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chihuahua The Chihuahua Dog Breed

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest breeds of dogs with some weighing in at under 2 1/2 pounds. This breed is intelligent, energetic and courageous. Making a good apartment dog this tiny canine is extremely lively for excise. Chihuahuas love their owners and make wonderful loyal pets.

Breed Specifics
Named after the Mexican state where it was first shown to the world this ancient breed of dog is thought to have been a sacred animal for pre-Columbian Indians. Typically that Chihuahua is shorthaired at there was also a long-haired breed which is judged on its own. This spunky little dog is rather long lived and can live for 15 years.
Height: 6-9 inches.
Weight: 2 -6 pounds with the smallest being more desirable.
Longevity: 15 years.


Description
The Chihuahua is the smallest of dogs with around head and short muzzle. He has large ears that stand are racked in round two dark bodies. His body is stocky and he has a tale which curls over the back. One distinctive mark of puppies is they have a soft spot called a molera on the top of the skull. By the time they become adults to skull plates are formed in the hole has closed. Colors: Any color is excepted for this breed and it does come in many colors. One of the more beautiful colors is a chocolate but you can also find Chihuahuas in fawn and silver as well as blue, chestnut and multicolored.

Temperament
The Chihuahua is a very lively and loyal pet. He loves to give affection to his owners and likes to receive it and return. Most allow was will bond with their owner and be afraid of strangers. As you can imagine these tiny dogs need to be weary of host any other creature. Although Chihuahuas are very intelligent they may be difficult to train especially to housebreak. These tiny creatures need positive reinforcement and do not respond well to punishment. To make up for its small size the Chihuahua can tend to be a bit noisy and can also be aggressive showing a fearlessness that belies their size. If you want your Chihuahua to be friendly with other people and animals you will need to socialize him off and from the start.

Health Issues
Being that the Chihuahua is a small dog care must be taken in feeding him anything other than dog food. Even a tiny bit of a toxic product or chocolate could cause devastating results to your pet. The Chihuahua has prominent eyes which can cause problems such as glaucoma or dryness. They also can be wheezy due to their short snout. You should always be careful of the Chihuahua puppies molera and in some cases this may not even close when your dog becomes an adult.

Lifestyle
The Chihuahua makes an excellent apartment dog and a great pet for older people or those who don't get out a lot. That's not to say that the Chihuahua does not need exercise because he does and while it might seem like fun to carry them around in your purse taking him for walk will do wonders especially since they can gain we easily being so small. Two hours of course do not like the cold and you should probably put a sweater on yours if he's going to be subjected to low temperatures. When walking into our is best to use them body harness instead of a caller to reduce undue strain on his neck and vocal cords.

Grooming
The Chihuahua has a short coat which is easy to care for and does not shed excessively. He should be brushed on occasion and you can also wipe them with a damp cloth or a dog clean across. Occasional baths will help keep your Chihuahua smelling great. Be sure to keep his ears clean and his nails trimmed.


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