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Owning A Chihuahua

Jul 22, 2008
Due to their loyalty and need to be close to their owners the Chihuahua makes an excellent companion and their compact size also makes them convenient for many owners. Chihuahuas have been known to ride inside the pocket of a coat, in purses or a tote bag and also simply just carried around in the arms of the owner. They are easy to travel with and enjoy outdoor activities in favorable weather.

Although at home the Chihuahua dog can be a bit curious and mischievous. When left alone for a long period of time the dog will often find something to get into and make a mess. The Chihuahua gets along well with their own breed but often doesn't get along with other dog breeds. So if you have a Chihuahua it is best to only have the breed or choose very carefully before finding another breed of dog to add to the household.

The movies and advertisements by companies such as Taco Bell made the Chihuahua dog very popular. As a result it is now easy to find poorly bred Chihuahuas if you do not carefully select the breed to fit in with your household. Many families think the breed is perfect because of their self-confidence and easy trainability.

Although you can get a dog that was bred without a concern for their health and temperament if you buy from pet stores, newspapers or on the internet and you will have no way of knowing whether or not the dog will work with your household.

The small litter size of the Chihuahua has led to a limited number of puppies available from good breeders. Therefore, before you decide if the Chihuahua is right for you it is best to carefully consider their temperament.

You need to focus on feeding requirements, exercise needs and grooming when it comes to caring for your Chihuahua. Only give your Chihuahua dog a small amount of food at each meal. All that most dogs require is about two or three ounces of high quality dog food and a few puppy biscuits. Instead of one large daily feeding it is better to have two or three small meals a day. A few of the larger dogs of the breed can eat up to a half can of dog food.

While the Chihuahua won't object to being carried around they are actually capable of walking long distances. However, most of the dogs exercise will come from simple playing around the house, which makes them an excellent pet for the elderly.

You should use a soft brush for grooming and rub them down with a wet towel or glove in order to make their coat shine. Keep their nails trimmed regularly and their ears clean.
About the Author
About the author: Sandra Dean is an avid lover of the Chihuahua and owns a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Chihuahua. Among other topics there, you will find out more about Chihuahua Dog Personalities plus a whole lot more.
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