What is a Chihuahua like?
The Chihuahua is yet testament to the famous mantra “The most fearless dogs are the smallest dogs”. Bold and confident, Chihuahuas have an air of self-assuredness in whatever they do. Whether that’s cuddling up with an owner or standing up to a larger dog, they do so with aplomb.
Chihuahuas are curious dogs that learn fast. They have an acute awareness of their surroundings, and notice changes immediately. They are also dedicated lovers, and demand the same amount of affection in return. In fact, they could even love too much to a fault, as jealousy is a common trait amongst Chihuahuas.
It’s important to always remind Chihuahuas your affection for them. This is even more so when you are expecting new members in your household. Proper socialising is required before they are ready to embrace young babies.
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As the official smallest dog breed in the world, Chihuahuas are generally petite-looking. They have a head shaped like an apple, with a short and pointed snout.
Their floppy ears might catch the most attention however, since they are disproportionately large. These ears fall back when they are sleeping, and stand erect when they are not.
Chihuahuas also have sickly-shaped tails that are high and curved. Most of them wear a single coat with just a layer of fur, though there are some that don an undercoat.
I’ll do best in a home with children aged 8 and up.
I’m selective. I don’t dislike dogs, but I do best when I have time to adjust.
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Basic profile of a Chihuahua
01. Exercise Requirements
Chihuahuas do enjoy the occasional exercise. In fact, they love nothing more than a game of fetch with their owners. Because they are so small, they can run around even in a limited space. As such, you might not even need to take them outdoors. The area inside your house would be more than enough.
With that said, Chihuahuas do also enjoy going for tagging along with their owners for outdoor walks. So the next time you need to go to the supermarket for a grocery run, why not consider bringing your Chihuahua along?
03. Potential Health Issues
There’s a reason why Chihuahuas enjoy such a long lifespans. They are generally a rather healthy breed of dogs. With that said however, there are some genetic diseases that they are more prone to.
Some Chihuahuas suffer from idiopathic epilepsy, which causes uncontrolled seizures. However, when recognised early and treated properly with long-term seizure management, these dogs can lead a relatively normal lifestyle. Other common problems to lookout for are heart and eye diseases.
02. Obedience Training Style
With a high attention span and great intelligence, Chihuahua’s are amongst the more trainable dogs. Their eagerness to please means that training methods that utilise positive reinforcement has a great effect on them.
However, their feisty nature can also be a real challenge to overcome at time. The key again, is to put them through training at a young age. That way, there is a higher guarantee that you Chihuahua will grow up well with a higher level of obedience. With a bit of patience, everything should come easily.
04. Nutritional Requirements
The ideal diet varies from one Chihuahua to another. Yet, do keep in mind the breed’s naturally low tolerance towards chemicals such as artificial colouring. There should be a good balance of protein, healthy fats and essential carbs in their daily meals.
Treats are good, since Chihuahuas do enjoy them, and they can be used for training. However, obesity can be a real concern with this dog breed. Monitor your Chihuahua’s weight carefully. Try limiting the Leftover table scraps that you feed them.