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About The Breed: Chihuahua

Chihuahuas come in coats of short and long hair

Chihuahua Dog Breed

The Chihuahua is a popular favorite of the toy dog group among dog enthusiasts. This spicy little character of a dog is extremely devoted and loyal to its owner. Although reserved with strangers and a little aggressive towards other dogs, with training the Chihuahua can get along great with other indoor pets that you may have.

Not all Chihuahuas have the same bold temperament. Some are very intense and will have an attitude as if they can take on the world; others may be extremely shy and timid. Either way, all Chihuahuas are very protective of their owners and the rest of the family.

Chihuahuas with long hair require slightly more upkeep than short-haired chihuahuasUpkeep And Maintenance

The Chihuahua is a very excitable dog that needs a bit of daily exercise. But the good news is that these little guys can get all of the vigorous physical activity they need from running room to room in a house or a small apartment. But do not neglect outdoor walks and play time. The Chihuahua loves to roam outside and explore.

In terms of living arrangements, the Chihuahua is an indoor dog and should not be kept outside. There is nothing wrong with having him explore the yard a couple of hours each day, but this should only be temporary. Chihuahuas absolutely hate cold temperatures and will run to seek out warmth and coziness.

Grooming is a minor concern if you’re the proud owner of a Chihuahua. Chihuahuas come in two types; short-haired and long-haired. Short-haired Chihuahuas need very little brushing, perhaps once every week or so. Long-haired Chihuahuas will need a brushing twice weekly.

Chihuahuas can live to be twenty years oldHealth Information

The Chihuahua has a longer lifespan than most dog breeds, living up to 20 years in some cases, with approximately 16 to 17 years being the norm for a healthy dog. Veterinarians suggest that owners of this dog breed get specific health tests for cardiac issues and knee problems.

Fortunately, there are no major health issues that Chihuahua dog breed owners need to worry about. However, minor concerns do exist but they are very rare, including: hypoglycemia, pulmonic stenosis, patellar luxation, and hydrocephalus. Also, one last common trait that many Chihuahuas display is called molera, which is a soft spot in the top of the skull that results from an incomplete fontanel closure.

Overall, the Chihuahua makes a wonderful pet but as with any dog, a trained, active mind is a happy one. At Highland Canine Training LLC, we have personal experience with breeds ranging from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. We understand what is common about a breed of dog but what also makes every dog unique. For any training tips or inquiries, call Highland Canine Training LLC at 1866.200.2207 or email us at

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