- AKC recognized in 1904
- Lifespan: 10 - 18 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Small
- Recommended Crate Size: 18" - 22" dog crate*
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Most people have accepted that the Chihuahua was first recognized in Mexico as early as the 9th century. There are historical references on artifacts and artwork that were found during archaeological digs throughout Central America and Mexico, including the Cholula pyramids that are said to represent a Chihuahua. There are many other artworks that resemble the head of a modern Chihuahua too, including a pot found at Casas Grande.
Chihuahuas are very nice breed. The dog can get along well with other pets in the house. However, they can be so noisy when noticing a strange dog entering their territory. It is up to owners to discourage and train out this kind of behavior to prevent it from worsening. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are some Chihuahuas that are more aloof. They only approach people when they are in the mood, otherwise they cannot be bothered.
Some say very cat-like. It is often desirable to own two Chihuahuas as they prefer to socialize with their own kind. They will play together when the owners are away. The dog really loves a warm environment so it won't surprise you that they often look around to get the best sunspot to enjoy.
People worldwide recognize the Chihuahua. Its weight ranges from 3 to 9 pounds. The dog has a pointed nose and a head that is similar to the shape of an apple. The eyes of the dog are quite large, dark, and round. The ears are large, with these becoming the trademark of the dog. The coat of the Chihuahua can be either long or short depending on the variety. When it comes to color, there are many varieties including chestnut, fawn, sand, silver, and blue. People really love this dog due to its small toy size. Chihuahuas are pretty cute. Some of them can even fit in the palm of a hand!
Like any other dogs, Chihuahuas also need healthy food for healthy living. The best food for should include protein. The amount shouldn’t be less than 40% of the total content. It is important to engage your vet or breeder when discussing your Chihuahua's diet requirements and frequency. As always, ensure they have ready access to clean drinking water.
The most common grooming procedure for Chihuahuas is brushing. If the dog doesn’t have a long coat, the owner doesn't need to provide as much brushing. The average amount of brushing for the dog with smooth coats is about once a week. Do Chihuahuas need bathing? Yes, it can reduce allergens and prevent irritated skin as well as manage any bad odors of the dog. Additionally, there’s psychological benefit for the dog, as bathing makes them feel cared for and loved by their owners.
The next question is how much exercise Chihuahuas need. This dog is also popular because they don’t need as much exercise. Generally, they only run around the house to eradicate the boredom and expend excess energy. Sometimes, they enjoy jogging but mostly a good walk will keep them healthy and in good spirits. This makes them perfect companions for those with less mobility and those without a lot of space such as those living in apartments. It is thanks to their size that the owners don’t need large outdoor space or large houses. When it comes to training the dog, Chihuahuas love to do some indoor games such as fetching small toys. As puppies, they show abundant energy and they are very boisterous.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 18" - 22" dog crates* for most adult Chihuahuas.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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