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created at: 2011-03-22

The Chihuahua is small, fine boned and delicate yet has a tough attitude and personality. They have a round head, large triangular ears that are pointed upwards and a long, thin muzzle. Graceful, alert and swift-moving with a saucy expression, Chihuahuas are highly intelligent and should not be underestimated even though small in size. These sassy little dogs are well known as "purse dogs".

The Chihuahua originated in Mexico and was bred to be a companion to people. Some believe the breed originated from the Fennec Fox. They were named after the Mexican state “Chihuahua” and are classified as the smallest dog of the entire canine species! The breed can be any color – solid, marked or splashed and the coat may be long or short.

 

Size: 2-6 pounds; 6-9 inches tall

Energy:  Need a bit of exercise per day.

Obedience: Consistency during training, gentle yet repetitive. Need extensive socialization

Temperament:  Alert dogs with terrier-like qualities.

Grooming: Require weekly grooming and monthly bathing

Shedding: Minimal for both short and long hair.

Health Issues:

Luxation of the Patella

Chiari Malformation

Cryptorchidism

Cystinuria

Mitral Valve Disease

Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia

Hydrocephalus

Hemophilia

Patellar Luxation

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Reverse Sneeze

Syringomyelia


Chihuahua Experts

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M. Ross
  • From Nanaimo
  • Guardian of: 1 dog
Chihuahua Rescue Supporter/Co-founder
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Angela Bartnik
Turd Wranglers! Stepping in so you don't have to! We clean up after pets offering weekly services to...
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Andrea
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Browse The Chihuahua Community

Louis

Saucy lil mexican who loves a good time and tends to be the center of attention whether or not he chooses to be.
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Mervin George II

Mervin has a totally different personality to my older chihuahua Freddy. In fact, they couldn't be more different. Mervin is always very wary & cautious, he is also nervous around strangers. Even tho I got him @ 8 wk's, I cannot help but wonder if he wasn't neglected in some way before I got him - it took a while for him to even trust me, and he need to be treated far more sensitively...
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Frederick Alexander (aka) Freddy!

Simply gorgeous, lovable & fluffy. There is a great sense of "Nobility & Loyalty" to this little guy... I just love him and his little bro' to bits! As a disabled lady - they are my bests friends and 90% of my social company. We all mind each other!
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Cookie Smith

My best friend
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