Chihuahua Temperament, Facts Infographic, Training, Diet and Breeding

Chihuahuas are extremely popular dogs, and everyone is probably pretty familiar with what they look like.  After all, we’ve all seen celebrities photographed while out and about with their adorable little Chihuahuas.  But other than what they look like, you probably don’t know much about Chihuahuas unless you’ve either owned one or know someone who has.

Facts About Chihuahuas

Chihuahua Facts Infographic

Chihuahua Facts Infographic

The breed’s history is a bit mysterious because there are a number of different theories about the origins of these tiny little dogs. They’re probably named after a province in Mexico called Chihuahua, the same place where these dogs were first seen. Long ago they were thought to be holy and were popular pets among the wealthy. But other people believe Chihuahuas originated on Malta, possibly because famous paintings in the Sistine Chapel show small dogs that appear to resemble them.

However, there is archaeological support for the breed originating in Mexico, and folklore supports the same conclusion. The most broadly-held theory of the Chihuahua’s origins includes the view that they originated in Mexico and are the descendants of the Techichi, a dog kept by Mexico’s Toltec people.
More than dogs of many other breeds, a Chihuahua’s temperament seems to depend heavily on the temperaments of its parents and grandparents. Although the way a puppy is raised will obviously influence its personality, it’s common for an entire family line of Chihuahuas to be either friendly or antisocial.

It’s important for anyone considering getting a Chihuahua to understand the basic character traits of the breed and how these little dogs relate to people and other animals. For one thing, they are usually not good with children unless they have been around children since they were puppies. They are usually very loyal to a single, particular person and can be very protective about that person. They also do not usually get along well with other dogs, although this is another character trait that will depend on how they are raised and if they were properly trained and socialized while young.

Chihuahuas are popular because they’re so devoted and intelligent. They’re little spitfires, but there’s just something about them that’s incredibly appealing to many people. Maybe it’s because they fit so much personality into such a tiny package!

Unfortunately, the rising popularity of Chihuahuas is causing many people to buy one before doing any research or finding out if they’re actually prepared to deal with the big Chihuahua personality and other characteristics. Don’t give in and buy one simply on impulse – instead, do some research and learn whether Chihuahuas are the right breed of dog for you.

Naturally, the small size of the Chihuahua permits these dogs to live comfortably in homes of any size, including smaller apartments in the city. City-dwellers love their Chihuahuas because they enable them to enjoy canine devotion and companionship while still living their lives.

Chihuahua Tips

Chihuahua Tips

When bringing home a new addition to the family, care begins even before your new pet enters the front door. The following are important tips to consider to care for your Chihuahua.

Even before bringing home your new little animal, research and find a veterinarian that will work with you to ensure that your new puppy is vaccinated and up to date on all important yearly tests. Also, you will want to work closely with this doctor to be sure that early signs of common Chihuahua diseases are caught and dealt with.

Another way to prepare in advance for the arrival of your new pet is to ensure that your pet is safe in its environment. This includes making sure items such as power cords are not left in the open where they can be chewed on. Also, you will want to check that your Chihuahua will not be in danger of jumping or falling from any heights. Because Chihuahuas are small in size, a fall from off a bed, chairs, or other high location could injure your pet.

As you begin your new adventure, you will want to make sure that your pet gets plenty of exercise. Chihuahuas do not require extensive walks because of their size. They are known to be full of energy and can easily get their fill of exercise even within the walls of your home. Your pet will enjoy any type of activity that involves jumping, playing, and running.

The diet of your new friend needs to be maintained to keep its weight in check. Being overweight can lead to stress of the knees. The amount of food per day should be discussed with your veterinarian. As with any pet, being sure that your Chihuahua has plenty of water to drink at all times is a must.

Chihuahua should be groomed regularly to keep its coat smooth and healthy, especially long haired. Because they are primarily kept indoors, nails should be clipped on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better so that the dog will get used to the practice. There is debate on how often to bathe your pet and what shampoos to use. This is another area to discuss with your pet’s doctor, although many suggest once per month with a shampoo specifically for dogs.

