MICRO TEACUP CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES
One of the world’s smallest dog breeds, Chihuahuas are named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, and both folklore and archaeology indicate that they originated in Mexico. Dog toys representing the breed and dating back to 100 AD have been found from Mexico to El Salvador. Their purpose is to be a companion, but because they are sassy, loyal, and protective, they can take on the role of guard dog if not carefully trained. Chihuahuas are very owner-oriented and prefer their special person over the rest of the family.
These pups are known to be a bit temperamental. Because of their tendency to snap if being teased, they may be better suited for households with older, gentle children.
Chihuahuas are loyal, have above-average intelligence, and are quick to learn when you use a gentle, positive training approach.
Housebreaking can be difficult with this breed, and some owners decide to just paper train.
While their front legs have small, dainty feet with cushioned pads, its hindquarters are muscular, and the tail is moderately long.
Chihuahuas have either smooth or long coats. While the smooth coat variety is soft, the long coat variety has either flat or slightly curly fur and usually has an undercoat. It can have a large ruff around the neck and feathering on feet and legs as well. Both varieties can be found in all colors and patterns.
We recommend they have 20–30 minutes of activity per day with about 6 miles of walking a week.
They can be great dogs for apartment living as long as they have adequate exercise (though many Chihuahuas are happily carried wherever they go!).
They love to burrow, and they love to sun themselves. Ensuring some outside recreation time will give them a chance to do both.
This tiny pup hails from Chihuahua, a state in Mexico that inspired the name. It is descended from a native Mesoamerican canine called the Techichi, which is thought to date back to 300 BC. The Techichi was small and mute and sometimes used in sacrificial Toltec ceremonies. People believed that the small dog guided souls to the underworld, so they were kept as pets by most Aztec families. Techichis were loved and adored while kept in homes, and they were sacrificed and buried with each deceased family member.
Chihuahuas were registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904. When Spanish musician and bandleader Xavier Cugat brought his Chihuahua on all his public appearances in the early 20th century, the American public took notice, and the breed has been popular in the United States ever since. You might remember it was a Chihuahua who exclaimed, “Yo quiero Taco Bell!” in a popular Taco Bell TV commercial. This breed is still a companion to celebrities and Los Angeles residents who tote them in purses and dress them in designer collars.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Patellar Luxation
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Pulmonic Stenosis
- Tracheal Collapse
- Heart Murmur
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Caring for both smooth-coated and long-coated Chihuahuas is relatively easy. The breed is a below-average shedder. For the smooth coat, just brush or wipe with a damp cloth about once a week. For the long coat, you’ll need to use a soft bristle brush several times a week. We recommend bathing your Chihuahua once every month or two. Take care though; this breed is susceptible to ear infections so you’ll want to prevent water from getting into their ears. Eyes and teeth are also vulnerable and should be kept clean. Trim nails regularly.
Chihuahuas are sensitive to cold, so it’s a good idea to have a few sweaters on hand in winter months. We also suggest you choose a body harness instead of a collar for this breed because tracheal collapse can be a concern.