The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog, but many owners would agree, they have the biggest personality of all the breeds. The name comes from the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. In pre-Columbian Indian nations, this little breed was considered sacred, probably contributing to their high level of self-esteem. The two varieties of Chihuahua are long-coat and smooth-coat. Luckily neither type need trimming and the long-coated variety actually sheds less than the smooth-coat, or short-haired. The good news is, you don’t have to attend leopard gecko handling class just to learn how to take good care of your cat. You just have to follow these simple steps and voila, you are all good!
Chihuahuas usually weigh less than 6 pounds. They can have a lifespan of 14 to 18 years which makes their owners very happy since the bond between Chihuahua pets and their families will grow into a strong one. This little breed’s temperaments are determined by genetic factors or socialization and the manner in which they are trained. They are much happier with other Chihuahuas and their people rather than with other breeds. In fact, they can get so attached to one person that they become overly-protective. A family with children should consider carefully whether a pet Chihuahua is the right choice for them. Sometimes active, playful children provoke aggression in these pets.
Although many refer to these dogs as “barkers,” with the proper training they can have quite good manners. They enjoy being petted and, certainly, earn the title “lap dog”. Cuddling under covers or blankets is one of their favorite things to do, and lying in the sun is another favorite pastime.
It is possible that the family who adopts a Chihuahua will need the assistance of a veterinarian for breeding purposes, for dental care, and, in some cases, for controlling neurological disorders like seizures. A unusual breed trait is the fact that when they are born, their skulls have not completely fused, so owners will have to watch their pets carefully. It is not unusual for Chihuahuas to have hypoglycemia, which can lead to coma if ignored. A little honey on the tongue will raise the glucose levels in the dogs’ systems. They can also have problems with rheumatism, dryness of the eyes and sometimes heart disease.
Their diet should be controlled to ensure that they do not gain too much weight If possible you should make home made food for your pet Chihuahua. It is easy to do and you’ll know they are getting the best food available. Make sure you give them plenty of meat, vegetables and even some whole grain like oats. Make sure they have fresh water at all times.
Being so tiny and so loving, owners often make the mistake of not training these little ones in the same way larger dogs are trained. Pet Chihuahuas can be strong-willed, so it is important to let them know who the “alpha” is, right from the beginning. It is easy to mistakenly think that this breed is not intelligent. They are very smart but they are quite strong-willed. If you are smarter than they are and have more will power your will get along fine. You should think twice before bringing a Chihuahua home, because, once it’s there, you will become a Chihuahua pet lover forever.