Getting to know your dog starts with getting to know his breed, and that includes getting a better idea of ​​its appearance, personality and health requirements. Here's what you need to know about the long-haired Chihuahua:

The Chihuahua is known as the smallest of all breeds and is a popular breed, in part due to advertising and celebrity ownership. This breed originates from Mexico and is also known for its longevity and lives up to 18 years or more. Interestingly, the Chihuahua goes back to Aztec royalty, but over time it was brought into Mexico by the Spanish settlers and then on to the United States. Although this story is what the majority thinks, a small number of historians prefer the story of the Chihuahua coming out of Egypt and then finding his way into Spain followed by Mexico.

Today you will hear terms like "teacup" and small toys, "which are not actually hybrids of the Chihuahua, but definitions of size. If you were to visit a breeder to find the dogs that were advertised as" teacup breeds, "you would know that there is no such thing.In addition, terms such as "deer face" or "deer head" are used to describe the apple shape of the head.The Chihuahua is small but generally a healthy breed, although there are some special things to consider.

Physical appearance

For the long-haired Chihuahua, there is a smooth undercoat with a long overcoat. Some people confuse this particular breed of Chihuahua with that of a Pomeranian. Remember that both long hair and short hair versions of the Chihuahua are recognized by the American Kennel Club. In addition, the Chihuahua has an apple- or dome-shaped head with large eyes and erect ears.

Because height is so varied, this recognition usually includes only weight, considering the overall body proportions. For example, a Chihuahua can be anywhere from 12 to 15 inches tall. However, dogs used for show would only weigh six pounds or less, although they can go down to about four pounds. Dogs not used for show could be much heavier and go up to 10 pounds.

Just as height and weight vary, so do color and color combinations. The following are examples of the different options for Chihuahua:

* Solid white

* Solid black

Fawn (cream for light brown)

* Chocolate (light brown to rich mahogany)

* Blue grey

* Tricolor (chocolate and blue or black with tan and white markings)

* Silver

* Merle

* Brindle

Temperament and personality

Without a doubt, the Chihuahua is one of the most loving and devoted of all breeds. This breed is very smart, attentive and often comical. The small size of the Chihuahua means that it does not require much exercise, even though it is a playful breed. Due to this size, you will find the breed a perfect choice for the elderly, disabled, people living in apartments or high-rise buildings, those with small farms, etc. Unfortunately, this breed also has a reputation for being high-tension and difficult to train, but with good socialization and training, the Chihuahua is an excellent pet.

A Chihuahua is typically better in adults, although they tolerate older children without much difficulty. Just keep in mind that due to the small size, potential harm when handled by a small child can be significant. Therefore, most breeders do not recommend the breed for households where small children live.

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Today you will hear terms like "teacup" and small toys, "which are not actually hybrids of the Chihuahua, but definitions of size.