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Chihuahua (Long coat)

Behavior common of the Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are feisty and confident little dogs, making enjoyable pets to many people from all reaches of the world. The Chihuahua is loving and sweet despite his feisty side, and these dogs will often favor and cling to one member of the family. Somewhat surprisingly, this breed also makes for a good watchdog, as the Chihuahua is courageous and won’t hesitate to bark at strangers. The Chihuahua’s small size makes them popular lap dogs, and some celebrities are also known for carrying them around in purses. It is important to note, though, that the Chihuahua’s small size makes him vulnerable. These dogs may attempt to burrow into blankets or stick around you in ways that make them vulnerable to getting stepped on or injured, so it is important to always look out for the tiny Chihuahua.

These dogs require little exercise and can do quite well with regular walks and some active playtime. The breed seems to prefer the company of other Chihuahuas, but proper socialization will ensure that the dog can get along with the household’s other pets. The Chihuahua is great with children, but his small size makes him vulnerable to some of their rough play-styles. Always teach kids how to approach and interact with dogs before introductions take place. As for training, the stubborn Chihuahua can be a handful. With a firm hand and proper technique, the Chihuahua can be taught commands and become a gentle, respectful pet. It is important to lay down the law early, as small dogs can often assume charge of the household.

Appearance of the Chihuahua (Long Coat)

The Chihuahua is a very small dog, growing to be only 6 to 10 inches tall in height and weighing in at 2 to 8 pounds. The long-coat Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors, including black, white, chestnut, sand, brown, cream, and nearly any other color. Coats can be solid or include markings and splashes of color. A short, pointed muzzle and large wide-set eyes are characteristics of this breed, and the dog’s large, erect ears give it its familiar look.

Grooming your Chihuahua (Long Coat)

Long-coat Chihuahuas may shed a  fair amount, so frequent brushing may be a good habit for owners concerned about hair in the home.  Otherwise, regular brushing and detangling of the coat will take care of  most of the Chihuahuas grooming needs. Chihuahuas may also require a coat, sweater, or other covering if living in cold climates, as even the long-coat Chihuahua is small and sensitive to the cold. Like any dog, the Chihuahua will also require regular nail clippings, dental care, and proper ear cleanings. Vets can assist owners in identifying the best solutions to use for cleaning the ears and addressing other needs.

History of the Chihuahua

The history of the breed has been controversial. It is widely believed that the Chihuahua comes from Mexican and possibly South American breeds. Mexican Techichi dogs and Mayan dogs may be this breed’s descendants.  The Chihuahua has made its mark in history, with pictures of the breed appearing on the Chichen Itza pyramids. They also received a mention in Christopher Columbus‘ letter to the King of Spain. The breed’s name comes from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where the dog was first discovered. Today, the breed remains very popular and is a favorite of people all over the world.