The Chihuahua is a tiny little dog and has a very distinctive small apple-shaped head with a short muzzle. They have large adorable eyes and small erect ears that make this animal look different to any other breed. The Chihuahua is the ultimate companion dog. They are courageous, extremely lively, and adventurous and thrive on affection. These little animals are really agile and fearless and without proper training can be quite strong-minded and even naughty. However, with the right training they can be the perfect little pet.
Once you get a Chihuahua you really do have a friend for as long as the animal lives. As a breed, Chihuahuas are incredibly loyal and become very attached to their owners. This means that you can literally take this little dog anywhere with you and they will love it. Chihuahuas are a big favorite amongst celebrities and many of them have bags designed specifically to carry round their little pets. Chihuahuas really are affectionate; some even like to lick their owner’s face so if you don’t like really attentive dogs then this breed isn’t for you!
Chihuahuas really need to be supervised well as some can be quite difficult to train but with the right training program and dedication it can be achieved. Chihuahuas are not stupid creatures; in fact they are really intelligent and can learn quickly if treated with a firm but gentle hand. They can be quite hard to house train but as long as you establish the ground rules early on your pet will respond well. Just because they are a small dog you shouldn’t let them get away with things that you would not allow a large dog to do such as jumping up on people. This is allowing dominant behavior and if you allow this you may be allowing your dog to develop other negative behaviors such as jealousy and aggression with other dogs and sometimes even humans.
In general, Chihuahuas are not recommended for children. This is not because they respond badly to them but because people tend to treat Chihuahuas differently than they would a larger dog and allow bad behaviors because they are “cute.” As owners, a lot of people tend to baby Chihuahuas because of their size and make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to be exercised. Although smaller dogs do require less exercise than larger breeds, they still need exercise. A walk is a lot more than just a walk to smaller breeds, as well as providing much-needed exercise is also provides great mental stimulation.
If you do not give your pet the exercise it needs on a regular basis, you run the risk of it turning snappy, yappy, overly protective and untrustworthy with children and adults that they do not know. That being said, with the right training this great little dog can be a great companion for any family. The right dog toys can help in making the exercise fun for both parties.
These little dogs do tend to have their fair share of health problems. As a breed Chihuahuas are prone to rheumatism, colds and gum problems. They can also suffer from corneal dryness and secondary glaucoma; do to their distinctive protruding eyes. They can also gain weight very easily which can cause problems for their small limbs. Chihuahuas also have a tendency to wheeze and snore due to their small, short muzzles. Health care and grooming supplies can be useful when owning a Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas are ideally suited for apartment life and although they are small they still need their space and cannot be kept in a very small area. Remember that even though it is very tempting to carry these cute little animals around everywhere, they do need a daily walk.
As they have a smooth, short-haired coat they only need to be gently brushed occasionally or just wiped over with a damp cloth. Baths can be kept to twice a month and be careful not to get water in the ears. The ears need to be checked regularly and the nails need to be trimmed.