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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

Cryptorchidism

Cystinuria

Mitral Valve Disease

Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia

Hydrocephalus

Hemophilia

Patellar Luxation

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Reverse Sneeze

Syringomyelia


Chihuahua Experts

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M. Ross
  • From Nanaimo
  • Guardian of: 1 dog
Chihuahua Rescue Supporter/Co-founder
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Angela Bartnik
Turd Wranglers! Stepping in so you don't have to! We clean up after pets offering weekly services to...
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Debra Jessup
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Susan Smith
  • From Phoenix
  • Guardian of: 1 dog

Browse The Chihuahua Community

Rickles (Riki)

Riki has more nicknames than all our dogs put together because she is so loveable and makes a special connection with each person in the family in her own little way.   Her little tail wags all the time and so hard her whole body wags too.  Here favorite treat is Doggie Dough (which is my cookie dough for dogs made of all natural items such as flax seed, millet, oats, sweet potatoes, mollases, apple...
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Parker

A lovable princess.
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