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Feisty, friendly and devoted

About the Chihuahua

The Chihuahua has a giant dog personality stuffed into a toy dog’s body. Above all else,  they love being with their family, and are remarkably devoted and alert companions. While they’re small, they aren’t exactly low-maintenance, and can ask a lot of their owners.

For many dog lovers, this trade-off is more than worth it to have such a lively and affectionate pup. Chihuahua puppies are playful little scamps, but once they’ve gotten enough exercise they’re more than content to snuggle up to you on the couch.

Even though they’re a toy breed, they’re intelligent and agile enough to compete in a number of canine sports. A well-trained and well-socialised Chihuahua is a delightful family dog and loyal protector, only in miniature.

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Chihuahua Breed Characteristics

15 to 23 cm at the shoulder

3 to 6 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 18 years

Coat Colours
Black, white, fawn, chocolate, cream, gold

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Chihuahua, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Chihuahua Breed History

The Chihuahua is an ancient dog breed and can be traced back to the 9th century. Toltec carvings from Central and South America depict a small dog much resembling the Chihuahua. This ancestor of the modern breed was called the Techichi.

The breed was first discovered by Westerners in the mid 19th century in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, from which the breed gets its name. However, for a good long while the breed did not have any official name, and was named based on where it was found. It’s been called the Arizona dog, the Mexico dog, Texas dog and the Chihuahua dog.

Chihuahuas have made prominent appearances in popular culture, with stints in TV shows such as ‘Sex and the City’ and movies such as ‘Legally Blonde’. Today, this breed holds a special place in the hearts of dog lovers around the world for its feisty personality and adaptability to any household.

Caring For a Chihuahua

How to Choose a Responsible Chihuahua Breeder

When buying your Chihuahua puppy, the best place to start is by finding reputable Chihuahua breeders. A good breeder should know how to properly care for and raise their animals. Even better if they are part of breeding organisations that uphold standards for the welfare of the animals.

If you are lucky enough to find a responsible breeder near you, make an effort to visit them before committing to a sale. They should have clean and comfortable accommodations for their animals. Your breeder should also be able to tell you the genetic profile of their dogs, so that you have a better sense of their overall health and well-being.

Chihuahua FAQ

No, they are not meant to be alone. They bond extremely closely with their family members, and may become sad and lonely if they aren’t involved in family activities.

No. They make great watch dogs since they’re very alert and are protective of their territory. However, when well-socalised and trained, they should not be aggressive if they’ve learned proper boundaries.

Dog Breeds Similar to the Chihuahua

The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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