The Chihuahua is one of the smallest companion dogs. The breed originated in Mexico, and is named after the Mexican state Chihuahua.

Appearance & Grooming

The Chihuahua is an extra-small dog. They have a glossy and soft coat in chocolate, fawn, tan, cream, red, black, and blue. They can have either long or short hair. The Chihuahua sheds occasionally and requires regular brushing.

Behavior & Disposition

The Chihuahua is quick, alert, lively, courageous, and intelligent. They tend to play well with older children and other dogs. However, adult supervision is recommended when playing with younger children.

Activity Level

The Chihuahua has a moderate activity level and it is easy for the breed to become overweight. For optimal health, the Chihuahua should be carefully monitored for calorie consumption and should have daily walks. The breed should avoid foods containing cooked bones and high fat contents.


The Chihuahua is an intelligent dog. A combination of consistency, dedication, and positive reinforcement are effective ways to train the Chihuahua.

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