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The Chihuahua is small, fine boned and delicate yet has a tough attitude and personality. They have a round head, large triangular ears that are pointed upwards and a long, thin muzzle. Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size. These sassy little dogs are well known as "purse dogs".

The Chihuahua originated in Mexico and was bred to be a companion to people. Some believe the breed originated from the Fennec Fox. They were named after the Mexican state “Chihuahua” and are classified as the smallest dog of the entire canine species! The breed can be any color – solid, marked or splashed and the coat may be long or short.


Size: 2-6 pounds; 6-9 inches tall

Energy:  Need a bit of exercise per day.

Obedience: Consistency during training, gentle yet repetitive. Need extensive socialization

Temperament:  Alert dogs with terrier-like qualities.

Grooming: Require weekly grooming and monthly bathing

Shedding: Minimal for both short and long hair.

Health Issues:

Luxation of the Patella

Chiari Malformation



Mitral Valve Disease

Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia



Patellar Luxation

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Reverse Sneeze


Chihuahua Experts

M. Ross
  • From Nanaimo
  • Guardian of: 1 dog
Chihuahua Rescue Supporter/Co-founder
Angela Bartnik
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Browse The Chihuahua Community

Mia Dill

White mark on forehead. She is a Chihuahua / Italian greyhound. Long legs.
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Hi! My name is alden! I'm adorable, friendly and energetic little chihuahua, i love eating, sleeping and playing with mommy and daddy! 😊🐶
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Long hair black with brown snout, belly, chest, legs and feet. Floppy short ears.
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