Chihuahuas are known as the smallest dog breed in the world with a maximum weight of 6 pounds, according to AKC. The Chihuahua breed originated in Mexico and are named after the Chihuahua state in Mexico. 

Appearance

These tiny creatures have very small rounded heads, erect ears, and rounded eyes. Their coats come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They have both long and short hair lengths. The Chihuahua is a balanced, graceful dog of terrier-like demeanor. The rounded “apple” head is a breed hallmark.

Traits

Chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and big-dog attitude. Chihuahuas will require training to get this little Napoleon under your rules. Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They need special care in cold weather. 

Like every other breed the early socialization and training is a must for Chihuahuas. Because these dogs are very intelligent and curious, they learn tricks quickly. They are devoted to their family, and tend to bond with only one person in the family.

Like Pomeranians, you can take Chihuahuas anywhere you like, because of their small size. The Chihuahuas also like to follow you always. They can be good watchdogs, even their very small in size. They will bark at strangers and strange sounds. It is not advised to leave your Chihuahua dog alone outdoors, because other animals can easily attack them.

Chihuahuas are all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience, and are among the top ten watchdogs recommended by experts.

These dogs love nothing more than being with their people and require a minimum of grooming and exercise.

Giant Personalities

Although they may not take up much space, small dogs can have giant personalities and are perfectly sized for cramped living quarters. The pint-sized pooches are some of the tiniest canines in existence. 

Stats 

In the Americas, Chihuahuas are one of the oldest dog breeds. They are capable of a long-life and can survive up to 16 years of age.

Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs

Height:                6 inches to 9 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight:               3 to 6 pounds

Life Span:           10 to 18 years

Children

Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, simply because of the chance of injury by a young child. It is important to socialize a Chihuahua to adults, children, and other animals. They do not trust strangers, which makes them excellent watchdogs.

Highlights

Here are some highlights about this breed:

  • Choose a Chihuahua breeder who provides health clearances for patellas and heart conditions.
  • Long-lived breed up to 18 years.
  • They are prone to shivering when they are cold, excited, or scared. Recommend a sweater or coat when outdoors in cold or wet weather.
  • Socialize when young to get them kinder to other dogs.
  • Not a good idea to leave unattended in the yard. They can be attacked by other dogs, coyotes, hawk, and birds of prey.
  • Chihuahuas can be reserved with strangers. Choose a puppy that was whelped and raised in a home with a lot of human interaction.
  • Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, because a young child might hurt the Chihuahuas are while playing due to their tiny size.
  • This breed is prone to the build-up of ear wax and dry skin.

If you select this tiny pup, make sure you connect with an experienced vet to take great care of your new furry loved one?

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.