Breed Spotlight – Chihuahua

The Chihuahua may be tiny, but these little dogs have powerhouse personalities! One of the national symbols of Mexico, these dogs are among the Americas oldest breeds. These charming canines can trace their lineage to pre-Columbian times. 

The Chihuahua comes in many different coat colors and coats can be long or short. Chihuahuas are solidly in the Toy group. With their characteristic “apple” heads, weighing in at no more than six pounds and standing at five to eight inches high, these loyal compact dogs are confident, sassy and have a big dog attitude!

Their small size makes the Chihuahua an ideal pet for a city apartment and for people who don’t have the physical strength, such as older people, to manage a larger dog. These dogs need training, as they are prone to taking over the household if allowed. Plus, their owners must be careful with these small dogs in cold weather, as they need to be well protected.

Chihuahuas make good family pets with some cautions. They must be treated respectfully and because of their small size, they don’t tolerate roughhousing with children or larger dogs. They might snap at a child or stranger they perceive as threatening, and similar to other small dogs, are more prone to barking than larger breeds. 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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