This article was last updated on July 21, 2022
Do you want a small, spunky dog that is always up for a good time? Look no further than the Chihuahua. These adorable dogs are the world’s smallest breed and make perfect companions for anyone looking for a loyal friend. Chihuahuas come in a variety of colors and coat lengths, and Chihuahua lifespan is 12-18 years. They love to play just as much as they love to cuddle up on your lap.
If you are thinking about getting a chihuahua, or if you already have one, this guide will give you all the information you need to provide your furry friend with a happy and healthy life. First, we will cover the basics of chihuahua breed information. Then we will move on to some fun facts about these dogs. Finally, we will discuss grooming and how to best take care of your chihuahua.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Chihuahuas are the world’s smallest dog breed, normally weighing between two and eight pounds with an average height of six to nine inches. Chihuahuas have a “cobby” body — stout, stocky and slightly longer than tall — that still seems flexible, sturdy and muscular. Their rounded, apple-shaped heads feature dark round eyes, pointed ears and a slightly pointed muzzle.
The necks slope down to level backs and sickle-shaped tails that sometimes curl up or to one side. Smooth-coated Chihuahuas have a soft, glossy coat, while the long-coated variety have curly or straight hair. Chihuahuas can come in practically any color or combination of colors.
Even though they are small, chihuahuas are fearless and confident dogs. They are also very loyal to their owners and can be quite protective. Chihuahuas are relatively easy to train and make great indoor pets. However, because of their size, they are not well suited for families with small children who might accidentally hurt them.
Now that we’ve covered some basic chihuahua breed information, let’s move on to some fun facts about these dogs. Did you know that chihuahuas are the oldest breed of dog in North America? They are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.
Chihuahuas get their name from the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where they were first bred. These dogs were originally bred to be companions for Aztec rulers. Chihuahuas are also known for being the “taco bell” dog, as they were featured in the chain’s popular advertising campaign in the 1990s.
Now that you know a little more about chihuahuas, grooming
If you have a short haired version of the Chihuahua, you’ve lucked out. All you need is a rubber curry brush, the best smelling dog shampoo and conditioner, cotton balls, ear cleanser, small-sized nail trimmers with styptic powder to maintain her in top shape. You should also have a professional groomer handle the task every four to six weeks.
On the other hand, if you own a long-haired chihuahua, you will need to take him or her to a professional groomer more often – around once every three weeks – and use a wire slicker brush and metal comb to help.