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Chihuahua Dog breed information

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Chihuahuas are small, feisty little dogs with a lot of personality and, above all, a lot of love to give. Find out how to make your Chihuahua healthy and happy here!

Chihuahua at a glance 

  • Breed name: Chihuahua
  • Category: Companion dog
  • Size: small
  • Coat: short or long haired
  • Color: Any color
  • Character: loyal, active, intelligent
  • Family Dog: Best suited to families with older children
  • Can with other pets: yes

Chihuahua Background Information

The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world. But don’t underestimate them! These little dogs have plenty of spunk and energy.

The breed’s origins are shrouded in mystery, with many suggesting that the Chihuahua was first bred in South America. Others believe they originally came from China before being brought to South America and crossed with local dogs.

The modern Chihuahua is named after the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The breed was officially registered in the US at the beginning of the 20th century and has been a popular house dog ever since.

External characteristics of the Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are very small dogs, they grow to about 8 inches long and weigh about 2 kg. They have pointed, alert ears, large eyes and a domed skull. Their straight, shiny coat comes in a wide variety of colors and can be long or short-haired.

Chihuahua behavior and temperament

Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are full of energy and spunk. They adore their favorite people and are intensely loyal to their favorite owners. But they can make us nervous or anxious around strangers and therefore need to be socialized from a young age.

Chihuahuas are brave and tough, and they often don’t even know that they aren’t as big as other dogs! That’s why it’s important to be very careful when meeting other dogs. Never leave your Chihuahua unattended on a walk or play date. Let your dog get used to other dogs and people, give them space and speak encouraging to your dog.

Training and education

Chihuahuas are quite energetic for a small dog, so they need a brisk walk a few times every day. They are super smart and agile and are easy to train by rewarding positive behavior. It is important to be consistent and to be patient, because Chihuahas do not respond well to harsh corrections. So be clear, but focus on the right behavior and encourage it in your dog.

One parenting pitfall is that Chihuahuas can become quite stubborn when pampered too much. Therefore, set boundaries and be clear about what is and is not allowed. This way you prevent the dog from becoming the boss in the house.

The Chihuahua in the house

Chihuahuas are perfect pets for small households and can enjoy themselves indoors. Be careful with gardens and cracks in fences: the dogs are so small that they can easily escape. Chihuahas are also known as spicy beetles, which is why they can also be excellent guard dogs!

If you have young children, a Chihuahua is probably not the best breed for your family. Because the dogs are so small, an accident is in a small corner and the dog can quickly get injured. In addition, Chihuahas can bite off quite a bit. Small children can accidentally put the dog in a situation where it feels provoked or pressured, and then it may bite. However, they really are perfect companions for adult families who can offer a lot of love, time and affection to the dog.

Chihuahuas are sensitive to heat and cold, so watch out for severe cold or heat. When it is high summer, it is best to save the long walks and play sessions for the morning or evening.

Chihuahua health

Chihuahuas can live to be quite old: between 15 and 19 years old. As with most purebred dogs, there are some hereditary conditions to be aware of. Chihuahas have an increased risk of:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Heart problems
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Collapsed trachea
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cleft palate
  • Patellar Luxation (loose knee caps)

Contact your vet for health-specific tips on keeping your dog happy. And always go to a reputable breeder if you want to purchase a chihuahua.

Coat and trim

Chihuahuas don’t shed very much. They are easy to care for with occasional brushing. In principle, Chihuahas do not need a bath, but regularly clean the ears with clean cotton wool or a clean cotton cloth and pay close attention to red or painful spots. If you regularly see your dog shaking his head or scratching his ears, he may have an infection or too much ear wax.

As with many small dogs, Chihuahuas can develop dental problems. Therefore, gently clean the teeth with a dog toothbrush and some dog toothpaste.

 

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Retriever: The six most intelligent, obedient and familiar breeds

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Did you know that there are 6 breeds of retriever type dogs? Although the Golden and the Labrador are the most popular, they have four more relatives (from the United Kingdom and Canada), discover the types of retrievers that exist!