Potty Training a Chihuahua

Chihuahua barking

Chihuahua barking

Potty Training a Chihuahua should be relatively easy if your Chihuahua understands the rules. Confusion about what the dog is or isn’t allowed to do causes problems. The owners responsibility is to take control and let the dog know what it is supposed to do or not do. Chihuahuas learn best through repetition and consistency; these are the keys. You must have consistent expectations to get conisistent results.

Chihuahuas are picky about where they go potty. They will not typically go potty where they sleep. Chihuahuas, as well as other dogs, also like to go potty in the same general area. It is common for dogs who are being potty trained to consistently have accidents in the same area inside because they recognize the smell. As a result, it is important to have a consistent potty area for your chihuahua during training.

It is also important to clean up the accidents that happen inside with a chemical cleaner to get the smell out of the carpet. It is very important to realize the best results in potty training will come from rewarding good behavior, NOT punishing bad behavior. Be sure to have a treat and give plenty of praise when your chihuahua successfully goes potty in the correct place. Never punish a dog by physically hitting or hurting them.

  • How to Get Started

Remember when we said that Chihuahuas don’t typically go potty where they sleep? This is where it is best to get started. You should keep your chihuahua confined to a small sleeping area during bedtime, and then first thing in the morning take it out where it is allowed to goto the bathroom. Leave the dog there until it goes potty, and then when finished be sure to praise the dog and reward it with a treat. Remember to do this consistently, as this is one of the keys.

  • Routine

The other key to potty training is routine. Make sure you use the same potty area so the dog knows this is the area to go potty. Don’t get frustrated along the way if the dog makes mistakes, it is a learning process for it. It is important not to be too harsh on a dog when first starting potty training, as this will encourage the dog to wait until you aren’t looking and try to hide the mess. If you catch the dog IN THE ACT, voice reprimand should be given. If you don’t catch the mistake until later, it is better off to ignore it as the dog will be confused.

A chihuahua will normally want to please its master. Your tone and emotion in your voice is important in the training of a dog. The chihuahua can tell from the tone of your voice if it has done something wrong or if it has done something right. It is a good idea to use a word to signal the chihuahua to go potty. This will help it be like other commands the chihuahua has learned, or is learning. Normally something like “potty” or “out” is sufficient. Just remember to be consistent.

A chihuahua puppy can normally hold it about as many hours as it is old in months. This means if it is two months old, it can normally go for two hours without going potty. The best way to potty train a chihuahua puppy would be to be there with it all the time. This is not always possible, so when you are away it is best to keep the chihuahua in its sleeping crate or kennel so it won’t go potty. If you are gone for an amount of time that it won’t be able to hold it, don’t punish them if they have an accident. If you are conistently in these situations, it might be best to paper train or pad train your dog. The same techniques talke about in this article should be employed. This is not normally recommended unless absolutely necessary because it trains the dog to go potty indoors, which can be hard to break in the future.

  • Tips

If it is potty time and you take your chihuahua out and it doesn’t go, what should you do? If you know the chihuahua will need to go soon it is best to take them back inside and put them in their kennel or sleeping area for fifteen minutes, and then take them back outside. They should not be inclined to potty in that area inside, so they will hold it until you take them back outside. This should be employed over and over again until they finally go outside.

When potty training a chihuahua it is also important that the dog has bonded with you and has a desire to please you. This will help in the training process because the dog will have more of a desire for your approval.

Always keep in mind that chihuahuas are small dogs and this means they have small bladders. Don’t expect them to be able to hold it forever because than you are just setting them up for failure. You want your chihuahua to be able to succeed, so make your sure you do your part by making it possible.

Chihuahua Teacup Puppies

Chihuahua Puppies

Chihuahua Puppies

So you’ve decided that a Chihuahua is the perfect addition for your family. According to standards for competition, this naturally small dog should weigh not more than six pounds, although household breeds may weigh up to ten. The dog usually stands between 6-8 inches. Many market Chihuahua teacup puppies, but beware of such labels as these are just a marketing ploy for unsuspecting buyers. This name misleads the potential buyer that the puppy they are purchasing will remain small and fragile, which is not true.

