The tiny Chihuahua is one of the smallest of all breeds but you should never underestimate these dynamos! They are extremely intelligent and quite bold. They may be small but they are always alert and in many ways they are similar to terriers. They can be quite fearless and don’t seem to know or care that they are small. They make excellent apartment dogs and wonderful pets, though they are not recommended for small children.
Because of their small size, Chihuahuas have been a favorite breed for crossing with other breeds to create hybrid dogs.
The Chihuahua should not weigh more than about six pounds as an adult, though some pet Chihuahuas will weigh more because they are overweight and don’t get any exercise. Dogs for the show ring will conform to this size but dogs from pet breeders may be larger. So-called “teacup” Chihuahuas may be as small as about two pounds but these dogs are usually inclined to serious health problems and will have a shortened lifespan.
Chihuahuas can be either smooth-coated with short hair or long-haired. They can be any color and they can be solid in color or they can have markings.
What Would a Chihuahua and Dachshund Mix Look Like?
A Chihuahua and Dachshund mix is usually called a Chiweenie (because a Dachshund is sometimes referred to as a Weiner Dog due to its resemblance to a long sausage). A hybrid dog such as this will have a mix of traits from its parents, so it’s not possible to say with certainty how the resulting puppies will look. However, many Chiweenies seem to have the Chihuahua’s big ears that stand up and the Dachshund’s long, low body. They may also have the Dachshund’s front legs that turn out. Some of the dogs have a face with a Dachshund expression and some of them have a Chihuahua expression. The color and coat type will depend on what kind of coat the parents have.
Chihuahua Puppies Care
As a toy breed, Chihuahua puppies are very small at birth and they can need special care for the first few weeks. Like most small breeds, it’s best to wait until your Chihuahua puppy is about 12 weeks old before you take him home. Small breeds are usually slow to develop and they need time to put on some weight before they leave their mother. If you take your puppy home too early it can cause a setback and your Chihuahua puppy could become sick. By 12 weeks your puppy should be old enough to make the adjustment to leaving his mother and living in a new home.
Once you have brought your Chihuahua puppy home you should feed him three or four small meals per day. Chihuahuas can be prone to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar so feeding several small meals per day will help them manage their food and blood sugar better.
Some small breeds can be hard to house train, whether you are training them to potty indoors or taking them outside to potty. Try using puppy training pads to help with house training or a port-a-potty system in the house. Remember to praise your puppy and give him a reward for relieving himself where you want him to go. Praise and treats work better than punishment. Harsh methods will backfire.
Your puppy should have started getting some of his vaccinations when he was about six weeks old. You should take your puppy to the vet and continue with his shots for parvo, distemper and other disease until he’s about 16 weeks old. Remember that your Chihuahua puppy also needs a vaccination for rabies. This is required by law in most places. Your dog will need booster shots when he’s a year old. After that, talk to your vet about how often to re-vaccinate your dog.
Chihuahuas are bold, alert little dogs who will be devoted to their owners. They are loaded with self-confidence and they are not afraid of much. Many of them will get in the face of much bigger dogs, so you should be quick to pick up your Chihuahua and stop him before he causes trouble or gets hurt.
Your Chihuahua will become spoiled and try to take over the house if you do not set rules for him. It can be tempting to let such a small dog do whatever he wants to do, but he is still a dog. If you let him misbehave, he will develop the same kind of behavior problems that other dogs develop such as chewing on things, barking, and snapping at people. You should always make it clear to your Chihuahua that you are in charge. If your dog understands that you are the boss, he will be much happier and you won’t have to deal with behavior problems.
The Chihuahua makes a wonderful pet. They are loving and devoted to their owners. Be sure to remember that they are little dogs, and not people, and stay in charge in your home. If you do this then your dog will be happy and you won’t have to deal with behavior problems.