The Chihuahua is considered the smallest dog breed in the world. A newborn Chihuahua is so tiny it can easily fit a person’s palm and when it’s grown, it can be carried inside a tote bag. Even though this breed is small, it is pretty feisty and dashing. It is even brave enough to challenge a much larger dog.
Fun sized and largely lovable, the Chihuahua has been helping so many homes become livelier—so why not yours? Find out more and see if this is the breed you’re looking for.
Chihuahua Dogs and Puppies
What is a Chihuahua?
The Chihuahua is an affectionate, little dog with a ‘big’ personality. This breed comes in various colors and it can either have a short coat or a long coat. Even its size and head shape vary.
A Chihuahua has relatively longer life span than other breeds, with a potential to live up to two decades.
Where does the Chihuahua come from?
The Chihuahua is popularly believed to have come from South America, as seen in archeological artifacts. Some evidence shows the Chihuahua may have descended from or is the breed referred to as Techichi in the Toltec and Aztec civilizations. The Techichi may have been around more than a thousand years before the European conquerors arrived in the region. They were primarily used for religious purposes and might have been sold as food by some.
It was in the 1850s when the modern-day short-haired Chihuahua was discovered near the old ruins of Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico. The explorers brought back some of the dogs, and the breed was then named after the Mexican state.
In 1904, a Chihuahua named Midget was registered to the American Kennel Club. The first one of the breed. Since then, the Chihuahua has gradually gained popularity as a remarkable pet.
What does a Chihuahua look like?
Chihuahuas are really small, weighing only at 2 to 3 kg, with a height of 6 to 10 inches. Some grow as tall as 12 to 15 inches.
There are two distinct types of Chihuahuas, the short-haired type, and the long-haired type. Unlike other breeds, the Chihuahuas’ coat is not limited to one or three colors. There’s a lot of variety when it comes to the color and pattern of their coat. It can be tan, brown, white, black, in brindle, tricolor, or spotted patterns, among others.
Their heads are either apple head or deer head, with pointy ears.
What is a Chihuahua like?
Chihuahuas may be known as demanding and spoiled pets, especially if owners overindulge them. How they come to be as pets also depends on their genetic line. But, in general, they have a good temperament. They’re quick learners as well.
Their ‘personalities’ vary. While some are very cheerful, some are composed. Others are courageous and feisty, others are timid. One thing they might all have in common is they can develop a strong loyalty to one person in the family and can be very protective of them. They tend to be suspicious of strangers, too.
Chihuahuas also have a tendency to hang out more with their own breed. They don’t usually get along very well with other breeds. This, however, can potentially be corrected.
Training and housebreaking Chihuahuas can be challenging to some owners. Although Chis are smart, they can be willful. It’s up to the owners to rise up to the challenge and train their Chis properly, with affection and proper reinforcement.
It’s important to note that this breed loves to bask in the sun, and must be given the opportunity to do so.
Is it easy to train Chihuahuas?
Training Chihuahuas can be challenging, even difficult to some. But it also depends on the owners’ willingness to provide proper training to their Chis. Many of them can actually compete in agility and obedience tests.
How many Chihuahua puppies are there in a litter?
Chihuahua mothers can give birth to 2 to 5 puppies in a litter.
It can be quite tricky for Chihuahua mothers to give birth because they’re small and fragile. Factor in the shape of the puppies head, too. Many mothers undergo cesarean section when they give birth.
Why do Chihuahuas shake?
Chihuahuas shake because of many reasons. They might be cold, nervous, excited, highly energetic, upset, or, simply sick.
They have an unusually high metabolism, and this affects how they regulate their body temperature—even how they express emotions. They quickly lose their body heat; hence, they get cold faster than people or other dogs. This goes for both long-haired and short-haired Chihuahuas. When you see them wearing clothes, it’s not just for show but also for protection. Because they have a high metabolism, they have more energy. It’s also probably why they shake when they get excited.
As mentioned, Chihuahuas shake and shiver rather obviously when they’re very excited, anxious, or cold. Regardless of the reason, owners need to pay attention to what’s bothering their Chihuahuas so they can address it immediately.
When does the Chihuahua stop growing?
Chihuahuas would grow into their adult size by one year to 18 months. During the last few months of their growth, the Chihuahuas’ chest may widen a little.
How much do Chihuahua puppies cost?
A Chihuahua puppy, bred by a professional breeder, tends to cost more than a puppy from an average line. Expect to pay around USD $1,500, even more, for a Chihuahua puppy of good quality. Some breeders sell puppies at a much lower price, around $300 to $500.
Are Chihuahuas good dogs?
Are Chihuahuas good pets? Sure, their temperament depends on and is affected by genetic lineage. But most pets, if not all, are only as good as their owners treat them.
There are a couple of things prospect pet owners need to know if they’re considering raising a Chihuahua. This breed doesn’t need a lot of grooming or much exercise; and, they’re easy to carry. Plus, they live long, lasting about 12 to 20 years.
It seems like they’re dogs that don’t need much. But people must remember that because Chis are small, they’re fragile. Having them in a family with small kids can be dangerous as they can potentially be injured.