How To Care For Chihuahua Dogs
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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world and is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, where it was discovered in 1850. In this article, you'll get to learn some useful tips on how to care for your Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua is susceptible to cold weather even when you feel warm. For this reason, some owners choose to litter or paper train their Chihuahua to use a litter box or paper for its needs because this way they can avoid exposing the dog to winter temperatures.
A Chihuahua is good at self-regulating its food intake and overweight Chihuahuas usually have somebody giving them too many rich treats. A Chihuahua will burn up energy quickly and even though it may only need half a cup of food everyday, tiny sized kibble should be made available to the dog at all times to prevent the Chihuahua from getting low blood sugar. Your dog should not have an all meat diet and should have vegetables available as a part of its diet.
Some Chihuahuas may be prone to kidney stones so be sure that your Chihuahua drinks lots of water. If you do not make your own dog food, make sure that you buy dog food that does not contain by-products. Some rogue or unethical dog food manufacturers may use by-products that include feathers, hooves, road kill, euthanized pets and other things that you do not want to feed your Chihuahua.
Though it is tempting to carry your Chihuahua everywhere, your little dog does need exercise. So, let the Chihuahua walk too. Carrying a Chihuahua too much can make it fearful and aggressive because the dog expects you to be protecting them from anything and everything and may get aggressive if faced with something or somebody new when they are alone.
As mentioned, Chihuahua is afraid of cold weather hence It is not suitable to walk a Chihuahua in the winter. Best to put a sweater or coat on your Chihuahua during the winter time. Chihuahuas should not be allowed to fall or a jump from a height, the reason is that the dog's patella can be seriously injured from such a jump.
The longhaired Chihuahua should be brushed daily. As for the smooth coat Chihuahua, simply smoothed with a cloth and brushed sometimes. Unlike many long-haired breeds, long-haired Chihuahuas require no trimming and minimal grooming. Contrary to popular belief, they also typically shed less than their short-haired counterparts. It may take up to two or more years before a full long-haired coat develops. You can give your Chihuahua a monthly bath but be careful not to get its ears wet.
The Chihuahua is a very loving breed that can become very attached to only a few people. It also may not like small children because it senses the danger of letting the child play with it. As you learn to care for Chihuahua dogs, you will find this dog is happy to stay with its owner all day.