Group: Toy group.
Purpose of Breed: Companion
Country of Origin: Mexico.
Average Size: These tiny dogs range from 6-9 inches and 2-6 pounds.
Color(s): All solid colors or mixture of colors.
Coat Type: Short or long coats depending on the variety of dog. Short coats are glossy and soft to the touch. Long coats are also soft and can either be straight, wavy or curly.
Grooming: Short coats that require minimal grooming. Long coats need more regular grooming to prevent matting. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: This breed adapts well to apartment living. Although they are small in size, they enjoy plenty of exercise. Happy and content at home, Chihuahuas can be quite sensitive to the cold and should be protected if taken outdoors in inclement weather.
Temperament: The playful Chihuahua is a highly intelligent and responds well to training. It is an excellent companion, although its loyalty and devotion can at times turn to jealousy. Chihuahuas do not enjoy being left alone by themselves and prefer to be with their masters or other family pets. This breed is naturally reserved around unfamiliar people and animals and will bark noisily at strangers.
Common Ailments: The Chihuahua is susceptible to patella luxation and eye problems.
Life Expectancy: The expected life span of the Chihuahua is 15 or more years.
Trivia: The name Chihuahua is derived from the Mexico State of the same name. Chihuahuas prefer the company of their own breed
More Information: Chihuahua Club of America
I love my 5 Chi's. They are pictured on the pet pages labeled "The Brats". They are like my kids. They don't even know they are dogs! They are spoiled to do everything with us, from exercise and work outside, to eating, to snuggling on the lap, and sleeping with us. They're a great pet, and they are extremely smart, and easy to train. They give alot of lap snuggling affection, but, bark and protect us when intruders come. I've had alot of pets through the years, but, Chi's are the best!!!
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