Dog breeds / Chihuahua


Other names Techichi.The Smallest Dog in the World. Sacred dog of the Aztecs and Toltecs
Coat Smooth or long
Colors Black, white, fawn, chocolate, gray, and silver as well as tricolor (chocolate, black, or blue with tan and white, for instance), brindle, spotted, merle and a variety of other markings

Chihuahuas can be a good companion breed. They are brave, proud, and adventurous. They love to be petted and given affection. They are strong-willed but can be trained. Like most dogs, they are loyal and can become attached to their owners very quickly. If you do decide to train them, they are fast learners. One problem with Chihuahuas is sometimes they may be difficult to housebreak.

Do not let them do things you wouldn’t approve of other dogs doing, like jumping on humans – they can develop small dog syndrome from this. They respond to firm but patient scolding for misbehaving. If you allow this little dog to be your pack leader it will develop many behavior issues such as jealousy, aggression with other dogs and sometimes with humans, and will become undeniably suspicious of people except for its master. With strangers around, it will follow its owner’s every step, keeping as close to them as possible.

Chihuahuas, like other toy breeds, can suffer from a number of medical issues. Notable are epilepsy and diabetes. Hypoglycemia is relatively common. Chihuahuas do not take to the cold well and may require a small sweater in cold weather, otherwise, they will shiver and seek warmth constantly.

Overall, Chihuahuas are good, loving dogs, and make excellent companions.

Stats & Characteristics

Country of origin Central and South America and Mexico (Ancient Times)
Height male 6 - 9″
Height female 6 - 9″
Weight male 3 - 6 lbs
Weight female 3 - 6 lbs
Popularity rank ? 11
Intelligence ?
Intelligence rank ? 67
Shedding ?
Grooming Low maintenance
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise Needs Low
Playfulness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Watchdog High
Protection ability Moderately protective
Good with dogs Shy
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance Low tolerance
Life span 10 - 18 years

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