The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog, but it makes a spirited pet for any size home. The breed is alert and graceful with a rounded skull and large, flaring ears. Smooth coats are soft and come in any color. The long coat may be flat or slightly curly; with a ruff on the neck and a full, plumed tail. Preferred weight ranges from 2 to 4 pounds. Grooming and exercise needs are easily managed. A weekly brushing and a couple of brief daily walks or playtimes will keep this breed happy. Despite their diminutive size, Chihuahuas are hardy and surprisingly long-lived. The smooth coat needs some protection from the cold in winter if the dog is exercised outdoors. Chihuahuas are excellent watchdogs and are best suited to families with older children who can handle them appropriately.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
Any color or combination of colors is acceptable.

Two coat types: Smooth - soft and glossy. Long - flat or wavy coats, ears should be fringed; tail is full and long.


Monthly grooming. Brush long coats twice a week. Clean teeth regularly.

Life Expectancy:
14 to 18 years
AKC Group:
Toy Group
UKC Group:
No height standards
3 to 6 pounds
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