Whether you currently own a Chihuahua or are thinking of owning one, here’s a few things you should know about the smallest dog in the world.
Purchasing a Chihuahua from a breeder or pet store does not guarantee you a great dog.
When you adopt a Chihuahua, you are actually saving two lives!
When you rescue one, you are making room for another to be able to stay at the shelter longer, upping his chances of getting adopted, too.
There will be an adjustment period. Your newly adopted Chihuahua will be more grateful to you for rescuing him than you can imagine, he just might not show it!
Chihuahuas are tiny dogs that come in many different colors, types and markings, and can have either long or short coats, but they all have large, alert ears, big moist eyes, and huge personalities.
Chihuahuas are the ideal lovable, loyal and long-term pal. When you’re alone in the house with a Chihuahua, you’re never alone — they sleep on your lap, sit by your side, or follow you from room to room while you do chores.
Chihuahuas have a long life expectancy – as much as 17 years – but they have a tendency to develop health problems like hypoglycemia, joint ailments, eye infections and bronchitis.
A Chihuahua’s Environment
The Chihuahua is not an outdoor dog, it is an INDOOR dog.
They are so small they can get through the smallest of spaces.
Check your fencing often for escape holes. I once had a Chihuahua get stuck half way through a chain link fence gate…the opening between the fence and gate is perfect for a chi’s head to fit through… if I had not been there, she may have died from exhaustion, suffocated or been attacked by another dog!
The Chihuahua – named for the Mexican state that borders Texas and New Mexico – is the oldest breed on the American continent.
PICTURES OF DOGS RESEMBLING THE MODERN CHIHUAHUA APPEAR IN ANCIENT PAINTINGS IN MEXICO.
- Weight: 2-8 pounds
- Height: 6-10 inches
- Life Expectancy: 16-18 years
Ideal Human Companions for…
- The elderly
- The housebound
- Apartment dwellers
- Small, stocky size
- Apple-shaped head
- Round, dark eyes
- Short, pointed muzzle
- Lively and loyal
- Cocky and energetic
- Strong-willed and outspoken
- Nimble and quick