The Chihuahua grows to a height of 20 – 25cm, and a weight of 1 – 3kg.
10 – 18 years.
Chihuahuas are a lively breed. They are loyal to their owners, and may become quite protective or even jealous if the bond is strong enough. They can also be aggressive towards larger dogs, so early socialisation is a must.
Chihuahuas are known for being very loving and loyal to only their owners, so they need obedience training to learn and maintain good social behaviour, especially towards new people.
This small breed is suited to just about all living environments. Especially ideal for those who live in inner city apartments and don't have space for a larger dog.
The origin of the Chihuahua is much debated. One popular theory is that they are descended from companion dogs to the ancient Toltec and Mayan civilisations. Another theory is that they originated in China and were brought to Mexico by Chinese travellers or Spanish traders travelling via China. However it came to be, the breed was officially recognised in 1904.
Chihuahuas should be fed premium and filler-free dry dog food, as the fillers will pass right through the dog and could cause a nutritional deficiency. 60 grams to every kilogram of dog weight should be fed to adults twice a day. However, the occasional treat is ok!
Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.
Both long and short-haired Chihuahuas require minimal grooming, in fact just a once-a-week grooming suffices for the long-haired variety. Only bathe Chihuahuas if they become very dirty or develop an odour.
Unlike many other breeds which were bred for hunting, the Chihuahua was bred specifically as a companion animal. It's no surprise considering their loyal nature and penchant for snuggling up in their owner's lap.