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21 things you need to know about THE CHIHUAHUA

Chihuahuas are one of the smallest dog breeds in the world!

The Chihuahua is a dog with a personality that is far bigger than his small size. Thare are super alert and amusing with a big-dog attitude. A national symbol of Mexico, they are one of the oldest breeds of the Americas, with a lineage going back to the ancient kingdoms of pre-Columbian times. They love a lap as much as they love ruling a household. Their small size makes they great for city living although they do not like cold weather but we see that as an opportunity to buy her some cute clothing. 

Fun Facts about Chihuahuas

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The Great Dane towers over his small Chihuahua friend in size but not in personality  

Chihuahuas Stay Small

If you want a dog that stays puppy-size forever than a Chihuaha may be for you. These cuties should not get above 10 lbs and can often be found curled in a donut position on your lap or burrowed under the cover. 

Chihuahuas Have Long Lifespans

The Chihuahua dog has a life expectancy of between 14-16 years making them one of longest living breeds.

Chihuahuas are Loyal and Loving

Chi’s love their people. They want to be with you all the time, everywhere. They are happiest curled in your lap or on your pillow next to you. Their small size makes them very portable. 

Chihuahuas Have Fun, Playful Personalities

Chihuahuas have much bigger personalities than their size. They are quirky, funny and extremely aware of everything going on around them. Watch out or they will rule the roost!

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Basic traits of the Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are Smart & Easy to Train

Chihuahuas are intelligent and quick learners and eager to please. They also tend to respond to positive reinforcement (aka food) so have plenty of treats on hand nad your Chi should be relatively easy to train. 

Chihuahuas are Great Guard Dogs

Chihuahaus are extremely alert and intelligent while also tending to mistrust strangers. These attributes make them great guard dogs. They are small but mighty.

Chihuahuas are Affordable to Feed

Depending on their size the Chihuahua dog needs between 4-10 oz of food a day. 

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LEFT: Long Coat Chihuahua, RIGHT: Short Coat Chihuahua

Do Chihuahuas all look the same?

The AKC recognizes 2 types of Chihuahuas - Short Coat and Long Coat. To the undiscerning eye, all Chi’s may look the same when in fact there are 7 noticeably different subsets to the above 2 varieties. 

What are the different coats of The Chihuahua?

Short-Haired Chihuahua

Also known as smooth Coat, this is the most common type of Chihuahua and the one you are most likely to see walking around the hood and at the local shelter. They are easy to groom and shed minimally. 

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A Short Coat Chihuahua sporting the Christian Cowan x Maxbone Jumper

Don’t forget a sweater in winter months as the short-haired Chihuahua can get cold in winter months. Remember these dogs come from Mexico! Our personal fave is the Christian Cowan x Maxbone. #Justsayin’.

Long-Haired Chihuahua

The Long-Haired Chihuahua simply has long hair! They can sometimes look like a Papillon. It take up to 2 years for the full, beautiful coat to develop. Make sure to keep the coat clean and groomed.

To keep their coat silky smooth try THE SHEDDER by PRIDE+GROOM. It’s all natural and contains a unique blend of beneficial essential oils.

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LEFT: Apple Head Chihuahua , RIGHT: Deer Head Chihuahua

What are the Different head shapes of The Chihuahua?

Apple Head Chihuahua

This is the most common head shape. Apple-head Chihuahua means her head is rounded and shaped a little like … you got it… and apple with a shorter muzzle! 

Deer Head Chihuahua

The deer head is slightly longer with no slope on the nose. They look more “deer-like” than the apple head. Deer head Chi’s often grow a little larger than their apple-headed cousins. 

The Pear-Head Chihuahua

In fashion terms, the pear head is a collab between the apple-head and the deer-head. (Apple-Head Chihuahua + Deer-Head Chihuahua = Pear-Head Chihuahua). The skull resembles a pear with flatter skulls and larger muzzles. There is nothing special or exotic about this shape so don’t be taken in by a breeder who tries to up-sell you. 

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3 Teacup Chihuahuas modeling their name! 

The Teacup Chihuahua

The Teacup Chihuahua is not a different breed than the aforementioned Chi’s they are simply smaller. As the name implies they are breed to be small enough to fit into a teacup as a puppy. When fully grown they must remain under 5lbs and below 9” tall to be considered teacup. Their small size causes them to be prone to many health issues such as bone fractures, heart disease and other painful disorders. 

The Fawn Chihuahua

Fawn refers to the color of your Chihuahua. Fawn is a beautiful light shade of brown but can range from tan to reddish-brown to yellowish brown to bluish-brown. 

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What else do you need to know about owning a Chihuahua Dog?

Are Chihuahua’s hard to groom?

Given their small size, Chi’s are relatively easy to groom. A sink makes a good bathtub for these small creatures. The bottom of a sink can be slippery so think about a small rubber matt so they can hold their footing. 

Long-haired chihuahua’s need more brushing to help with shedding. We are partial to THE ONLY BRUSH by Pride+Groom

On one side, the ONLY BRUSH has natural boar bristles; on the other, it has steel pins. In addition to smoothing follicles, releasing natural oils, and improving circulation, pins loosen dirt and hair and remove mats and tangles.

Chihuahua’s are fragile

Chihuahuas may act like a big dog but their small size makes them a little more fragile. Even if it seems like your chi has springs on his feet, jumping on or off the sofa can cause injury or leg issues. 

Chihuahua make great apartment pets

Talking about their size again! Their small size makes them a good option for apartment living. Just walking from room to room can be a workout for their little legs. 

Chihuahuas are loyal

Chihuahuas are such a loyal breed that it can sometimes work against them. They are so devoted to their person(s) they can get snippy and nippy with strangers. 

Adopt don’t shop

Adopting is always a great option as it saves a life, not to mention lots of $$$. Chihuahua’s are a ver popular and sometimes overbred breed so they often show up in shelters. If you are looking for one check out Petfinder where you can search by breed, location, age, gender … Chihuahuas one of the top 10 breeds abandoned to shelters. 

Tagging your Chihuahua

All dogs should wear a collar with your name and number on it and be chipped if possible. Because of their size chi’s can often get through that small space in even a fenced in yard. Because of their loyalty and devotion to you, if you go out they may try extra hard to find you and get lost in the process. 

Chihuahuas have small fragile necks so always walk your Chihuahua with a harness as opposed to a collar as it is more comfortable for them and if you have to tug them back from a dangerous situation you will not hurt them.

We love the soft, step-in harness from Dog line as it's light and super easy to use. 

We hope you found this helpful. Have any more questions on Chihuahuas? Feel free to reach out we love chatting with out customers or future customers. 

Also Read - Why You Should Choose a Chihuahua as Your Emotional Support Animal


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