The long-haired Chihuahua is considered one of the earliest dog breeds. They are very affectionate and is passionately loyal to their owner. Unbothered that they are the smallest dog in the world, these active little dogs act bigger than they truly are. They is curious, lively, and intelligent. Additionally, they are also active and keen learners. Dog owners love their sweet nature as they could spend hours and hours on your lap or cuddle under your blankets where they can be warm and cozy. In general, Chihuahuas are gentle dainty dogs who will give endless affection and loyalty to their owner.
The long-haired Chihuahua's coat is either flat or slightly wavy with feathering on ears, feet, and back legs and forms a ruff around the neck. Coat colours can range from fawn, sand, chestnut, silver, and steel blue, but any colour is acceptable.
While the short-haired Chihuahua can be sensitive to cold climates, long-haired Chihuahua is not. Their long coat variety helps them do fine in cold weather as it acts as their additional protection. Chihuahua is an excellent dog breed if you are living in an apartment. But they are also great in any kind of environment because they are adaptable.
- Exercise Needed Daily: Low 2/10
- Training: Easy 2/10
- Grooming: Twice a Week 6/10
- Shedding: Low 2/10
- Hypoallergenic: Low 2/10
- Watchdog Ability: Intensive 10/10
- Barking Level: Medium 6/10
- Environment: City 2/10
- Type of home: Apartment 2/10
- Good with Children: With Supervision 6/10
- Good with Other Animals: With Supervision 6/10
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS: No 2/10
There is some belief that this dog breed is an offspring of dogs around in early times when a Mexican civilization identified as the Toltec kept very identical looking tiny dogs called the Techichi. This theory on the origins of the Chihuahuas is backed up by dog burials discovered that dates back to 300 BC. However, some people believed that the dog breed first appeared either in Spain or Malta. This is because of the identical-looking dogs appearing in paintings and murals at that time. These images were done before Christopher Columbus returned from his expedition to the "New World." This means the Chihuahuas existed in both regions of the world before his impressive expeditions across the Atlantic.
Until the 1800s, Chihuahuas became a prominent choice in the United Kingdom, and it did not take long before these adorable dogs became a definite favourite across the world too.
Chihuahuas are known as being compact, small, and delicate dogs. They have well-rounded heads with short, slightly pointed muzzles and distinct jawlines. They also have well-defined stops that add to their overall charming appeal. A Chihuahua’s eyes are large and round. They are set well apart on a dog's head, and they can also be dark or ruby in colour. Their ears are big, and they flare out on a dog's head. Chihuahuas have a sturdy jawline with their upper teeth tightly overlap their lower ones. They hold their necks somewhat curved, and their shoulders are well-laid back. Front legs are straight and set under a dog's chest that allows for a lot of free movement.
Chihuahuas can either be smooth coated or long-coated. Their hair is soft to the touch and has a natural luster. Undercoats and ruffs are permitted as a breed standard. These small and dainty dogs come in a lot of variety of colours and the only one that is not acceptable is "merle."
The long-haired Chihuahua is an outstanding companion dog. Recognized for its loyalty and intelligent character, its size makes it an ideal pet in any living environment, either country dwelling or a city apartment. Its incredible intelligence makes it receptive to training. It is a loyal dog breed, often being dedicated only to one person. Proper socialization can improve this issue.
Chihuahuas are well-balanced dogs. Well-rounded, well-mannered, affectionate and have a good temperament are just some of the characters that are natural to this fantastic dog breed. With proper socialization and consistent training, these qualities can be enhanced and enjoyed throughout their lives.
Chihuahuas are brilliant little dogs. However, note that their training needs to begin early. Puppies need to be socialized at a young age for them to develop being well-balanced dogs. It would be a slip-up to "spoil" a Chihuahua by letting them go by with too much just because they are so adorable and charming. Being dependable, consistent, and giving ample time to train a Chihuahua is the key to them developing to being well-behaved, housetrained dogs.
Grooming is not a difficult chore with the Chihuahuas. The long-coated Chihuahua needs a proper brushing and combing once a week. The bib or ruff of the long coats may need a wash, as it can trap food leftovers. Note that Chihuahuas shed, but then again, being tiny, there is not a lot of hair to lose. It is ideal to brush a Chihuahua's teeth daily as, with all small breeds, they are susceptible to a heavy tartar build-up.
The Chihuahua is a long-lived dog breed with an average lifespan of 15 and 20 years when correctly cared for and fed with a high-quality diet. Though it is important to note that they can have some health problems. These adorable, small dogs are prone to numerous health conditions. These are some of the identified health disorders that may affect the Chihuahua are:
- Eye infections
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Luxating patella or trick knee is a health condition where the kneecap dislocates or moves out of its normal position.
- Ear infections
Chihuahuas may not be a preferable choice for people with small children or toddlers because they might be a little too hard around these small dogs. It can result in frightening or injuring their Chihuahua. Bear in mind that Chihuahuas are small dogs and can, therefore, be easily trampled on. It is highly suggested that any activities between a Chihuahua and a young child should always be well-supervised by an adult. Chihuahuas are very smart and are cautious of toddlers and smaller kids because they appear to know just how exposed they are intuitive.
When interacting with other small to medium dogs, Chihuahuas are commonly good around them due to their friendly nature and how they also adore other animals, if they are properly socialized at an early stage. Similar to cats and other smaller pets, they could live well together. However, a bigger and dangerous type of dog can be risky to the welfare of your Chihuahua. Make sure to have an adult to supervise any interaction with these kinds of dogs.