Chihuahua

Average Height

15 - 23cm

Average Weight

1.5 - 3kg

Expected Lifespan

12 -18 years

Dynamite Comes in Small Packages

The Chihuahua is the definition of “dynamite comes in small packages.”

Being one of thee most pampered pooches amongst celebrities, they are spotted in many designer bags, taken from store to store in style.

Chihuahuas are active dogs and need exercise to get rid of all that energy. They are loving towards their owners and they tend to form very close bonds with their owner too.

The chihuahua is a demanding breed, and this makes it so important that they are trained once you have one. They have been know to be fussy eaters as well, so it is important to stick to a good diet. If they aren’t trained from a young age, they will run YOUR household.

This little dynamite breed has the heart of a lion. They are very suspicious of other animals and humans around their owner. When chihuahua’s shake, they are either cold, nervous or excited.

If you have young children in your home, this breed would not be suitable because of their size. They are able to get along with other animals if they were socialised as pups. If you are looking for a baby in the house to give lots of love to, travel with and have a loyal protector by your side…then the Chihuahua is the dog for you.

The Chihuahua Anatomy

Head

Skull is well-rounded, can be referred to as “Apple Dome”. Muzzle is moderately short and slightly pointed. Ears are large and erect. Eyes are full, round, set well apart and are dark in colour. Nose is black, but it can be Mouth has a perfect scissor bite.

Body

Neck is slightly arched. Body is slightly longer than it is tall, level back with rounded ribs. Shoulders are lean. Forelegs are straight. Hindquarters are muscular, hind legs are parallel and the stifle and hock are angled. Tail is moderately long, carried sickle or curled above the back. Coat is either single or double-coated. Smooth coat is soft and close, hair will be longer on neck and tail. Long coat is soft, straight or slightly wavy. Hair will feather on ears, neck, back of legs, feet and tail.

The Chihuahua Coat and Colours

One colour throughout the entire coat.

  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Gold
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Silver
  • Chocolate
  • White
  • Red
  • Chocolate Blue

Two distinct colours on the coat.

  • Black & tan
  • White & liver
  • White & cream
  • White & fawn
  • White & brown
  • White & red
  • White & black
  • White & blue
  • White & gold
  • White & silver

Mixture of black with brown, tan or gold in a “tiger stripe” pattern.

  • Fawn Brindled Black
  • Blue Brindled Fawn
  • Chocolate Brindled Fawn

Black-tipped hairs; the background colour will most commonly be gold, silver, grey, or tan.

  • Chocolate Sabled Fawn
  • Black Sabled Fawn
  • Black Sabled Silver

Some Chihuahua Traits

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Friendliness
Trainability
Energy
Sensitivity
Grooming Frequency
Shedding

Common Medical Conditions in Chihuahuas

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This is when there are low levels of blood sugar (Glucose) in the dogs body. Glucose is a main energy…

This occurs when the dog’s kneecap is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone. When…

This is when there is an excess amount of body fat. This occurs when the energy intake exceeds the energy…

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