Chihuahua Information, Personality & Care

The Chihuahua is a diminutive yet self-assured dog that enjoys giving and receiving attention. The breed appears delicate and small, yet it is actually rather arrogant and bold. Wide eyes and ears that are typically upright and enormous in comparison to its small head and body are among its distinctive features. The Chihuahua has a distinct character and can make a devoted and friendly companion dog.


Chihuahua Temperament and Personality

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It's common to compare the outspoken and cocky Chihuahua to a terrier. His heightened awareness and suspicion of strangers make him an excellent watchdog. He likes company and attention since he is sensitive. Although chihuahuas commonly create strong ties with a single human, they are typically amenable to becoming friends with other people if properly introduced. But first, expect them to be a little reserved. Chihuahuas might grow timid if they are not properly socialized as puppies. Chihuahuas, like all dogs, need to be introduced to a variety of people, sights, sounds, and experiences when they are young. This process is known as early socialization. Socialization is crucial for ensuring that your Chihuahua puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.


History 

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It first appeared in Mexico, the chihuahua's native country. The breed's ancestor was perhaps the Techichi, a sacred dog of the ancient Toltecs. Some believe that the Chihuahua's diminutive size may have resulted from breeding with Chinese crested dogs, while others believe that the breed's ancestors may have existed before the ninth century. The American Kennel Club (AKC) initially recognised the Chihuahua in 1904, making it one of the smallest breeds in the world and one of the oldest on the American continent. It is also very recognisable due to its small stature and strong personality. Chihuahuas were featured in reality television series as the purse dogs of wealthy, well-known young ladies, which helped the breed gain popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Care

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Both a privilege and a duty come with owning a dog. Since they rely on us for at least their food and shelter, they deserve much more. Before getting a dog, you must be informed of the commitment needed by dog owners.

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1 - Grooming

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The grooming requirements for the two Chihuahua coat types are marginally different. The longhaired version should have his coat brushed at least once a week to prevent any tangles or mats, while the smooth-coated kind will just require occasional brushing and routine baths to look spiffy. The nails of both kinds should be cut frequently. Brushing your dog's teeth is an important component of dental hygiene, and your veterinarian may also suggest giving your dog treats specifically for dental care. To prevent ear infections, regularly check the Chihuahua's ears and clean out any build-up of wax or debris.


2 - Exercise

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Giving your Chihuahuas frequent exercise is essential because it's common for people to underestimate how much exercise smaller dogs need. Chihuahuas have a moderate to high level of energy, and if they are not given enough exercise, they may display behavioral problems. Exercise and mental stimulation will help to preserve your dog's physical and mental wellness. Be cautious when walking a Chihuahua because untrained ones may attack larger dogs. You may need to be on high alert to keep your dog out of any potential conflicts.


3 - Training

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The Chihuahua's feisty demeanour necessitates careful socialization and in-depth obedience training. Without sufficient socialization, the breed may develop defensiveness and fear, particularly around unfamiliar people or animals. Untrained Chihuahuas may display stubborn or defensive behaviour toward their owners and other individuals. The breed is intelligent and may become well-behaved with commitment and persistence, while occasionally being stubborn. You must also teach your Chihuahua to accept handling from an early age, especially for grooming and maintenance procedures like nail trimming.


4 - Nutrition

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An age-appropriate, high-quality dog food will contain all the nutrients a breed requires (puppy, adult, or senior). In light of the fact that some Chihuahuas are predisposed to obesity, keep an eye on your dog's calorie consumption and weight. Treats can be a useful training aid, but giving too many of them can promote obesity. Give table scraps sparingly, if ever, and avoid cooked bones and anything high in fat. Learn which foods are appropriate for dogs to consume and which are not. If you have any concerns regarding the diet or weight of your dog, speak with a veterinarian.


5 - Health Problems

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Breeders that practise responsible breeding work to uphold the best standards for their particular breed as set forth by organizations like the AKC. As a result, there is a lower risk of inheriting health issues in dogs bred to these criteria. The following conditions are a few that are hereditary health issues that might affect Chihuahuas:

  • Patellar Luxation: This issue, sometimes known as "slipped stifles," affects a lot of little dogs. It is brought on when the patella, which consists of the femur (the thigh bone), patella (the knee cap), and tibia (the calf), isn't lined up properly.
  • Hypoglycemia: All toy-breed puppies may experience hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Early-stage hypoglycemia is easily curable, but if left untreated, it can be fatal.
  • Collapsing Trachea: It is unclear exactly how this happens, but rapid air inhalation flattens the trachea and makes it harder for air to reach the lungs, much like when you draw on a drink straw too hard.
  • Hydrocephalus: Because of a congenital flaw, an obstruction, or the effects of trauma during birth, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can build up in the brain and put pressure on it.
Chihuahuas don't do well in the cold and want to remain warm. When walking your dog in the cold, you might need to give him a sweater. You'll notice that your dog will look for warm spots in your house, such as next to the heater, in the sun, or on a blanket.

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