The Toy Chihuahua -
Toy Chihuahua Appearance and Grooming CareThis little dog, considered to be the smallest dog in the world, stands a mere 6-9 inches tall, and weighs up to 6 pounds.
The coat colors vary from jet black with tan markings to black and white spotted. The coat can also be any solid color, either marked or splashy.
Other sizes of the Chi do exist within a group referred to as teacup dog breeds, although breeding to this tiny size is controversial!
There are two coat varieties, one short and smooth, and the other longer with feathering on the tail and neck. Both have undercoats and shedding is about average.
Grooming needs are easily handled. Chihuahuas are clean little dogs and like to stay that way - a brushing about twice a week will do the trick along with attention to ears, nails and teeth.
The Toy Chihuahua is one dog that can always use a coat or sweater because they lose body heat easily due to their scant body mass, not to mention that they look awfully cute in them!
Personality and TraitsYou get a lot of dog for your money with these little guys. Like a lot of the miniature dog breeds, they think they are much bigger than they are which is born out by their strong personalities, being both feisty and mischievous.
While being the smallest dogs ever recorded, they have a distinct boldness about them that can be expressed by an aggressive posture toward other dogs.
On the other hand, Chihuahuas are very loving with family, while somewhat wary of strangers and make good watchdogs.
Did you ever meet a Chihuahua you didn't like? Chances are if you did, it was not the dog's fault! Potential owners please pay attention to what I am about to say. These dogs are intelligent and can easily become dominant little yappers if they are not trained.
Activity LevelThis toy breed is a very alert, energetic and fast-moving little dog around the house.
Even though they may burn off some of their energy being quite active indoors, all dogs deserve and should get out for fresh air and a change of scenery.
Short walks will easily take care of his outdoor exercise needs.
Space NeedsThe Toy Chihuahua is adaptable to any type of accommodations. That being said, some of these dogs can be barkers and that generally does not work out well with close neighbors such as in an apartment setting.
However, the well-trained Chi can be trained to keep the noise level at a reasonable level!
ChildrenThis breed is somewhat wary and edgy around young children and can be quite bold. For this reason and also because they are quite fragile, they are not usually the best choice for families with toddlers or small children.
Families that include young adults who are considerate and sensitive to pets, would probably work out a lot better and enable everyone to enjoy this unique and special dog breed. The main thing to remember is that interaction between dogs (of any breed) and children should always be supervised by an adult.
The Toy Chihuahua is an excellent companion for the elderly or more
sedentary family. They are very loyal and loving. Food costs are modest, grooming is simple and
exercise needs are easily handled. All in all, one of best toy dog breeds for seniors.
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