The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a feisty little dog that is incredibly loyal to its family. More often than not, the Chihuahua will attach itself to one family member in particular and dote over that person for as long as both of them will live. They do tend to get jealous if their favourite person showers more love and attention on another pet or person.

The Chihuahua breed is small in size and love to cuddle and snuggle into laps or blankets or anything that looks remotely cozy. You might want to cautious of not stepping on them due to their small size and also to prevent them from jumping off high pieces of furniture. However small they might be, the Chihuahuas do make excellent watchdogs; they aren’t very sociable with strangers and quick to bark and sound the alarm.

Chihuahuas are a little hard to train and need a lot of patience and an effective reward based system to teach and discipline them. Housebreaking them is one of the most difficult things to do. Not responding well to rough handling, the breed adapts best to older mature children. Due to their moderate energy levels, they don’t require a lot of exercise too. A daily walk and the occasional game of catch will do the trick. They like to tackle other dogs and show that they’re fearless, so you might want to keep them on a leash whilst being outdoors.

The Chihuahua’s come in two variations- the Short Coat Chihuahua and the Long Coat Chihuahua.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

Identifying Features-

Average Weight-

2-8 lbs

 

Care & Health-

– Major concerns: none

– Minor concerns: pulmonic stenosis, hydrocephalus, patellar luxation, KCS, hypoglycemia

– Occasionally seen: none

– Suggested tests: cardiac, knee

– Life span: 14 – 18 years

-Grooming: To avoid excessive shedding, you might want to brush the fur daily for about 5 minutes.

 

History:

The Chihuahuas are descendents of the Techichi dog of the Toltecs of Mexico along with the Mayan dogs of South America. The name of the breed is said to have come from a northern region of Mexico, sharing the border with Arizona and Texas. The Chihuahua was brought to Europe by the discoverer Christopher Columbus.

The modern day Chihuahua is supposed to be a cross between the Chinese Crested, to breed for a smaller size of the dog. When introduced to the States, they were referred to as the “Texas Dog” or the “Arizona Dog”.

As of 2007, the Chihuahua’s popularity ranked 12th out of 157 breeds.

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