Tips to Consider when Choosing a Chihuahua Puppy:

  1. Research and Choose a Reputable Breeder. There are a variety of ways to find honesty breeders such as personal recommendations, ads, and online; however, always request reviews of the breeder.
  2. Investigate the Health of the Puppy, Parents, and Grandparents. Investigating the health of your potential puppy, its parents and grandparents can give you a clue as to the overall health of your new puppy.  The parents and grandparents will give you a clue as to your puppy’s future temperament and looks including coloring, height, and weight.  You will also want to be aware of any genetic illnesses that were part of the animal’s ancestry including leg problems,  epilepsy, problems with trachea, and other potentially dangerous diseases.  You may choose to have a vet give a health clearance also.
  3. Physically Inspect the Puppies. As you inspect the puppies, you will be looking to be sure that the dogs are clean and seem to be well-kept.  Physically, they should have clear eyes and clean ears, as well as a clear rear end.  A healthy coat also indicates good health.  The puppy should walk without any trouble and should be clear of any respiratory problems including a clear nose and no cough.  It should be clear of any infestation of fleas or ticks.
  4. Discuss Health Guarantees. Discuss any health guarantees with the breeder before completing your purchase.  Discuss what might happen if the puppy becomes ill within the first few weeks and how many days the guarantee will be good for.
  5. Receive Papers Before You Leave. If you are interested in AKC registration, you will want to have the necessary papers in hand before your purchase is final.  Even if you aren’t interested in registering the puppy at that time, you will want to have papers on hand showing the ancestry of your animal, especially if you are paying a significant amount for your new addition.

Chihuahua Breeding

Chihuahua Teacup Puppies

Chihuahua Teacup Puppies

  • General Information

What dog lover out there has not had the thought of breeding their dog at some point in time? Everyone loves puppies, so why wouldn’t breeding dogs be fun. Others think it would be a good experience for their children, and some just want to give one of the pups to a family member. I have heard many say that “I will just do it once and then have my dog spayed.” The ultimate reality is most general pet dogs are not meant to be bred. Many people try and buy papered pet-quality pups with the intent to breed them. These dogs will not have good litters. This is what makes people with show dogs good breeders. They have a real love for their breed of dog, and show dogs normally have the best genes for breeding.

  • Chihuahua Breeding Information

Chihuahua Puppies are among the cutest creatures on Earth. This probably congtributes to why so many people are interested in breeding them. Chihuahua’s are one of the more difficult breeds to breed. There are plenty of colors to tickle the fancy. They are cute and cuddly, and many people love the breed. Chihuahuas are very small dogs with big heads, this can cause many problems. Chihuahuas are famous for C-sections, and many other problems with breediing.

  • Breeding Problems

One of the biggest problems have already been mentioned, C-sections. They are not cheap, but the real problem comes after. Sometimes after a sedated dog wakes up from the operation, it will not take to the puppy. Sometimes it will kill or eat the puppy. Small female chihuahuas can die from carrying too many pups to full term.

Chihuahuas can also have problems with calcium deficiency during and after pregnancy. Milk production takes up a lot of calcium in the body. This is known as eclampsia. If you have a nursing chihuahua, watch for nervous panting, possible vomiting, jerky eye movies, head ticking and twitching, muscle spasms, and eventual seizures. If your dog has a seizures it is too late. Try and catch the problem and get your dog to a vet before seizures start. The vet will give an injection of calcium with vitamin D, basically the same as whole milk in the grocery store. Feeding your dog whole milk will not help alleviate the problem, it has to be injected by a vet.

Fading puppy syndrome is another potential problem in breeding chihuahuas. A pup can be eating normally and acting normally and then one day stop eating and sit in a corner yelping constantly. No one really knows why this occurs, but some believe it is connected to lactose intolerance. It is a tragic event, and can be tough for any breeder, much less one that is breeding for the first time.

  • Don’t be Discouraged

This information should not discourage anyone who really wants to breed dogs from breeding. It is important to know what you are getting into, and have all the information before you get in too deep. If you can’t handle the responsibility please get your dog spayed or neutered.

