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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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A vet is a good resource for determining the age of your dog. They will typically check the dog's teeth, a method that you too can employ at home.
There are many sizes and colors of chihuahuas. Your dog may not be mixed with another breed. This guide is about what is my chihuahua mixed with?
This is a guide about, "Is my dog a full blooded Chihuahua?". It is sometimes difficult to be certain that your dog is a pure bred just by its appearance.
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Is my bottle fed puppy a teacup Chihuahua or a regular size Chihuahua? And about how old do you think she is?
To be honest with you this will be extremely hard to tell right now. Even though the dog was bottle feed when it was small this will depend on a few factors to determine the dog's age. Normally this is done through the teeth of the dog.
A vet could tell you more. Its hard to guess from the picture. Dogs all full grown by a year, so time will tell what she is.
You'll really have to wait a bit longer until she grows bigger to determine that, or take her to get checked out by a pro.
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.
My info says 14 months.
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This is my girl Chickie, she passed last July after living 3 years with GME meningitis, we adopted her with her brother and she was an amazing girl. She was always smiling and happy and loved her family so very much!
Your Pet's Age
She turned 4 years old July 04, 2018.
Your Pet's Breed
How and when did you get your pet?
My stepmom give her to me when she was 6 weeks old. My stepmom wanted me to have a companion due to my health issues and because I was getting worse.
What does your pet like to do for fun?
She really has never played with any toys. She's always been just in my lap while I'm sitting or snuggled up next to me. My Sissy does loves 1 thing though and that is she loves to go outside and sit on the step to sun. She will stay on that step for hours.
Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Sissy has been my reason not to give up on my health and for me to keep pushing forward day by day. And now I know she needs me just the same as I need her. That's Mama's baby girl. I love her to death.