Known for their quirky temperament, Chihuahuas love their family and the heat. You’ll often find them basking under the sun or snuggling under blankets.
They might be the smallest dog breed in the world, but what Chihuahuas lack in size they make up for with a cheerful, agile and lively personality. They can also be feisty, saucy, and strong-willed. They become very protective of their owners, especially around strangers and children. They are incredibly loyal and devoted. In fact, their loyalty and quirkiness are known to convert many a ‘big dog’ fanatic to ‘chihuahuaism’.
They can be difficult to train (and house-train), but are ideal for older families and apartment living. Chihuahuas get along well with others pets in the household, but not dogs they don’t know. They prefer the company of another Chihuahua.
Fun fact: The Chihuahua is named after the state
of Chihuahua in Mexico.
With their large round eyes and sharp, erect ears, Chihuahuas make great watchdogs. However, they can be highly strung and they bark easily. If you let their cute-as-a-button size get the better of you they will display dominant behaviour. Socialise them early and train them firmly but gently, to bring out their most delightful selves. They can also live up to 20 years, so your little friend will be with you for a long time.
Although it’s tempting to carry these adorable dogs around, Chihuahuas like a daily walk. A game of fetch or Frisbee in a fenced-in yard is good, but a walk will not only satisfy their primal instinct, it will also prevent behaviour and neurotic problems.
There are two types of Chihuahuas: one with a smooth and short-haired coat that should be given a weekly gentle brush or wiped with a damp cloth, and the long-coat Chihuahua, which needs a daily brushing. Bath both types once a month, taking care that water doesn’t get into their ears. Clip their toenails regularly or you’ll find your dainty, loveable friend slipping on hard surfaces.
Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Common Chihuahua ailments include bone developmental issues, as well as eye and mouth issues. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.
How big do Chihuahuas get?
A Chihuahua is a toy-sized breed weighing between 1-3kgs, with a height between 15-23cms.
How much space do Chihuahuas need?
They are best suited to indoor dwellings.
How much energy do Chihuahuas have?
Chihuahuas have moderate energy levels. A daily stroll will keep them healthy and happy.
How difficult are Chihuahuas to train?
Chihuahuas are smart and highly intelligent dogs, making them easy to train. However, perseverance is key. They are also difficult to house-train.
Are Chihuahuas suitable for families?
They are great family pets, loyal companions and they even make great watchdogs due to their yappy nature.
Are Chihuahuas compatible with other dogs and animals?
They get along well with other household pets.
How much company do Chihuahuas need?
You’re their best friend! They will want to spend every minute next to you. They are best suited to households where someone can be home all day.
Are Chihuahuas a hypoallergenic dog breed?
What coat and grooming needs do Chihuahuas have?
Grooming is not a demanding chore for Chihuahuas. Just brush their coats weekly. They have a short, smooth coat in a range of colours from fawn to black.
Do Chihuahuas shed?
They are moderate shedders.
Do Chihuahuas have a tendency to bark?
They have a high tendency to bark.