Owning a Chihuahua

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  • What to Expect

Chihuahua’s make great companions and can be a perfect addition to your family. In my experience, Chihuahua’s are very affectionate and loving. They enjoy snuggling, petting, and belly rubs which make them great company for any dog lover. However, because Chihuahua’s prefer a plethora of attention and love, it is important to take the decision to own a Chihuahua very seriously. Be sure to have enough time in your day to spend with your Chihuahua. They are not very solitary by nature, so be sure to surround your Chihuahua with people or perhaps another pet. Most Chihuahuas enjoy other dogs, particularly within their same breed. It is always best to socialize your Chihuahua at a young age so your pet will feel comfortable around unfamiliar dogs.

  • Got the Shakes?

Chihuahua’s scare very easily; causing noticeable shakes, especially Chihuahua Puppies. Storms, loud noises, rain, other dogs, strangers, and car rides are just a few of the things that could potentially scare your Chihuahua. When Chihuahua’s are scared they prefer to be low to the ground and sheltered. They like to be comforted when they are frightened but will also like to burrow in blankets or hide under furniture. Do not be alarmed if your Chihuahua puppy suffers from shaking especially if it only last a short time period. Although, the shaking is often caused by fear, it could also be because your pet is cold, excited, or hungry.

  • Food Information

Because Chihuahua’s are so small, low blood sugar can become a problem for your pet. It is important that your puppy has enough food throughout the day. Unless obesity is an issue for your Chihuahua, it is a good idea to keep their food bowl full of dog food; so your pet can eat whenever they are ready too. Try and keep your little Chihuahua away from human food. Chihuahua’s digestive systems are not equipped to handle high sodium, and high fat foods. If they are fed too much human food, vomiting may occur. Because Chihuahua’s are so small they can only take in so much food per day, if their stomach is full of empty calories, they may not be getting the nutrition they need. On top of the health concerns, Chihuahua’s can become very stubborn eaters. If human food becomes a normal part of their diet, they may discontinue eating their dog food altogether. It is essential for you to monitor your Chihuahua’s diet, so they can live a long happy life.

  • Personal Experience

My Chihuahua puppy scares very easily. Despite countless trips in our car, she still panics when we take a car ride. Sometimes she will even begin shaking before I start the car. She will claw her way out of my arms to hide under our seats and will even try to bury herself underneath the car carpet. During long trips, her shaking will sometimes continue for several hours. My Chihuahua feels more secure when she is wrapped up in blankets with her face hidden. It also helps if she falls asleep. I recommend taking car trips with your Chihuahua as a puppy, so they will feel comfortable in the car as an adult.

Chihuahua Temperament

Chihuahua Temperament

Chihuahua Temperament

Chihuahuas make great companion dogs. They have a strong drive to please their master, and they love affection. Chihuahuas are extremely courageous, lively, proud, and adventurous little dogs. They are very brave, despite their small size. They will often stand toe to toe with other, much bigger, animals. They are a very loyal dog, and will become very attached to their owners. This is one reason why it is important to socialize them well. If they are not socialized, they can become very yappy and protective when other people or animals are around.

Chihuahuas can be difficult to train for some, but they are very intelligent dogs. They can learn very quickly and respond best to proper, firm positive reinforcement training. It is never good to hit or strike dogs, and it is especially important to remember that with a chihuahua. They are small and very fragile if mistreated. It is important to not let chihuahuas get away with things that you would not let a big dog get away with. Jumping up on humans, licking, and other things of this nature should not be allowed. This is allowing dominant behavior, and if allowed the dog will believe it is the pack leader and develop other behavioral issues. For instance, a chihuahua who is the pack leader may snap at children.

This breed is generally not recommended for children, not because they aren’t good with children, but because of the fragile nature of the small dog. Chihuahuas tend to be babied because of their small size. It is important to not let them get away with bad habits because they are so small. They should not get any different treatment than a large dog. Also, chihuahuas tend to be walked less because humans assume they get enough exercise just running around the house. Walks are still important because in addition to providing more exercise, they also provide mental stimulation for the dog. It helps to satisfy the migration instinct all dogs have as well. This will help chihuahuas have a better overall temperament as well.

