An iconic breed, the Chihuahua is known for its tiny build but big personality. Recognised as one of the smallest dogs in the world, Chihuahuas sprung to popularity in the early 2000s, notably by celebrities like Paris Hilton and Madonna.
Chihuahuas are a loyal, quirky, and playful breed that thrives in the company of their owners. While they tend to be vocal, their hyper-vigilant nature makes them great watchdogs, so they’ll always alert you if they sense something’s off.
If you want to know more about this small but mighty breed, read our guide below to see if Chihuahuas are the pet for you.
If you’re looking for a fun, bold pet that doesn’t take up too much space, the Chihuahua might be the perfect match for you. Chihuahuas form close bonds with their owner/s and tend to get quite attached, which is shown through their affection and desire to play.
Intelligent and fast learners, Chihuahuas are easily trainable through positive reinforcement and food. Due to their size, a family with younger children might not be the best fit for a chihuahua, as there’s a higher risk of young children injuring them through play.
Chihuahuas have two distinct coat types - long and smooth. Long coated Chihuahuas (like the name suggests) have long and slightly curly flat hair that’s prominent around their ears, chest, and tail. Smooth-coated Chihuahuas have shorter and more even hair that covers their whole body.
Chihuahuas should be brushed once a week with a grooming mitt or brush, which only takes a few minutes. Chihuahuas may develop build-up around their eyes, so regularly wiping down their faces can help curb this from happening. If you create a grooming routine around brushing and wiping, you should only need to bathe a Chihuahua every 1-2 months.
Chihuahuas don’t have high exercise needs, but still have a lot of energy and can sometimes exert themselves too much. Their small size makes them ideal city pets or beloved pets for owners without much yard space. But if they don't have a yard to run around in, you'll need to take these little dogs out for walks—a 20-to-30-minute daily walk helps keep this tiny dog happy.
Chihuahuas have fast metabolisms, so opt to feed small meals several times a day. It’s recommended to buy high-quality food for Chihuahuas as they’re susceptible to dental diseases and obesity. A combination of lean meat like chicken or beef with small-sized kibble offers a balanced meal that will keep a Chihuahua full.
If you’re thinking about getting Pet Insurance for your Chihuahua, factors like age and location will affect the cost of your premium. Woolworths Pet Insurance offers Basic, Standard, Comprehensive and Comprehensive Plus cover that helps protect you and your furry friend. Check what each insurance cover includes.
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