Chihuahua

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Breed Group: Toy
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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. This breed erupted onto the national scene as a “must have” dog for a few reasons. The old Taco Bell television commercial, “Yo Quiero Taco Bell?”, featured a Chihuahua. This TV commercial quickly ascended the Chihuahua in popularity simultaneously referring this breed as "The Taco Bell Dog". Their popularity also grew as the rich and famous were often seen carting these small dogs around in stylish oversized purses. What's their appeal? The tiny dog and its feisty attitude coupled with long lasting, enduring loyalty, colorful expressive face, large round eyes and small stature makes this breed one of the most appealing sought after breeds today.
Character
The Chihuahua is a very individualistic, highly intelligent 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.
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 well suited for children or other pets. However, they are sociable with their own kind. Chihuahuas are excellent companions in the right circumstances. They have big dog personalities but most of the times they don’t realize how small they really are. Aggressive tendencies are common amongst this breed especially towards other dogs both large and small. Their aggressive tendencies can make strolls through a park or busy city street difficult without having properly socialized them from puppyhood. A study shown in "The Journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science" found this breed to be one of the top breeds most likely to bite a person or begin an altercation with another dog.
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 to not 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 font or soft spot, eye problems, and heart disease. The Chihuahua does not tolerate cold climates and must be protected when taken outside.
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 of color, or tri-color. They are an average shedder.
Training
Most of this breeds tendencies can be encouraged from gentle, compassionate training starting from puppyhood. Concentrating on training and socializing your puppy from an early age will prevent the Chihuahua from becoming a little tyrant or from exhibiting bad behavior or bad manners often discouraged in larger breed dogs. Unfortunately, too many people who buy a Chihuahua often let their puppy rule the roost which complicates matters for reversing their learned acceptable behavior. The Chihuahua can be difficult to train, but with patience, love, and consistency they do well. They respond best to continued positive reinforcement. Chihuahuas can be housetrained by either the crate method or the paper training method. Early, extensive, and intensive socialization is an absolute must for this breed and the importance cannot be expressed enough.
Activity
Do you live in an apartment or condo that allows dogs? The Chihuahua is an excellent apartment or condominium dweller. The majority of their exercise needs can be met indoors by playing with toys, running throughout the house and through play sessions. Chihuahuas absolutely love going for a walk with their owners and greatly benefit from daily walks. When taking your Chihuahua out for a walk we recommend using a hardness rather than a leash given their delicate neck and bone structure.
Weight
6 lbs
Height
6-9 inches
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How much do Chihuahua puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Chihuahua varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Chihuahua puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Chihuahuas sold is $687.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Chihuahua with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,800 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Chihuahua with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Chihuahuas sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $687.50
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $2,800.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 26426 Chihuahua puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Chihuahua puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Chihuahuas true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Chihuahua Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 26426 Chihuahua dogs.
  • 1. Bella
  • 2. Tiny
  • 3. Chico
  • 4. Peanut
  • 5. Princess
  • 6. Coco
  • 7. Hershey
  • 8. Teddy
  • 9. Buster
  • 10. Daisy
  • 11. Lilly
  • 12. Chih
  • 13. Toby
  • 14. Charlie
  • 15. Buddy
  • 16. Max
  • 17. Bandit
  • 18. Mocha
  • 19. Molly
  • 20. Chloe

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Location: Cookeville, Tennessee
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Anonymous asked:
Can a female chihuahua around 7lbs safely carry and deliver puppies from a schnauzer chihuahua mix around 30lbs? I'm unsure what I should do? Please help me!

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For the short version, no. The female Chihuahua will most likely have complications and will not be able to carry the puppies to full term. Or she will not be able to give birth, or could potentially hurt herself by carrying the puppies. If your female dog is already pregnant, then I would suggest doing an E-Spay, which will kill the potential puppies and spay your dog at the same time. But it will also save the mother.

Anonymous asked:
I have an 8 month old chihuahua. I noticed he is growing his adult k9 teeth under his tongue(behind the baby ones). So he's had 4 on the bottom for about 1 month. Last week I noticed his top teeth are doing the same besides the adult k9s are growing on the outside or on top of the other ones. Is this a problem? Or will they eventually fix themselves? This is the 1st time I've seen anything like this

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Anonymous

We had the same issue...usually the adult teeth will eventually loosen the baby teeth and they will fall out. Chihuahuas lose their baby teeth a little later than other breeds.

Anonymous

I have the same problem with my long hair miniature teacup chihuahua. I took her in to get her pulled because she was well over 1 and they still hadn't fallen out

Anonymous

Our vet told us they no longer think it is wise to pull out the baby teeth until they are sure adult teeth are behind them. Where there is no adult tooth, they left the baby tooth. We had our Chihuahua neutered and the teeth done at the same time so she would only have one surgery. They took an xray beforehand to see which teeth to pull, leaving some baby teeth, as necessary.

Anonymous asked:
How do you know when a Chihuahua is going into labor?

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When a dog is going into labor, the female will dog eating, she'll start nesting/going to a safe place she has picked. She may become more cuddly with her owner and her temperature will drop. If you do not know the signs of labor, and your dog is pregnant, please take your dog to the vet a.s.a.p. With Chihuahua's, they can have difficulty delivering because of the size of the puppy's head compared to the body.

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How come Chihuahuas heads are all different shapes and some Chihuahua pups have big bug eyes?

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The Chihuahua breed can come with different head shapes, as there is a big difference between confirmation show quality Chihuahua's and pet quality Chihuahua's now a days. The confirmation show quality Chihuahua and kennel club standard says that the Chihuahua breed must have a round, apple shaped head. While some breeders have bred away that head shape so that it is easier on the dam to give birth. Sometimes the eyes of the Chihuahua can be bigger than the skull and seem like they are bulging out because the skull is more rounded and apple shaped and/or there are different head shapes in the pedigree of the dog.

Anonymous asked:
How do Chihuahuas stay small or big?

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Anonymous

The Chihuahua breed is considered the smallest dog on earth. They are a mighty little breed that ranges between 3.5 - 6 lbs when full grown on average.

Anonymous

I just recently DNAd a merle Chi (as I know isn't a "natural Chi color" and DNA tes results came back 100% Chi in at least the last 3 generations.This dog weighs 8-9 lbs! It just shocks me to have people "create these new colors and stuff and look at the large sizes we are getting! Disappointed.

Anonymous

The dog's size doesn't depend on it's coloring. Did you get your puppy to be a pet quality or show quality? Is you dog overweight? Pet quality dogs usually don't conform to all the standards and may be a result of two people who think their dogs are "sooo cute'" and decide, "Wouldn't it be neat to mate them?" Or they may be puppies from two Chihuahuas who have a recessive gene for larger weights. Either way, does the size matter if the dog is healthy and has a good temperament?

Anonymous

Many Merle chihuahuas will eventually go back to a Merle Dachshund as no chi has a natural Merle gene.

Anonymous asked:
What is wrong when a new Chihuahua puppy has blood in its stool?

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No matter the age of the dog, if there is blood in the stool, it is time for the vet. This could be something such as easily treatable as coccidiosis or even the Parvo virus which can be fatal. Please get your dog into the vet a.s.a.p.

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Updated: 11/17/2017