The Chihuahua is a big dog in a little body, they are alert and very friendly. These dogs are devoted to their owners and love to play.

As you would expect for such a small dog, they are a little stand offish with over loud and lively children and other dogs that are a lot bigger than themselves.

Chihuahua Facts


Exercise Requirements:      1 star rating

Good with Children:             5 star rating

Easy to Train:                        2 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    5 star rating

Low Shedding:                       3 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 15-23 cm (6-9 in)

Weight: 1-3 kg (2-6.5 lb)

Coat: Long Haired: medium length with a soft feel to it. Smooth Coated: Smooth with a soft texture.

Colour: Any

Lifespan: 14-18 years

Special Characteristics

The Chihuahua loves to be around people and is very playful, great for families with children. These small dogs are alert, spirited, bold, friendly and affectionate.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs do like to exercise, but do not require a lot. This is a dog that requires a low amount of exercise. One good walk each day and lots of play at home is enough to keep them happy.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: They are faithful and devoted towards their owners and will show a lot of affection.

Children: Are good around children, although could get injured easily through boisterous play.

Other Pets: Great around other small pets including cats.

Strangers: Very shy towards strangers, will be reserved with them.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are great around unknown dogs, will be friendly and want to play.

What to Watch Out For

These dogs do love to play, but can get injured rather easily when playing with over enthusiastic children. Just make sure your children understand how fragile this little dog is, and that they need to be gentle when playing with it.

Health Risks

Just a few things to take note of here; patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, eye defects, heart conditions, hypoglycaemia and tracheal collapse.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Chihuahua would be gentle and affectionate and has lots of time for play with the dog. Keep the dog happy and active at home and you are onto a winning combination.

More Photos

Chihuahua Long Haired Chihuahua short haired

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