Have you ever seen a hairless Chihuahua? They are the same breed as coated Chihuahuas. But they have a rare genetic defect that causes them to be hairless. They have the same personality and other traits of regular, coated Chihuahuas. While this condition is pretty rare, hairless spots are pretty common in a short-coated Chihuahua. So when some people are talking about a hairless Chihuahua, it is more likely that they are talking about a short-coated one with hairless spots.
As the smallest of all dog breeds, the short-haired Chihuahua has a short, fine, smooth coat. It comes in all colors from amber to black. Short-haired Chihuahuas are petite, compact dogs. They only reach a size of 5 to 8 inches tall and weigh around 6 pounds.
Chihuahuas are very affectionate dogs anyway. So the short-haired Chihuahua has a particular tendency to develop a close bond with his owners. He is particularly curious, intelligent and alert towards you. When not adequately socialized as puppies, short-haired Chihuahuas can dislike strangers and bark nervously. So the sooner they get used to new surroundings the more comfortable they will feel later. In general, they prefer to hang around with dogs of the same breed.
A small breed of dog called Techichi played an important role in the Toltec and Aztec cultures. Techichis were the pets of the rich and were burned with the dead. That was done so that they could take on the sins of the deceased. The aim was to ensure that they could enter the world of the dead without angering the gods. In addition, the dogs should lead the dead through the underworld and ward off evil spirits. Some see the Chihuahua as the product of crossing Techichi and a small, hairless dog from Asia. The breed name Chihuahua is based on the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, from where the small breed of dog was first exported to the USA. According to another theory, the Chihuahua as we know it today originated from the ancient lines of Techichi and a cross between small dogs from Mexico, Arizona and Texas
As with other small dog breeds, the Shorthair Chihuahua also experiences patella dislocations (the kneecap temporarily pops out) and respiratory problems. Their head shape makes them susceptible to the so-called hydrocephalus and various eye problems.
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The Chihuahua can adapt to as much activity as you are willing to allow, within reasonable limits. Chihuahuas tend to have bursts of energy in which they play excitedly, but they don’t need a lot of exercise – an hour a day should be enough. It is recommended that Chihuahuas wear a harness instead of a collar due to their sensitive windpipes
The perfect dog for a small urban space, even if they need to have outside access to move around and use the bathroom frequently.
Small dogs have a fast metabolism. So they burn a lot of energy, but because of their small stomachs they have to eat little and often. Small breed food has been specially formulated with adequate levels of essential nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit the small mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.
Grooming is not a demanding task with the Chihuahua because they are so small. The smooth-skinned variant can now and then be cared for with a comb / brush. Chihuahuas do hair, but because they’re so small, they don’t lose that much hair. Brushing a Chihuahua’s teeth daily is a good idea because, like all small breeds, they are prone to excessive buildup of tartar.
Training and family life
Chihuahuas are surprisingly smart and should definitely be treated like a “real dog” when training, as they really enjoy working with their owners. Chihuahuas have even been spotted in the main ring at Crufts, where they competed in Heelwork to Music!
When training your Chihuahua, just remember to use the smallest treats as rewards.
While the Chihuahua can get along with anyone in the family, they are generally too small for young children and unable to cope with impetuous games.
While many dogs are traditionally considered child-friendly, all dogs and children must be taught to get along, respect one another, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together, and adults should supervise all interactions between them.
Did you know already?
- The Chihuahua is famous for being the smallest dog in the world.
- Chihuahuas shiver a lot, but that doesn’t always mean they are cold, they also do when excited or scared!
- In terms of the size of the brain compared to the body, the Chihuahua has the largest brain of any breed of dog.