A Complete Chihuahua Facts Sheet Including Some Little Known Trivia The Great Chihuahua Myths EXPOSED!
Origins: Mexico in the 16th century (although there is plenty of disagreement about this. You can find more details on this in my Chihuahua Information article).
Common Misspellings: Chiwawa, Chiuahua, Chihuaha
Nicknames: Chi or Chico
American Kennel Club (AKC) Classification: Group 5 – Toys
Height Range: 6 – 9 Inches
Weight Range: 1.5 – 6 lb
Life Expectancy: 15 – 18 years (If you want to learn how your dog can live for longer, it is important you check out this shocking article).
Coat: Chihuahuas have two coat types:
- Short Haired Chihuahuas
- Long Haired Chihuahuas
A short haired Chihuahua's coat is smooth and glossy while a long haired Chihuahua coat should is soft and either flat or slightly curly.
Coat Color: These come in a whole variety of colors including back, fawn, silver, sand, white and chestnut and may also be marked or splashed
Shedding: Minimum To Average
Feeding: Chihuahuas have small, delicate stomachs and require a balanced diet which low in fats and oils. For this reason it is best not to feed them canned commercial dog foods as these contain a whole range of fatty fillers which produce a build up of fat around a Chihuahua's key internal organs which will cause health problems and in many cause will shorten your Chi's life.
Home cooked meals are the best way to feed your Chihuahua if you want her to lead a long life. Most people don't realize how quick and easy preparing homemade meals for your dog is once you know what to cook. For an excellent selection of over 200 recipes, Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes is an excellent resource for keeping your Chi healthy, happy and safe.
Health Problems: Chihuahuas are at risk from a number of health problems. These include heart disease, hydrocephalus, hypoglycemia, patella luxation, hip dysplasia and a collapsing trachea.
You can get more information about these and other conditions including the symptoms to watch out for and how to treat and prevent these problems from arising, by going to the Chihuahua Health Care Directory.
Training: Chihuahuas are intelligent dogs and so are easy to train as long as you use the proper training methods. House training is a little more difficult than other dog breeds but with a little patience all but the most stubborn of Chihuahuas can be house broken. For more information on Chihuahua training, my article on How To Train A Chihuahua is a good place to start.
Exercise: Chihuahua requires 30 – 60 minutes exercise a day. You can either take your Chi for a walk or exercise their mind as well as their body by playing games indoors.
Ideal Living Conditions: Chihuahuas are ideal for people who want a dog but live in an apartment. They don't like the cold and need a warm and soft place to sleep.
Dangers: Chihuahuas often don't relate well to small children and can snap and bite if they feel threatening.
Related Dog Breeds: Pekingese, Papillon, Pomeranian, Yokshire Terrier.
Fun Chihuahua Facts: Did You Know…
Chihuahuas are officially the smallest dog breed in the world.
When compared the size of their bodies, a Chihuahua's brain is the biggest out of any other breed.
Chihuahuas were considered sacred and godlike buy the Aztec and ancient Toltec tribes of Mexico. They were also used as hot packs to cure pains and aligments!
The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a 8 pound female called Gidget.
The first Chihuahua was registered by the AKC in 1904.
Myth Busting: "Untrue Chihuahua Facts"
Myth #1: Chihuahua's CAN'T Cure Asthma.
Like most old wives' tales no one really knows where this came from but any evidence "proving" this to be true is anecdotal at best and a number of scientific studies have been unable to find any link between Chihuahua and an asthma cure.
Myth #2: If You Get A Chihuahua Really Worked Up His Eyes Will Pop Out.
You can scarcely believe that some people actually think this to be true and even if your Chihuahua's eyes are bulging with excitement, I promise you you don't have to worry about them falling out!
Myth #2: Teacup Chihuahua Are Just A Really Small Chihuahua Breed Type.
According to the AKC official dog breed classification, there is no such thing as a Teacup Chihuahua breed type and this term (along with "minture" and other related terms) is purely a marketing invention.