Chihuahua Breed Information
Charming, Nimble, and Cheeky
Height: 5-8 inches
Weight: not exceeding 6 pounds
Average life span: 14-16 years
An Overview of Chihuahuas
The Chihuahua is a small breed typically weighing no more than 6 pounds, which has a terrier-like disposition. Their trademark apple-like head is decorated with perky ears and radiant eyes. Their coat will come in a variety of colors and can be short or long.
Chihuahuas seem to be large dogs trapped inside the frame of tiny pups. So it’s safe to say these dogs have somewhat of a Napoleon complex. They adapt well to pretty much any environment especially for those with smaller living spaces. Now even though they may see themselves as these big tough dogs they are a delicate breed, which means they may not be the best companions for small children or bigger dogs that like to rough house. They are also not too fond of cold weather so if you do live in an area where colder climates hit you will need to invest in doggy winter gear.
How to Groom Chihuahuas
Chihuahuas will have different grooming needs based on their coat. The shorter smooth coat will only need occasional baths and brushing, as they tend to shed at a higher frequency. The longhaired Chihuahua should receive a weekly brushing to avoid mats. To avoid long-term issues and discomfort both should get regular nail trims. And with smaller dogs, it’s advisable to brush their teeth, as some smaller breeds can develop stinky breath. If your vet offers a tooth care program it would be advised to use those services.
Do Chihuahuas Need a Lot of Exercise?
These tiny pups love play time and can get more than enough just scampering around the house. Even just following you around the house is enough of a day’s work for Chihuahuas. Going for short walks will also be beneficial enough to keep the body and spirit high. Do avoid overexerting your Chihuahua if you notice they are panting too much pick them up and carry them, which should be easy with such a tiny dog.
How to Train a Chihuahua
The Chihuahua has a high intelligence and are extremely alert. They love to please their humans so they respond best to positive reinforcement. That being said they also seem to know they are adorable and will use this knowledge to their advantage. From day one you should let them know who is in charge. Correct any unwanted behavior quickly, because if not they will rule you as an adult. Similar to other terriers a gentle but firm approach will yield the best results. As with all breeds socialization will help them understand friend from foe.