The Chihuahua is a small, short-haired dog that originated in Mexico. The name “Chihuahua” comes from the state of Chihuahua where the breed was first recognized and registered as early as 1904. Although it’s not known exactly how long they’ve been around before then, there are some indications that they could be one of the oldest breeds on Earth.
Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog in the world by height and weight
While they can vary greatly in size, most Chihuahuas are six to nine inches tall (15 to 23 cm) and weigh no more than six pounds (3 kg). Because of their small size, it is important that you understand the care requirements for your new pet. You will need to feed them twice a day with at least one meal consisting of high-quality food; make sure they stay well-hydrated; provide lots of play time and cuddles; keep them safe from children under five years old; avoid rough handling like throwing or teasing; make sure they learn how to walk on a leash inside the house; and make sure they are allowed to remain indoors.
Chihuahuas can live anywhere from 12 to 20 years; this is significantly longer than most dogs their size, which typically live half as long. For this reason, it’s very important that you do your research before bringing home a Chihuahua puppy so you know what to expect in the coming decades!
They require extensive training for good behavior
Maintaining safe behavior around other dogs is especially difficult since Chihuahuas tend to behave aggressively toward unknown animals of the same species. This leads to problems if you run into another dog while walking or if another dog starts following you shortly after meeting your Chihuahua. To avoid injury, it’s best that you ensure your Chihuahua knows how to behave properly around other dogs. Through plenty of training, you can teach it that most dogs aren’t a threat and that it’s okay to be friends with them.
They need lots of love and attention
Chihuahuas are very intelligent so they benefit greatly from positive reinforcement. Studies show that dogs with owners who provide plenty of care and support develop better than those without such treatment. If you plan on spending the majority of your day at work leaving your dog alone at home all day, then perhaps this is not the breed for you as they do best when they receive affection every single day multiple times per day along with several “outings” throughout the duration of the day.
If you are looking for a breed of dog that can stay in its kennel most of the day without problems, consider adopting one of the larger breeds like the Newfoundland or even another Chihuahua.
They fit well in apartments and small homes
Smaller dogs tend to do better when they live in apartments because it’s easier for them to maintain their ideal body temperature in tight spaces. Additionally, smaller dogs don’t often require yards which is great news for people living in densely populated cities with high-rise buildings.
Chihuahuas tend to get along very well with children—even more so than other breeds! Because of this, many owners feel safe leaving them alone with kids who may be too young to understand how to treat a dog.
The price can be steep especially if you opt for a designer breed
Chihuahuas typically sell from anywhere between $500 and $1500 each. While this high cost is often worth it, you need to take into account that pedigree dogs—even cross breeds—are going to fetch a higher price than mutts which are just as capable of being great pets. If money is an issue, purchasing a Chihuahua from a less expensive breeder might help cut the cost down significantly; however, you should be aware that these dogs may have poor health due to inbreeding issues. As long as prices do not fluctuate too much year over year (which tends indicate the market is oversaturated) it’s okay to be patient when sourcing your new pup.
While prices might look high, they are often well worth the cost. If you can afford a Chihuahua without any issues, then don’t hesitate jumping in and bringing home one of these cuddly pups! You’ll get so much love from them—they really are little bundles of joy. And just think how cute your Instagram profile pic will be with your new baby sitting on your shoulder!