Behavior common of the Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are known for their feisty, courageous personalities that far exceed the expectations of their small physiques. Chihuahuas make great family dogs, as they tend to be loving and docile toward owners. Like many other breeds, the Chihuahua requires exercise and activity to stay happy and healthy. Although they are small dogs, this breed can be useful as a watchdog because they are alert and will bark when encountering strangers.
Chihuahuas will require quality socialization to get along with other dogs and children. Small dogs are often underestimated in terms of strength, and a Chihuahua who is not properly controlled or trained can be dangerous to children. These dogs can take a long time to train, and some persistence may be required- especially when it comes to housebreaking. Do not mistake their strong personalities for stupidity, though- this is a very intelligent breed. Most dogs do require proper training, and a Chihuahua can be a loving part of any family when care is exercised.
Appearance of the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is a small dog, weighing only between 2 and 8 pounds. They grow to be 6 to 10 inches in height. Their typical short-hair coats are fine on the outer layer with downy coats underneath. Coats can also be long and even have a wavy quality. Their small size has led to them being carried in purses and used as a sort of novelty, but owners should reserve extreme caution and ensure the pet’s needs and safety are well attended to during any travel.
Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors- almost any color you would expect to see a dog be. Their coats can appear in many variations including black, white, red, tan, and with many other colors and markings, such as spots.
Grooming your Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are simple to groom as far as dogs go. This breed’s coat requires only regular brushings. It should be noted that, although small, this dog’s coat tends to shed a good amount, depending on length. For this reason, more frequent brushings and grooming sessions may be required. This holds true even more for Chihuahuas with longer coats. Like any dog, the Chihuahua will also require proper dental care, nail clippings, and regular vet visits. Vets can also recommend good solutions to use on the dog for ear cleanings, which should be completed regularly on the breed’s large ears. Chihuahuas may require a sweater or other coverings if they are going out in cold weather.
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 and 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.