It has been stressed multiple times already, but the key to getting the best temperament out of your chihuahua puppy is to treat him like any other larger dog. The owner who treats their chihuahua like this, and becomes the clear pack leader will get a much more appealing temperament out of this wonderful little dog.

Chihuahua Clothes: The Must Have Items For Every Season

Chihuahuas are small dogs that have a difficult time with colder weather. They tend to shake a lot and need extra comfort and warmth. In fact, Chihuahua clothes are so popular that they come in pretty much every style and color that you can think of. Anything from pink shirts to leather jackets with spikes make great wardrobe choices. Let’s face it, they basically look adorable in anything they wear.

Most small dog clothing comes in size XXXL to size small. Most of them zip or button up in the back for easy access. Some of them even have an attachment for a leash so that the leash does not get in the way of their clothing. The dogs are much happier this way and are much more comfortable. They love the feel of soft clothing on their fur.

There are also some great accessories to go along with the clothing. Many owners like the spike collars or spike bracelets that go around their legs. It can look quite ironic to see such a little dog in tough looking outfits. Many people put black leather jackets with studs and spikes on their little dogs. This is a very popular style and will still keep the dog warm.

Since these dogs shiver and get cold easily it is a good idea to purchase a carrying case for them. They come in many different styles and colors. Women tend to buy dog “purses” so they can carry them around wherever they go. There are even small dog strollers to take with you when you are walking or will be out for a longer period of time. They really come in handy and the dogs love them because this keeps them warm and cozy.

Collars can be found to match the outfits. Some places even customize them so you can put the dog’s name on the collar. Thick, studded collars are the best to purchase. They look great on these small dogs and really can add to the style and personality of them.

Besides collars and everyday clothes these dogs need fun Halloween costumes! Imagine your little dog dressed up like a clown, a princess or a butterfly. Everyone will love the way they look and the pictures you take will look amazing. Your dog will be the hit any party you go to.

Another great idea is the small dog harness T-shirt. These shirts have a small handle on the back where a leash can be attached. They usually have a witty saying on them or a cool looking picture. They are really easy to find are great during warmer summer months when the dogs will not be that cold.

Chihuahua clothes come in all shapes and sizes. They look great with fun accessories and carriers. Your dog will love feeling cozy and warm. You will love that your dog looks amazing. They can be custom made or bought off the shelf, either way they are fun to buy for any small dog.

Diet For Chihuahua

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The small frame of your Chihuahua may make you think that your pooch only needs a small amount to eat each day, but you must also take into account the high metabolism and active nature of the dog breed. It’s a fact that when your pet is healthy on the inside, it will also show health and well being on the outside. For that reason, it is important to pay close attention to the diet for your Chihuahua.
It is important to keep your pet at its optimum weight. The average weight for Chihuahuas is between 2 and 6 pounds depending on the overall size of your animal. Your pooch should show a visible waistline and you should be able to feel the ribs and tailbone when you rub your animal’s fur. If the ribs are shown and can easily be felt, your pet may be undernourished. If there is no visible waistline, your Chihuahua may be overweight. An overweight pet can lead to problems related to obesity including extra stress on the joints and back and extra strain on the heart. Diabetes is another disease associated with weight issues of Chihuahuas.

Puppies and adults should be fed differently. Puppies should continue on the same brand of food that was supplied by their breeders. Changing the type of food quickly can lead to digestive problems such as diarrhea. After six month, puppies can slowly be introduced to adult brand foods. Be sure that the new food is introduced slowly so that the puppy’s digestive system can get acclimated to the new food. Chihuahuas should eat between 3 and 6 small meals a day. This should total between ¼ and 1 cup of food divided up between the meals. The total amount of food and how many feeding times differ according to your dog’s age and size. Because Chihuahuas have the habit to overindulge themselves, do not rely on a Chihuahua to stop eating when they are full. Most likely, they will eat too much.

When purchasing a store brand dog food check that the brand is made specifically for your puppy or adult dog. Also check to ensure that it is a brand made for small breed dogs. The food should be a natural food made with no animal byproducts. It should be low in fat and filled with proteins. A quality dog food will use fruits and vegetables as its first five ingredients. If you choose to use a dry dog food, introduce it to your puppy early so that it gets used to the texture of the food.

