Remember the infamous Paris Hilton gracing red carpets with her pet Chihuahua in tow? Chihuahuas were all the rage then and you could see them everywhere. It has seen a surge in popularity in recent years and for good reason too.
The Chihuahua may have a minuscule size but it has a big personality which will surely find its way into your heart. Although not everyone may think that Chihuahuas are adorable and cute, they make great additions to the family. However, before you rush out the door to adopt one, you should remember that it is always important to understand the breed so you can make the right decision for yourself and for your dog.
Chihuahuas are Charmers
The Chihuahua may just be the most charming dog there is. Playing and teasing come to it naturally and you will soon find yourself wrapped around their little finger, erm paws. If you want someone to snuggle with in winter, you need not look any farther if you have a Chihuahua.
They Live a Long Time
It is not unusual for Chihuahuas to live as long as sixteen years, which is a very long time in dog years. However, just like other dogs and humans, they also suffer from genetic diseases which may cause several health problems. They are known to be susceptible to knee injuries that result in fractures and joint weakness. Other health problems they often have to deal with are eye problems, heart problems, and tooth and gum issues. In order to prevent these diseases, pet parents should take every precautionary step to help improve their beloved Chihuahua’s well-being. Regular trips to the veterinarian are necessary.
They are just the right size
Chihuahuas do not take up so much room. They can easily fit into your life and your home. When they are not playing, they like curling their body up into little balls. You do not need to buy a large bed if you want to sleep with them. In fact, they like small spaces like a crate and most especially, your lap. Often considered as the smallest dog in the world, the Chihuahua does not grow over 16cm and can only weigh as much as 3 kilograms. This is a huge plus for people who wants a small dog that they can carry around.
They are funny and entertaining
You might not be in a good mood on some days but you can rely on your Chihuahua to cheer you up and turn your bad day into a great one. They have huge hearts and will give you an infinite amount of love. If you leave them unattended inside your home, you can be sure that they will up to mischievous things. They can be tiny little creatures, but they can easily be the master of your home.
They are small and easy to carry
Dogs can be so adorable and sometimes their pet parents are so attached to them that they find it very difficult to leave their four-legged friends all alone at home. If you have a Chihuahua, you do not have to worry about that. The Chihuahua’s tiny size makes them very easy to carry and bring with you, whether on your lunch date or when you are traveling. There are plenty of doggie bags where your Chihuahua will fit without any problem and in comfort. They can guard your purse as they are excellent watchdogs. However, their tiny size also makes them prone to being snatched easily so you should make sure that you have your eye on them too.
They are very easy to walk
As long as your Chihuahua is leash-trained, you should not have any problems taking him out for a walk. Because of their small size, a walk around the block twice is sufficient for their daily exercise. However, there are some Chihuahuas that run very fast, so be on the lookout. Some pet parents have a misconception that because they are small, they do not need a high level of physical activity. You will be quite surprised!
They are very loyal
Chihuahuas are known to be very loyal to their human families. They might make a lot of noise sometimes but most often it is because they are so loyal and overprotective of their families. They do it out of their love and protection for their pet parents and this is just one of the few reasons why Chihuahuas make the best pets.
They are highly intelligent
Chihuahuas respond well to commands if you give them the right kind of training. They can easily adapt to different situations and this makes them highly flexible. Cute, lively, intelligent and loving, what more can you ask for?
They make excellent watchdogs
Thanks to their temperament, Chihuahuas make excellent watchdogs. They have a keen sense of hearing that makes them easily hear strangers and other dogs even in far distances. They are naturally curious, brave, spirited, and confident that people often think they are just like terriers.
They have undeniable character
Big things come in small packages and the same can be said of Chihuahuas. They have big personalities and undeniable characters. Make no mistake about it. They know what to do to gain respect and will use their wit to play and interact with their humans. However, there are times when they are stubborn and that is why early training is of utmost importance if you want to get along well with them and if you want to have a well-behaved Chihuahua around the house.