This is a robust, medium-sized, well-balanced dog. There is a large variation in breed size and they range in weight from between thirty-five to seventy-five pounds and stand anywhere from seventeen to twenty-three inches at the withers. Their height is slightly shorter than their length, with front legs straight and strong. Some of the eight main Australian shepherd colors include:
Description of a Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is such an easily identified breed that most non-dog owners can easily pick out these small sized little dogs. They are very fragile looking with fine boned legs and features, and a head that is shaped like an apple. The breed has very large ears that are carried erect, and a tail that is carried high and slightly curved towards the head. Chihuahua can be virtually any color with sable, black and tan, brindle and fawn being the commonly seen colors. Chihuahuas can be long or short haired.
Temperament of a Chihuahua
The Chihuahua has a unique temperament and tends to attach his or herself to one or two people, and remain very loyal and affection to them with the exclusion of almost everyone else. They love to be held and will stay as close to their chosen owner as possible. They are rather dog-aggressive although when socialized properly they can live in a house with other pets. Since the Chihuahua is a very jealous pet they may have difficulty with other dogs and cats, as they see any attention by pets towards the owner as a need for protection and defense. Often the Chihuahua is very easily trained, although housebreaking can be a challenge as they are so small. It is not uncommon for owners to simply paper train or litter box train these tiny pets. The breed tends to be very noisy, and will often bark excessively if left alone for long periods of time. They do best in a home where someone is almost always present.
Grooming & Shedding of a Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are almost exclusively an indoor dog and are considered to be average shedders, although the volume of hair is less because of their small size. Short haired varieties need a simple brushing once a week while long haired Chihuahuas will need grooming two to three times per week. They can be bathed once a month if necessary, but care needs to be taken to keep them warm until they are completely dry.
History of the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is named after the state in Mexico where the breed was actually developed. It is believed that the Toltec civilization in 9th century AD bred a small dog known as the Techichi, which resembles the modern day Chihuahua in physical attributes, although it was a bit larger according to ancient stone drawings. Through the years the breed was miniaturized, likely to be companion dogs for royalty. Currently smaller Chihuahuas are considered more desirable for most breeders and owners. The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1904.
Characteristics of the Chihuahua
6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
2-6 pounds (1-3 Kg)
Low – regular walks
No –not recommended for children under 12
Need exercise space
Health Issues with a Chihuahua
Major Concerns: epilepsy, luxated patellae, collapsed trachea, hydrochephalus,
Minor Concerns: birthing difficulties, dental problems, respiratory problems, eye infections