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Chihuahua Dogs- 10 Facts About Them


Decorative Curiosities Staff
Updated: Jun 15, 2024

Chihuahuas are quite popular dog breeds. Unfortunately, they are often misunderstood. Undoubtedly, Chihuahuas are graceful dogs. That is why, American Kennel Club {AKC} lists Chihuahuas at number 35. These dogs are small. But they have a wonderful personality. Chihuahua can be stubborn sometimes. They show strong willpower. They can be affectionate and intelligent. This makes this dog breed good companions for us. Once you get a Chihuahua, you can have a faithful friend forever. This guide penned down some facts about Chihuahuas. Let's check them out.

01.Chihuahua Have A Strong Personality
01.Chihuahua Have A Strong Personality
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Chihuahuas are charming and loyal. However, they share the attitude of a larger dog. That is why these dogs need proper training. Chihuahuas are fearless. They have a protective instinct toward their owner. They are not timid at all. At the same time, chihuahua dogs are never afraid of anyone. There is another amazing fact about this dog. It loves to spend time with other Chihuahuas other than its owner.

02.They Have A Long Life Span
02.They Have A Long Life Span
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Chihuahuas can live at least 14 to 16 years. However, Chihuahua can suffer from some health conditions. That is why they can suffer from displaced knee caps. They have protruding eyes. So, they may also have genetic eye disorders. On the other hand, it can suffer from molera. In this disease, Bony plates of the skull can't fuse in the soft forehead skin. Only a wet can diagnose this issue with proper examination.

03.Chihuahuas Are Smart And Devoted Dogs
03.Chihuahuas Are Smart And Devoted Dogs
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A chihuahua is always a faithful companion. They are smart as well. Research shows that chihuahuas can make strong bonds with their owner. They are smart. Their intelligence is adaptive and instinctive. Researchers say these qualities are quite important in a Chihuahua. A book was published in 1994. It ranked Chihuahua at a below-average level. They ranked larger dogs [Border Collies or German Shepherd] at a high level. However, those who know how a chihuahua is can’t believe this fact.

04.Their Size Is Adorable
04.Their Size Is Adorable
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The size of a chihuahua is quite visible. They tend to grow between 5 to 8 inches. Their weight is at least 6 pounds. That is why, AKC ranks them in the category of toy breeds. But, if needed, they can fight against a much larger breed. Therefore, they require special care. In this way, chihuahua owners can avoid harmful situations.

05.Genetically Originated In Mexico
05.Genetically Originated In Mexico
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Arguments are still on air about the origin of Chihuahua. Archaeologists and Scientists found artefacts that are from the world's lost civilization, and we have proof”. On the other hand, historians disagree with this. They say chihuahuas are Techichi dogs. They originated from the ancient Toltec civilization in Mexico. Some historians also believe that Chihuahua dogs came from China. However, geneticists in canine ancestry showed some proof. It says Chihuahua dogs share DNA from the Toltec companion dogs. This indicates that Chihuahuas have Mexican roots. Their name also comes from the Mexican State of Chihuahua.

06.Chihuahuas Have 2 Different Coats
06.Chihuahuas Have 2 Different Coats
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Chihuahuas have two types of coats. One is long. Another is smoother. At the same time, they come in various colours. Like, black, blue, fawn, gold, red, chocolate, white, silver, etc. also, you will see chihuahua in combined colours. They also have white markings. Chihuahuas can be sable. That means they have black hair tips. The base colour may be silver or fawn. They can have brindle coats. Some chihuahua dogs include a blue and black mask. They can also have white, red, merle, dappled, cream or fawn marking patterns.

07.Chihuahuas Need Special Diets
07.Chihuahuas Need Special Diets
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You need to feed a chihuahua with quality dog food twice a day. Because they have a high metabolism. Feeding twice keeps them healthy. Chihuahuas tend to get overweight. So, owners need to keep a close look on their diet. Feed puppy chihuahuas all the time. Otherwise, they become hypoglycemic. It can end up in low blood sugar. You can notice a lack of energy and restlessness in a chihuahua once hypoglycemia occurs.

08.They Can Be Good Therapy Dogs
08.They Can Be Good Therapy Dogs
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Chihuahuas can provide amazing emotional support to their owners. Despite their weight and size, their empathetic nature makes them a quite popular dog breed. As a result, chihuahuas can be good therapy dogs. Are you suffering from physical and mental challenges? If yes, chihuahuas can be a good pet for you then. Chihuahuas make strong bonds with individuals. You may take chihuahuas to hospitals, nursing homes, and therapy programs. They are the littles bundle of energy. They can brighten up people’s lives easily. They offer calmness and happiness. Because of their small size, they are easily transported anywhere. Chihuahuas can help reduce anxiety. They even motivate fast recovery. A socialised and well-trained chihuahua can be an extremely good therapy dog.

09.Chihuahuas Are Popular In Pop Culture
09.Chihuahuas Are Popular In Pop Culture
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Chihuahuas appear in many popular movies and tv series. They are quite popular in social media as well. Chihuahuas have a distinct appearance. Therefore, their presence can capture the heart so easily. For example, we all love Elle Wood’s beloved pet Chihuahua in “Legally Blonde”. We also love the Taco Bell ad featuring a cute chihuahua. Many comedy series also feature chihuahua for its undeniable charm and sassy attitude.

10.No Special Training And Exercise Are Required For A Chihuahua
10.No Special Training And Exercise Are Required For A Chihuahua
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Chihuahuas are excellent for a small apartment. They also shed very little fur. Minimal grooming is enough for a chihuahua. That is why you don’t need any special training or exercise for your tiny pet. This dog breed loves to cuddle with its favourite person. They show a lot of energy. They will not be running around the apartment often. They never cause harm and havoc in the home. Chihuahuas can be tired very easily. They may be stubborn. But, a little training can break this stubbornness. Daily walks, agility classes, obedience, and other activities can help train a chihuahua. Those activities will keep them physically and mentally fit.