Make Yours a Chihuahua Home
This page highlights having a Chihuahua dog for a pet. It covers the history of the breed, health concerns and much more.
The Chihuahua is a great dog if your space is limited. If you want a small dog with a big heart, you can't go wrong with the Chihuahua. There are two types of Chihuahuas. You will have to choose between the long and the smooth coat type.
In spite of its size the Chihuahuas are not usually intimidated by larger dogs. For some reason both types of Chihuahuas shiver as if they are cold. There is conjecture that the Long Haired Chihuahua could have come from crossing the Smooth Coated Chihuahua with other breeds such as the Papillon, Pomeranian or the Yorkshire Terrier. And it is debated whether this breed comes from China or from Mexico. This dog makes a delightful pet.
If you have a child with allergies then a Chihuahua is a great choice because they are single-coated and low-shedding dogs. So I would encourage you to consider this breed for any family with members who are known to be allergic to animals.
Shirt Showing the Two Types of Chihuahuas
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Take Care of Your Dog's Health
Keep current on your dogs inoculations and spay or neuter them, unless you plan to breed your dog. Of course, NEVER leave your dog in the car, especially with the windows up during warm weather. The windows of the car magnify the heat and you might find a dead dog when you return. Also know the signs of heat stroke such as: staggering, weak, or disoriented. Get to the vet right away!
When traveling with your dog in the car, keep them in a carrier! They can become a missile and fly through the car if there is an accident! Also this keeps them out from under your feet.
When you bathe your dog, check them for any growths, or skin conditions, also check their ears and eyes.
Photo credit: I took this photo.
What to Take Along With You When Traveling with Your Pup
if you use it please put a link to this page. This chihuahua was dressed up to walk in the furry scurry. I thought the Hawaiian grass skirt was particularly unique!
Because Chihuahuas are small, their owners like to take them along on trips. First of all be sure that your dog is has a microchip or a tattoo as well as dog tags to identify them. Also in case they get lost, you should always have a good photo of your pet with you.
Here’s a list of things to take along: Water ( I’ve even seen people take a baggie filled with water so their pet can have a drink), paper towels, food
, moist towelettes, their medications, toys and dog biscuits or treats, their leash, a flashlight, rabies certificate (keep in your purse as all times), and a comb or brush.
Be sure your dog is well trained BEFORE traveling with them!
Teach Your Dog Manners
People, especially guests, get annoyed when a dog begs! Teach your dog he or she must not beg! This is a behavior it is wise to discourage. Sometimes it can degenerate to snatching food from someone’s plate. Never feed your dog from the table or share nibbles. Teach them the basic obedience commands of down and stay. Then test the dog by taking out a snack for yourself and commanding the dog to stay. Keep practicing and remember NEVER feed your dog when you are sitting at the table. Wait until after the meal and then give them a treat IN THEIR DISH on the kitchen floor or where they normally eat.
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Let me introduce my friends dog Gizmo.
I believe Gizmo is an example of a long coated chihuahau.
Cute Chihuahua in his Bone Halter
Thanks for Your Visit and Comments
This card was NOT designed by me but I think it is very cute. (Others on this page were designed by me).
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