Chihuahua

Cute Chihuahua Pups

The Chihuahua originated from Mexico. Although the Chihuahua history is vague, it is believed that both the Toltec and the Aztec cultures had dogs. This included a small breed called the Techichi. It’s possible that this breed was possibly the ancestors of the Chihuahua.

height
6 to 9 inches
weight
3 to 6 pounds
life span
10 to 18 years
group
Companion Dogs
Adapts Well to Apartment Living
Good For Novice Owners
Sensitivity Level
Tolerates Being Alone
Tolerates Cold Weather
Tolerates Hot Weather
Affectionate with Family
Kid-Friendly
Dog Friendly
Friendly Toward Strangers
Amount Of Shedding
Drooling Potential
Easy To Groom
General Health
Potential For Weight Gain
Size
Easy To Train
Intelligence
Potential For Mouthiness
Prey Drive
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Wanderlust Potential
Energy Level
Intensity
Exercise Needs
Potential For Playfulness

History

The Chihuahua has a vague history, although it is known that Aztecs refined the Techichi dog breed into a smaller dog breed. When the Spanish conquistadors destroyed the Aztec civilization in the 1500s, the Techichi dog breed was an essential part of the Aztec culture. This hardy little breed lived in small villages in the mid-1800s when the U.S developed a liking for this breed in the State of Chihuahua. By 1908 the first Chihuahua was registered with the AKC.

Physical Description

The Chihuahua is a compact little dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. This very feisty little breed has a large skull that is rounded. With a short muzzle that is somewhat pointed, the Chihuahua has large and full eyes. Ears are large and erect with tips that go outwards. This breed has a long, thin tail and carried erect, horizontal, or in a loop over the back.

The Chihuahua has two types of coat. It can either be longhaired or smooth. The longhaired breed has a soft, flat, or curly coat with an undercoat. This breed also has a large ruff on the neck and a feather on its tail, feet, and legs.

This breed can be any color with a coat that may be solid, marked, or splashed. Chihuahua’s most common coat colors are fawn, sable, red, black and tan, tricolor, and brindle. Shorter bodies are preferred in males.

Temperament

Small dog

The Chihuahua has a ‘terrier-like attitude. This is a small dog breed with a tremendous attitude. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes this breed as “Alert, projecting the ‘terrier-like attitudes of self-importance, confidence, self-reliance.”

The Chihuahua, like all dog breeds, needs positive training and socialization from a young age. This alert yet sensitive dog breed enjoys a relaxed home. If socialized puppyhood, the Chihuahua is excellent with all pets and people but always needs time to adjust. This breed can be challenging because of its ‘terrier-like temperament. If you’re looking for an aggressive yet sensitive small dog breed, the Chihuahua makes for a great companion.

Special Needs

This very self-important breed does well with plenty of on-leash exercises. Pet owners need to be careful that Chihuahua does not run away if off-leash. Early socialization with other dogs, people, and animals is highly recommended.

Puppy training classes for your dog are a definite must since this breed can only benefit from dog training classes. That said, the Chihuahua is sensitive yet active and playful. This breed gets scared easily and can also get aggressive very quickly, barking a lot.

Positive dog training for the Chihuahua needs to be consistent. Yet, one needs to consider this breed’s sensitivity and not break his playful spirit with unnecessary reprimands.

This is a tiny dog breed that needs plenty of reassurance and socialization. This breed does well with older people but can be with families in a not too rowdy household. The Chihuahua does not like loud noises.

Possible Health Concerns

Dog visiting vet

The Chihuahua is a healthy dog breed that may be prone to a few health conditions.

  • Heart Problems – also known as Mitral Valve Disease (MVD), happens when the mitral valve thickens and degrades over time. Coughing and difficulty breathing are signs.
  • Dry eyes may affect this breed and can result in blindness. See your veterinarian if you notice excessive blinking, sticky or red eyes.
  • Patellar Luxation – occurs when the kneecap is dislocated. You’ll need to visit your vet, or it may lead to arthritis.

Exercise

As with all dog breeds, this small dog breed needs daily walks and off-leash trips to the dog park and beach. It has a low activity level and does well with apartment living and as a companion dog for seniors. This breed is the ideal city pet that you can take with you everywhere.

Nutrition

Three tiny pups

Some Chihuahuas pick up weight quickly and can become obese. Feeding this breed high-quality dog food, especially for smaller breeds, is essential. High-quality dog food formulas for the appropriate life stage are always needed. Pet parents should never neglect to feed a well-balanced diet. Dog food that works for one Chihuahua may not work for another.

Chihuahua owners should assess their dog’s activity level, age, breed, and any medical conditions that he or she may be prone to. Ask your veterinarian about the best high-quality food options that will help to give your Chihuahua a longer and healthier life! It will also help your dog live a longer and healthier life.

