Of all dog breeds the Chihuahua is the smallest. Their height generally ranges between 15 and 25 cm at the withers.
Chihuahuas are best known for their small size, large eyes, and large, erect ears. Considered the favorite of fanciers of the toy dog breeds.
Chihuahuas are prized for their devotion, ferocity, and personality. The Chihuahua has earned this title due to its intense devotion to a single person. However, Chihuahuas are reserved with strangers.
Their bold personality leads some to be protective. As Chihuahuas seem to have no concept of their own size, they often fearlessly confront larger animals, potentially resulting in injury.
Their curious nature and small size make them easily adaptable to a variety of environments, including the city and small apartments.
Chihuahuas are often stereotyped as highly-strung, though it has been shown that correct training and socialization can result in an outstanding companion animal.
Chihuahuas also tend to have a "clannish" nature, often preferring the company of other Chihuahuas over dogs of other breeds.
As with many toy dog breeds Chihuahuas are not well-suited as small children's pets. Due to their size, temperament and tendency to bite when frightened, it is recommended that children be 12 years or older before adding a Chihuahua to one's home.
However they are generally good with other household pets.
Chihuahuas are lively dogs that nonetheless may get all the exercise they need running from room to room of your house. Chihuahuas seem to enjoy going on outing s with their owners. Chihuahuas like other toy dog breeds are not outdoor dogs. They hate the cold and actively seek out warmth.
- Breed Group: Toy
- Size: small
- Height: male: 23cm, female: 15cm
- Color(s): Any
- Lifespan: 14-18 years
- Exercise: very little
- Grooming: very little
- Trainability: low
- Watchdog ability: very high
- Protection ability: very low
- Area of Origin: Mexico
- Date of Origin: 1500’s
- Other Names: none
- Original Function: ceremonial