Chihuahua is the smallest dog in the AKC Toy Group and of the entire world. Quite lively, there are two distinct breed types, the longcoat and the smoothcoat. With their terrier-like attitude, they tend to be reserved with strangers. While some are protective, others may be timid and shy. This breed, adored for its small size and big bright eyes, is usually devoted and bonded to one person even to the point of jealousy. Perfect for apartment or condo living. Due to their tiny fragile bones it is recommended that children be supervised when playing with this type of dog. They make fine companions for the elderly.
Grooming: Long haired Chihuahuas will need weekly bushings to prevent matting.
Social Skills: This tiny dog will need early socialization to avoid aggressiveness. Can be dog aggressive.
Personality: Very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Reserved with strangers. Can be possessive of their owners. Requires extra patience for housebreaking.
Children: Due to their size and temperament, definitely not best choice for toddlers or teasing children.
Housing: Chihuahuas make wonderful companions for the elderly and quiet households. Hearty, adaptable but must live indoors.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks can prevent weight gain.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily with positive reinforcement.
Health: Vulnerable to fractures, some have molera, prone to puppyhood injuries, rheumatism, cornea dryness, glaucoma, and patella luxation. More information on Chihuahua inherited health disorders.
History: The Chihuahua is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese, however, is native to Central and South America from the Aztec culture and named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.