For the Love of the Chihuahua

Little Pearl CHICHI 03_21_2011No other dog breed is so pampered & so attached to its owner as the beloved Chichi.  They will, and usually do, go anywhere and everywhere with their owners.  Due to their small size they are sometimes called Purse Pocket dogs.  Several Movies have stared these little dogs and we have seen an increase in the breed once more.  Good and bad for this little sweet dog.

This poses a problem if you are not ready for this type of dog and if it fits your lifestyle.  While cute and loyal they do have some medical issues that can be costly and also behavioral issues.

A Look Backlouie_CHICHI 04_13_2011
The Chihuahua’s history is shrouded in mystery, but some believe he originated from the Fennec Fox, a very small animal with big eyes and ears, which could explain the tiny frame, luminous eyes and large ears on the breed today. Chihuahua’s were used in religious ceremonies and were pets to the upper class. The breed derives its name from . The Chihuahua is the oldest dog breed on the continent of North America, and it is the smallest dog breed in the world.  The breed is native to Mexico, and many believe it was introduced to the region by the Chinese.  They were named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the place where they first arrived.  The breed is thought to have been sacred to the Pre-Colombian Indian nations.   They were used for reaching the gods and helping the dead pass on to the afterlife.

Right Breed for You?
pinto_bean_CHICHI_02_25_2011Chihuahuas are alert dogs with terrier-like qualities. They are good with families if the children are gentle and patient. Because of their small size, they require little exercise and are good city dogs, but can be sensitive to cold temperatures. Smooth coated Chihuahuas need very little grooming due to their short hair. Long coats need occasional brushing but still require minimal grooming.  The Chihuahua is happy in a small household or apartment.  They are very sensitive to the cold, and they should wear a sweater on cold days.  While it’s tempting to carry the Chihuahua instead of letting him walk, it is important that these little dogs get plenty of exercise.  They love to go for walks and they shouldn’t be confined to a small space.

Training and RaisingTY CHICHI1 2011

Chihuahua are prone to Tracheal Collapse so you should always walk them on a Harness instead of a collar that they can pull on. The Chihuahua is lively, alert, proud and makes a good Companion.  They seek and DEMAND affection, and they are very spunky by nature.  They are determined, courageous, and they become very attached to their owners.  They have a jealous streak, and they will follow their owners very move it strangers are present.  Some Chihuahuas are difficult to train, but they are intelligent and generally learn quickly.  They are most receptive to gentle training and positive reinforcement.  .

Behaviors

Twiggy CHICHI 03_28_2011They do not like to be poked, pestered or teased and he may snap if a child provokes him.  Because of their small size they will resort to using their teeth if they feel threatened.  This breed can be noisy and difficult to housebreak.  All Chihuahuas should be properly socialized to avoid the onset of aggressive behavior.  Chihuahuas have a tendency to tremble but it is not a health issue.  Instead it occurs mainly when the dog is stressed, excited for cold. 

 

If you are looking for the ultimate cuddle bug to love and adore you – then this breed IS THE RIGHT BREED FOR YOU.  Just make sure you understand all the other traits the Chihuahua comes with.  Enjoy your little one and get all the love and adoration you can stand…  A Chihuahua can be your best friend with a long life span, and do not worry about this little one coordinating with your fashion they come in every color and combination you can think of.

 

 

 

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