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Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)

Chihuahua (Smooth Coat)

The Chihuahua is a dainty, compact dog and the smallest of all dog breeds. It’s rapidly becoming one of the most popular and is often depicted as the glamourous companion of celebrities. But, there’s more than meets the eye beyond just cute looks as the Chihuahua is highly intelligent and boasts a long lifespan.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • Great with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10–18 years
Weight: 1.8–2.7kg
Height: 15–23cm
Colours: The Chihuahua has two coat types: short-haired and long-haired and comes in a variety of colours including solid colours such as: black; white; fawn; chocolate; grey or silver and tricolours such as: chocolate, black or blue with tan and white. They may also be spotted; brindle; merle as well as other markings
Size: Small
Kennel Club Group: Toy

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 1/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 2/5
Three Chihuahuas

Personality

The Chihuahua tends to bond closely with one or two people, with whom they will be curious, lively and intelligent, as well as deeply and constantly affectionate. However, without adequate socialisation, the breed will not take kindly to strangers and can appear nervous, yappy and even snappy. Chihuahuas must be socialised as early as possible or they will become anxious in new environments and will not get along with strangers, children and other household pets.

The Chihuahua will suit an owner who may have little space in their homes but still want a lively, affectionate companion who will be able to come everywhere with them as this is not a dog who is easily able to tolerate owner absences.

Chihuahua sleeping on man's hands.

History and Origins

A small dog, called a Techichi, was an important part of Toltec and Aztec cultures. Techichi were the pets of the wealthy and were cremated with the dead in order to take on the deceased's sins so that the person could enter the next world without angering the gods. The dogs were also supposed to guide the deceased through the underworld and fight off evil spirits. Some believe that the Chihuahua is the product of breeding between the Techichi and a small, hairless dog from Asia.

The Chihuahua is a state in Mexico and it’s from this state that the modern Chihuahua dog breed was first exported to America. Theory has it that the modern breed developed from the ancient strains of the Techichi, mixed with small dogs of Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

did you know?

Did you know?

  • The Chihuahua is famous for being the smallest dog in the world.
  • Their popularity has soared recently as the preferred and pampered pet of celebrities and this has led to irresponsible breeding.
  • Chihuahua’s shiver a lot but that doesn’t always mean they’re cold, they also do it when they’re excited or scared too!
  • The current smallest dog living is a Chihuahua called Milly, standing at just 9.65cm tall!
  • In terms of brain size in comparison to body, the Chihuahua has the biggest brain of all dog breeds.
Dog with red collar looking out the window
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