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chihuahua

Chihuahua

Family: companion, Southern (pariah)
Area of origin: Mexico
Original function: ceremonial
Average size of male: Ht: 6-9, Wt: <6
Average size of female: Ht: 6-9, Wt: <6
Other names: none

Chihuahua Dog Temperament

The saucy Chihuahua has earned her place as a favored toy dog because of her intense devotion to a single person. She is reserved with strangers but good with other household dogs and pets. Some try to be protective, but they are not very effective. Some may be quite bold; others may be timid. She is often temperamental. Some bark.

Chihuahua Dog Care

The Chihuahua is a lively dog that nonetheless can get her exercise running from room to room indoors. She enjoys exploring the yard or going for short walks on a leash and especially enjoys accompanying her family on outings. The Chihuahua is not an outdoor dog; she hates the cold and seeks out warmth. Coat care for the smooth is minimal. Care of the long coat entails brushing two to three times a week.

Chihuahua Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: pulmonic stenosis, hydrocephalus, patellar luxation, KCS,
hypoglycemia
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: cardiac, knee
Life span: 14-18 years
Note: A soft spot (molera) in the skull (due to incomplete fontanel closure) is a common
breed trait.

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