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Anyone who has ever lived with a chihuahua will tell you that they are special dogs.
They are little dogs with big attitude!
Chihuahua's are much loved for their lively personality, spirited character and absolute devotion to their human companions.
The Chihuahua is native to Mexico and is classified as a toy dog breed (not that they know it!). They are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and are the smallest recognized breed.
Chihuahua's are available in two varieties recognized by the AKC - the short coat and the long coat (check out the chihuahua pictures above). Chihuahua breeders will often refer to them as teacup chihuahua's, mini's and chi's.
Chihuahua puppies come in many colors, have nice big dark expressive eyes and large erect ears. When assessing a chihuahua it's important that they are well proportioned all over. They grow to be a cheeky, muscular 1.5 - 3kg and stand 6 - 9 inches tall. With any luck you will have your Chihuahua for a wonderful 15 year period.
Generally they are said to have terrier like qualities in regard to temperament. They are full of personality, spunk and also possess a large dose of courage.
The temperament and character of your Chihuahua is largely determined by the early puppy socialization and obedience training you provide.
Try to start your Chihuahua puppy socialization as early as possible by exposing him/her to lots of different people, dogs and other animals - your Chihuahua breeder has the important job of beginning this process for you.
The Chihuahua's intelligent and lively nature ensures that they love the physical and mental stimulation which obedience training provides. They respond very well to positive dog training methods which are full of encouragement, praise and rewards. All of the basic obedience training commands are well within the capabilities of a Chihuahua.
Chihuahua house training (potty training) is often the first lesson to get right. Then tasks such as chihuahua crate training and basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, heel etc. Right through to advanced obedience training and tricks your Chihuahua will be a willing and capable student.
You can learn all about how to raise and train your Chihuahua the right way here - How To Train Your Chihuahua - Secrets To Dog Training
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Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.