Chihuahuas………500 words or less
Chihuahuas are the smallest dog money can buy. The standard size for Chihuahuas is 6 lbs. There are some smaller and some bigger. Chihuahuas are the ’Eternal Puppy’ meaning that they are so small, it seems as though they are always puppies.
Chihuahuas are from the Terrier family. They are loyal, intelligent & for their size,very brave. Chihuahuas make great little watchdogs. They will make you aware of a visitor usually before the doorbell rings.
If you want your chi to be friendly, it is important to buy from a reputable breeder that specializes in good temperaments. Socializing your chi from a very young age is also important.
Chihuahuas are warm & cuddly. All dog’s bodies are normally at a temperature of about 101 degrees, 3 degrees above our own body temperature. It is very relaxing to cuddle with a warm Chihuahua. Their favorite place in all the world is snuggled against their owner under a blanket.
Chihuahuas are low maintenance dogs. They are convenient traveling companions. They can go as carry-on luggage when you travel on planes. They don’t take up a lot of space in your home. The long coat Chihuahua sheds less than the smooth coat Chi.
Fragility…….you must take precautions with the Chihuahua breed. They are very small and can be broken or killed. Small children should be supervised. Be careful where you step. Chihuahuas can learn to stay out of your way, but it takes some time. Puppies are not always aware of the danger around them. You will need to watch out for them.
A popular size is the ‘teacup’ Chihuahua which averages between 2-3 ½ lbs. The drawback to this size is that they are highly prone to Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Special precautions are needed because this size is extra fragile. This size especially needs it’s own living space so as to not be accidentally stepped on or kicked, etc….
Chihuahuas have a variety of looks. There is the Taco Bell Chihuahua which typically has a deer muzzle and long legs. The AKC standard usually has an apple head and shorter legs & muzzle. There are more colors in the Chihuahua breed than any other breed. There are……fawns, blacks, chocolates, creams, sables of every color, merles, blues, Irish markings, white with spots of color. A solid color of any kind is very rare.
Chihuahuas because of their small size can develop problems with their teeth. At 1 year of age if your Chihuahua hasn’t lost all of it’s baby teeth….you might consider taking it to the vet to have these teeth removed. Brushing your puppy’s teeth weekly at an early age can help prevent dental problems. Beef hooves make excellent chews for this breed, loosening their baby teeth and removing plaque.
As a fan of the Chihuahua breed, I would recommend them highly. They are my love and my passion. For more information you