The Chihuahua is a small breed of dog, usually weighing between 2 and 6 pounds. The name “Chihuahua” comes from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. They are often called “Mexican dogs.”
The average lifespan for a healthy Chihuahua is about 15 years. Their height at the shoulder can range anywhere from 3 to 9 inches (7-23 cm). This makes them one of the smallest breeds in the world!
Their fur coat consists mostly of soft, silky hair with little undercoat or guard hairs. Colors vary by type or mix but may be solid white, cream, cinnamon, fawn, silver/gray/blue merle or any combination thereof.It is difficult to determine the cost of a Chihuahua as, like any other dogs, they vary widely in price. Typical costs can range from $75 to over $2000 depending on factors such as breeder, sex and age of dog. The best way for potential Chihuahua owners to ensure that they are getting a healthy and well-socialized dog is to make sure they purchase from a reputable breeder. Other factors such as the color, coat type and facial features can also increase or decrease the price of a Chihuahua.The cost for owning a Chihuahua will depend on where you live (cost of veterinary care), what types of food and treats you choose to feed your dog. They also tend to have more health problems than other breeds, so be prepared for higher vet bills in the future.
Chihuahua owners should expect to spend $250 a year on basic care
such as food and medical checkups.The following prices are estimates of what you might pay to get a Chihuahua from different sources:
– A pet store will likely charge from about $200 to thousands of dollars depending on the breeder from which they get their dogs – Craigslist or a local classified ad could range anywhere from free (you need to take a stray) or up to a couple hundred dollars, however you cannot vouch for the conditions in which the parents and the dog were kept, and you could end up with a sickly puppy – If you find one from a rescue shelter they will most likely cost from $50 to several hundred dollars.
– A reputable breeder might charge anywhere from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars, again depending on the quality of the dogs they are selling.
– A back yard breeder sells Chihuahuas for cheap because they breed them without much thought about how healthy the dogs is going to be in the future. These dogs may inherit genetic diseases that can be expensive or even fatal to treat. A backyard breeder’s dogs may also have been mistreated before being sold or come from puppy mills where conditions are very poor with little concern for the dogs’ comfort or health.
– A Chihuahua from a pet store or rescue shelter may already be spayed or neutered if they are over eight weeks old. However, you should make sure that the vaccine against common dog diseases has been performed by both these methods of getting a Chihuahua.