The Chihuahua is known by its small size, big ears, large, dark eyes and its eccentric personality. Some have even joked that the Chihuahua is not really a dog but a descended of rats. Although small in body and size, it is a strong, robust breed. The body is longer in length than its height, and the coat can either be long or short depending on the variety. Colors include brown, fawn, chestnut, and black and tan. To this day, this dog breed remains one of the most popular.
Some Quick Facts:
Great indoor dog.
Higher than average.
Daily 30 minute walk.
6 – 9 inches
3 - 7 pounds
Standard Hair Colors:
National breed club:
The Chihuahua Club of America
The Chihuahua can be traced back to 1,000 years and may even go back to 5th century Malayan civilization, although there is disagreement over its origins in Mexico. They have been said to be pets for the wealthy in the Aztec and Toltec cultures. The Chihuahua was named after the state in Mexico as they were first exported from there to America in 1898 was given recognition by the American Kennel Club less than a decade later in 1905. Today, it remains a popular companion dog for singles and the elderly.
The Chihuahua will respond well to firm and gentle training. Because it typically bonds well with its owner, it tends to become jealous toward other people and even some members of the family. With its owner, it is very affectionate and lively. With strangers, it can become yappy and snappy; hence, the Chihuahua needs to be socialized at a young age. They are also very territorial and will make good guard dogs or watch dogs.
The Chihuahua as a breed does not need to walk or exercise a lot; daily exercise for half an hour will be enough. Due to their delicate windpipes, it is recommended for owners to get a harness instead of a leash.
Given their size and their temperament, the Chihuahua will make for a good companion in apartment living.
Grooming will not prove too difficult a task with the Chihuahua, for its small size and short coat will only need it at least once a week. The Chihuahua does shed though, although their short coat prevents it from being messy.
Chihuahuas have more than fair share of health problems, although most of these can be traced to their small size. Joint problems may develop as well as birthing problems (the head of the Chihuahua is big). Other issues related to the Chihuahua include rheumatism and cleft palate.
If you liked this dog…
...try looking at the Toy Fox Terrier of
the same breed group. Although it is slightly bigger than the Chihuahua in
it exhibits the same loyalty, affection,
and devotion to its owner.