When you look up Chihuahua breed info, you usually get mixed articles that leave you confused. To aid with that, we’ve brought together all the breed info you need for this adorable dog. Let’s start with the basics.
Chihuahua Country of Origin
The Chihuahua (affectionately called ‘Chi’) may have two descendants. The first one is a tiny, hairless Chinese dog. The second is the South American ‘Techichi’, a favored pet that was buried with the deceased. This was with the hope they would lead the way to the afterlife.
Modern Chihuahuas hail from Chihuahua, Mexico. They are the smallest dog breed and the oldest North American breed. They rocketed to popularity in the U.S when famous Latin musician Xavier Cugat made a Chihuahua his constant public companion, and remain extremely popular to this day. Moreover, famous Chihuahuas start with the Taco Bell Chihuahua. Then, they continue with Ren from ‘Ren and Stimpy’, and Ducky, the 2007 ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ winner for ‘World’s Smallest Living Dog’.
Size and Other Breed Info
Another fun fact is that the Chihuahua has a shoulder height of 15-23 cm (6-9 in) and weighs 1-3 kg (2-5.5 lbs). Chihuahuas have an apple-shaped head with a short, pointy muzzle, large erect ears, and tiny feet. The tail may curve over the back or side.
Coat and Skin
The Chihuahua can have a long or short coat. A variety of colors are acceptable, including sand, chocolate, silver, chestnut, and blue. A variety of patterns including sable and masks are also possible. The variety of possibilities makes classification difficult.
Character Breed Info
Chihuahuas are intelligent, graceful, and sometimes too brave for their own good. They usually bond with only one person and become highly devoted, frequently kissing the owner’s face (with or without approval). The Chihuahua is reserved around strangers, and may attempt to defend their owner, usually with little effect. Chihuahuas are tenacious, proud, and very energetic.
Temperament and Behavior
Chihuahuas can usually live with other dogs and cats without problem. They get along particularly well with other Chihuahuas. It is important to socialize the Chihuahua as a puppy to prevent overt aggressiveness. Small children may regard the Chihuahua as a toy, and their teasing can cause it to snap or bite. You shouldn’t leave a Chihuahua with children under the age of 12, unless you have trained them beforehand.
Care Breed Info
Chihuahuas require regular grooming with a brush and comb for their long coat. You should trim the Chihuahua’s claws and check its teeth for tartar buildup. Chihuahuas are very prone to getting cold, so keep them in warm environments. The small nose may cause wheezing or snoring. The Chihuahua should not be overfed. There is typically a soft spot on the top of the skull. The Chihuahua has a long life span at 14-18 years.
Chihuahuas are eager to learn. The Chihuahua may require patience and effort to housebreak, which is why people usually paper train them.
Chihuahuas can usually get all the exercise they need by running around indoors. If the dog becomes overweight, you should consider not carrying them everywhere. You can take them for walks, but they are more of an indoor breed.