Chihuahua Breed Information:
Chihuahuas are comical, entertaining, and loyal little dogs, absolutely brimming with personality – often a quirky and eccentric personality unmatched by any other breed. You can find individuals who are lively or placid. Bold or timid. Feisty or mellow. Confident or nervous. Stubborn or eager to please.
Height: 20-30cm, Weight: 2-5kg
Chihuahua Life Span:
Chihuahua’s have a fairly good temperament. They make excellent companion dogs, and are known for their lively, proud and sometimes even ‘bossy’ personalities. Chihuahua's will both demand and give affection to anyone who they trust. They are an alert breed that likes to know what’s going on around them and relish being the center of attention. They are generally known to be strong willed, intensely loyal and very attached to their owner. This can sometimes turn to jealousy if they are not properly socialised with other people and dogs while they are puppies, and result in an over-protective, unsociable and sometimes even aggressive Chihuahua. The Chihuahua is a breed that doesn’t always get along with other dogs, however this completely depends on the individual dog and their upbringing. Although Chihuahua's are smart animals, they can sometimes prove a little difficult to train due to their strong willed personalities, so the best approach is generally with treats, positive reinforcement and affection. As Chihuahua’s are known to be quite vocal at times, it is important that they are taught from an early age that barking is not okay. If it is an issue develops it is essential that it is dealt with before it becomes a habit.
Short Hair: Chihuahua’s that have a short coat will require less grooming than the long coat Chihuahua’s. As such they really only need a brush once a week. It is important to keep their nails trimmed to avoid impairing their walking ability, and to regularly check their eyes and ears to keep them clean and healthy.
Long Hair: Chihuahua’s with a long coat will require brushing a few times a week, to ensure their fur does not tangle and matt. During the warmer months it is a good idea to have them professionally groomed and clipped back so they do not overheat. This should be done every 6-8 weeks while it’s hot. It is important to keep their nails trimmed to avoid impairing their walking ability, and to regularly check their eyes and ears to keep them clean and healthy.
Chihuahua Exercise Requirements:
As Chihuahua's are such a tiny breed, they require minimal exercise unless they are experiencing weight problems. A walk a few times a week as well as play time at home is generally sufficient.