Chihuahua Dog Breed

Chihuahua Dog Breed

  • Other Names:
  • Chiwawa

The chihuahua is one of the most famous dog breeds in the world (thanks to their unique name and publicity as the Taco Bell spokesperson in America). These toy dogs are instantly recognized everywhere and are never afraid to show off their larger-than-life persona.

Chihuahuas are companion dogs and will nearly always be close to (if not in the arms of) their owner. The breed is extremely alert, which makes them a fantastic watch dog, and are extremely agile. Chihuahuas are intelligent and are willing to please their owner, so obedience training is generally not an issue even with people inexperienced with dogs.

Chihuahua Breed Details

  • Type Purebred
  • Lifespan 10-18 yrs.
  • Height 6-9 in.
  • Weight 3-6 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the characteristics and traits associated with the Chihuahua dog breed:

Chihuahua Breed Description

While the Chihuahua has been around for centuries, it wasn't officially discovered until the 1850's in Chihuahua, Mexico, which is where the breed gets its name. Shortly after the Chihuahua was brought to America where they were bred with other small dog breeds to develop the long haired chihuahua.

As a companion dog breed, the chihuahua wants to be with their owners as much as possible. It is not uncommon for the breed to bond solely to one person (even if there are multiple owners in the family). This can cause a love-hate relationship with families who want an all round loving dog since the chihuahua can show favoritism to one person instead of the family as a whole. Today it's not uncommon to see people toting their chihuahuas around in small bags, even in places that generally don't allow dogs.

Chihuahuas are overly confident, which is amusing due to their small size. They are generally a well rounded dog breed, but can be timid if they aren't socialized properly at an early age. Their socialization is important and needs to include exposure to different people, animals, sounds, etc. to make sure they enter adulthood well rounded.

The breed is very alert, which makes chihuahuas an exceptional watch dog. Although training can help, they can develop a yappy behavior which can be unwelcome in homes with close neighbors.

Chihuahua Coloring

Below are common chihuahua coat colors.

Chihuahua Photos

Below are pictures of the Chihuahua dog breed.

Long Haired Chihuahua, Chocolate Brindled Fawn Coloring
Chihuahua Dog Breed
Black and White Chihuahua
Gold and White Chihuahua

Chihuahua Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Chihuahuas

  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Open Fontanel
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Shivering

Chihuahua Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Chihuahua as a dog breed:
  • America's Pet Registry
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club