1. Golden Retriever The most popular breed of retriever is also one of the most beloved breeds by the dog and animal-loving public, due to its personable and friendly nature and for being an exemplary companion . The golden retriever (or golden retriever ) has its origin in the United Kingdom , and it is a classic breed, whose first specimen was born in the mid-nineteenth century. It is a skillful breed for tracking on land and water and the dog by reference to help blind people . The Golden Retriever is one of the dogs that makes the most out of people and has a meek, polite, affectionate and very friendly character, how not to adore him!

2. Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever is the second best known breed of retriever, and is often confuse with its relative the Golden Retriever, especially when it is a golden color specimen. However, there are clear physical characteristics that differentiate one breed from the other: Labradors have a wider head and shorter hair . In addition, it is a breed of Canadian origin . The Labrador is also a dog of exceptional character (although with a bit more genius than the Golden ones) and they have an amazing talent for tracking, which makes them perfect for work in rescue work, police operations and anti-drug and explosion brigades.

3. Flat Coated Retriever Also known as a smooth-haired retriever, it is a breed of dog from the United Kingdom . It is a docile, calm and very familiar dog and needs (like the rest of its retriever relatives) to do a lot of exercise. It is a breed somewhat more disobedient than other retrievers (if it gets bored it can bite our objects ), so it is advisable to have a good education from a young age . However, it is a friendly animal and easy to train .

4. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever It is the retriever with the longest (and most difficult to remember) name in the whole family, but its name perfectly defines the origin of this cheerful and friendly dog. This breed is born in Nova Scotia (Canada) and its function was to recover ducks in lakes and rivers . Like its cousins, it is an animal of impeccable character , educated, enthusiastic, cheerful and easy to train, always ready to learn and that admires the human being. It is recommended that they live in rural environments since they need to do a lot of exercise and burn energy, and also be in the company of other animals and people, they are not solitary animals , they need love and attention.

5. Chesapeake Bay Retriever As its name suggests, it comes from the Chesapeake Bay (Maryland, United States), it is another of those almost unknown retrievers in Spain . It is a classic breed that emerged in the 19th century with the idea of getting a friendly animal with great skills for hunting waterfowl . The Chesapeake Bay Retriever or Chesapeake retriever has slightly curly hair , and like the others, it is also an animal with a lot of will to work , always alert and intelligent. Although their passion for water is something shared among all six types of retrievers, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the biggest fan of swimming .

6. Curly Coated Retriever Also known as a curly-haired retriever , the curly is a more classic breed of retriever, originating from 17th century England . He has an endearing character and is a great companion and above all he stands out for being a great hunter and swimmer, although he needs training from an early age as he is the most rebellious retriever. His curly hair is his most curious and admired characteristic. The curly prefers to live in rural spaces to be able to run and burn energy playing with its human family, which it will consider its clan.

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All About Dogs Breeds

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Small dog breeds
In the society we live inmore and more people decide to incorporate a pet into their lifeIf they are inclined towards a dogthe most common is that they choose a small breed of dog that meets their needs for affection and adapts to their lifestyle.
Medium dog breeds
Understood as the most popular and chosen dog breeds among all those who consider acquiring a petThe high versatility of mediumsized dog breedsin terms of adaptation to large and small spacesand the great ease of attending to their fundamental caremakes them the most successful option.
Large dog breeds
There are no statistics that indicate that smaller dogs are calmer and more docile than medium or large breed dogsIn factsome larger dogs are characterized by a more docile and calm behavior than other smaller onesmore nervous or exposed to environmental stimuli.
Calm or docile dogs
There are no statistics that indicate that smaller dogs are calmer and more docile than medium or large breed dogsIn factsome larger dogs are characterized by a more docile and calm behavior than other smaller onesmore nervous or exposed to environmental stimuli.
Dogs that do not shed or shed little hair
Almost all dog breeds tend to shed hairespecially in periods of change of seasonwhich causes permanent care and attention if you want your home to be always pristine.
Dogs for kids
It is well known that dogs can be the best playmates of childrenbecause in addition to sharing experiences with themthey offer them the opportunity to acquire very positive values during childhoodResponsibility and commitment are two of the fundamental aspects that a child can develop at an early age when growing up with a dog.