Along with designated meal times, you may also want to include snacks throughout the day with your pet. Milk bone biscuits are great snacks that help to build healthy teeth.

Feeding table scraps to your Chihuahua should be a habit that is never started. You run a risk of making your pet very sick if fed foods that are eaten by humans. Because of your Chihuahua’s small mouth and throat, it should never be given any type of real bones. These bones could splinter and cause severe damage to your pet’s stomach. Chocolate, poultry, cow’s milk, onions, and grapes are also very dangerous to your dog.

Along with a balanced diet, daily exercise will keep your Chihuahua healthy both inside and out. Just a few moments each day will ensure that your pet is safe from diseases caused by obesity and will help to keep joints and muscles limber and stretched. Exercise allows your pooch to run off some of the extra energy they are known to contain, but it also is an excellent way to build the relationship between pet and owner.

Dog Clothes Patterns Provide Custom Clothing

The new trend these days among those that pamper their dogs is to make their outfits. By using the many available dog clothes patterns, a person can make sure their canine companion has a custom fit for their personality. Being able to choose the material of their liking also insures that the garments will be of top quality. During any month of the year these dog wardrobes can be seen.

There are several available sources where these patterns can be found. Walmart and online sites are the most popular with unlimited listings. A local sewing shop offers another option. The neighborhood pet shop usually has its share also. Even the famous sewing catalog companies now have patterns for canine’s clothes.

When choosing fabric there are a few safety and common sense issues that an individual must keep in mind. Frills and ribbons that flow are two areas to avoid; they just get in the dogs way. Sequins is another item to eliminate on clothing; dogs may want to chew on them, thus causing a choking hazard. Buttons will pose the same risk.

Keeping clothes clean and making sure they are comfortable is another aspect that needs to be considered when making outfits. Freedom of movement and allowing for natural needs whenever necessary, are of extreme importance. Washing the garments after each wearing is recommended. The main purpose of clothing a canine is to protect it; fashion should always be secondary.

The popularity and vastness of this industry can be seen in its endless number of choices. Beach wear, coats and jackets, tee shirts, dresses, loungewear, head wear and overalls are the most sought after categories. Special occasions and holidays are also represented with their own selections. Even big name fashion designers have put out their share of choices.

Besides the use of fabric, knitting and crocheting are also very common. Hats, scarves, and sweaters are usually the most often seen in this medium. Quilted and needlepoint items are fast gaining popularity these days. There is something for every kind of taste.

In the canine world, there is a wide variety of size, depending on the breed. Small has the advantage when it comes to clothing. Adjusting a pattern to fit a large breed dog can be quite a challenge.

Obviously, the smaller breeds are those that tend to be dressed. Who wants to wrestle a Saint Bernard into any type of clothing?!

It is not unusual to see a human and their canine companion dressed alike. With the availability of so many choices, it was just a matter of time before this was an option. For some, yet another way to truly bond with their canine companion.

Making a dog wardrobe from patterns is a great alternative for those that cannot afford the price tags attached to buying them. More importantly however, for most, is the special personal satisfaction they feel from making the outfits. It is like giving back for all the years of love and devotion their loving pet has provided for them.

Are Chihuahuas Easy To Train?

When choosing a pet, one of the biggest factors that people consider are the ease of training that is going to be completed. Whether you are going to train the pet to listen to certain commands or you are simply trying to house train the pet to ensure that they are going to use the bathroom outdoors, and not indoors on the furniture. It’s important to consider the training ease that is going to be seem when a certain type or breed of dog is chosen.

Are Chihuahuas one of the dogs that are considered easy to train? There is a general misconception that small dogs are more difficult than larger dogs to train and therefore it’s important.

What are some methods that can be used to easily train the Chihuahua, the family pet? The first thing that is integral in the success of training the family pet is to ensure that there is a certain level of consistency for the training process. It is important to be consistent with the training that enables the person doing the training to keep with the same habits that are completed, sticking with the same commands and also ensuring that the same results are going to occur from the actions of the dog.
Next, it is important to ensure that the dog is rewarded for the good behavior that is taking place.