Give this breed fresh fruits, salmon, chicken, vegetables, minerals, and fiber is a plus. Consider a high-quality, all-natural diet with no additives, no cheap fillers. Treats should be healthy and low fat to prevent obesity.

Grooming

The Chihuahua almost self-cleans and looks immaculate most of the time. They need to be groomed every day, along with regular bathing. Keep in mind that dental care, ear cleaning, and nail trimming are necessary. Dental hygiene is crucial in small dogs, so those dental cleanings are essential at the vet. The Chihuahua enjoys being bathed, and if longhaired, does well at the groomers. Occasional shedding may occur!

Adopting a Chihuahua

Keep in mind that when adopting the Chihuahua, he may appear nervous and aggressive at the shelter. It’s best to take your time to make a decision and visit the Chihuahua rescue a few times to get to know him. All Chihuahua’s will have huge personalities and make for excellent companions.

This feisty breed needs time to adjust to new surroundings and will be very nervous at first. Your adopted Chihuahua may take a while to adapt to his new home, but once he’s settled down, there’s no turning back. He’ll be back to his confident self, ready to be the best companion out!

The Chihuahua makes for a terrific adoption! As always, make sure that you’ve made your home safe before welcoming your rescue. There will be many areas of your home and garden that your new rescue will have access to!

Chihuahua Breeders in the USA

Ka-lynn’s Chihuahuas (Missouri)

Address
Kansas City, Missouri
Website
https://www.kalynnschihuahuas.com/
Phone
(816) 4467793
Email
kterry228@aol.com

Dralion Chihuahuas (New York State)

Address
Marcy, New York State
Website
https://www.dralionchihuahuas.com/
Phone
(315) 5278221
Email
jenshuba@msn.com

Jem Chihuahuas (Indiana)

Address
Schererville, Indiana
Website
http://www.jemchihuahuas.com/
Email
kemchis@gmail.com

Long Island Chihuahuas (New York)

Address
Glen Cove, New York
Website
https://longislandchihuahuas.com/
Phone
(516) 8731881
Email
settesChis@aol.com

Rafina (Michigan)

Address
Dowagiac, Michigan
Website
https://rafinachihuahuas.com/
Phone
(269) 7826694
Email
rafinachihuahuas@gmail.com

Stephanie VanGilder (Florida)

Address
Palm Bay, Florida
Website
https://www.prestigechihuahuas.com/
Email
prestige1042@yahoo.com

Terlingua Chihuahuas (Tennessee)

Address
Wartrace, Tennessee
Website
https://www.terlinguachihuahuas.com/
Phone
(615) 7666201
Email
terlinguachi@gmail.com

Tivoli Chihuahuas (Florida)

Address
Clermont, Florida
Website
https://www.tivolichihuahuas.com/
Phone
(540) 6647978

Ivy league chihuahua (California)

Address
Redding, California
Website
https://www.ivyleaguechihuahuas.net/
Phone
(530) 5100739
Email
shilosbeach@yahoo.com

Pocket Pet Chihuahuas (Georgia)

Address
Franklin, Georgia
Website
https://www.facebook.com/pocket.chihuahuas/
Phone
(678) 5215646
Email
yvetteabrahamson1@gmail.com

Carrie Gemin (Washington State)

Address
Spanaway, Washington State
Website
https://elegantexoticchihuahuas.com/
Phone
(253) 7779869
Email
ckgreens2017@gmail.com

Chihuahua Breeders in Canada

Station One Reg’d Kennels

Address
Waterford, New Brunswick
Website
http://www.dogcatbreeder.com/
Phone
(506) 4336601
Email
tbears10@cogeco.ca

Miso Chihuahua’s

Address
Paris, Ontario
Website
https://misochihuahuas.com/
Phone
(519) 7709901
Email
lovedhisdogfirst@hotmail.com

Bloomsbury Reg’d Chihuahuas

Address
Whitby, Ontario
Website
https://www.bloomsburychihuahuas.com/
Phone
(905) 4498194
Email
bloomsburychis@gmail.com

HiLeigh Reg’d

Address
Kelowna, British Columbia
Website
https://www.hileigh.com/
Phone
(250) 8701686
Email
ceyeah@hotmail.com

Boulevardier Reg’d

Address
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Phone
(250) 7537297
Email
boulvar@shaw.ca

Classy Kennels

Address
Prince George, British Columbia
Website
http://www.chihuahua.classykennels.com/
Phone
(250) 9626265
Email
roxanne@chihuahua.classykennels.com

BuddysRus Reg’d

Address
London, Ontario
Website
http://www.buddysrus.ca/site/pages/index.html
Phone
(519) 6662983
Email
buddys_r_us@hotmail.com

AppleGarden Chihuahuas

Address
Toronto, Ontario
Website
https://applegardenchihuahuas.com/
Email
applegardenchis@gmail.com

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