Country of Origin: Mexico
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 33 of 196
AKC Classification: Toy Group
UKC Classification: Companion Dog
Exercise Requirements: <20 minutes/day
Height: Female: 7 in.; Male: 9 in.
Weight: Female: 2-6 lbs.; Male: 2-6 lbs.
Physical traits: Small, Short/long haired, Well-balanced
Characteristics: Flat, straight
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs in the world. They have a domed skull and soft spot on the top of the head where the bones have not joined. This is known as ‘Molera’. They have large prick ears and short and pointed muzzles. Their eyes are round and large. They are slightly longer than they are tall and have a longish tail that is carried up or over the back. There are two coat varieties. One is smooth and short. The other is long and soft with fringed ear and legs.
The average lifespan of a Chihuahua is around 14 to 20 years, although some have been known to live as long as 30 years. They are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. These include hypoglycemia, slipped stifles, patellar luxation, and tracheal collapse.
Chihuahuas are intelligent and loving dogs that make great companions. They are loyal and protective of their family and make excellent watchdogs. They are also relatively easy to train and are good for apartment living.
If you are thinking of adding a Chihuahua to your family, be sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder. Make sure you are prepared to handle a small dog with a big personality!
In the 1940s, well-known bandleader Xavier Cugat was known for conducting the orchestra with a Chihuahua under his arm.
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