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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
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At what age does a Chihuahua get it's adult coat color? I was told that my Chi is about a year old, and now the color is changing from a beautiful all white to a beautiful white and tan pattern with what looks like it could even have some striking darker tan patterns emerging. At what age do they generally have their full color patterns?
My info says 14 months.
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My sister and I were saving up for a dog and thought we would have a better chance of getting one if it was little. We got her about four months ago. She is a rescue, but still very cute!
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She loves to go outside and play with us and our other dog.
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Whenever our smaller dog tries to play with her, she tries to get angry and bite him. Then she has this hilarious look on her face like she's trying to not react and she turns her head to the side and he just keeps attacking her.