One of America’s favorites at the Toy Group is the Chihuahua, (pronounced sha-wa-wa). At maturity the Chihuahua may be just 5 inches tall and the standard requires that they be under six pounds. There have been adult Chihuahuas that weigh only about one and half pounds. This small dog is reputed to be the smallest dog in the canine world. There are two varieties, the long coat and the smooth coat and except for the difference in the length of the coat they’re the exact same breed and there’s absolutely not any distinction between the two in their standard. A smooth coat has exactly that, a sleek and glossy close fitting coat with a well furred tail. The long coat has fringes of longer hair around the ears and neck and feathering on the legs, tail and the breech or”pants” on the rear legs. The bats in attic removal should have a “domed head”, rounded skull and massive eyes, very expressive.
The Chihuahua is thought to be of Mexican origin and may have been originally bred by the Aztec Indians. They’re named after a Mexican state and first gained fame in Mexico.
With a dog this little health can be a significant concern. First of all, though they get along well with most other dogs, they think they are bigger than they really are. If they are housed with bigger dogs and jealousy occurs, the small dog will not stand a chance as far as protecting itself. Care must be taken that they aren’t put in conditions where they can not fend for themselves. Small children need to be watched, the Chihuahua has fragile bones and especially when they are puppies these bones can be broken easily. Furthermore the Chihuahua has a soft spot in the skull at the center of the head. If the dog is injured in this tender spot it may of course cause grave problems which could lead to its death.
The Chihuahua is a lively and intelligent dog with great affection for its owner. It gets very bonded and will usually not let its master from its sight. They are a dog that fits nicely into a pocket bag and often can go with the owner wherever the owner goes. Like a cat, it can be easily trained to paper or a litter box in the home which makes it a lot easier to deal with when traveling. It’s a bossy little breed, not having any idea that it is not a big dog. The Chihuahua is a noisy watchdog and often will snap if not socialized as a puppy. One of the problems is that many owners don’t treat this dog as they would a bigger breed and often it is not trained to act but instead is coddled and transported around and never learns proper manners when greeting strangers. A well trained Chihuahua is a delightful dog and a loving companion.