The Chihuahua is a dog breed that is mostly classified as a companion. They are very small in size and are known to focus more on one or two people. This makes them suitable for older people. They also do not have a lot of exercise requirements. They are loyal and affectionate and make great pets. Discover more about our Chihuahua puppies for sale below!
History of Breed
The Chihuahua originated in ancient Mexico and is considered one of the oldest breeds of dogs in Mexico. Many people believe the Chihuahua actually dates back to Mayan times when Chis descended from the Techichi. This breed has proven itself over time and continues to be a very popular and sought-after breed today.
Personality and Temperament
The Chihuahua is a very fun and feisty little dog who loves to play and explore. They enjoy spending time with their family and make fantastic lapdogs. They are fun to spend time with and have very loving and loyal personalities. They have a very approachable and warm demeanor and will accept as much love as you can give them. They make fantastic family pets.
Appearance and Grooming
Chihuahuas tend to be easy to care for and do best with coat brushing a few days a week. It is suggested that they are bathed about once a month which will allow them to look and feel their best. Being sure to incorporate routine nail trimming is also advised. This is a good-looking breed of dog, and with basic care, he will shine.
Care and Feeding
Chihuahuas are small yet active dogs and do need sufficient amounts of energy to feel their best. The correct ratio of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep this breed healthy. Many Chihuahuas owners recommend feeding this dog two meals a
day, spaced about twelve hours apart. It is also very important to remember to provide your dog
with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a
week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues.
Breed Size and Life Expectancy
This breed stands between five to eight inches tall.
This breed weighs between six and ten pounds.
The average life expectancy for this breed is between twelve to fifteen years.
Interesting Breed Facts
Fact: This breed is known to train well and with ease.
Fact: This breed makes a great dog for first-time dog owners.
Fact: A healthy Chihuahua has a life expectancy greater than many other dog breeds.
Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the Chihuahua
Why are Chihuahuas overly protective?
It is how they are made. They are meant to be companion dogs and they will protect you with their bark when necessary.
How much exercise does a Chihuahua need?
The American Kennel Club says they need only 30 minutes of exercise daily. You really don’t have to overwork their tiny legs.
What human foods can a Chihuahua eat?
They could eat pork, chicken, eggs, potatoes, fish beef and oats.
How often should I bathe my Chihuahua?
They only need to be bathed once a month. If you do it too often, you’ll dry out their skin. You could wait longer than a month if you can keep them indoors only.
Do Chihuahuas like to be petted?
Just like every other dog, yes. They would love it when they are petted at the back of the neck, at the base of their tail and under their chin.
Why do Chihuahuas burrow under the covers?
The Chihuahua has a thin coat and he is likely to get cold much more often. Burrowing under the covers is their way of staying warm.
What foods are bad for Chihuahuas?
You should never feed your dog any of these, bacon, chocolate, milk, cheese, dairy products, onions, garlic, alcohol, caffeine, grapes, etc.
Do Chihuahuas need a lot of attention?
Yes. They want to be smothered by your attention and do not consider anything too much. They literally want to be children.
How long can a Chihuahua be left alone?
If the environment is safe, a Chihuahua can be left alone for about 9 to 10 hours. There should be water and food around though.
Do Chihuahuas suffer from separation anxiety?
Like all other dogs, yes they do. They really do not like being alone.
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