The Smallest Of The Small Dogs
Miniature Chihuahuas are bread from the runts of the litters of larger Chihuahuas. They often weigh 1 to 2 pounds. The dogs have become popular with female celebrities who carry them around in their purses or bags. Here are some things you should know about miniature Chihuahuas.
First of all, all Chihuahuas are small. At most, they weigh 6 pounds. They are the smallest pure breed in the world. Because these teacup, pocket, or miniature Chihuahuas are the smallest of the small, some people find them rather attractive.
You should know that no one can tell just how large a Chihuahua will be before it is 10 weeks old. So, don’t listen to a breeder who insists that he has a 6 week old teacup for sale.
The dog originates from Mexico and is named after the Chihuahua state in that country.
As far as miniature Chihuahuas go, the British standard is that ideal dogs weigh between 2 and 4 pounds. If two dogs have identical scoring in all other factors, the dog with the least weight wins.
There are both long and short haired Chihuahuas, but many people find that hairless or mostly hairless miniature Chihuahuas are ideal.
Miniature Chihuahuas are a sensitive breed. Harsh or inconsistent discipline is counterproductive. These activities and may encourage anxiety, which is a trait that the dogs are already known for.
Miniature Chihuahuas are capable of becoming spoiled unless they receive kind, consistent discipline. This is especially true if they are having difficulty learning. By nature, miniature Chihuahuas have light, lithe bodies, so they easily race out of sight before their owners are able to react.
They can be excellent watch dogs, but will bark excessively unless taught how to remain quiet. They do not, however, make good guard dogs because of their small size.
Miniature Chihauhuas are good dogs if you live in an apartment. Unlike larger breeds, they do not need much space. The are, however, active dogs, so be prepared to walk and exercise them. Also, if you live in a small apartment, be aware that the dogs will “take over” some of your living space and not want you to intrude on it.
Miniature Chihuahuas are friendly, companionable dogs. They are easy to train and are especially good for first time dog owners. They require very little grooming, but should be brushed at least two times a week.
Miniature Chihuahuas do have several specific health problems. As the smallest dog in the world, they have unique challenges. These include Tracheal collapse, Hypoglycemia, Bone and joint diseases, Obesity, Heart conditions, and Bladder Stones.
They can also be seriously injured as a result of their small size. When kids play rough with them, they can break a miniature Chihuahua’s back. So, keep them away from children.
Cold weather will also affect teacup Chihuahuas. You should consider getting a sweater or coat during the winter time to give it some extra warmth and protection.
Miniature chihuahuas are often wonderful pets for the right adults. While smaller isn’t always better, miniature Chihuahuas are popular dogs right now.