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Is a Chihuahua the Right Dog for You?

May 31, 2008
The Chihuahua is a popular favorite of the toy dog enthusiasts. This spicy little character is extremely devoted and loyal to its owner. He may be reserved with strangers and a little aggressive towards other dogs, however, the Chihuahua can get along great with other indoor pets you may have. Keeping a Chihuahua's aggressiveness in check while out and about will help keep him safe. Just because he's small doesn't mean he doesn't think he can take on the big dogs.

Not all Chihuahuas have such a bold temperament. Some are very intense and will have an attitude as if they can take on the world, others may be extremely shy and timid. Either way, Chihuahuas are very protective of their owners and the rest of the family.

Due to their being so protective they can easily take on bigger dogs or other animals to "keep their family safe". You can help manage this behavior by using a good pet stroller, which will keep your pet and others he may come in contact with safe.

Upkeep And Maintenance

The Chihuahua is a very excitable dog that needs a bit of daily exercise. But the good news is that these little guys can get all of the vigorous physical activity they need from running room to room in a house or a small apartment. But do not neglect outdoor walks and play time. The Chihuahua loves to roam outside and explore. They also become very attached to their family and want to spend as much time as possible with you.

When walking your Chihuahua make sure you keep him safe from other walkers and possibly aggressive dogs. You can keep him safe on busy streets by using a pet stroller. This will get him safely to the park or other running area, and allow him to still enjoy the fresh air.

In terms of living arrangements, the Chihuahua is an indoor dog and should not be kept outside. There is nothing wrong with letting him explore the yard a couple of hours each day, or taking a walk with him, but this should be temporary. Chihuahuas absolutely hate the cold and will do whatever they can find to get to a warm place.

Grooming is a minor concern if you're the proud owner of a Chihuahua. Chihuahuas come in two types; short-haired and long-haired. Short-haired Chihuahuas need very little brushing, perhaps once every week or so. Long-haired Chihuahuas will need a brushing twice weekly.

Health Information

The Chihuahua has a longer lifespan than most dog breeds, living up to 20 years in some cases, with 16 to 17 years being the average lifespan for a healthy dog. Veterinarians suggest that owners of this dog breed get specific health tests for cardiac issues and knee problems.
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Your biggest concern with a Chihuahua is spending enough time with him. Spending more family time can be easily accomplished by using one of the many pet strollers available and taking him with you.
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