Chihuahua

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Chihuahua puppies with long hair
Short hair Chihuahua beige
tri-color Chihuahua coat
Size: 6-9 inches Temperament: affectionate, responsive Weight: 2-6 lbs

Origins

The Chihuahua originates from Mexico and has been around for about a century. The breed is actually named after the Mexican state where it was first introduced, and there are various legends surrounding this dog. The breed was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1904.

Popularity

After the discovery of the breed in 1850, the Chihuahua's popularity always remained among small dog lovers.

Size and Weight

These are tiny dogs, even when adult; therefore the typical height for a Chihuahua is 6-9 inches, with the approximate weight reaching 2-6 lbs.

Coat

The Kennel Club (UK) and American Kennel Club (USA) only recognize two varieties of Chihuahua: the long-coat and the smooth-coat, also referred to as short-haired.

The term smooth-coat does not mean that the hair is necessarily smooth, as the hair can range from having a velvet touch to a whiskery feeling. Long-haired Chihuahuas are actually smoother to the touch, having soft, fine guard hairs and a downy undercoat, which gives them their fluffy appearance. Unlike many long-haired breeds, long-haired Chihuahuas require no trimming and minimal grooming.

Contrary to popular belief, the long-haired breed also typically sheds less than their short-haired counterparts. It may take up to two or more years before a full long-haired coat develops.

Health and Diet

A Chihuahua should be fed three small meals per day, which should be primarily meat-based. Remember that this is a tiny yet energetic breed, so you should resist the temptation to feed your dog too much per serving, but you should also avoid thinking that he doesn't need regular meals because he is so small. Fresh water, as with all breeds, is vital at all times.

Grooming

Grooming for the short-haired Chihuahua is simple, and this variation of the breed can simply have his coat wiped over with a soft, damp cloth. An occasional brushing will also help to keep his coat in good condition.

The long-haired variety required a little more effort and will need a daily brushing with a soft bristle brush. Fairly regular baths can be given to all varieties of this breed (every month or two).

Temperament

This breed loves company and attention, and is intelligent and responsive. Lively, affectionate and very loyal, the Chihuahua makes for a good companion. The Chihuahua is a playful and robust little breed, with a tremendous amount of courage for its size. This breed can make a good family pet, providing it is given plenty of attention and is treated gently by children in the family – the breed may be best avoided for those with very young children that may not know any better.

Life expectancy

With a proper diet, healthy exercise and a well-suited lifestyle, the Chihuahua can live for over 15 years.

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