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Group: Toy
Weight: 2-6lbs
Height: 6-9 inches
Color(s): Any

Coat: The Chihuahua coat comes in two varieties: The smooth and long coat.  The smooth coat has a glossy, soft, and close coat which is full textured over the entire body, but quite scanty on the head and ears.  The long coat has a soft, longer coat that can be slightly curly or flat.  This variety does have an under-coat.  Either coat type comes in a variety of colors such as fawn, brown, black, and white.  The coat may be solid in color, marked with splashes or striping of color, or tri-colored.  They are an average shedder.

Overview: The Chihuahua is the smallest of all breeds and has the distinction of being the oldest breed in America.  They were named after the Chihuahua region in Mexico.  It is believed that this breed descended from an ancient breed that was larger in size and highly prized by Aztec royalty.  The Chihuahua of today has a very fine bone structure, but are actually quite muscular.

Character: The Chihuahua is a very individualistic breed.  They each have their own unique personality, so only a few generalizations can be made.  They are commonly referred to as a "Chi".  They are energetic, graceful, and display a human-like expression.  Their life span is the longest of any size dog, averaging about 15 years.

Temperament: The Chihuahua is deeply devoted and fiercely loyal.  They typically become extremely attached to one or two people.  They are bold, fearless, and highly protective of their masters.  They thrive on inordinate amounts of attention.  The Chihuahua is by nature gentle, loving, and sweet-tempered.  They are wary of strangers and make excellent watchdogs.  This breed is not typically well suited for young children or other pets, although if raised with children and other pets from puppy-hood, will do exceptionally well.  However, they are extremely sociable with their own breed.  Chihuahuas are excellent companions in the right circumstances.

Care: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.  The smooth coat variety requires only occasional brushing.  The long coat variety should be brushed several times a week with a soft bristle brush.  Both varieties only need bathing once a month using a mild shampoo.  Special care must be given not to get water into their ears as they are prone to ear infections.  Dental hygiene is a must to prevent tooth loss.  The health issues that affect this breed include slipped stifles, open front or soft spot, eye problems, and heart disease.  The Chihuahua does not tolerate cold climates and must be protected when taken outside.

Training: The Chihuahua can be difficult to train, but with patience, love, and consistency do well.  They respond best to positive reinforcement.  Chihuahuas can be house-trained by either the crate method or the paper training method. 
Early, extensive, and intensive socialization in an absolute must for this breed.

 The Chihuahua is an excellent apartment or condominium dweller.  The majority of their exercise needs can be met indoors with toys or play sessions.  However, they greatly enjoy going with their owners and benefit from daily walks.  Using a harness is recommended instead of a leash due to their delicate neck and bone structure.