Dog Profiles - Description of Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Description: The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and was named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. He is a graceful, alert, swift-moving little dog with a saucy expression. Two distinct breed types, one with a long coat of soft texture, the other with a short coat. Identical otherwise, both can be whelped in the same litter. Adored for his small size, the Chihuahua is a bright eyed, dainty dog who is perfect for apartment living.

Height: 6-9 inches

Weight: 2-6 lbs.

Colors: Any color or mixture.

Coat: Long: Long, soft to touch, slight waviness is permissible. Short: Short, dense, soft to touch.

Temperament: Bold, playful. Okay with children if they are gentle. Lives happily with other animals. Good family pet. Very good watch-dog. Very poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Short haired should be brushed gently or wiped with a damp cloth. The long haired should be brushed daily with a soft bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears regularly and keep nails trimmed. Should be socialized early. Minimal exercise is required.

Training: Learning Rate: High

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: Must live indoors, but enjoys outdoor activity.

Health Issues: Eye problems, collapsing trachea and dislocating kneecaps.

Life Span: Well into teen years

Litter Size: 1-4

Country of Origin: Mexico

History: Discovered in Mexico about 100 years ago. The true origins of his ancestors is still a mystery. It is said he was bred from the small dogs known among the Toltecs of Mexico in the ninth century others believed he was the sacred dog of the Aztecs and thirdly there is a possibility he may have existed in Egypt some 3,000 years ago.

Registration: ACA, AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB)