One of the most common health problems in Chihuahua is hypoglycemia. Diabetes and eye infections are also pretty common. They have a higher metabolism than big dogs, so they lose heat faster. This is one of the reasons you may notice your pup shivering a lot. They will also shiver when they’re stressed or excited. This kind of shivering is normal.
A purebred Chihuahua can live between ten and seventeen years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than bigger breeds. You may want to keep this in mind if you’re planning on bringing one home. As with all dogs, they are not toys. They have the same basic needs as people, and will require lots of love, attention and patience in order to lead a long healthy life as part of your family.