The Chihuahua Dog Breed Information and Photos (Long and Short Coat)
The Chihuahua dog breed comes in both the long and short coat versions. These dogs are something feisty and don’t seem to know how small they really are. They are courageous and loyal dogs but sometimes allow their bark to get them into more trouble than they can truly handle. While they are confident they do make great pets and well be loving and gentle with his family.
Both the long and short coat Chihuahua tends to be attracted to one member of the family. When he becomes attached to that particular person he will want to follow and go everywhere with that individual. If you have another pet or person in the family he has a tendency to become very jealous. The Chihuahua loves to be with you and wants nothing more than to be in your lap.
These are toy sized dogs and the tail is short than the length of their bodies. The well rounded head is apple in shape and the muzzle is both short and pointed. The breed has very big and round eyes that come in the colors dark, ruby and a little lighter in the white colored dogs. The ears are large for the Chihuahuas and stand erect. The coats of this breed can be long, short, flat or wavy and all colors are accepted.
Mostly you will find that the breed comes in chestnut, fawn, white, black, sand, steel blue, parti-color, silver, and many others. Dewclaws can be removed but don’t have to be. When the puppies of these dogs are born they are born with a soft spot in on the top of their heads much like human babies. The spots usually close up by the time the puppies reach adulthood.
The Chihuahua can make a great companion dog they are cheerful, courageous and adventurous dogs can be both loving and strong willed. If you don’t give them the proper leadership and training that they need you could end up with a problem on your hands.
You need to socialize them will starting at an early age and many of the breed love to lick their owner’s face. Proper training is needed as the breed can be difficult to train and though they are small they need a firm leader. You need to enforce positive training and he Chihuahua is also difficult to housebreak.
Many people tend to take the things and signs of these dogs lightly however there are a lot of things that go un-noticed when the breed is smaller. Things such as putting their paws on your leg is a sign of dominance. Allowing your Chihuahua to do this can cause small dog syndrome which may lead to issues such as jealously and aggression to both other dogs and humans.
Though the dog is really small they are not considered a dog that you should have when you have small children. People who have smaller dogs tend to treat them as if they can get away with things and that usually causes this breed to be untrustworthy as they are use to be babied and are not walked as often as they need to be. In doing so the dog can easily become happy, over protective, and snappish.
The long haired and short coat Chihuahua will do very well in an apartment. Apartment life suits them fine as they enjoy the warmer weather while not caring too much for the colder climates. They need to be able to roam around just like any other dogs.
For the Chihuahua the problem becomes not how much exercise they need but how much are people willing to give them. Too often owners will carry them in purses instead of making them walk and getting the the exercise they need. They need to get exercise and usually playing with them will get the most of the exercise they need. This breed however will still need to be walked daily.
The smooth and short haired coat Chihuahua need to be wiped with a damp cloth and gently brushed on a regular bases. The long coat Chihuahua however needs to have a little bit more work done to it. you need to brush the longer coat on a daily with a soft bristled brush and bathed as least once per month. Please make sure that the ears don’t get water in them and nails should be trimmed regularly. They are of average shedders.
Height - 6 – 9 inches
Weight - 2 – 6 pounds
Up 15 + years
These dogs are also prone to colds, gum problems, slipped stifle and rheumatism. They gain weight easy and because of their size it does not take much to harm these dogs in terms of poison such as chocolate and fertilizer.
AKC Toy, Southern
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, ANKC, NKC, APRI, NAPR, DRA