EASE OF TRAINING •••
GOOD WITH KIDS ••••••
LIFE SPAN LATE TEENS
HEIGHT 6 to 9 INCHES
WEIGHT 2 TO 4 POUNDS
USE TODAY COMPANION
The Chihuahua has a terrier-like personality which means he's cocky, confident, feisty, quick-to-bark, relentless, and rash.
He's the smallest of all dog breeds. He eats very little and takes up very little space. He craves for your affection and close physical contact (pats, rubs and scratches). He loves to cuddle and snuggle up to you on the couch.
He'll sit on your lap or by your side for hours while you read or watch TV. He burrows under blankets and pillows to sleep, so be careful where you sit! He tends to bond more closely with one person: his main caretaker. He's alert and investigates all goings on. He's cautious and wary with strangers and can take a long time to warm up to them (he'll get to know them on his own terms!).
He'll bark up a storm when a stranger enters his home. He doesn't get along very well with dogs he doesn't know; he can be aggressive with them. He isn't intimidated by other dogs in the least!
He'll happily (and unwisely) take on a dog twenty times his size, so you need to watch him. He may nip at a child who is teasing him, but he's good with children who are gentle and respectful of him. He will get all the exercise he needs by walking and running around inside, which makes him an excellent apartment dog.
He's very alert and will sound the alarm if a stranger approaches or enters your home. He shivers when he's excited, frightened, or cold. He's one of the top 20 most popular dog breeds in North America.
The Chihuahua is moderately easy to train.
Long and smooth varieties; can be single or double-coated
Any colour; solid, marked or splashed
Monthly bath; long coats need biweekly brushing; regular teeth care essential
Watch out for loud, nervous people around your Chihuahua, he could snap at them
May be snappy and obstinate and difficult to housebreak
Has been overbred which creates health and behavior problems - buy only from a reputable breeder
Small size means you must protect him but not to the point you create a frightened, nervous dog (and the need for visits to the doggy therapist)
This is a small, fragile dog. Tugging and pulling on the collar around your dog’s neck can contribute to a collapsed trachea and other neck damage. Use a body harness.