Ensuring that the dog is going to get rewarded for the good behaviour means that the good behaviour will continue, as the dog is provided with the added incentive of keeping it up.

Small dogs can be easy to train using proper train while using the correct methods and ensuring that there is a high level of consistency and rewards when it comes to using the training system to house break or train the Chihuahua to demonstrate good behavior.

How Do Chihuahuas Like To Play?

Play time with the family pet is an important part of socializing the dog. It is important to learn the games that are appropriate to the stage of the puppy, including learning the games that can allow the Chihuahua to socialize with other puppies and allow the Chihuahua to learn the boundaries when it comes to playing with other dogs and while playing with the owners.

There are various types of pet toys that are available for the customer to choose from. Through the many types of pet toys, the customer can easily find that they are able to choose from large and small toys. Since the size of the breed is very small, it’s important to take into account the size of the dogs when choosing the toys. Small toys are going to be an effective way to play with the dog while reducing the risk of hurting the dog while playing and can also help the pet owner to encourage independence while the family pet is playing.

Chihuahuas are a very social breed and therefore the family pet will adore spending time playing with a family member. Playing with toys that can enable the high energy dog to use the energy that they encompass can be an effective way to control and harness the energy and create productive play in the household.

Since the Chihuahuas are very social creatures, the owner can easily find that they are able to spend time at the dog park, spending time in puppy classes and spending time with friends that have pets. These classes can be a great way for the puppy to learn the natural interaction between these dogs, too.

Playing is an important part of the training process. Playing with the dog encourages the dog to learn and continue to develop boundaries in the household.

Are Chihuahuas Color Blind?

Chihuahua Training

It has been said that most dogs are color blind – but what about specific types of dogs like Chihuahuas? What types of colors can Chihuahuas see? Like most dogs, they are color blind but there are certain colors that the dog can see. Learning which colors the dog can see can help in training, can help the owner of the dog in the home and may even impact the decision of which types and colors of toys are chosen for the dog.

One of the misconceptions that has been put into place when it comes to the colors that dogs can see is that the animal is only able to see black and white. Actually, the animal is able to see three colors including red, green and blue. Using these colors, the perception of the Chihuahua is quite different than how we see the world but does not change the perception of the dog.

How can we learn more about the vision of the Chihuahua?

Learning about the vision habits and whether the Chihuahua is color blind can be simple through the veterinarian. You can ask questions regarding any concerns or questions for the vision of the animal. Making an appointment or asking questions at the regular check up or vaccinations for the animal, even phoning the vet to ask any questions that may be present can be an easy way to learn about the vision of the family pet and can be a simple way to ensure that the owner is going to be able to understand how the vision of the pet works.

Using the internet, the pet owner can also research proven methods that can help to assist the dog training process. This way, the pet owner is going to understand the types of training methods and types of techniques that are going to work best, especially those that include visual cues for the dog.

Are Chihuahuas Smart?

When questioning, “Are Chihuahuas Smart?” it is like asking for a double edged sword. While the answer is an incontestable, “Yes!” there are some who might think this is not altogether a good thing. Chihuahuas are very highly intelligent dogs who have a mind of their own. Because of this, the unfortunate fact is that Chihuahuas are difficult to train. What they are expert at is training their owners!
The more intelligent a dog is, the more likely they are to resist training. While a dog owner might ‘think’ they want a smart dog, when it comes to getting them to obey commands, they are much better at getting owners to buy into their antics. An intelligent dog soon learns how to outwit even the most vigilant trainer.

Chihuahuas are not only intelligent but they are fiercely loyal. This combination may mean that this is not a good dog to have around small children, and they would not be a good dog to take on walks unless on a leash. Although Chihuahuas are smart, they can be extremely ‘dumb’ in some respects. Because they are highly protective of their owners, they will tackle huge dogs and of course, always come out on the losing end.

Again, this comes back to the double edged sword. That tiny dog will con you into taking it for a walk, and will balk at the leash, but if you fall for its antics, you could be letting your dog in for some very real danger. This is one time you have to be smarter than the dog!

Chihuahua doing 15 tricks.

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