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All About The Chihuahua

For a small dog, the Chihuahua really is all DOG! With its big eyes and big ears and big heart, he is a prime example of the perfect pooch in miniature. An ideal lapdog companion with lots of love to give, together with his brassy outgoing personality he makes a great guard dog too.

The breed was discovered in the Mexican State of Chihuahua in the 1850s and was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904. It is thought that the breed came from the ancient Techichi dogs of the Toltecs, which were larger than the modern Chihuahua and mute, crossed at some point in time with an Oriental hairless breed, being smaller and more vocal, thereby creating the small, vocal Chihuahua.

The Chihuahua is the smallest registered breed of dog, weighing in at anywhere from two-to-six pounds, and is only six-to-eight inches tall. It is a fine-boned, muscular dog with a distinctive rounded head, large bulbous eyes, large ears with a short muzzle. Smooth-coated Chihuahuas have a short, glossy, close coat whilst the long-coated dogs have a longer softer coat that can be flat or slightly curly with an undercoat. The tail on a long coat resembles a plume and overall they do resemble a small fox. The ears, feet, and legs are feathered and the neck carries a ruff. Either coat can be any solid colour or can be marked with colour on white. The colouring of the coat can change as the dog grows, and can become either more intense or dilute than when originally born, yet the white markings always tend to remain.

The Chihuahua is a graceful, alert dog with a cheeky expression, is compact and has terrier-like qualities. Chihuahuas tend to be renowned for being temperamental and suspicious of everyone other than their owner, however with good socialisation during puppy hood, this can be, and is overcome.

The Chihuahua is a long-lived breed, living into its' late teens and older is not uncommon, it has been known for the Chihuahua to well outlive its' elderly owner.

One of the most common problems in Chihuahuas is leg injuries. Chihuahuas should not be allowed to jump off armchairs or other high places as they could fracture a leg on landing. Children should not be allowed to carry or play roughly with them.

Chihuahuas are hardy but should not feel cold. Small dogs lose their body heat very quickly, and have higher metabolisms than larger dogs. A warm fleecy jumper or jacket in the colder months will help to keep his body temperature up, together with warm blankets to snuggle under in their bed, and an infra-red heater over his crate through the winter nights if you do not have heating in his room, a Chihuahua should not be allowed to sleep outside over winter. Neither should a Chihuahua be allowed to to sleep in direct sunlight. Renowned for being sun-worshippers, they will always seek out the rays of the day, but can suffer from heatstroke or  sun-stroke if allowed to undertake this without supervision.

The Chihuahua is a loyal servant to his owner which makes him a lovable, small companion. They are more than happy to accompany you on all occasions, whether by your side on a leash, or sitting in a small bag or pocket.

The Chihuahua is curious and mischievous and should not be left to his own devices for long lengths of time. A pen and crate is ideal for the purposes of house training and for teaching the ground rules of the household.

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