Breed Spotlight: Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is the littlest of the breeds yet has a big personality. They are named after a state in Mexico and have become an American favorite. This small and frail dog is easily transported in your pocket and have been called “Mexican pocket dogs”. Hollywood has glamorized the Chihuahua in movies and celebrities are often spotted toting a Chihuahua. Here are some facts about Chihuahuas you might consider before adopting or purchasing this breed of dog.
Characteristics and Size of a Chihuahua
There are no real distinctive characteristics of Chihuahuas besides their size and personality. They are adorable due to their size yet that comes with safety issues. Usually they are either timid and shy away from socializing or are aggressive and protective of their people and their territory. Some of it is innate in the breed and some of it is due to training methods (or lack thereof). Some are shorthaired all over while some will have a thicker coat at ears and feet. This will is call short-haired Chihuahua or long-haired Chihuahua.
On average, an adult Chihuahua weighs 3-6 lbs. Due to their size they can be injured more easily than sturdier breeds. These little dogs while lovable and friendly can be difficult to train. Their small bladders have to be relieved more frequently than larger dog breeds. Some Chihuahua owners have opted for alternative methods of pottying. Chihuahuas can be trained to use a potty box much like a cat litter box. Another way to get around frequent potty needs is an indoor turf that simulates outdoor grass or hiring a dog walker.
Chihuahuas are likely the most spoiled breed in history. They can be stubborn and can get quite bossy if not trained properly. Once you get the pottying training out of the way you’ll want to build your dogs confidence by letting it hold its own rather than coddling and letting it get away with things it shouldn’t. This includes the protective barking that can lead to possible nipping. They are tiny little beings living in a world of giant humans.
Overall, they have short hair which makes them very low maintenance. You can wash them at home in the kitchen sink with no problems. Pet owners often dress their Chihuahuas to keep them warm. Since they are small and short haired they should have warm coverings on chilly days and sunscreen or shade on sunny days.
Best Dressed Award Goes To Chihuahua Breed
Was it a Chihuahua lover or Hollywood that started the dress your dog in fashion trend? Chihuahuas can be dressed up and they seem to thrive on this type of “model” acting. They can be funny, fancy and footloose just by changing up their outfit. Is it rainy? You can protect your Chihuahua with a raincoat just it’s size. Chihuahuas love attention and will show off when dressed in cute outfits, coats or funny novelty t-shirts. Next to the fancy haircuts the Poodles wear the Chihuahua gets the fashionista award for being the best dressed in the dog world.
Chihuahuas are family friendly and don’t require a lot of exercise. Grooming needs are minimal. They can do well in a smaller living space. Owning two Chihuahuas isn’t unheard of. They’re addicting and very well behaved if trained properly.