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Top  Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

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Dogs show us their affection through their body and verbal language . Howevernot all races demonstrate it in the same way . On the contrarysome breeds are more affectionate and “clingy” than otherswho are more independent or cool in their displayswhich does not mean that they do not have unlimited affection for their family.
In this article we are going to analyze how dogs show their affection and we will select 10 breeds that are among the most affectionate in the worldHoweveryou must bear in mind that the bond with your dog is established through play , training and daily living .
Whatever dog you havewith a little interest and a few notions of canine ethologyyou will soon learn to communicate with him and know how to interpret his signals.
How does a dog show us his affection?
Dogs display extensive body languagewith which they can express their emotions:
The dog’s tail
You probably think that when a dog wags its tailit is because it is happyHoweverthis is not always the casesince with its tailthe dog can show many emotions .
If your dog wags his tail at medium height and in circular motionswagging his buttit indicates that he is feeling happy . Howeverif your dog has a stiff tail on his backit is a warning sign .
Dog’s face
Dogs are capable of smiling, and if your dog has his mouth open and relaxed, smiling, he is happy and wants to show you his affection.
However, panting can be a sign of stress , unless it’s too hot or you’ve been exercising.
If the dog blows air from his mouth , with it closed, causing his cheeks to go in and out, it is a sign of nervousness, so you should be careful.
When your dog’s eyes are round and the look is soft and sweet, it means that everything is going well . It has been shown that when a dog makes eye contact with its owner, it releases oxytocin, increasing its sense of affection.
However, in the canine world, eye contact can be considered a challenge or a threat , so you should be careful before making eye contact with an unfamiliar dog.
Keep in mind that dogs always avoid long stares and are likely to turn their heads to avoid a confrontation. It acts the same way.
If the dog’s gaze is hard and blink-free, it’s a warning to back off. Also, do not go near a dog who stares at you with wide eyes while his body is stiff and tense.
Dog jumps
Show jumping is one of the ways dogs show their affection. So when you get home, they jump up and try to catch up with you, to show you that they are happy to see you and that they don’t want to hurt you . If your dog is very affectionate, he will surely try to lick your face . This indicates that he is by your side and respects you.
Be aware that dogs sometimes jump on humans for other reasons, such as separation anxiety (an anti-anxiety vest can help). Nervous jumping is different from jumping for joy, and you must consider all the body, gestural and sound expression that your dog has to know if he is happy or not.
If a dog jumps up and hits you in the face with its muzzle or keeps its muzzle pressed against your face, this is not a friendly gesture . If your posture is also rigid, you must be careful and stop this behavior.
Some people find it funny that their dog straddles them when they are lying down and they do little hops . However, it is a gesture of dominance that you must prevent.
The dog leans on your leg or leans over you
Dogs often lean on you, dropping all their weight against your legs. It is a gesture of friendship . In this case, the dog will smile and his gaze will be sweet. Your body will be relaxed and your tail or butt may move. Your dog is saying that he totally trusts you, it’s like giving you a big hug.
Of course, this gesture can also indicate anxiety or leadership . As always, you should pay attention to the dog’s body expression. If he stares at you, with a hard expression, and his body is rigid, be careful, because he is telling you that if you make any strange movement, he will attack you.
Whenever a dog is friendly, his expression is relaxed and his gaze soft. Also, in these cases your body does not show any signs of tension .
The dog snuggles up next to you
This is a great sign of affection . You will notice that your dog lies down next to you and leans on you when you are sad or feeling bad. He does it to comfort you. It can also be a sign that the dog is scared or nervous and is seeking your protection. It is a sign of absolute confidence in you .
The dog follows you
Dogs are gregarious animals and always seek the company of their pack. They would follow you everywhere if they could. It is a way of protecting some members of the pack towards others . A united pack can face any danger.

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